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  • BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a flowering plant of the Pineapple family. Range: In swamps and along rivers from Delaware to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri and southern Indiana. Photograph by G. Clyde Fisher
    BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a flowering plant of the Pineapple family. Range: In swamps and along rivers from Delaware to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri and southern Indiana. Photograph by G. Clyde Fisher
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv baldly in a bald manner "this book is, to put it baldly, an uneven work."
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A man looks at his bald head in his reflection while his two wives busy themselves in the background A man looks at his bald head in his reflection while his two wives busy themselves in the background
A bald man approaches his home with two vases A bald man approaches his home with two vases

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Peladophobia refers to the fear of bald people
    • adv Baldly Nakedly; without reserve; inelegantly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bald men have the same amount of hair on their heads as other men.
    • baldly So as to be bald, in any sense of that word.
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  • Don Herold
    Don Herold
    “There's one thing about baldness, it's neat.”
  • Tom Sharp
    Tom Sharp
    “I don't consider myself bald, I'm just taller than my hair.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “The tenderest spot in a man's make-up is sometimes the bald spot on top of his head.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.”
  • Francis Picabia
    “All beliefs are bald ideas.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald.”


Bald as a coot - A person who is completely bald is as bald as a coot.


In literature:

"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The gardener had a perfectly bald head.
"More William" by Richmal Crompton
Over this woman stood the bank employee shouting at the top of his voice to a bald-headed prisoner with shining eyes.
"The Awakening" by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
He tried to imagine Ardea in Nan's place, but the thing was baldly unimaginable.
"The Quickening" by Francis Lynde
One could not get as bald-headed as you are without having been much in love.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume IV (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Gentlemen are more liable to baldness than ladies, owing, no doubt, to the use of the close hat, which confines and overheats the head.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
I told him all my story, and all the time he kept on scratching his bald head, full of incredulous perplexity.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
A few wisps of thin gray hair were brushed smoothly across the top of his bald head.
"Tales Of Hearsay" by Joseph Conrad
He introduced the other man, a calm-faced, balding individual in a dark suit.
"Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X" by Victor Appleton
These were stated baldly, briefly, but for that very quality they rang luridly dramatic.
"The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock
The tree containing it, a variety of the wild cherry, stood upon the brink of the bald summit of a high mountain.
"A Book of Natural History" by Various
Eagle, bald, and fish hawk, 51, 52.
"The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" by John Muir
An old Man, seen in a profile view, having a short beard and a bald head.
"Rembrandt and His Works" by John Burnet
Beneath my old bald, freckled roof, I'd store some facts on warp and woof and other things like those.
"Rippling Rhymes" by Walt Mason
Come hither, goodman bald-pate: do you know me?
"Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare
For once, Jonas thought, he was lucky; the bald man appeared, after some fifteen minutes of screaming and cursing.
"Wizard" by Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
Perhaps it was his nearly bald scalp, perhaps the thick, bookish glasses in heavy brown frames.
"Vigorish" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The "social worker or something" was a large, balding man about six feet tall.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
When he took off his old Panama hat, Miss Bibby saw, quite with a shock, the bald patch at the back of his head.
"In the Mist of the Mountains" by Ethel Turner
Captain Blastblow was a man of forty, with a bald head and red whiskers.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

It is not growing like a tree
in bulk, doth make Man better be;
or standing long an oak three hundred year,
to fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere;
"The Noble Nature" by Ben Jonson
From bald and sun-parched earth it rises,
One lonely birch, high towering--
Upon its withered crown wide spreading,
Green leafage never more will sing.
"The Birch Tree" by Ivan Nikitin
Hugging your very wicked gold
Within a greasy belt,
You paddle exulting like a bald ape
That glories to defile,
Unmindful of two hot young streams
Of tears.
"Vengeance" by Edward Powys Mathers
A pauper in the swift denominating
Of a bald cliff with a proper name, having words
As strumpets only, I cannot beat off
Invincible modes of the sea, hearing:
"A Pauper" by Allen Tate
"Hark!" said Olaf to his Scald,
Halfred the Bald,
"Listen to that song, and learn it!
Half my kingdom would I give,
As I live,
If by such songs you would earn it!
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf V. -- The Skerry Of Shri" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And lush and lithe do the creepers clothe
Yon wall I watch, with a wealth of green:
Its bald red bricks draped, nothing loath,
In lappets of tangle they laugh between.
"A Wall" by Robert Browning

