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  • Bear Flag (United States state flag)

    U.S. state flag consisting of a white field (background) with a grizzly bear above the words “California Republic” and a red stripe; in the upper hoist corner is a single red star.In the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846, which occurred during the Mexican-American War, a group of American settlers in what

  • Bear Flag Revolt (United States history)

    Bear Flag Revolt, (June–July 1846), short-lived independence rebellion precipitated by American settlers in California’s Sacramento Valley against Mexican authorities. In 1846 approximately 500 Americans were living in California, compared with between 8,000 and 12,000 Mexicans. Nonetheless, early

  • bear garden (arena)

    bearbaiting: …at theatre-like arenas known as bear gardens.

  • bear grass (plant)

    yucca: gloriosa), and Adam’s needle (Y. filamentosa) are commonly cultivated as ornamentals for their unusual appearance and attractive flower clusters.

  • bear grass (plant, Xerophyllum genus)

    Bear grass, one of two species of North American plants constituting the genus Xerophyllum of the family Melanthiaceae. The western species, X. tenax, also is known as elk grass, squaw grass, and fire lily. It is a smooth, light-green mountain perennial with a stout, unbranched stem, from 0.6 to 2

  • bear market (securities trading)

    Bear market, in securities and commodities trading, a declining market. A bear is an investor who expects prices to decline and, on this assumption, sells a borrowed security or commodity in the hope of buying it back later at a lower price, a speculative transaction called selling short. The term

  • bear oak (tree, Quercus ilicifolia)

    scrub oak: Specifically, scrub oak refers to Q. ilicifolia, also known as bear oak, native to the eastern United States. It is an intricately branched ornamental shrub, about 6 m (20 feet) tall, with hollylike leaves and many small, striped acorns. In the west are the California scrub…

  • Bear Run (Pennsylvania, United States)

    Western architecture: The United States: …Wright produced four masterpieces: Fallingwater, Bear Run, Pennsylvania (1936), the daringly cantilevered weekend house of Edgar Kaufmann; the administration building of S.C. Johnson & Son in Racine, Wisconsin, in which brick cylinders and planes develop a series of echoing spaces, culminating in the forest of graceful “mushroom” columns in the…

  • Bear Stearns (American company)

    financial crisis of 2007–08: Key events of the crisis: …prestigious Wall Street investment firm Bear Stearns, having exhausted its liquid assets, was purchased by JPMorgan Chase, which itself had sustained billions of dollars in losses. Fearing that Bear Stearns’s bankruptcy would threaten other major banks from which it had borrowed, the Fed facilitated the sale by assuming $30 billion…

  • bear’s-breech (plant)

    Acanthaceae: …and includes such ornamentals as bear’s-breech (Acanthus mollis), clockvine (Thunbergia), shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana), and caricature-plant (Graptophyllum pictum). The largest genera include Justicia (600 species; now comprising former segregate genera such as Jacobinia and

  • Bear, the (American boxer)

    Sonny Liston, American boxer who was world heavyweight boxing champion from September 25, 1962, when he knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round in Chicago, until February 25, 1964, when he stopped fighting Cassius Clay (afterward Muhammad Ali) before the seventh round at Miami Beach,

  • Bear, The (work by Faulkner)

    The Bear, novelette by William Faulkner, early versions of which first appeared as “Lion” in Harper’s Magazine of December 1935 and as “The Bear” in The Saturday Evening Post in 1942 before it was published that same year as one of the seven chapters in the novel Go Down, Moses. Critical

  • Bear, The (play by Chekhov)

    Liv Ullmann: … (1977), in the Chekhov comedy The Bear (1978), and in The Human Voice (1979), in which she turned in a riveting 45-minute soliloquy.

  • bear-man (mythology)

    Abominable Snowman, mythical monster resembling a large, hairy, apelike being supposed to inhabit the Himalayas at about the level of the snow line. Though reports of actual sightings of such a creature are rare, certain mysterious markings in the snow have traditionally been attributed to it.

