What does bird mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bird(noun)

    warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings

  2. bird, fowl(noun)

    the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food

  3. dame, doll, wench, skirt, chick, bird(noun)

    informal terms for a (young) woman

  4. boo, hoot, Bronx cheer, hiss, raspberry, razzing, razz, snort, bird(noun)

    a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt

  5. shuttlecock, bird, birdie, shuttle(verb)

    badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers

  6. bird, birdwatch(verb)

    watch and study birds in their natural habitat

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bird(noun)

    orig., a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal (see 2)

  2. Bird(noun)

    a warm-blooded, feathered vertebrate provided with wings. See Aves

  3. Bird(noun)

    specifically, among sportsmen, a game bird

  4. Bird(noun)

    fig.: A girl; a maiden

  5. Bird(verb)

    to catch or shoot birds

  6. Bird(verb)

    hence: To seek for game or plunder; to thieve


  1. Bird

    Birds are feathered, winged, bipedal, endothermic, egg-laying, vertebrate animals. With around 10,000 living species, they are the most speciose class of tetrapod vertebrates. All present species belong to the subclass Neornithes, and inhabit ecosystems across the globe, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Extant birds range in size from the 5 cm Bee Hummingbird to the 2.75 m Ostrich. The fossil record indicates that birds emerged within theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic period, around 150 million years ago. Paleontologists regard birds as the only clade of dinosaurs to have survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event 66 million years ago. Modern birds are characterised by feathers, a beak with no teeth, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a lightweight but strong skeleton. All living species of birds have wings; the most recent species without wings was the moa, which is generally considered to have become extinct in the 16th century. Wings are evolved forelimbs, and most bird species can fly. Flightless birds include ratites, penguins, and a number of diverse endemic island species. Birds also have unique digestive and respiratory systems that are highly adapted for flight. Some birds, especially corvids and parrots, are among the most intelligent animal species; a number of bird species have been observed manufacturing and using tools, and many social species exhibit cultural transmission of knowledge across generations.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bird

    bėrd, n. a general name for feathered animals.—v.i. to catch or snare birds.—ns. Bird′-bolt (Shak.), a short thick bolt or arrow with a blunted point, used for killing birds without piercing them; Bird′-cage, a cage or box made of wire and wood for holding birds; Bird′-call, an instrument used by fowlers to call or allure birds to them, by imitating their notes; Bird′-catch′er, one who catches birds: a fowler; Bird′-catch′ing, the art or practice of catching birds; Bird′-cher′ry, a bush bearing an astringent wild-fruit in drupes.—adj. Bird′-eyed, having eyes quick of sight, like those of a bird: quick-sighted.—ns. Bird′-fan′cier, one who has a fancy for rearing birds: one who keeps birds for sale; Bird′ing (Shak.), catching birds by means of hawks trained for the purpose; Bird′ing-piece, a fowling-piece; Bird′-lime, a sticky substance used for catching birds; Bird′-of-Par′adise, a kind of Eastern bird with splendid plumage; Bird's′-eye, a kind of tobacco; Bird's′-nest, the nest in which a bird lays her eggs and hatches her young; Bird′-spī′der, a species of large spiders which prey on small birds, found in Brazil.—adj. Bird′-wit′ted, flighty: incapable of sustained attention.—Bird's-eye view, a general view from above, as if by a bird on the wing, a representation of such, a general view or résumé of a subject; Bird's-foot trefoil, the popular name of several leguminous plants, having clusters of cylindrical pods resembling a bird's foot.—A little bird told me, I heard in a way I will not reveal. [A.S. brid, the young of a bird, a bird: either from root of Breed (bredan, to breed) or of Birth (beran, to bear).]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bird' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2871

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bird' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2658

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bird' in Nouns Frequency: #492


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bird in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bird in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. ???:

    He's a strange bird

  2. Josh Gupta-Kagan:

    It is a rare bird of a law.

  3. Maya Angelou:

    I know why the caged bird sings.

  4. Henrik Ibsen:

    A forest bird never wants a cage.

  5. Oda Nobunaga:

    If the Bird does not sing, Kill it.

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