In news:

'I'm 300 pounds and I'm bald and I scream,' says Damian Abraham.
French producer Frederic Galliano leads a unique group featuring four talented female vocalists from across Africa: Hadja Kouyate (Guinea), Aissate Balde (Senegal), Mounira Michala (Chad) and Tiqist Mibrat (Ethiopia).
Bald joins the Harmon glazing team.
Bald has 13 years of experience in the glazing industry, coming to Harmon from Trainor where he was the regional manager of the Mid-Atlantic region.
Commercial glazing company Harmon Inc announced that Jim Bald joined the Baltimore office as general manager.
A pair of Bald Eagles can often be seen from the Colliding Rivers in Glide .
You may have caught our story in the Nov 9 Spotlight about Spirit, the juvenile bald eagle that was shot Oct 12 in Columbia County.
The graying, balding " Granddad Bandit" who has admitted to holding up 25 banks in 14 states is set to be sentenced in Virginia.
The balding, middle-aged man does not look the part of a criminal mastermind, with his wire-rimmed glasses, polo shirts and paunch.
Clingmans Dome to Silers Bald.
Clingmans Dome to Silers Bald via Appalachian Trail.
Dania Maxwell/Staff Employees of Greenling Roofing, Inc, fix roof damage, resulting from an early morning fire inside an apartment at the Naples Bath and Tennis Club at 1820 Bald Eagle Drive on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, in Naples, Fla.
What could be better than watching baby bald eagles hatch, grow and learn to fly on last year's live streaming eagle cam.
Here are celebrities without most of the hair on their heads -- the bold, the brave, the bald.
Like a grey Elvis pompadour or a balding man's ponytail.

In science:

Schulz-Baldes, “The noncommutative geometry of the quantum Hall effect,” J.
Constructive Fractional-Moment Criteria for Localization in Random Operators
Schultz-Baldes, The noncommutative geometry of the quantum Hal l effect, J.
Fredholm Indices and the Phase Diagram of Quantum Hall Systems
We test H0 : π = π ′ against HA : π 6= π ′ using the test proposed in Balding et al. (2008) (in what follows we will denote it by BFFS test).
Testing statistical hypothesis on random trees and applications to the protein classification problem
Balding, D., Ferrari, P., Fraiman, R. and Sued, M. (2008).
Testing statistical hypothesis on random trees and applications to the protein classification problem
Right panel: anti-correlation between the iron Ka fluorescent line EW and the X-ray luminosity (the ”X-ray Bald win effect” or “Iwasawa effect”) in a large sample of unobscured AGN observed by XMM-Newton (Bianchi et al., in preparation).
X-ray obscuration in local Universe AGN
In this preprint, we consider trees that have a root and evolve forward in time in discrete generations, and each parent node (or vertex) having up to m offspring nodes in the next generation, as in Balding el al(2004), BFFS from now on.
A distance based test on random trees
Balding, D., Ferrari, P., Fraiman, R. and Sued, M. (2004), Limit theorems for sequences of random trees.
A distance based test on random trees
After formation, a black hole decays in several phases, termed balding, spindown, Schwarzschild, and Planck.
High-energy black hole production
Hence except for bald cypresses, each tree species seem to result from a (perhaps) different first order inhomogeneous Poisson process.
Overall and Pairwise Segregation Tests Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Tavaré, S., Balding, D., Griffiths, R., and Donnelly, P. (1997).
Expectation-Propagation for Likelihood-Free Inference
RSSE criterion (9) following Nunes and Balding (2010), based on the same randomly selected subset of n∗ = 100 samples (θ i, si ) = (θtrue, sobs ) as ‘observed’ datasets.
A comparative review of dimension reduction methods in approximate Bayesian computation
Issues in the balding and Planck phases of the produced black hole are discussed.
Black holes and the LHC: A review
This stage is called the balding phase after the ‘no-hair’ theorem.
Black holes and the LHC: A review
The statistical challenge of the GWASs is the required multiple testing correction to account for the large number of associations (> 106 ) to be tested, see, e.g., Balding (2006).
Genome-wide association studies with high-dimensional phenotypes
The example ”the present king of France is bald” comes out as ”there is at least, and at most, one person that rules over France, and who ever rules France is bald”.
Does Meaning Evolve?