5 letter word starting with f

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
fable noun A Feigned story or tale, intended to instruct or amuse; a fictitious narration intended to enforce some useful truth or precept; an apologue. See the Note under Apologue., The plot, story, or connected series of events, forming the subject of an epic or dramatic poem., Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk., Fiction; untruth; falsehood., To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true., To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely.
faced imp. & past participle of Face, Having (such) a face, or (so many) faces; as, smooth-faced, two-faced.
faser noun One who faces; one who puts on a false show; a bold-faced person., A blow in the face, as in boxing; hence, any severe or stunning check or defeat, as in controversy.
facet noun A little face; a small, plane surface; as, the facets of a diamond., A smooth circumscribed surface; as, the articular facet of a bone., The narrow plane surface between flutings of a column., One of the numerous small eyes which make up the compound eyes of insects and crustaceans., To cut facets or small faces upon; as, to facet a diamond.
facia noun See Fascia.
facto adverb In fact; by the act or fact.
facta plural of Factum
faded imp. & past participle of Fade, That has lost freshness, color, or brightness; grown dim.
fader noun Father.
fadge adjective To fit; to suit; to agree., A small flat loaf or thick cake; also, a fagot.
fadme noun A fathom.
faery noun & adjective Fairy.
fagot noun A bundle of sticks, twigs, or small branches of trees, used for fuel, for raising batteries, filling ditches, or other purposes in fortification; a fascine., A bundle of pieces of wrought iron to be worked over into bars or other shapes by rolling or hammering at a welding heat; a pile., A bassoon. See Fagotto., A person hired to take the place of another at the muster of a company., An old shriveled woman., To make a fagot of; to bind together in a fagot or bundle; also, to collect promiscuously.
faham noun The leaves of an orchid (Angraecum fragrans), of the islands of Bourbon and Mauritius, used (in France) as a substitute for Chinese tea.
faint superl. Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst., Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed; as, “Faint heart ne’er won fair lady.”, Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound., Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance., The act of fainting, or the state of one who has fainted; a swoon. [R.] See Fainting, n., To become weak or wanting in vigor; to grow feeble; to lose strength and color, and the control of the bodily or mental functions; to swoon; — sometimes with away. See Fainting, n., To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent., To decay; to disappear; to vanish., To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken.
fairy noun Enchantment; illusion., The country of the fays; land of illusions., An imaginary supernatural being or spirit, supposed to assume a human form (usually diminutive), either male or female, and to meddle for good or evil in the affairs of mankind; a fay. See Elf, and Demon., An enchantress., Of or pertaining to fairies., Given by fairies; as, fairy money.
faith noun Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting solely and implicitly on his authority and veracity; reliance on testimony., The assent of the mind to the statement or proposition of another, on the ground of the manifest truth of what he utters; firm and earnest belief, on probable evidence of any kind, especially in regard to important moral truth., The belief in the historic truthfulness of the Scripture narrative, and the supernatural origin of its teachings, sometimes called historical and speculative faith., The belief in the facts and truth of the Scriptures, with a practical love of them; especially, that confiding and affectionate belief in the person and work of Christ, which affects the character and life, and makes a man a true Christian, — called a practical, evangelical, or saving faith., That which is believed on any subject, whether in science, politics, or religion; especially (Theol.), a system of religious belief of any kind; as, the Jewish or Mohammedan faith; and especially, the system of truth taught by Christ; as, the Christian faith; also, the creed or belief of a Christian society or church., Fidelity to one’s promises, or allegiance to duty, or to a person honored and beloved; loyalty., Word or honor pledged; promise given; fidelity; as, he violated his faith., Credibility or truth., By my faith; in truth; verily.
fakir noun An Oriental religious ascetic or begging monk.
false superl. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit; dishnest; as, a false witness., Not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance, vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous; perfidious; as, a false friend, lover, or subject; false to promises., Not according with truth or reality; not true; fitted or likely to deceive or disappoint; as, a false statement., Not genuine or real; assumed or designed to deceive; counterfeit; hypocritical; as, false tears; false modesty; false colors; false jewelry., Not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous; as, a false claim; a false conclusion; a false construction in grammar., Not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which are temporary or supplemental., Not in tune., Not truly; not honestly; falsely., To report falsely; to falsify., To betray; to falsify., To mislead by want of truth; to deceive., To feign; to pretend to make.
falwe adjective & noun Fallow.
famed imp. & past participle of Fame
fanal noun A lighthouse, or the apparatus placed in it for giving light.
