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

bureaucracy

  1. nonelective government officials

    Synonyms : bureaucratism
    Type Of : government officials, officialdom
  2. a government that is administered primarily by bureaus that are staffed with nonelective officials

    Type Of : authorities, government, regime
  3. any organization in which action is obstructed by insistence on unnecessary procedures and red tape

    Type Of : organisation, organization

bulwark

  1. a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away

    Synonyms : breakwater, groin, groyne, jetty, mole, seawall
    Type Of : barrier
  2. an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

    Synonyms : rampart, wall
    Type Of : embankment
  3. a fencelike structure around a deck (usually plural)

    Type Of : barrier
  4. defend with a bulwark

    Type Of : defend

brusque

  1. marked by rude or peremptory shortness

    Synonyms : brusk, curt, short
    Examples :
    • try to cultivate a less brusque manner

broach

  1. bring up a topic for discussion

    Synonyms : initiate
    Type Of : discuss, hash out, talk over
  2. a decorative pin worn by women

    Synonyms : breastpin, brooch
    Type Of : pin

bristle

  1. rise up as in fear

    Synonyms : stand up, uprise
    Examples :
    • The dog's fur bristled
  2. be in a state of movement or action

    Synonyms : abound, burst
    Type Of : have, feature
    Examples :
    • The garden bristled with toddlers
  3. a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic

    Type Of : fiber, fibre
  4. a stiff hair

    Type Of : hair
  5. have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles

    Type Of : feature, have
  6. react in an offended or angry manner

    Type Of : react, respond
    Examples :
    • He bristled at her suggestion that he should teach her how to use the program