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      n   a sharp increase in the birth rate of a population, esp. the one that occurred after World War II,   (Also called (esp. Brit.))    the bulge  
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      n   pl   , -bies  
a    a newborn or recently born child; infant  
b    (as modifier)  
baby food     
2    the youngest or smallest of a family or group  
a    a newborn or recently born animal  
b    (as modifier)  
baby rabbits     
4    Usually derogatory   an immature person  
5    Slang   a young woman or sweetheart: often used as a term of address expressing affection  
6    a project of personal concern  
7    be left holding the baby   to be left with the responsibility  
8    throw the baby out with the bath water   to lose the essential element by indiscriminate rejection  
9    prenomial   comparatively small of its type  
a baby car     
      vb   , -bies, -bying, -bied   tr  
10    to treat with love and attention  
11    to treat (someone) like a baby; pamper or overprotect  
     (C14: probably childish reduplication; compare mama, papa)  
  babyhood      n  
  babyish      adj  

baby bonus  
      n     (Canadian)  
informal   family allowance  
baby boom  
      n   a sharp increase in the birth rate of a population, esp. the one that occurred after World War II,   (Also called (esp. Brit.))    the bulge  
      n   a person born during a baby boom, esp. (in Britain and the U.S.) one born during the years 1945--55  
      n   Trademark   a seat on springs suspended from a door frame, etc., in which a baby may be placed for exercise  
baby buggy  
1      (Brit)   trademark   a kind of child's light pushchair  
2      (U.S. and Canadian)  
informal   a small pram  
baby carriage  
      n     (Also)    baby buggy      the U.S. and Canadian name for       pram   1  
1    a smooth round face like a baby's  
2    a person with such a face  
baby grand  
      n   a small grand piano, approximately 5 feet long  
   Compare       boudoir grand       concert grand  
      n   a person who is paid to look after other people's babies or very young children  
  baby-minding      n  
baby's-breath   , babies'-breath  
1    a tall Eurasian caryophyllaceous plant, Gypsophila paniculata, bearing small white or pink fragrant flowers  
2    any of several other plants, such as the grape hyacinth and certain bedstraws, that have small scented flowers  
      vb   , -sits, -sitting, -sat   intr   to act or work as a baby-sitter  
  baby-sitting      n, adj  
      n   a person who takes care of a child or children while the parents are out  
baby snatcher  
1    a person who steals a baby from its pram  
2       another name for       cradle snatcher  
baby talk  
1    the speech of very young children learning to talk  
2    an adult's imitation of this  
baby tooth  
      n      another term for       milk tooth  
      n   a light frame on casters or wheels to help a baby learn to walk,   (U.S. equivalent)    go-cart  
baby wipe  
      n   a disposable moistened medicated paper towel, usually supplied in a plastic drum or packet, used for cleaning babies  
blue baby  
      n   a baby born with a bluish tinge to the skin because of lack of oxygen in the blood, esp. caused by a congenital defect of the heart  
jelly baby  
      n     (Brit)   a small sweet made from a gelatinous substance formed to resemble a baby in shape  
Plunket baby  
      n     (N.Z.)  
informal   a baby brought up in infancy under the dietary recommendations of the Plunket Society  
rhesus baby  
      n   a baby suffering from haemolytic disease at birth as its red blood cells (which are Rh positive) have been attacked in the womb by antibodies from its Rh negative mother  
     (C20: see Rh factor)  
test-tube baby  
1    a fetus that has developed from an ovum fertilized in an artificial womb  
2    a baby conceived by artificial insemination  
war baby  
      n   a child born in wartime, esp. the illegitimate child of a soldier  

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      n   ankle-biter     (Austral. slang)   babe, babe in arms, bairn     (Scot.)   child, infant, newborn child, rug rat     (slang)   sprog     (slang)  
      adj   diminutive, dwarf, little, midget, mini, miniature, minute, pygmy or pigmy, small, teensy-weensy, teeny-weeny, tiny, wee  
      vb   coddle, cosset, humour, indulge, mollycoddle, overindulge, pamper, pet, spoil, spoon-feed  

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belly of a pregnant woman
line used to secure a sail when stowing it to the yard or boom, or any line used to lash items on a ship
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