fancy noun The faculty by which the mind forms an image or a representation of anything perceived before; the power of combining and modifying such objects into new pictures or images; the power of readily and happily creating and recalling such objects for the purpose of amusement, wit, or embellishment; imagination., An image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea; conceit., An opinion or notion formed without much reflection; caprice; whim; impression., Inclination; liking, formed by caprice rather than reason; as, to strike one’s fancy; hence, the object of inclination or liking., That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value., A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad., To figure to one’s self; to believe or imagine something without proof., To love., To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine., To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners., To believe without sufficient evidence; to imagine (something which is unreal)., Adapted to please the fancy or taste; ornamental; as, fancy goods., Extravagant; above real value.
fanon noun A term applied to various articles, as: (a) A peculiar striped scarf worn by the pope at mass, and by eastern bishops. (b) A maniple.
farad noun The standard unit of electrical capacity; the capacity of a condenser whose charge, having an electro-motive force of one volt, is equal to the amount of electricity which, with the same electromotive force, passes through one ohm in one second; the capacity, which, charged with one coulomb, gives an electro-motive force of one volt.
farce verb t. To stuff with forcemeat; hence, to fill with mingled ingredients; to fill full; to stuff., To render fat., To swell out; to render pompous., Stuffing, or mixture of viands, like that used on dressing a fowl; forcemeat., A low style of comedy; a dramatic composition marked by low humor, generally written with little regard to regularity or method, and abounding with ludicrous incidents and expressions., Ridiculous or empty show; as, a mere farce.
farcy noun A contagious disease of horses, associated with painful ulcerating enlargements, esp. upon the head and limbs. It is of the same nature as glanders, and is often fatal. Called also farcin, and farcimen.
fared imp. & past participle of Fare
faren p. p. of Fare, v. i.
farry noun A farrow.
farse noun An addition to, or a paraphrase of, some part of the Latin service in the vernacular; — common in English before the Reformation.
fasti nounpl. The Roman calendar, which gave the days for festivals, courts, etc., corresponding to a modern almanac., Records or registers of important events.
fatal adjective Proceeding from, or appointed by, fate or destiny; necessary; inevitable., Foreboding death or great disaster., Causing death or destruction; deadly; mortal; destructive; calamitous; as, a fatal wound; a fatal disease; a fatal day; a fatal error.
fated past participle & adjective Decreed by fate; destined; doomed; as, he was fated to rule a factious people., Invested with the power of determining destiny., Exempted by fate.
fatly adverb Grossly; greasily.
fatty adjective Containing fat, or having the qualities of fat; greasy; gross; as, a fatty substance.
faugh interj. An exclamation of contempt, disgust, or abhorrence.
fauld noun The arch over the dam of a blast furnace; the tymp arch.
faule noun A fall or falling band.
fault noun Defect; want; lack; default., Anything that fails, that is wanting, or that impairs excellence; a failing; a defect; a blemish., A moral failing; a defect or dereliction from duty; a deviation from propriety; an offense less serious than a crime., A dislocation of the strata of the vein., In coal seams, coal rendered worthless by impurities in the seam; as, slate fault, dirt fault, etc., A lost scent; act of losing the scent., Failure to serve the ball into the proper court., To charge with a fault; to accuse; to find fault with; to blame., To interrupt the continuity of (rock strata) by displacement along a plane of fracture; — chiefly used in the p. p.; as, the coal beds are badly faulted., To err; to blunder, to commit a fault; to do wrong.
fauna noun The animals of any given area or epoch; as, the fauna of America; fossil fauna; recent fauna.
fauni plural of Faunus
favas noun See Favus, n., 2.
favel adjective Yellow; fal/ow; dun., A horse of a favel or dun color., Flattery; cajolery; deceit.
favor noun Kind regard; propitious aspect; countenance; friendly disposition; kindness; good will., The act of countenancing, or the condition of being countenanced, or regarded propitiously; support; promotion; befriending., A kind act or office; kindness done or granted; benevolence shown by word or deed; an act of grace or good will, as distinct from justice or remuneration., Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity., The object of regard; person or thing favored., A gift or represent; something bestowed as an evidence of good will; a token of love; a knot of ribbons; something worn as a token of affection; as, a marriage favor is a bunch or knot of white ribbons or white flowers worn at a wedding., Appearance; look; countenance; face., Partiality; bias., A letter or epistle; — so called in civility or compliment; as, your favor of yesterday is received., Love locks., To regard with kindness; to support; to aid, or to have the disposition to aid, or to wish success to; to be propitious to; to countenance; to treat with consideration or tenderness; to show partiality or unfair bias towards., To afford advantages for success to; to facilitate; as, a weak place favored the entrance of the enemy., To resemble in features; to have the aspect or looks of; as, the child favors his father.
favus noun A disease of the scalp, produced by a vegetable parasite., A tile or flagstone cut into an hexagonal shape to produce a honeycomb pattern, as in a pavement; — called also favas and sectila.
faxed adjective Hairy.
