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beaver

Definitions

  • Beaver skins
    Beaver skins
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v beaver work hard on something
    • n beaver large semiaquatic rodent with webbed hind feet and a broad flat tail; construct complex dams and underwater lodges
    • n beaver a hat made with the fur of a beaver (or similar material)
    • n beaver a movable piece of armor on a medieval helmet used to protect the lower face
    • n beaver a man's hat with a tall crown; usually covered with silk or with beaver fur
    • n beaver a full beard
    • n Beaver a native or resident of Oregon
    • n beaver the soft brown fur of the beaver
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Beavers Beavers
THE HUNTED BEAVER THE HUNTED BEAVER

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver".
    • Beaver A hat, formerly made of the fur of the beaver, but now usually of silk. "A brown beaver slouched over his eyes."
    • Beaver A man's beard.
    • Beaver A person who works enthusiastically and diligently; -- used especially in the phrase eager beaver.
    • Beaver A woman; -- vulgar and offensive.
    • Beaver (Zoöl) An amphibious rodent, of the genus Castor.
    • Beaver Beaver cloth, a heavy felted woolen cloth, used chiefly for making overcoats.
    • n Beaver That piece of armor which protected the lower part of the face, whether forming a part of the helmet or fixed to the breastplate. It was so constructed (with joints or otherwise) that the wearer could raise or lower it to eat and drink.
    • Beaver The fur of the beaver.
    • Beaver The hair on a woman's pubic area; -- vulgar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Beaver teeth are so sharp that Native Americans once used them as knife blades.
    • n beaver A rodent quadruped, about two feet in length, of the family Castoridæ and genus Castor, C. fiber, at one time common in the northern regions of both hemispheres, now found in considerable numbers only in North America, but occurring solitary in central Europe and Asia. It has short ears, a blunt nose, small fore feet, large webbed hind feet, with a flat ovate tail covered with scales'on its upper surface. It is valued for its fur (which used to be largely employed in the manufacture of hats, but for which silk is now for the most part substituted) and for an odoriferous secretion named castor or castoreum (which see). Its food consists of the bark of trees, leaves, roots, and berries. The favorite haunts of the beavers are rivers and lakes which are bordered by forests. When they find a stream not sufficiently deep for their purpose, they throw across it a dam constructed with great ingenuity of wood, stones, and mud, gnawing down small trees for the purpose, and compacting the mud by blows of their powerful tails. In winter they live in houses, which are from 3 to 4 feet high, are built on the water's edge with subaqueous entrances, and afford them protection from wolves and other wild animals. They formerly abounded throughout northern America, but are now found only in unsettled or thinly populated regions. Several slightly different varieties of the European beaver have received special names. The North American beaver is somewhat larger than the European, and exhibits some slight cranial peculiarities; it is commonly rated as a distinct species or conspecies, under the name of Castor canadensis. The so-called fossil beaver, Castoroides ohioensis, belongs to a different family, Castoroididæ (which see). See also Castoridæ.
    • n beaver The fur of the beaver.
    • n beaver A hat made of beaver fur.
    • n beaver Hence— A hat of the shape of a beaver hat, but made of silk or other material, in imitation of the fur. The modern stiff silk hat was commonly called a beaver until recently.
    • n beaver A glove made of beaver's fur.
    • n beaver A thick and warm cloth used for garments by both sexes. The thickest quality is used for overcoats.
    • beaver Made of beaver or of the fur of the beaver: as, a beaver hat; beaver gloves.
    • n beaver In medieval armor, originally a protection for the lower part of the face and cheeks, fixed securely to the armor of the neck and breast, and sufficiently large to allow the head to turn behind it. In this form it was worn throughout the fifteenth century with headpieces other than the armet. In English armor it was the movable protection for the lower part of the face, while the vizor covered the upper part; it is therefore nearly the same as the aventaile (which see). In the sixteenth century the movable beaver was confounded with the vizor.
    • beaver See bever.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beavers can hold their breath for 45 minutes.
    • n Beaver bēv′ėr an amphibious rodent quadruped valuable for its fur: the fur of the beaver: a hat made of the beaver's fur: a hat: a glove of beaver fur
    • n Beaver bēv′ėr in medieval armour, the covering for the lower part of the face, the visor being that for the upper part—later the movable beaver was confounded with the visor
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Idioms

Busy as a beaver - If you're as busy as a beaver, you're very busy indeed.
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Eager beaver - A person who is extremely keen is an eager beaver.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bever, AS. beofer, befer,; akin to D. bever, OHG. bibar, G. biber, Sw. bäfver, Dan. bæver, Lith. bebru, Russ. bobr', Gael. beabhar, Corn. befer, L. fiber, and Skr. babhrus, large ichneumon; also as an adj., brown, the animal being probably named from its color. √253. See Brown
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
So called from a fancied likeness to a child's bib. O. Fr. bavière, from bave, slaver.