  • Beara (peninsula, Ireland)

    Kerry: …to Valencia Island; and the Beara Peninsula, the most southerly one, which Kerry shares with Cork. The highest elevations on the peninsulas include Baurtregaum (2,798 feet [853 metres]) and Brandon Mountain (3,127 feet [953 metres]) on the Dingle Peninsula and Mangerton (2,756 feet [840 metres]) and Carrantuohill (3,414 feet [1,041

  • bearbaiting (spectacle)

    Bearbaiting, the setting of dogs on a bear or a bull chained to a stake by the neck or leg. Popular from the 12th to the 19th century, when they were banned as inhumane, these spectacles were usually staged at theatre-like arenas known as bear gardens. In England many large groups of bears were

  • bearberry (plant)

    Bearberry, (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), flowering prostrate evergreen shrubs of the heath family (Ericaceae), occurring widely throughout the northern reaches of Europe, Asia, and North America in rocky and sandy woods and in open areas. It has woody stems that are often 1.5–1.8 metres (5–6 feet)

  • beard (facial hair)

    Beard, hair grown upon a man’s chin and cheeks. Frequently a badge of full manhood, it has been held in high honour in various periods of history. The wearing of a beard is a matter of religious observance for men of many faiths, such as some Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians. The first man, the

  • beard (plant anatomy)

    Poaceae: Characteristic morphological features: …may develop one or more awns, needlelike structures that may catch on animal fur. The base of the spikelet may be hardened into a pointed, hairy callus. The callus is usually best developed in spikelets with an awn that twists when atmospheric humidity changes. As the awn twists, it drills…

  • beard grass (plant)

    Bluestem, (genus Andropogon), genus of approximately 100 species of grasses in the family Poaceae. Bluestems are distributed throughout the temperate and tropical zones and can be annual or perennial. Several species are grown as hay and forage plants. Bluestem grasses are coarse, sometimes tufted

  • beard lichen

    Beard lichen, any member of the genus Usnea, a yellow or greenish fruticose (bushy, branched) lichen with long stems and disk-shaped holdfasts, which resembles a tangled mass of threads. It occurs in both the Arctic and the tropics, where it is eaten by wild animals or collected as fodder. In the

  • beard moss

    Beard lichen, any member of the genus Usnea, a yellow or greenish fruticose (bushy, branched) lichen with long stems and disk-shaped holdfasts, which resembles a tangled mass of threads. It occurs in both the Arctic and the tropics, where it is eaten by wild animals or collected as fodder. In the

  • beard worm (polychaete)

    Beard worm, (family Siboglinidae), any of a group of polychaetes (marine worms) constituting the family Siboglinidae. Beard worms live sedentary lives in long protective tubes on the seafloor throughout the world. The common name beard worm refers to the beardlike mass of pinnate (featherlike)

  • Beard, Charles A. (American historian)

    Charles A. Beard, American historian, best known for his iconoclastic studies of the development of U.S. political institutions. His emphasis on the dynamics of socioeconomic conflict and change and his analysis of motivational factors in the founding of institutions made him one of the most

  • Beard, Charles Austin (American historian)

    Charles A. Beard, American historian, best known for his iconoclastic studies of the development of U.S. political institutions. His emphasis on the dynamics of socioeconomic conflict and change and his analysis of motivational factors in the founding of institutions made him one of the most

  • Beard, Daniel (American illustrator and author)

    Daniel Beard, American illustrator, author, and outdoor enthusiast who was a pioneer of the youth scouting movement in the United States. Beard’s article on woodcraft appeared in the 14th edition of the Encyclop?dia Britannica (see the Britannica Classic: woodcraft). Beard was the son of James

  • Beard, Daniel Carter (American illustrator and author)

    Daniel Beard, American illustrator, author, and outdoor enthusiast who was a pioneer of the youth scouting movement in the United States. Beard’s article on woodcraft appeared in the 14th edition of the Encyclop?dia Britannica (see the Britannica Classic: woodcraft). Beard was the son of James

  • Beard, Frank (American musician)

    ZZ Top: …1949, Dallas, Texas) and drummer Frank Beard (b. June 11, 1949, Frankston, Texas).

