To make seem younger, by operating on the teeth; as, to bishop an old horse or his teeth.
To admit into the church by confirmation; to confirm; hence, to receive formally to favor.
In the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Anglican or Protestant Episcopal churches, one ordained to the highest order of the ministry, superior to the priesthood, and generally claiming to be a successor of the Apostles. The bishop is usually the spiritual head or ruler of a diocese, bishopric, or see.
In the Methodist Episcopal and some other churches, one of the highest church officers or superintendents.
An old name for a woman's bustle.
A spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director.
A piece used in the game of chess, bearing a representation of a bishop's miter; -- formerly called archer.
A beverage, being a mixture of wine, oranges or lemons, and sugar.
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\bish"op\ (&?;), n. [oe. bischop, biscop, bisceop, as. bisceop, biscop, l. episcopus overseer, superintendent, bishop, fr. gr. &?;, &?; over + &?; inspector, fr. root of &?;, &?;, to look to, perh. akin to l. specere to look at. see spy, and cf. episcopal.]
1. a spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director. ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the shepherd and bishop of your souls. ii. 25. it is a fact now generally recognized by theologians of all shades of opinion, that in the language of the new testament the same officer in the church is called indifferently "bishop" ( &?; ) and "elder" or "presbyter." b. lightfoot.
2. in the roman catholic, greek, and anglican or protestant episcopal churches, one ordained to the highest order of the ministry, superior to the priesthood, and generally claiming to be a successor of the apostles. the bishop is usually the spiritual head or ruler of a diocese, bishopric, or see.
in partibus [
of a bishop or of a diocese
bishop in partibus