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B1 British & World English

The second letter of the alphabet

B2 British & World English

Belgium (international vehicle registration)

B British & World English

The second letter of the alphabet

b in B1 British & World English

The second letter of the alphabet

B in B1 British & World English

The seventh note of the diatonic scale of C major

barn British & World English

A unit of area, 10−28 square metres, used especially in particle physics

b in barn2 British & World English

A unit of area, 10−28 square metres, used especially in particle physics

boron British & World English

The chemical element of atomic number 5, a non-metallic solid

B in boron British & World English

The chemical element of atomic number 5, a non-metallic solid

class A drug British & World English

An illegal narcotic drug classified as being of the most harmful and addictive (or a less harmful and addictive) kind, possession or sale of which incurs corresponding legal penalties

b. in b British & World English

Born (used to indicate a date of birth)

B & B British & World English

Bed and breakfast

B & E British & World English

Breaking and entering

b/w British & World English

Black and white (used especially to describe printing, film, photographs, or television pictures)

R & B British & World English

short for rhythm and blues.

b-boy British & World English

A young man involved with hip-hop culture

b'day British & World English

short for birthday.

plan B in B1 British & World English

An alternative strategy

plan B British & World English

An alternative strategy

B-cell British & World English

another term for B-lymphocyte.

B-side British & World English

The side of a pop single regarded as the less important one

B-tree British & World English

An organizational structure for information storage and retrieval in the form of a tree in which all terminal nodes are the same distance from the base, and all non-terminal nodes have between n and 2n subtrees or pointers (where n is an integer)

B-film British & World English

another term for B-movie.

Type B British & World English

A personality type characterized as easy-going and thought to have low susceptibility to stress

B-movie British & World English

A low-budget film of inferior quality made for use as a supporting feature in a cinema programme

B-picture British & World English

another term for B-movie.

B-school British & World English

Business school

Linear B British & World English

A form of Bronze Age writing discovered on tablets in Crete, dating from circa 1400 to 1200 bc. In 1952 it was shown to be a syllabic script composed of linear signs, derived from Linear A and older Minoan scripts, representing a form of Mycenaean Greek

vitamin B British & World English

Any of a group of substances (the vitamin B complex) which are essential for the working of certain enzymes in the body and, although not chemically related, are generally found together in the same foods. They include thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)

Zyklon B British & World English

Hydrogen cyanide adsorbed on or released from a carrier in the form of small tablets, used as an insecticidal fumigant and by the Nazis as a lethal gas

King, B. B. British & World English

(B.1925), American blues singer and guitarist; born Riley B. King. An established blues performer, he came to the notice of a wider audience in the late 1960s, when his style of guitar playing was imitated by rock musicians

hepatitis B British & World English

A severe form of viral hepatitis transmitted in infected blood, causing fever, debility, and jaundice

B'nai B'rith British & World English

A Jewish organization founded in New York in 1843, which pursues educational, humanitarian, and cultural activities and attempts to safeguard the rights and interests of Jews around the world

B-lymphocyte British & World English

A lymphocyte not processed by the thymus gland, and responsible for producing antibodies

Lag b'Omer British & World English

A Jewish festival held on the 33rd day of the Omer (the period between Passover and Pentecost), traditionally regarded as celebrating the end of a plague in the 2nd century

class A drug in class British & World English

An illegal narcotic drug classified as being of the most harmful and addictive (or a less harmful and addictive) kind, possession or sale of which incurs corresponding legal penalties

B's in B1 British & World English

The second letter of the alphabet

Yeats, W. B. British & World English

(1865–1939), Irish poet and dramatist; full name William Butler Yeats. His play The Countess Cathleen (1892) and his collection of stories The Celtic Twilight (1893) stimulated Ireland’s theatrical, cultural, and literary revival. Notable poetry: The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair (1929). Nobel Prize for Literature (1923)

White, E. B. British & World English

(1899–1985), US writer; full name Elwyn Brooks White. He was a chief contributor to The New Yorker magazine from 1926 and Harper’s magazine 1938–43 and the author of the children’s classics Stuart Little (1945), Charlotte’s Web (1952), and The Trumpet of the Swan (1970). White is also known for his 1959 revision of William Strunk Jr’s. The Elements of Style

rhythm and blues British & World English

A form of popular music of US black origin which arose during the 1940s from blues, with the addition of driving rhythms taken from jazz. It was an immediate precursor of rock and roll

R & B in rhythm and blues British & World English

A form of popular music of US black origin which arose during the 1940s from blues, with the addition of driving rhythms taken from jazz. It was an immediate precursor of rock and roll

from A to B in A1 British & World English

From one’s starting point to one’s destination

from A to B British & World English

From one’s starting point to one’s destination

Bennett, R. B. British & World English

(1870–1947), Canadian Conservative statesman; prime minister 1930–35; full name Richard Bedford Bennett

Anthony, Susan B. British & World English

(1820–1906), US social reformer and leader of the woman suffrage movement.; full name Susan Brownell Anthony. She traveled, lectured, and campaigned throughout her life for women’s rights. With Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she organized the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. With Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, she compiled the History of Woman Suffrage (1881–1902)

Brady, Mathew B. British & World English

(Circa 1823–96) US photographer. The publication of his Gallery of Illustrious Americans (1850) established him as a leading US photographer, and his photographs of the Union armies taken during the Civil War became the basis for his National Photographic Collection

Mayer, Louis B. British & World English

(1885–1957), Russian-born American film executive; full name Louis Burt Mayer; born Eliezer Mayer. He headed the MGM film company from its formation in 1924 until 1951

Priestley, J. B. British & World English

(1894–1984), English novelist, dramatist, and critic; full name John Boynton Priestley. He is noted for works such as The Good Companions (1929), a picaresque novel, and the mystery drama An Inspector Calls (1947)


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