from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The salted and smoked meat from the back and sides of a pig.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Hog's flesh, especially the back and sides, salted or pickled and dried, usually in smoke.
- noun Pork.
- noun 3. A hog; hence, a grossly fat person.
- noun 4. A rustic; a clown: in allusion to the fact that swine's flesh was the meat chiefly eaten by the rural population.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The back and sides of a pig salted and smoked; formerly, the flesh of a pig salted or fresh.
- noun (Zoöl.) a beetle (
Dermestes lardarius) which, especially in the larval state, feeds upon bacon, woolens, furs, etc. See Dermestes.
- noun [Colloq.] to save one's self or property from harm or loss.
- proper noun Roger Bacon. A celebrated English philosopher of the thirteenth century. Born at or near Ilchester, Somersetshire, about 1214: died probably at Oxford in 1294. He is credited with a recognition of the importance of experiment in answering questions about the natural world, recognized the potential importance of gunpowder and explosives generally, and wrote comments about several of the physical sciences that anticipated facts proven by experiment only much later.
- proper noun Francis Bacon. A celebrated English philosopher, jurist, and statesman, son of Sir Nicholas Bacon.
Born at York House, London, Jan. 22, 1561: died at Highgate, April 9, 1626, created
Baron VerulamJuly 12, 1618, and Viscount St. AlbansJan. 27, 1621: commonly, but incorrectly, called Lord Bacon. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, April, 1573, to March, 1575, and at Gray's Inn 1575; became attached to the embassy of Sir Amias Paulet in France in 1576; was admitted to the bar in 1582; entered Parliament in 1584; was knighted in 1603; became solicitor-general in 1607, and attorney-general in 1613; was made a privy councilor in 1616, lord keeper in 1617, and lord chancellor in 1618; and was tried in 1621 for bribery, condemned, fined, and removed from office. A notable incident of his career was his connection with the Earl of Essex, which began in July, 1591, remained an intimate friendship until the fall of Essex (1600-01), and ended in Bacon's active efforts to secure the conviction of the earl for treason. (See Essex.) His great fame rests upon his services as a reformer of the methods of scientific investigation; and though his relation to the progress of knowledge has been exaggerated and misunderstood, his reputation as one of the chief founders of modern inductive science is well grounded. His chief works are the "Advancement of Learning," published in English as "The Two Books of Francis Bacon of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning Divine and Human," in 1605; the "Novum organum sive indicia vera de interpretatione naturae," published in Latin, 1620, as a "second part" of the (incomplete) "Instauratio magna"; the "De dignitate et augmentis scientiarum," published in Latin in 1623; "Historia Ventorum" (1622), "Historia Vitae et Mortis" (1623), "Historia Densi et Rari" (posthumously, 1658), "Sylva Sylvarum" (posthumously, 1627), "New Atlantis," "Essays" (1597, 1612, 1625), "De Sapientia Veterum" (1609), "Apothegms New and Old," "History of Henry VII." (1622). Works edited by Ellis, Spedding, and Heath (7 vols. 1857); Life by Spedding (7 vols. 1861, 2 vols. 1878). See Shakspere.
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Curedmeat from the sides, belly, or back of a pig.
- noun Thin slices of the above in long strips.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun English scientist and Franciscan monk who stressed the importance of experimentation; first showed that air is required for combustion and first used lenses to correct vision (1220-1292)
- noun English statesman and philosopher; precursor of British empiricism; advocated inductive reasoning (1561-1626)
- noun back and sides of a hog salted and dried or smoked; usually sliced thin and fried
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English bæc, back.]
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From Middle English bacon ("meat from the back and sides of a pig"), from Anglo-Norman bacon, bacun ("ham, flitch, strip of lard"), from Old Low Frankish *bakō (“ham, flitch”), from Proto-Germanic *bakô, *bakkô (“back”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhAg- (“back, buttocks”). Cognate with Old High German bahho, bacho ("back, ham, side of bacon") (compare Alemannic German Bache, Bachen), Old Saxon baco ("back"), Dutch bake ("side of bacon, ham"), Old English bæc ("back"). More at back.
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