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British disease  


      n   usually preceded by: the   the pattern of strikes and industrial unrest in the 1970s and early 1980s supposed by many during this time to be endemic in Britain and to weaken the British economy  
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British  
      adj  
1    relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Britain or any of the natives, citizens, or inhabitants of the United Kingdom  
2    relating to or denoting the English language as spoken and written in Britain, esp. the S dialect generally regarded as standard  
   See also       Southern British English       Received Pronunciation  
3    relating to or denoting the ancient Britons  
      n  
4    functioning as pl   the natives or inhabitants of Britain  
5    the extinct Celtic language of the ancient Britons  
   See also       Brythonic  
  Britishness      n  


British Antarctic Territory  
      n   a UK Overseas Territory in the S Atlantic: created in 1962 and consisting of the South Shetland Islands, the South Orkney Islands, and Graham Land; formerly part of the Falkland Islands Dependencies  
British Association screw thread  
      n     (Engineering)   a system of screw sizes designated from 0 to 25. Now superseded by standard metric sizes,   (Abbrev)    BA  
British Cameroons  
      pl n   a former British trust territory of West Africa  
   See       Cameroon  
British Civil Airworthiness Requirements  
      pl n   (in Britain) documents specifying aerodynamic, engineering design, construction, and performance requirements, which must be met before an aircraft is given permission to fly  
British Columbia  
      n   a province of W Canada, on the Pacific coast: largely mountainous with extensive forests, rich mineral resources, and important fisheries. Capital: Victoria. Pop.: 3933300 (1997 est.). Area: 930532 sq. km (359279 sq. miles),   (Abbrev)    BC  
  British Columbian      n, adj  
British Commonwealth of Nations  
      n      the former name of the       Commonwealth  
British Council  
      n   an organization founded (1934) to extend the influence of British culture and education throughout the world  
British disease  
      n   usually preceded by: the   the pattern of strikes and industrial unrest in the 1970s and early 1980s supposed by many during this time to be endemic in Britain and to weaken the British economy  
British East Africa  
      n   the former British possessions of Uganda, Kenya, Tanganyika, and Zanzibar, before their independence in the 1960s  
British Empire  
      n   (formerly) the United Kingdom and the territories under its control, which reached its greatest extent at the end of World War I when it embraced over a quarter of the world's population and more than a quarter of the world's land surface  
British Guiana  
      n      the former name (until 1966) of       Guyana  
British Honduras  
      n      the former name of       Belize  
British India  
      n   the 17 provinces of India formerly governed by the British under the British sovereign: ceased to exist in 1947 when the independent states of India and Pakistan were created  
British Indian Ocean Territory  
      n   a UK Overseas Territory in the Indian Ocean: consists of the Chagos Archipelago (formerly a dependency of Mauritius) and formerly included (until 1976) Aldabra, Farquhar, and Des Roches, now administratively part of the Seychelles. Diego Garcia is an important naval base  
British Isles  
      pl n   a group of islands in W Europe, consisting of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Orkney, the Shetland Islands, the Channel Islands belonging to Great Britain, and the islands adjacent to these  
British Israelite  
      n   a member of a religious movement claiming that the British people are descended from the lost tribes of Israel  
British Legion  
      n     (Brit)   an organization founded in 1921 to provide services and assistance for former members of the armed forces  
British Library  
      n   the British national library, formed in 1973 from the British Museum library and other national collections: housed mainly in the British Museum until 1997 when a purpose-built library in St Pancras, London, was completed  
British List  
      n   a list, maintained by the British Ornithologists' Union, of birds accepted as occurring at least once in the British Isles  
British Museum  
      n   a museum in London, founded in 1753: contains one of the world's richest collections of antiquities and (until 1997) most of the British Library  
British National Party  
      n   (in Britain) a neo-Nazi political party,   (Abbrev)    BNP  
British North America  
      n   (formerly) Canada or its constituent regions or provinces that formed part of the British Empire  
British Somaliland  
      n   a former British protectorate (1884--1960) in E Africa, on the Gulf of Aden: united with Italian Somaliland in 1960 to form the Somali Republic  
British Standard brass thread  
      n     (Engineering)   a Whitworth screw thread having 26 threads per inch, used for thin-walled tubing and designated by the diameter of the tubing,   (Abbrev)    BSB  
British Standard fine thread  
      n     (Engineering)   a screw thread having a Whitworth profile but a finer pitch for a given diameter,   (Abbrev)    BSF  
British Standard pipe thread  
      n     (Engineering)   a screw thread of Whitworth profile used for piping and designated by the bore of the pipe,   (Abbrev)    BSP  
British Standards Institution  
      n   an association, founded in London in 1901, that establishes and maintains standards for units of measurements, clothes sizes, technical terminology, etc., as used in Britain,   (Abbrev)    BSI      Compare       National Bureau of Standards       International Standards Organization  
British Standard Time  
      n   the standard time used in Britain all the year round from 1968 to 1971, set one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and equalling Central European Time  
British Standard Whitworth thread  
      n      See       Whitworth screw thread     (Abbrev)    BSW  
British Summer Time  
      n   time set one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time: used in Britain from the end of March to the end of October, providing an extra hour of daylight in the evening,   (Abbrev)    BST      Compare       daylight-saving time  
British Technology Group  
      n   a government-appointed organization formed in 1981 by the merger of the National Enterprise Board and the National Research and Development Corporation to encourage and finance technological innovation,   (Abbrev)    BTG  
British thermal unit  
      n   a unit of heat in the fps system equal to the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water by 1°F. 1 British thermal unit is equivalent to 1055.06 joules or 251.997 calories,   (Abbrevs)    btu, BThU  
British Union of Fascists  
      n   the British fascist party founded by Sir Oswald Mosley (1932), which advocated a strong corporate state and promoted anti-Semitism  
British Virgin Islands  
      pl n   a UK Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, consisting of 36 islands in the E Virgin Islands: formerly part of the Federation of the Leeward Islands (1871--1956). Capital: Road Town, on Tortola. Pop.: 17000 (1993 est.). Area: 153 sq. km (59 sq. miles)  
British warm  
      n   an army officer's short thick overcoat  
British West Africa  
      n   the former British possessions of Nigeria, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, and the Gold Coast, and the former trust territories of Togoland and Cameroons  
British West Indies  
      pl n   the states in the Caribbean that are members of the Commonwealth: the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  
Southern British English  
      n   the dialect of spoken English regarded as standard in England and considered as having high social status in comparison with other British English dialects. Historically, it is derived from the S East Midland dialect of Middle English,   (Abbrev.)    SBE      See also       Received Pronunciation  

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adj.
Suffering for a disease; destroyed
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in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
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(british slang) "a strong drink" as in "i need a stiff whisky so pour me a real snorter", or (nautical slang) "a strong wind".
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease
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