  • Beard, James (American culinary expert and cookbook author)

    James Beard, U.S. culinary expert and cookbook author. In 1945 he became the first chef to demonstrate cooking on network television. Through his Greenwich Village cooking school he influenced such future chefs as Julia Child and Craig Claiborne (b. 1920—d. 2000). He championed simple American and

  • Beard, Mary Ritter (American historian)

    historiography: Women’s history: An exception was Mary Ritter Beard (1876–1958), who coauthored a number of books with her more famous husband, Charles Beard, and also wrote Women as a Force in History, arguably the first general work in American women’s history.

  • Beard, Richard (British photographer)

    history of photography: Development of the daguerreotype: …in Europe was opened by Richard Beard in a glasshouse on the roof of the Royal Polytechnic Institution in London on March 23, 1841. Unlike the many daguerreotypists who were originally scientists or miniature painters, Beard had been a coal merchant and patent speculator. Having acquired the exclusive British license…

  • bearded bellbird (bird)

    bellbird: The mossy-throated, bearded, or black-winged bellbird (P. averano) has many thin wattles hanging from the throat. The three-wattled bellbird (P. tricarunculata), confined to Central America, has three bill wattles. One hangs from each corner of the mouth, and another dangles from the bill’s upper base, each wattle measuring about…

  • bearded collie (breed of dog)

    Bearded collie, dog breed developed in Great Britain for herding sheep and driving cattle to market; it is one the oldest British breeds, and its ancestors may have included herding dogs from the Continent. The bearded collie is a medium-sized dog covered with a long, shaggy coat covering even the

  • Bearded Eberhard (duke of Württemberg)

    Eberhard I, count, later 1st duke of Württemberg (from 1495), administrative and ecclesiastic reformer who laid the foundations for Württemberg’s role in German history. Eberhard expanded his territories and in 1482 established primogeniture and settled the succession to his holdings. The towns o

  • bearded iris (plant)

    Iris: Best known are the bearded, or German, group—the common garden irises. These are hybrids of pale blue Iris pallida, yellow I. variegata, purple-blue I. germanica, and perhaps other southern European species. They are hardy rhizomatous types with sturdy swordlike leaves and tall stems (to 90 cm [3 feet]) of…

  • Bearded Ladies (short stories by Grenville)

    Kate Grenville: …she published her first book, Bearded Ladies, a collection of short stories that explored gender, power, and Australian national identity, all of which would remain central to Grenville’s later work. Lilian’s Story (1984), her first published novel, and Dreamhouse (1986) both examined women struggling against oppressive situations: Lilian Singer is…

  • bearded needle

    textile: Knitting machines: The bearded needle, made from thin wire, has one end bent, forming an operating handle; the other end is drawn out and bent over, forming a long flexible tipped hook resembling a beard. A smooth groove, or eye, is cut in the stem or shank of…

  • bearded penguin (bird)

    Chinstrap penguin, (Pygoscelis antarctica), species of penguin (order Sphenisciformes) characterized by a cap of black plumage on the top of the head, a white face, and a fine, continuous band of black feathers that extends from one side of the head to the other across each cheek and under the

  • bearded pink (plant)

    Sweet William, (Dianthus barbatus), familiar old-fashioned garden plant, in the pink family (Caryophyllaceae), grown for its clusters of small bright-coloured flowers. It is usually treated as a garden biennial, seed sown the first year producing flowering plants the second year. The plant, growing

  • bearded reedling (bird)

    Reedling, (species Panurus biarmicus), songbird often placed in the family Panuridae (order Passeriformes) but also sometimes classified with the Sylviidae or Timaliidae. It lives in reedy marshes from England to eastern Asia. About 16 cm (6.5 inches) long, the male wears subtle reddish, yellowish,

  • bearded saki (primate)

    saki: Bearded sakis (Chiropotes) are not as well known as true sakis. Each of the two species is about 40–45 cm long, excluding the heavily furred tail, which ranges in length from slightly shorter to slightly longer than the body. Females weigh 2.5 kg on average,…

  • bearded seal (mammal)

    Bearded seal, (Erignathus barbatus), nonmigratory seal of the family Phocidae, distinguished by the bushy, bristly whiskers for which it is named; it is also known as “squareflipper” after the rectangular shape of the foreflipper. Highly valued by Eskimos for its hide, meat, and blubber, the

