1. a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Beer \Beer\, n. [OE. beor, ber, AS. be['o]r; akin to Fries.
biar, Icel. bj?rr, OHG. bior, D. & G. bier, and possibly E.
brew. [root]93, See Brew.]
1. A fermented liquor made from any malted grain, but
commonly from barley malt, with hops or some other
substance to impart a bitter flavor.
Note: Beer has different names, as small beer, ale,
porter, brown stout, lager beer, according to its
strength, or other qualities. See Ale.
2. A fermented extract of the roots and other parts of
various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc.
Small beer, weak beer; (fig.) insignificant matters. "To
suckle fools, and chronicle small beer." --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a
cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
well. (1.) A place where a well was dug by the direction of
Moses, at the forty-fourth station of the Hebrews in their
wanderings (Num. 21:16-18) in the wilderness of Moab. (See WELL.)
(2.) A town in the tribe of Judah to which Jotham fled for
fear of Abimelech (Judg. 9:21). Some have identified this place
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's):
Beer, a well