[ben-uh-fish-uh l] /ˌbɛn əˈfɪʃ əl/
conferring benefit; advantageous; helpful:
the beneficial effect of sunshine.
(sometimes foll by to) causing a good result; advantageous
(law) entitling a person to receive the profits or proceeds of property: a beneficial interest in land
mid-15c., “helpful, advantageous,” from Middle French bénéficial and directly from Latin beneficialis “pertaining to a favor,” from beneficium (see benefice). Related: Beneficially.
[bahy-uh st] /ˈbaɪ əst/ adjective 1. having or showing or prejudice: They gave us a biased report on immigration trends. adj. 1610s in reference to bowling, 1660s in reference to persons; past participle adjective from bias (v.).
[bil-yuh s] /ˈbɪl yəs/ adjective 1. Physiology, Pathology. pertaining to or to an excess secretion of . 2. Pathology. suffering from, caused by, or attended by trouble with the or liver. 3. peevish; irritable; cranky. 4. extremely unpleasant or distasteful: a long scarf of bright, bilious green. /ˈbɪlɪəs/ adjective 1. of or relating to bile […]
[bahyn-ding] /ˈbaɪn dɪŋ/ noun 1. the act of fastening, securing, uniting, or the like. 2. anything that . 3. the covering within which the leaves of a book are . 4. a strip of material that protects or decorates the edge of a tablecloth, rug, etc. 5. Skiing. a mechanical device on a ski, usually […]
[bahy-oh-di-grey-duh-buh l] /ˌbaɪ oʊ dɪˈgreɪ də bəl/ adjective 1. capable of decaying through the action of living organisms: biodegradable paper; biodegradable detergent. /ˌbaɪəʊdɪˈɡreɪdəbəl/ adjective 1. (of sewage constituents, packaging material, etc) capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other biological means adj. also bio-degradable, 1960, from bio- + degrade + -able. biodegradable bi·o·de·grad·a·ble (bī’ō-dĭ-grā’də-bəl) adj. […]