Pronunciation Noun

bean (plural beans)

  1. Any plant of several genera of the taxonomic family Fabaceae that produces large edible seeds or edible seedpods.
    • 2004, T. N. Shivenanda, B. R. V. Iyengar, Phosphorus Management in French Bean (Phaseolus Vulgaris L.), Ramdane Dris, S. Mohan Jain (editors), Production Practices and Quality Assessment of Food Crops, Volume 2: Plant Mineral Nutrition and Pesticide Management, page 79 ↗,
      Beans are a large group of leguminous vegetables that serve as a main source of proteins in human diet. This group comprises several species and some of them are Adzuki bean (Vigna angularis); Broad bean (Vicia faba); Cluster bean (Cyamposis tetragonoloba); French bean (Phaseolus vulgaris); […] .
  2. The large edible seed of such a plant (for example, a broad bean, navy bean or garbanzo bean).
  3. The edible seedpod of such a plant.
    Green beans, also called French beans, can be pickled and made into pickled beans.
  4. (by extension) The bean-like seed of certain other plants, such a a vanilla bean or (especially) a coffee bean.
  5. (by extension) An object resembling a pea or bean in shape, often made from plastic or styrofoam and used in large numbers as packing material or as stuffing for beanbags and similar items.
  6. (slang) The head or brain.
    • 1959, Maxwell Droke, You and the World to Come (page 173)
      Now, there was a perfectly sound forecast for you. Certainly a case of using the old bean. The surmise was perfectly logical.
  7. (slang) The clitoris.
    • 2010, Cynthia W. Gentry & Dana Fredst, What Women Really Want in Bed: The Surprising Secrets Women Wish Men Knew about Sex, Quiver (2010), ISBN 9781592333394, page 64 ↗:
      For one, don't stage a full-frontal assault on her bean.
  8. (slang, often, affectionate) A person.
    • 2000, April 9, Richard G Cheek, "Apologies, DimWit Dana", talk.politics.guns, Usenet:
      Sparky is a good bean, even if he is a carpet-bagging bean at that.
    • 2002 March 21, Yena, "oh my bloody god boys!",, Usenet:
      i dont want boid (whoever said that) he is mean. boid is a mean bean.
    • 2007, Alex Bradley, Hot Lunch, Penguin (ISBN 9781440619694)
      "Good, because we like you. You're okay. You're a good bean." "I never thought I'd be friends with a cheerleader," I said.
  9. (British, slang, archaic) A guinea coin.
  10. (British, slang, usually in the negative) Money.
    I haven't got a bean.
  11. (software) Clipping of JavaBean#English|JavaBean.
    • AppletInitializer Methods in this interface are used to initialize Beans that are also applets.“
      „The SelectionInList uses three ValueModels to hold the list, the selection and selection index and provides bound bean properties for these models. You can access, observe and replace these ValueModels. This is useful to connect a SelectionInList with other ValueModels; for example you can use the SelectionInList's selection holder as bean channel for a PresentationModel. Since the SelectionInList is a ValueModel, it is often used as bean channel. See the Binding tutorial classes for examples on how to connect a SelectionInList with a PresentationModel.“
  • German: Bohnenpflanze
Translations Translations
  • Russian: боб
  • Spanish: vaina
  • Russian: боб
  • German: Bean

bean (beans, present participle beaning; past and past participle beaned)

  1. (chiefly, baseball) To hit deliberately with a projectile, especially in the head.
    The pitcher beaned the batter, rather than letting him hit another home run.

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A village in Kent, Dartford.

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