Usage

In literature:

A beaver colony returned to its former haunts at the foot of Long's Peak and was working night and day.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
Jenny the Beaver was late for her job.
"FreeChildrenStories.com Collection" by Daniel Errico
Beavers now only live in Canada.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
Those beavers are my beavers.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
No doubt he talked with Joseph Frobisher in his quaint home on Beaver Hall Hill.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
As the beaver does not eat fish, I inquired of Tecaughretanego why the beavers made such large dams?
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
I read of a beaver that cut down a tree which was held in such a way that it did not fall, but simply dropped down the height of the stump.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
The explorers were heavily fined, and a large quantity of their beaver was seized to satisfy the revenue tax.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
Father Xavier looked at it in wondering admiration, and at last asked Black Beaver what he called it.
"The Galaxy" by Various
Eadie Beaver put the parson in here while I was in the city on a special trip.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
It was on the bank of a little beaver stream that debouched into Beaver River.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
They were a pair of beavers beginning a dam for the next winter.
"With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga" by W. Bert Foster
Massa Beaver have it fixed disaway, he 'low each family a piece of groun' and dey can raise what dey likes.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
The next day he and Jenny Stupe and the baby, tired and hungry, entered Fort McIntosh on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Big Beaver.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
This emptied into the Ohio River a few miles below Beaver Creek, his former home.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Until the arrival of Europeans the natives were obliged to clothe themselves with skins of the beaver and other animals.
"Glimpses of the Past" by W. O. Raymond
Nothing can pass upstream or down without going by the beaver-dams, and the beavers are always on the watch.
"Bear Brownie" by H. P. Robinson
I see a beaver house one day las' winter standin' right in the middle o' the pond which the beavers had made.
"Scouting with Daniel Boone" by Everett T. Tomlinson
Look at th' beaver, man!
"Bring Me His Ears" by Clarence E. Mulford
Beaver and otter, apparently, live peaceably for weeks in the same beaver lodge or house.
"Fur Farming" by A. R. Harding
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In poetry:

I had no where to go,
I had no money to spend:
"O come with me," the Beaver said,
"I live at the world's end."
"A Ballad of The Kind Little Creatures" by Richard Le Gallienne
"Nor aileth any at the farm,
Nor is our cheer less free,
But I must haste to Beaver Dam,
Fitzgibbon there to see.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
"Does the world ever end!"
To the Beaver then said I:
"O yes! the green world ends," he said,
"Up there in the blue sky."
"A Ballad of The Kind Little Creatures" by Richard Le Gallienne
And save the dreadnought band; and give
To Beaver Dam a name,
The pride of true Canadian hearts,
Of others, but the shame.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
"Splash, dash!
Rumble and crash!
Here come the beavers gay;
See what they do,
Rosy, for you,
Because you helped me one day."
"Splash, Dash!" by Louisa May Alcott
Leave me in the Great Lone Country,
For I shall not be afraid
With the shy moose and the beaver
There within my scarlet shade.
"The Grave-Tree" by Bliss William Carman

In news:

Smokestack emissions in Beaver won't pose hazards.
Smokestack emissions in Beaver won't pose hazards.
William Beavers indicted on tax fraud charges.
Thriller Rod Lott Not to be confused with 2007's Steel Trap, 1952's The Steel Trap is an obscure slice of semi-noir in a Leave It to Beaver world.
Garry Meier talks about the woman who nearly got buried in mud while clearing a beaver dam.
After being postponed on Jan 3 from a potential game with Beaver Local, the Fitch basketball team could hardly wait to finally hit the court for the first time in 2012.
I was at the 3BA Basketball press conference today where former Oregon State Beaver and NBA champion AC Green was on hand to talk about the 3BA franchise he will be bringing to the Rose City.
Beaver on the Bronx River Photo.
Firefighters respond to call in North Beaver Township.
NEW CASTLE — Multiple departments responded to a vehicle and garage fire in North Beaver Township Thursday.
Beaver Stadium at Penn State on Saturday.
Cougars, Beavers expected to take to the air today.
A Tough Mudder navigates hanging wires charged with 10,000 volts of electricity during the Electroshock Therapy obstacle at this year's event at Beaver Creek Resort on Saturday.
In only 10 minutes an Ellis County jury convicted Richard Garfield Beavers, 58, of Driving While Intoxicated, sentencing Beavers the maximum punishment, 365.
Toasting Beaver Stadium's half-century.
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In science:

Brady, “The busy beaver game and the meaning of life,” in The Universal Turing Machine. A Half-Century Survey, edited by R.
Indeterminism and Randomness Through Physics
Other examples of non-computable numbers are known: the Chaitin’s constant Ω ; the real number such that its n-th digits equals 1 if a given universal TM halts for input n, and 0 otherwise (see); the real number whose digits express the solutions of the busy beaver problem.
A definable number which cannot be approximated algorithmically
Solving the halting problem for smal l machines D(n), like m(s) and C (s), is a non-computable function, but one may use the results from a problem popular among computer scientists called the Busy Beaver problem.
Assessing Cognitive Randomness: A Kolmogorov Complexity Approach
The Busy Beaver problem is the problem of finding a value Σ(n) for the maximum number of 1s a TM with n states can produce before halting, when starting from an empty input.
Assessing Cognitive Randomness: A Kolmogorov Complexity Approach
We add also several simple observations relating lower semicomputable random reals and busy beaver functions.
Random semicomputable reals revisited
Beaver, “Multiparty protocols tolerating half faulty processors,” in 9th Annual International Cryptology Conference CRYPTO, ser.
Social Secret Sharing for Resource Management in Cloud
They modeled the porous sphere by applying the Beavers-Joseph-Saffman (BJS) boundary condition on its surface to order ǫ.
Hydrodynamic forces on steady and oscillating porous particles
Beavers, G. S. & Joseph, D. D. 1967 Boundary conditions at a naturally permeable wall, J.
Hydrodynamic forces on steady and oscillating porous particles
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