[syn: attic, bean, bonce, noodle, noggin, dome]
1. hit on the head, especially with a pitched baseball;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bean \Bean\ (b[=e]n), n. [OE. bene, AS. be['a]n; akin to D.
boon, G. bohne, OHG. p[=o]na, Icel. baun, Dan. b["o]nne, Sw.
b["o]na, and perh. to Russ. bob, L. faba.]
1. (Bot.) A name given to the seed of certain leguminous
herbs, chiefly of the genera Faba, Phaseolus, and
Dolichos; also, to the herbs.
Note: The origin and classification of many kinds are still
doubtful. Among true beans are: the black-eyed bean and
China bean, included in Dolichos Sinensis; black
Egyptian bean or hyacinth bean, Dolichos Lablab; the
common haricot beans, kidney beans, string beans, and
pole beans, all included in Phaseolus vulgaris; the
lower bush bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, variety nanus;
Lima bean, Phaseolus lunatus; Spanish bean and
scarlet runner, Phaseolus multiflorus; Windsor bean,
the common bean of England, Faba vulgaris.
[1913 Webster] As an article of food beans are classed
2. The popular name of other vegetable seeds or fruits, more
or less resembling true beans.
Bean aphis (Zool.), a plant louse (Aphis fab[ae]) which
infests the bean plant.
Bean fly (Zool.), a fly found on bean flowers.
Bean goose (Zool.), a species of goose (Anser segetum).
Bean weevil (Zool.), a small weevil that in the larval
state destroys beans. The American species is Bruchus
Florida bean (Bot.), the seed of Mucuna urens, a West
Indian plant. The seeds are washed up on the Florida
shore, and are often polished and made into ornaments.
Ignatius bean, or St. Ignatius's bean (Bot.), a species
Navy bean, the common dried white bean of commerce;
probably so called because an important article of food in
Pea bean, a very small and highly esteemed variety of the
edible white bean; -- so called from its size.
Sacred bean. See under Sacred.
Screw bean. See under Screw.
(a) Same as Florida bean.
(b) A red bean of unknown species used for ornament.
Tonquin bean, or Tonka bean, the fragrant seed of
Dipteryx odorata, a leguminous tree.
Vanilla bean. See under Vanilla.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: any of various edible seeds of plants of the family
Leguminosae used for food [syn: bean, edible bean]
2: any of various seeds or fruits that are beans or resemble
3: any of various leguminous plants grown for their edible seeds
and pods [syn: bean, bean plant]
4: informal terms for a human head [syn: attic, bean,
bonce, noodle, noggin, dome]
v 1: hit on the head, especially with a pitched baseball
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
153 Moby Thesaurus words for "bean":
Irish potato, Kraut, a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn,
a hoot, algae, aubergine, autophyte, bagatelle, bauble, beans,
belfry, bibelot, bit, bracken, brain, brass farthing, brow,
brown algae, button, cabbage, cent, climber, conferva, confervoid,
conk, creeper, crown, curio, diatom, dome, eggplant, encephalon,
farce, farthing, feather, fern, fig, fleabite, folderol, fribble,
frippery, fruits and vegetables, fucus, fungus, gaud, gewgaw,
gimcrack, grapevine, gray matter, green algae, greens, gulfweed,
hair, halfpenny, head, headpiece, herb, heterophyte, hill of beans,
ivy, jest, joke, kelp, kickshaw, knickknack, knickknackery, legume,
legumes, lentil, liana, lichen, liverwort, love apple, mad apple,
minikin, mockery, mold, molehill, moss, mushroom, noddle, noggin,
noodle, organ of thought, parasite, parasitic plant, pate, pea,
peppercorn, perthophyte, phytoplankton, picayune, pieplant, pin,
pinch of snuff, pinprick, planktonic algae, plant families, poll,
potato, potherbs, produce, puffball, pulse, rap, red algae,
red cent, rhubarb, ridge, rockweed, row of pins, rush, rust,
saprophyte, sargasso, sargassum, sconce, sea lentil, sea moss,
sea wrack, seat of thought, seaweed, sensation, sensorium, sensory,
shit, smut, snap, sneeshing, sou, spud, straw, succulent, tater,
toadstool, tomato, toy, trifle, trinket, triviality, tuppence,
two cents, twopence, vegetables, vetch, vine, whim-wham,
white potato, wort, wrack
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
A component architecture for the Java
programming language, developed initially by Sun, but now
available from several other vendors. JavaBeans components
are called "beans".
JavaBeans allows developers to create reusable software
components that can then be assembled together using visual
application builder tools including Sybase's PowerJ,
Borland's JBuilder, IBM's Visual Age for Java,
SunSoft's Java Workshop and Symantec's Visual Cafe.
JavaBeans support Introspection (a builder tool can analyze
how a Bean works), Customisation (developers can customise the
appearance and behaviour of a Bean), Events (Beans can
communicate), Properties (developers can customise and program
with Beans(?)) and Persistence (customised Beans can be stored