fayed imp. & past participle of Fay
feast noun A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or more commonly, a joyous, anniversary., A festive or joyous meal; a grand, ceremonious, or sumptuous entertainment, of which many guests partake; a banquet characterized by tempting variety and abundance of food., That which is partaken of, or shared in, with delight; something highly agreeable; entertainment., To eat sumptuously; to dine or sup on rich provisions, particularly in large companies, and on public festivals., To be highly gratified or delighted., To entertain with sumptuous provisions; to treat at the table bountifully; as, he was feasted by the king., To delight; to gratify; as, to feast the soul.
feaze verb t. To untwist; to unravel, as the end of a rope., To beat; to chastise; also, to humble; to harass; to worry., A state of anxious or fretful excitement; worry; vexation.
fecal adjective relating to, or containing, dregs, feces, or ordeure; faecal.
feces noun pl. dregs; sediment; excrement. See FAeces.
fecks noun A corruption of the word faith.
feere noun A consort, husband or wife; a companion; a fere.
feese noun the short run before a leap.
feeze verb t. To turn, as a screw., To beat; to chastise; to humble; to worry., Fretful excitement. [Obs.] See Feaze.
feign verb t. To give a mental existence to, as to something not real or actual; to imagine; to invent; hence, to pretend; to form and relate as if true., To represent by a false appearance of; to pretend; to counterfeit; as, to feign a sickness., To dissemble; to conceal.
feine verb t. & i. To feign.
feint adjective Feigned; counterfeit., That which is feigned; an assumed or false appearance; a pretense; a stratagem; a fetch., A mock blow or attack on one part when another part is intended to be struck; — said of certain movements in fencing, boxing, war, etc., To make a feint, or mock attack.
feize verb t. See Feeze, v. t.
felis noun A genus of carnivorous mammals, including the domestic cat, the lion, tiger, panther, and similar animals.
felly adverb In a fell or cruel manner; fiercely; barbarously; savagely., The exterior wooden rim, or a segment of the rim, of a wheel, supported by the spokes.
felon adjective A person who has committed a felony., A person guilty or capable of heinous crime., A kind of whitlow; a painful imflammation of the periosteum of a finger, usually of the last joint., Characteristic of a felon; malignant; fierce; malicious; cruel; traitorous; disloyal.
femme noun A woman. See Feme, n.
femur noun The thigh bone., The proximal segment of the hind limb containing the thigh bone; the thigh. See Coxa.
fence noun That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield., An inclosure about a field or other space, or about any object; especially, an inclosing structure of wood, iron, or other material, intended to prevent intrusion from without or straying from within., A projection on the bolt, which passes through the tumbler gates in locking and unlocking., Self-defense by the use of the sword; the art and practice of fencing and sword play; hence, skill in debate and repartee. See Fencing., A receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are received., To fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect; to guard., To inclose with a fence or other protection; to secure by an inclosure., To make a defense; to guard one’s self of anything, as against an attack; to give protection or security, as by a fence., To practice the art of attack and defense with the sword or with the foil, esp. with the smallsword, using the point only., Hence, to fight or dispute in the manner of fencers, that is, by thrusting, guarding, parrying, etc.
fenks noun The refuse whale blubber, used as a manure, and in the manufacture of Prussian blue.
fenny adjective Pertaining to, or inhabiting, a fen; abounding in fens; swampy; boggy.
feoff verb t. To invest with a fee or feud; to give or grant a corporeal hereditament to; to enfeoff., A fief. See Fief.
ferae noun pl. A group of mammals which formerly included the Carnivora, Insectivora, Marsupialia, and lemurs, but is now often restricted to the Carnivora.
feral adjective Wild; untamed; ferine; not domesticated; — said of beasts, birds, and plants., Funereal; deadly; fatal; dangerous.
ferde imp. of Fare.
feria noun A week day, esp. a day which is neither a festival nor a fast.
ferie noun A holiday.
ferly noun Singular; wonderful; extraordinary., A wonder; a marvel.
ferme noun Rent for a farm; a farm; also, an abode; a place of residence; as, he let his land to ferm.
ferny adjective Abounding in ferns.
ferre adjective & adverb Alt. of Ferrer
ferry verb t. To carry or transport over a river, strait, or other narrow water, in a boat., To pass over water in a boat or by a ferry., A place where persons or things are carried across a river, arm of the sea, etc., in a ferryboat., A vessel in which passengers and goods are conveyed over narrow waters; a ferryboat; a wherry., A franchise or right to maintain a vessel for carrying passengers and freight across a river, bay, etc., charging tolls.
fesse noun A band drawn horizontally across the center of an escutcheon, and containing in breadth the third part of it; one of the nine honorable ordinaries.
feste noun A feast.
fetal adjective Pertaining to, or connected with, a fetus; as, fetal circulation; fetal membranes.
