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Etymology 1

Compare Old French baer (to open the mouth); French bayer

Verb

Infinitive
to ba

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to ba (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) (obsolete) To kiss.

Etymology 2

Egyptian bA

Noun

Singular
ba

Plural
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ba ({{{1}}})
  1. In ancient Egyptian mythology, a being's soul or personality, represented as a bird-headed figure, which survives after death but must be sustained with offerings of food.
    • 1983: But the Ba, I remembered, could be seen as the mistress of your heart and might or might not decide to speak to you, just as the heart cannot always forgive. — Norman Mailer, Ancient Evenings

Kurdish

Noun

ba m.

  1. wind

Mandarin

Pronunciation

Noun

ba (Pinyin bā, traditional and simplified )

  1. (Beginning Mandarin) eight

Pronunciation

Verb

ba (Pinyin bǎ)

  1. a special type of helping verb which, when placed in front of the object of a sentence, allows for the object of the sentence to be placed before the verb. This allows for greater flexibility in complex sentence construction.
    桌子
    dāo fàng zài zhuōzi shàng
    he put the knife on the table (literal word order of original: he knife put at table top)
  2. (prefix) to guard; to have control over
    把守 (Pinyin bǎshǒu, to guard; to defend)
    把握 (Pinyin bǎwò, to grasp; to control; to master)

Noun

ba (Pinyin bǎ)

  1. measure word for anything that can be held in one's hand
    (Pinyin sān dāo, three knives)
  2. handle

ba (Pinyin bā, traditional and simplified )

  1. eight

Modal particle

ba (Pinyin , traditional and simplified )

  1. used at the end of a sentence to indicate a suggested action; let us ...; why don't you ...
    zou ba! ()
    let's go!

See also

  • (Min Nan) () special helping verb

Phonetic syllable

ba (Pinyin , traditional and simplified )

  1. transliteration for ba or bar

Pinyin

ba (form of ba0 or ba5)

  1. : trumpet
  2. :
  3. : public office
  4. : emphatic final particle

Phonetic syllable

ba

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, , , , or .

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


References

  • Shao, Jingmin (ed.) (2000). HSK Dictionary (HSK汉语水平考试词典) (in Mandarin/English). Shanghai: Huadong Teachers College Publishers. ISBN 7561720785.

Vietnamese

Pronunciation

Noun

ba

  1. father

Numeral

ba

  1. (cardinal) three

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Volapük

Adverb

ba

  1. perhaps

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