What does beak mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beaknoun

    beaklike mouth of animals other than birds (e.g., turtles)

  2. beak, bill, neb, nib, peckernoun

    horny projecting mouth of a bird

  3. beaknoun

    a beaklike, tapering tip on certain plant structures

  4. beak, honker, hooter, nozzle, snoot, snout, schnozzle, schnozverb

    informal terms for the nose

  5. peck, pick, beakverb

    hit lightly with a picking motion


  1. beaknoun

    A rigid structure projecting from the front of a bird's face, used for pecking, grooming and for eating food.

  2. beaknoun

    A similar structure forming the jaws of an octopus.

  3. beaknoun

    The metal point fixed on the bows of a war galley, used as a ram.

  4. beaknoun

    A justice of the peace, magistrate, headmaster or other person of authority.

  5. beaknoun

    The human nose, especially one that is large and pointed.

  6. beakverb

    strike with the beak.

  7. beakverb

    seize with the beak.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BEAKnoun

    Etymology: bec, Fr. pig, Welch.

    His royal bird
    Prunes the immortal wing, and cloys his beak,
    As when his god is pleas’d. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    He saw the ravens with their horny beaks
    Food to Elijah bringing. John Milton, Par. Regained, b. ii.

    The magpye, lighting on the stock,
    Stood chatt’ring with incessant din,
    And with her beak gave many a knock. Jonathan Swift.

    With boiling pitch another, near at hand,
    From friendly Sweden brought, the seams instops;
    Which, well laid o’er, the salt sea waves withstand,
    And shakes them from the rising beak in drops. Dryden.

    Cuddenbeak, from a well advanced promontory, which entitled it beak, taketh a prospect of the river. Richard Carew, Survey.


  1. beak

    Beak (stylized as BEAK>) is an English experimental electronic rock music band, consisting of Geoff Barrow (of Portishead), together with Billy Fuller (Robert Plant's Sensational Space Shifters) and Will Young (Moon Gangs), who replaced Matt Williams (MXLX, Fairhorns) in 2016.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beaknoun

    the bill or nib of a bird, consisting of a horny sheath, covering the jaws. The form varied much according to the food and habits of the bird, and is largely used in the classification of birds

  2. Beaknoun

    a similar bill in other animals, as the turtles

  3. Beaknoun

    the long projecting sucking mouth of some insects, and other invertebrates, as in the Hemiptera

  4. Beaknoun

    the upper or projecting part of the shell, near the hinge of a bivalve

  5. Beaknoun

    the prolongation of certain univalve shells containing the canal

  6. Beaknoun

    anything projecting or ending in a point, like a beak, as a promontory of land

  7. Beaknoun

    a beam, shod or armed at the end with a metal head or point, and projecting from the prow of an ancient galley, in order to pierce the vessel of an enemy; a beakhead

  8. Beaknoun

    that part of a ship, before the forecastle, which is fastened to the stem, and supported by the main knee

  9. Beaknoun

    a continuous slight projection ending in an arris or narrow fillet; that part of a drip from which the water is thrown off

  10. Beaknoun

    any process somewhat like the beak of a bird, terminating the fruit or other parts of a plant

  11. Beaknoun

    a toe clip. See Clip, n. (Far.)

  12. Beaknoun

    a magistrate or policeman


  1. Beak

    The beak, bill, or rostrum is an external anatomical structure of birds which is used for eating and for grooming, manipulating objects, killing prey, fighting, probing for food, courtship and feeding young. The terms beak and rostrum are also used to refer to a similar mouthpart in some Ornithischian dinosaurs, monotremes, cephalopods, cetaceans, billfishes, pufferfishes, turtles, Anuran tadpoles and sirens. Although beaks vary significantly in size, shape and color, they share a similar underlying structure. Two bony projections—the upper and lower mandibles—are covered with a thin keratinized layer of epidermis known as the rhamphotheca. In most species, two holes known as nares lead to the respiratory system.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beak

    bēk, n. the bill of a bird: anything pointed or projecting: the nose: in the ancient galley, a pointed iron fastened to the prow for piercing the enemy's vessel: (slang) a magistrate.—adj. Beaked (bēkt). [O. Fr. bec—Low L. beccus, of Celt. (Gaulish) origin.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Beak

    In some animals, the jaws together with their horny covering. The beak usually refers to the bill of birds in which the whole varies greatly in form according of the food and habits of the bird. While the beak refers most commonly to birds, the anatomical counterpart is found also in the turtle, squid, and octopus. (From Webster, 3d ed & Storer, et al., General Zoology, 6th ed, p491, 755)

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. beak

    A piece of brass like a beak, fixed at the head of the ancient galleys, with which they pierced their enemies. Pisæus is said to have first added the rostrum or beak-head. Later it was a small platform at the fore part of the upper deck, but the term is now applied to that part without the ship before the forecastle, or knee of the head, which is fastened to the stem and is supported by the main knee. Latterly, to meet steam propulsion, the whole of this is enlarged, strengthened, and armed with iron plates, and thus the armed stem revives the ancient strategy in sea-fights. Shakspeare makes Ariel thus allude to the beak in the "Tempest:"-- "I boarded the king's ship; now on the beak, Now in the waist, the deck, in every cabin, I flam'd amazement."

Etymology and Origins

  1. Beak

    The slang term for a magistrate, on account of the beag or gold collar that he wears.


  1. Beak

    any notable prolongation of the front of the head: the snout in Rhynchophora: specifically, the jointed structure covering the lancets in the hemipterous mouth.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BEAK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Beak is ranked #78821 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Beak surname appeared 242 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Beak.

    57% or 138 total occurrences were White.
    39.6% or 96 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beak in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of beak in a Sentence

  1. Kensington Palace:

    It is customary for Supporters of the shield to be assigned to Members of the Royal Family, and for wives of Members of the Royal Family to have one of their husband's Supporters and one relating to themselves, the Supporter relating to The Duchess of Sussex is a songbird with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, which with the quill represents the power of communication.

  2. Ortiz David:

    The long toothless beak may have served well for swallowing smaller prey items whole much as pelicans do.

  3. Karen Crawford:

    I have never seen anything like it before. The squirrel had its paw raised and the bird had its beak wide open, it was like they were going to have a fight. Karen Crawford, 59, captured the face-off as the pair appeared to be having a row over a handful of nuts on a tree trunk. In the shot, the red squirrel is perched vertically on a tree stump with its paw in the air, as the bird sits on the other side with its beak wide open. (Credit: SWNS) Perhaps even more remarkable, Crawford admitted she did not even realize she took the photos until she got home. I thought wow when I got home and saw the picture and the reaction I have had to it has been really strong.

  4. Warren Groen:

    It grasps them with its talons and then uses its razor-sharp beak to rip its victims to shreds, to basically tear it apart limb by limb, and I guess the shame about making this a state bird is it would serve as a much better mascot for Planned Parenthood.

  5. Andrew Farke:

    It was probably like what you see on birds today, you have a really sharp beak for cropping off vegetation.

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