Bald

Bald

(bld), a. [OE. balled, ballid, perh. the p. p. of ball to reduce to the roundness or smoothness of a ball, by removing hair. 85. But cf. W. bali whiteness in a horse's forehead.] 1. Destitute of the natural or common covering on the head or top, as of hair, feathers, foliage, trees, etc.; as, a bald head; a bald oak.
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On the bald top of an eminence.
Wordsworth.
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2. Destitute of ornament; unadorned; bare; literal.
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In the preface to his own bald translation.
Dryden.
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3. Undisguised. " Bald egotism." Lowell.
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4. Destitute of dignity or value; paltry; mean. [Obs.]
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5. (Bot.) Destitute of a beard or awn; as, bald wheat.
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6. (Zol.) (a) Destitute of the natural covering. (b) Marked with a white spot on the head; bald-faced.
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Bald buzzard (Zol.), the fishhawk or osprey. -- Bald coot (Zol.), a name of the European coot (Fulica atra), alluding to the bare patch on the front of the head.
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