  • bearded tit (bird)

    Reedling, (species Panurus biarmicus), songbird often placed in the family Panuridae (order Passeriformes) but also sometimes classified with the Sylviidae or Timaliidae. It lives in reedy marshes from England to eastern Asia. About 16 cm (6.5 inches) long, the male wears subtle reddish, yellowish,

  • bearded vulture (bird)

    Lammergeier, (German: “lamb vulture”) (Gypaetus barbatus), big eaglelike vulture of the Old World (family Accipitridae), frequently over 1 metre (40 inches) long, with a wingspread of nearly 3 metres (10 feet). Brown above and tawny below, the lammergeier has spots on the breast, black and white

  • bearded-man jug (stoneware jug)

    Bartmannkrug, type of 16th-century German jug, characterized by a round belly and a mask of a bearded man applied in relief to the neck. This salt-glazed stoneware jug is associated particularly with Cologne and Frechen, where it was manufactured in considerable numbers. It was sometimes called a

  • Bearden, Romare (American painter)

    Romare Bearden, American painter, whose collages of photographs and painted paper on canvas depict aspects of American black culture in a style derived from Cubism. He is considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century. Bearden was born in North Carolina but grew

  • Bearden, Romare Howard (American painter)

    Romare Bearden, American painter, whose collages of photographs and painted paper on canvas depict aspects of American black culture in a style derived from Cubism. He is considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century. Bearden was born in North Carolina but grew

  • beardfish (fish)

    Beardfish, any of the five species of fishes in the genus Polymixia constituting the family Polymixiidae (order Polymixiiformes). Beardfishes are restricted primarily to deep-sea marine habitats in tropical and temperate regions of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They generally are found at depths

  • beardgrass (plant)

    Bluestem, (genus Andropogon), genus of approximately 100 species of grasses in the family Poaceae. Bluestems are distributed throughout the temperate and tropical zones and can be annual or perennial. Several species are grown as hay and forage plants. Bluestem grasses are coarse, sometimes tufted

  • Beardmore Glacier (glacier, Antarctica)

    Beardmore Glacier, glacier in central Antarctica, descending about 7,200 ft (2,200 m) from the South Polar Plateau to Ross Ice Shelf, dividing the Transantarctic Mountains of Queen Maud and Queen Alexandra. One of the world’s largest known valley glaciers, it is 125 mi (200 km) long and is 25 mi

  • Beardsley, Aubrey (English artist)

    Aubrey Beardsley, the leading English illustrator of the 1890s and, after Oscar Wilde, the outstanding figure in the Aestheticism movement. Drawing was a strong interest from early childhood, and Beardsley practiced it while earning his living as a clerk. Beardsley’s meeting with the English artist

  • Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent (English artist)

    Aubrey Beardsley, the leading English illustrator of the 1890s and, after Oscar Wilde, the outstanding figure in the Aestheticism movement. Drawing was a strong interest from early childhood, and Beardsley practiced it while earning his living as a clerk. Beardsley’s meeting with the English artist

  • Beardsley, Monroe Curtis (American critic)

    intentional fallacy: , and Monroe C. Beardsley in The Verbal Icon (1954), the approach was a reaction to the popular belief that to know what the author intended—what he had in mind at the time of writing—was to know the correct interpretation of the work. Although a seductive topic…

  • beardworm (polychaete)

    Beard worm, (family Siboglinidae), any of a group of polychaetes (marine worms) constituting the family Siboglinidae. Beard worms live sedentary lives in long protective tubes on the seafloor throughout the world. The common name beard worm refers to the beardlike mass of pinnate (featherlike)

  • Beare Peninsula (promontory, Cork, Ireland)

    Cork: …long, scenic promontories such as Beare Peninsula. At the head of Bantry Bay is Glengariff, where subtropical vegetation survives because of the mild winters.

