from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The line of the intersection of the keel, dead-wood, stem, and stern-post of a ship with the outer surface of the frame-timbers. Also called bearding-line and stepping-point.
  • noun The diminution of the edge or surface of a piece of timber from a given line, as in the stem, dead-wood, etc., of a ship.

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  • verb Present participle of beard.


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  • CLIFFORD STREIT'S new play could very well make the term "bearding" a household word.

    NYDN Rss

  • Forrester didn't like the idea of bearding the artisan in his workshop; it made him feel uncomfortable, and after a while he put his finger on the reason.

    Pagan Passions

  • I felt somewhat flattered by this encouraging condescension, and I admit now that I did not feel particularly happy at the idea of bearding the thieving lion, with his hyena-like satellites, in his den.

    The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)

  • Famously, Newman and his soon-to-be-wife Joanne Woodward became friends with Gore Vidal, and in the most egregious example of "bearding" in history, Woodward agreed to act, temporarily, as Vidal's "fiancée" to exempt him from conservative disapproval

    Mail & Guardian Online

  • "I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way."

    Timothy D. Slekar: Do Not Judge, Do Not Condemn

  • Alarmed by Russian pogroms and the anti-Semitic Dreyfus trial in France, Herzl wrote a manifesto, "The Jewish State" (1895), and a novel, "The Old-New Land" (1900), before bearding the German Kaiser at the gates of Jerusalem.

    City of Peace—and War

  • I turned to look at the cave, waiting for the icy fear to set in, but I felt nothing but an entirely reasonable nervousness at the thought of bearding Raziel in his den.


  • This was an event worthy of clearing my calendar and bearding the lioness in her den.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters

  • He says that in a certain nameless city ( "wherein men slaved for dollars and women for dress") he got the idea, being tapped out, of bearding the editor of a local newspaper, the Clarion, and showing this person a tramp sketch.

    “And must I. . .who am weary, travel always your trail until I die?”

  • If I carried weight in Washington it was news to me, and bearding Sam Grant on this crackpot's behalf wasn't my idea of a jolly afternoon.



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  • I just bought some quilt batting and was surprised by the phrase "Will not Beard" on the packaging. Apparently "bearding" is also when quilt batting comes through the fabric of a quilt.

    April 29, 2010

  • From bearding the lion in his den, correct?

    April 7, 2010