befuddle

  1. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

    Synonyms : bedevil, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • This question befuddled even the teacher
  2. make stupid with alcohol

    Synonyms : fuddle
    Type Of : soak, inebriate, intoxicate

bastion

  1. a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle

    Synonyms : citadel
    Type Of : stronghold, fastness
  2. a group that defends a principle

    Type Of : defense force, defence, defence force, defense
    Examples :
    • a bastion against corruption
    • the last bastion of communism
  3. projecting part of a rampart or other fortification

    Type Of : fortification, munition

bard

  1. put a caparison on

    Synonyms : barde, caparison, dress up
    Type Of : embellish, grace, ornament, adorn, beautify, decorate
  2. a lyric poet

    Type Of : poet
  3. an ornamental caparison for a horse

    Type Of : trapping, housing, caparison

bane

  1. something causing misery or death

    Synonyms : curse, nemesis, scourge
    Type Of : affliction
    Examples :
    • the bane of my life

banality

  1. a trite or obvious remark

    Synonyms : bromide, cliche, commonplace, platitude
    Type Of : comment, input, remark, truism

banal

  1. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

    Synonyms : commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn

balk

  1. the area on a billiard table behind the balkline

    Synonyms : baulk
    Type Of : expanse, area, surface area
    Examples :
    • a player with ball in hand must play from the balk
  2. one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

    Synonyms : baulk, rafter
    Type Of : beam
  3. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

    Synonyms : baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment
    Type Of : difficulty
  4. refuse to comply

    Synonyms : baulk, jib, resist
    Type Of : disobey
  5. an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base

    Type Of : delivery, pitch

buttress

  1. a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building

    Synonyms : buttressing
    Type Of : support
  2. make stronger or defensible

    Type Of : strengthen, beef up, fortify
    Examples :
    • buttress your thesis
  3. reinforce with a buttress

    Type Of : reinforce, reenforce

burnish

  1. polish and make shiny

    Synonyms : buff, furbish
    Type Of : smoothen, smooth, polish, shine
  2. the property of being smooth and shiny

    Synonyms : gloss, glossiness, polish
    Type Of : effulgence, shine, smoothness, refulgency, radiance, radiancy, refulgence

burgeon

  1. grow and flourish

    Type Of : grow
    Examples :
    • The burgeoning administration
    • The burgeoning population