  • bearer of souls motif (African art)

    jewelry: African: …the emblem of the “bearer of souls,” a decorated disk that, together with other insignia, was borne by the king’s pages. On the back of the disk was a little tube through which a gold wire or cord was run. The decoration of these disks consisted of a mixture…

  • Beargrass River (river, United States)

    Powell River, river rising in Wise county, southwestern Virginia, U.S., and flowing southwest through Big Stone Gap in the Cumberland Plateau into Tennessee to enter the Clinch River at Norris Dam, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Knoxville, Tenn. Approximately half of its total length of about 150

  • bearing (navigation)

    navigation: Direction finders: This direction, called a bearing, can be marked on the chart as a line passing through the identified reference point. A similar line corresponding to a second bearing will intersect the first and fix the position of the vessel relative to the navigation hazard, as shown in the figure.

  • bearing (machine component)

    Bearing, in machine construction, a connector (usually a support) that permits the connected members to rotate or to move in a straight line relative to one another. Often one of the members is fixed, and the bearing acts as a support for the moving member. Most bearings support rotating shafts

  • bearing pile (construction)

    construction: Foundations: A bearing pile is a device to transmit the load of the building through a layer of soil too weak to take the load to a stronger layer of soil some distance underground; the pile acts as a column to carry the load down to the…

  • bearing steel (metallurgy)

    steel: Bearing steels: One important group that well demonstrates the enormous impact of material developments on engineering possibilities is the steels used for roller and ball bearings. These steels often contain 1 percent carbon, 1.2 percent chromium, 0.25 percent nickel, and 0.25 percent molybdenum and are…

  • bearing wall (construction)

    Bearing wall, Wall that carries the load of floors and roof above in addition to its own weight. The traditional masonry bearing wall is thickened in proportion to the forces it has to resist: its own weight, the dead load of floors and roof, the live load of people, as well as the lateral forces

  • Béarn (region, France)

    Béarn, historic and cultural region encompassing mountainous regions of the southwestern French département of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and coextensive with the former province of Béarn. Béarn’s name can be traced to the town of Beneharnum (Lescar). Béarn was conquered by the Vascones (the ancestors

  • Bearn, Alexander Gordon (British-born American physician and geneticist)

    Alexander Gordon Bearn, British-born American physician and geneticist who discovered the hereditary nature of Wilson disease and established the basis for diagnostic tests and novel forms of treatment for the disease. Bearn’s work, which provided an important model for the identification,

  • Béarn, Henri de Bourbon, prince de (king of France)

    Henry IV, king of Navarre (as Henry III, 1572–89) and first Bourbon king of France (1589–1610), who, at the end of the Wars of Religion, abjured Protestantism and converted to Roman Catholicism (1593) in order to win Paris and reunify France. With the aid of such ministers as the Duke de Sully, he

  • Béarnais (people)

    Pyrenees: People and economy: including the Andorrans, Catalans, Béarnais, and Basques. Each speaks its own dialect or language, and each desires to maintain and even augment its own autonomy while at the same time acknowledging a general unity among Pyrenean peoples. Of these groups, only the Andorrans have anything approaching a sovereign state,…

  • Béarnese (people)

    Pyrenees: People and economy: including the Andorrans, Catalans, Béarnais, and Basques. Each speaks its own dialect or language, and each desires to maintain and even augment its own autonomy while at the same time acknowledging a general unity among Pyrenean peoples. Of these groups, only the Andorrans have anything approaching a sovereign state,…

  • Bearsted, Sir Marcus Samuel, Viscount (British businessman)

    Royal Dutch Shell PLC: In 1878 in London, Marcus Samuel (1853–1927) took over his father’s import-export business (which included the import of Oriental shells—hence the later name) and started a sideline of handling consignments of kerosene. In 1892 he began operating tankers sailing to the Far East and set up oil depots and…

  • Beartooth Range (mountains, United States)

    Beartooth Range, segment of the northern Rocky Mountains in the United States, extending east-southeastward for 50 miles (80 km) from the Stillwater River, in southern Montana, to the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River, in northwestern Wyoming. Many peaks rise to more than 12,000 feet (3,700 m),

  • Beas River (river, India)

    Beas River, river in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab states, northwestern India. It is one of the five rivers that give the Punjab (“Five Rivers”) its name. The Beas rises at an elevation of 14,308 feet (4,361 metres) at Rohtang Pass in the western (Punjab) Himalayas (a section of the vast Himalayas

