from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A high-ranking Christian cleric, in modern churches usually in charge of a diocese and in some churches regarded as having received the highest ordination in unbroken succession from the apostles.
- n. Games A usually miter-shaped chess piece that can move diagonally across any number of unoccupied spaces.
- n. Mulled port spiced with oranges, sugar, and cloves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A high ranking official in the Catholic church who governs a diocese, or a similar official in other denominations and religions. (Occasionally abbreviated as Bp. when used as a title.)
- n. A piece that may be moved only diagonally.
- n. penis (see bash the bishop).
- n. sex toy.
- v. To make (a horse) seem younger, by cutting its teeth short, then scooping out an oval cavity in the corner nippers and burning it black with a hot iron.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director.
- n. In the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Anglican or Protestant Episcopal churches, one ordained to the highest order of the ministry, superior to the priesthood, and generally claiming to be a successor of the Apostles. The bishop is usually the spiritual head or ruler of a diocese, bishopric, or see.
- n. In the Methodist Episcopal and some other churches, one of the highest church officers or superintendents.
- n. A piece used in the game of chess, bearing a representation of a bishop's miter; -- formerly called archer.
- n. A beverage, being a mixture of wine, oranges or lemons, and sugar.
- n. An old name for a woman's bustle.
- transitive v. To admit into the church by confirmation; to confirm; hence, to receive formally to favor.
- transitive v. To make seem younger, by operating on the teeth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To administer the rite of confirmation to; admit solemnly into the church; confirm.
- To confirm (anything) formally.
- To appoint to the office of bishop.
- To let (milk, etc.) burn while cooking: in allusion to the proverb, “The bishop has put his foot in it.”
- [Supposed to be from Bishop, the name of a horse-dealer.] In farriery, to make (an old horse) look like a young one, or to give a good appearance to (a bad horse) in order to deceive purchasers.
- [From a man named Bishop, who in 1831 drowned a boy in order to sell his body for dissection. Cf. burke.] To murder by drowning.
- n. An overseer: once applied to Christ in the New Testament.
- n. In the earliest usage of the Christian church, a spiritual overseer, whether of a local church or of a number of churches; a ruler or director in the church. See elder and presbyter.
- n. From an early time, an overseer over a number of local churches; particularly, in the Greek, Oriental, Roman Catholic, and Anglican churches, the title of the highest order in the ministry. See episcopacy.
- n. A name formerly given to a chief priest of any religion.
- n. A name given in the United States about 1850 to a woman's bustle.
- n. A hot drink made with bitter oranges, cloves, and port wine.
- n. In entomology: A name of various heteropterous hemipterous insects, also called bishop's-miters. They injure fruit by piercing it, and emit an intolerable odor.
- n. A name of the lady-birds, the small beetles of the family Coccinellidæ.
- n. One of the pieces or men in chess, having its upper part carved into the shape of a miter. Formerly called archer. See chess.
- n. A bishop in relation to his comprovincial bishops and their archbishop or metropolitan. This title is used of the other bishops of the Church of England in relation to the archbishops.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (chess) a piece that can be moved diagonally over unoccupied squares of the same color
- n. port wine mulled with oranges and cloves
- n. a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ
One can make a meta-linguistic move and use paraphrases like ˜the bishop mentioned first™ and the ˜bishop mentioned second™, but precisely which bishop was mentioned first?
What image of a bishop, for instance, could possibly form in his mind when I rapped our code-sign for _bishop_?
[641: 3] "You ought to know that the bishop is in the Church and the Church in the bishop, and _if any be not with the bishop_, that _he is not in the Church_."
DRYDEN'S translation of Virgil being commended by a right reverend bishop, Lord Chesterfield said, "The original is indeed excellent; but everything suffers by a _translation_, -- except a _bishop_!"
Christians take the title bishop (used at first only in the plural) to designate their rulers?
Epistles to Timothy and Titus, which is assisted by a supposed analogy between the position of the Apostles and of their successors; although the term bishop is clearly used in the passages referred to as well as in other parts of the New Testament indistinguishably from Presbyter, and the magisterial authority of bishops in after ages is unlike rather than like the personal authority of the Apostles in the beginning of the Gospel.
The term bishop is never once used to denote a different office from that of elder or presbyter.
Meetings, and if unsuitable persons are chosen, the fault rests with them The description which Paul has given of a good bishop will apply to ministers and elders, for the term bishop only means an overseer in spiritual things.
There can be a distinction between two levels of the second tier of ministry, and we can use the title bishop for the top level, and presbyter for the bottom, so long as we understand that we aren't endorsing an essential, Apostolicly-instituted distinction between the two.
However, I have read that in some places being (or dressing?) as a priest, or even better, a bishop is an irresistable provocation to some women.
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