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b’chtsch.
n.  the thin, high-pitched ringing of a snare drum, as described by the band Backwash in a “Bandorama” interview (bandorama.ch).


b-b-b-b-b.
n.  a sound made by a baby, meaning unknown, as described in the novel Edwin Mullhouse by Steven Millhauser.


b-bb-bbbb.
n.  a baby’s babble, presumably asking to blow soap bubbles; see also bbbbb.

<Harry said, “B-bb-bbb,” which gave me the idea of blowing bubbles—possibly his intent in the first place, you never knew.  —Patricia Gaffney, Circle of Three: A Novel.>

B-Stl.
n.  a gallant alien Luminoth who “lies deep in the fortress of a dry land,” in the video game “Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.”


bb.
n.  in harmonica notation, a note that is “bent” two half steps down (made to sound lower by blocking part of the airway with one’s tongue), as discussed in Blues & Rock Harp Positions Made Easy by David Harp.


Bbb.
1.  n.  a shorthand notation used by musician Gustav Mahler in his manuscripts “to identify [thematic] elements that he would repeat or rework later in the compositional process” (James L. Zychowicz, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony).


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