  • Beasley, Myrlie Louise (American civil rights activist)

    Myrlie Evers-Williams, African American activist and the wife of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, whose racially motivated murder in 1963 made him a national icon. In 1995–98 Evers-Williams was the first woman to head the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1950

  • Beasley, R. Palmer (American epidemiologist)

    R(obert) Palmer Beasley, American epidemiologist (born April 29, 1936, Los Angeles, Calif.—died Aug. 25, 2012, Houston, Texas), determined that the hepatitis B virus (HBV) can cause liver cancer and that HBV can be transferred from a woman to her baby during childbirth. These discoveries, along

  • Beasley, Robert Palmer (American epidemiologist)

    R(obert) Palmer Beasley, American epidemiologist (born April 29, 1936, Los Angeles, Calif.—died Aug. 25, 2012, Houston, Texas), determined that the hepatitis B virus (HBV) can cause liver cancer and that HBV can be transferred from a woman to her baby during childbirth. These discoveries, along

  • Beast (roller coaster)

    roller coaster: Introduction of steel coasters: …featuring dual coasters, and the Beast (1979), the longest in the world—both at Kings Island. Nostalgia also fueled the formation of the American Coaster Enthusiasts in 1978, a fan club that supports the conservation of old coasters, maintaining an international list of almost three dozen “Coaster Classics.”

  • beast epic (literature)

    Beast epic, popular genre in various literatures, consisting of a lengthy cycle of animal tales that provides a satiric commentary on human society. Although individual episodes may be drawn from fables, the beast epic differs from the fable not only in length but also in putting less emphasis on

  • beast fable (literature)

    Beast fable, a prose or verse fable or short story that usually has a moral. In beast fables animal characters are represented as acting with human feelings and motives. Among the best-known examples in Western literature are those attributed to the legendary Greek author Aesop. The best-known

  • Beast in the Jungle, The (short story by James)

    The Beast in the Jungle, short story by Henry James that first appeared in The Better Sort (1903). Despite its slow pace, implausible dialogue, and excessively ornate style, it is a suspenseful story of despair, with powerful images of fire, ice, and hunting. “The Beast in the Jungle” concerns John

  • beast of burden (transportation)

    Pack animal, any domesticated animal that is used to carry freight, goods, or supplies. The ass or donkey is the oldest-known pack animal, having been in use possibly as early as 3500 bc. Pack animals are most often used in terrain where wheeled vehicles would encounter difficulty. Camels, for

  • beast of burden

    donkey: …have been used as a beast of burden since 4000 bce. The average donkey stands 101.6 cm (40 inches) at the shoulder, but different breeds vary greatly. The Sicilian donkey reaches only about 61 cm (24 inches), while the large ass of Majorca stands at about 157.5 cm (62 inches),…

  • beast tale (literature)

    Beast tale, a prose or verse narrative similar to the beast fable in that it portrays animal characters acting as humans but unlike the fable in that it usually lacks a moral. Joel Chandler Harris’s Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings (1880) derived many episodes from beast tales carried to the

  • Beast, the (American baseball player)

    Jimmie Foxx, American professional baseball player, the second man in major league history to hit 500 home runs. (Babe Ruth was the first.) A right-handed hitter who played mostly at first base, he finished with a total of 534 home runs. His career batting average was .325. Foxx was a sensational

  • Beastie Boys, the (American music group)

    Beastie Boys, American hip-hop group, the first white rap performers to gain a substantial following. As such, they were largely responsible for the growth of rap’s mainstream audience. The principal members were MCA (byname of Adam Yauch; b. August 5, 1964, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.—d. May 4, 2012,

  • Beastly Tales from Here and There (work by Seth)

    Vikram Seth: …wrote the 10 stories of Beastly Tales from Here and There (1992) in tetrametre couplets. A collection entitled The Poems, 1981–1994 was published in 1995.

  • Beasts of No Nation (film by Fukunaga [2015])

    Idris Elba: …unnamed African civil war, in Beasts of No Nation (2015); for the latter film he earned a BAFTA Award nomination.

  • beat (music)

    Beat, in music, the basic rhythmic unit of a measure, or bar, not to be confused with rhythm as such; nor is the beat necessarily identical with the underlying pulse of a given piece of music, which may extend over more than a single beat. The number and relative positions of accented and

  • beat (waves)

    Beat, in physics, the pulsation caused by the combination of two waves of slightly different frequencies. The principle of beats for sound waves can be demonstrated on a piano by striking a white key and an adjacent black key at the bass end of the keyboard. The resulting sound is alternately soft

  • Beat Cafe (album by Donovan)

    Donovan: …recalled Donovan’s earliest work, and Beat Cafe (2004), a lyrically clever collection that evoked the coffeehouse atmosphere of the Beat era. In 2012 Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  • Beat generation (American literary and social movement)

    Beat movement, American social and literary movement originating in the 1950s and centred in the bohemian artist communities of San Francisco’s North Beach, Los Angeles’ Venice West, and New York City’s Greenwich Village. Its adherents, self-styled as “beat” (originally meaning “weary,” but later

  • Beat It (recording by Jackson [1983])

    Michael Jackson: The King of Pop: …pop charts, as did “Beat It,” which featured a raucous solo from famed guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Moreover, “Beat It” helped break down the artificial barriers between black and white artists on the radio and in the emerging format of music videos on television.

  • beat knee (pathology)

    joint disease: Bursitis: …bursitis are exemplified by “beat knee,” a bursitis that develops below the kneecap because of severe or prolonged pressure on the knee. Bloody fluid distends the bursa and, unless removed early, may cause the walls of the bursa to become thickened permanently. Treatment, which involves protection from further irritation…

  • Beat movement (American literary and social movement)

    Beat movement, American social and literary movement originating in the 1950s and centred in the bohemian artist communities of San Francisco’s North Beach, Los Angeles’ Venice West, and New York City’s Greenwich Village. Its adherents, self-styled as “beat” (originally meaning “weary,” but later

  • Beat Takeshi (Japanese actor, director, writer, and television personality)

    Kitano Takeshi, Japanese actor, director, writer, and television personality who was known for his dexterity with both comedic and dramatic material. Kitano was born into a working-class family in Tokyo. He planned to become an engineer but dropped out of college to enter show business in 1972.

  • Beat the Devil (film by Huston [1954])

    John Huston: Films of the 1950s: …by Bogart’s Santana production company, Beat the Devil (1953) was filmed in Italy. A delightful spoof of The Maltese Falcon, it featured Bogart, Lorre, Jennifer Jones, Robert Morley, and Gina Lollobrigida as a motley shipboard assembly of adventurers, frauds, and con artists trying to locate a uranium mine while enduring…

  • Beat! Beat! Drums! (poem by Whitman)

    Drum-Taps: …Run is reflected in “Beat! Beat! Drums!” while an understanding of the depth of suffering of the wounded informs “Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night.”

  • Beat, the (British musical group)

    Two-Tone Movement: …and the Beat (called the English Beat in the United States) split to become General Public and the Fine Young Cannibals. The legacy of 2-Tone would be explored during the American ska revival of the late 1990s. During the heyday of 2-Tone, and a little farther north, in Birmingham, another…

  • Beata Beatrix (painting by Rossetti)

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti: The later years: … is evident from the symbolic Beata Beatrix, painted in 1863 and now in the Tate Gallery.

  • Beata de Piedrahita, La (Spanish mystic)

    illuminati: Early illuminati: …style her as a “pre-Alumbrado”—was María de Santo Domingo, who came to be known as La Beata de Piedrahita. She was a labourer’s daughter, born in Aldeanueva, south of Salamanca, around 1485. She joined the Dominican order as a teenager and soon achieved renown as a prophet and mystic who…

  • Beata Maria do Egito, A (work by Queiroz)

    Rachel de Queiroz: …critics preferred her second play, A Beata Maria do Egito (1958; “Blessed Mary of Egypt”), which updates the legend of the martyr Saint Maria Egipcia?a, setting the action in a small Brazilian backwater. Her third effort was Teatro (1995; “Theatre”).

  • Beata Ridge (ridge, Caribbean Sea)

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