fetch verb t. To bear toward the person speaking, or the person or thing from whose point of view the action is contemplated; to go and bring; to get., To obtain as price or equivalent; to sell for., To recall from a swoon; to revive; — sometimes with to; as, to fetch a man to., To reduce; to throw., To bring to accomplishment; to achieve; to make; to perform, with certain objects; as, to fetch a compass; to fetch a leap; to fetch a sigh., To bring or get within reach by going; to reach; to arrive at; to attain; to reach by sailing., To cause to come; to bring to a particular state., To bring one’s self; to make headway; to veer; as, to fetch about; to fetch to windward., A stratagem by which a thing is indirectly brought to pass, or by which one thing seems intended and another is done; a trick; an artifice., The apparation of a living person; a wraith.
feted imp. & past participle of Fete
fetid adjective Having an offensive smell; stinking.
fetis adjective Neat; pretty; well made; graceful.
fetor noun A strong, offensive smell; stench; fetidness.
fette imp. of Fette, To fetch.
fetus noun The young or embryo of an animal in the womb, or in the egg; often restricted to the later stages in the development of viviparous and oviparous animals, embryo being applied to the earlier stages.
feuar noun One who holds a feu.
fever noun A diseased state of the system, marked by increased heat, acceleration of the pulse, and a general derangement of the functions, including usually, thirst and loss of appetite. Many diseases, of which fever is the most prominent symptom, are denominated fevers; as, typhoid fever; yellow fever., Excessive excitement of the passions in consequence of strong emotion; a condition of great excitement; as, this quarrel has set my blood in a fever., To put into a fever; to affect with fever; as, a fevered lip.
fewel noun Fuel.
feyne verb t. To feign.
feyre noun A fair or market.
fiber noun Alt. of Fibre
fibre noun One of the delicate, threadlike portions of which the tissues of plants and animals are in part constituted; as, the fiber of flax or of muscle., Any fine, slender thread, or threadlike substance; as, a fiber of spun glass; especially, one of the slender rootlets of a plant., Sinew; strength; toughness; as, a man of real fiber., A general name for the raw material, such as cotton, flax, hemp, etc., used in textile manufactures., A tough vegetable fiber used as a substitute for bristles in making brushes. The piassava and the ixtle are both used under this name.
fiche adjective See FitchE.
fichu noun A light cape, usually of lace, worn by women, to cover the neck and throat, and extending to the shoulders.
ficus noun A genus of trees or shrubs, one species of which (F. Carica) produces the figs of commerce; the fig tree.
fides noun Faith personified as a goddess; the goddess of faith.
fidge noun & i. See Fidget.
fidia noun A genus of small beetles, of which one species (the grapevine Fidia, F. longipes) is very injurious to vines in America.
field noun Cleared land; land suitable for tillage or pasture; cultivated ground; the open country., A piece of land of considerable size; esp., a piece inclosed for tillage or pasture., A place where a battle is fought; also, the battle itself., An open space; an extent; an expanse., Any blank space or ground on which figures are drawn or projected., The space covered by an optical instrument at one view., The whole surface of an escutcheon; also, so much of it is shown unconcealed by the different bearings upon it. See Illust. of Fess, where the field is represented as gules (red), while the fess is argent (silver)., An unresticted or favorable opportunity for action, operation, or achievement; province; room., A collective term for all the competitors in any outdoor contest or trial, or for all except the favorites in the betting., That part of the grounds reserved for the players which is outside of the diamond; — called also outfield., To take the field., To stand out in the field, ready to catch, stop, or throw the ball., To catch, stop, throw, etc. (the ball), as a fielder.
fiend noun An implacable or malicious foe; one who is diabolically wicked or cruel; an infernal being; — applied specifically to the devil or a demon.
fiery adjective Consisting of, containing, or resembling, fire; as, the fiery gulf of Etna; a fiery appearance., Vehement; ardent; very active; impetuous., Passionate; easily provoked; irritable., Unrestrained; fierce; mettlesome; spirited., heated by fire, or as if by fire; burning hot; parched; feverish.
fifed imp. & past participle of Fife
fifer noun One who plays on a fife.
fifth adjective Next in order after the fourth; — the ordinal of five., Consisting of one of five equal divisions of a thing., The quotient of a unit divided by five; one of five equal parts; a fifth part., The interval of three tones and a semitone, embracing five diatonic degrees of the scale; the dominant of any key.
fifty adjective Five times ten; as, fifty men., The sum of five tens; fifty units or objects., A symbol representing fifty units, as 50, or l.
fight verb i. To strive or contend for victory, with armies or in single combat; to attempt to defeat, subdue, or destroy an enemy, either by blows or weapons; to contend in arms; — followed by with or against., To act in opposition to anything; to struggle against; to contend; to strive; to make resistance., To carry on, or wage, as a conflict, or battle; to win or gain by struggle, as one’s way; to sustain by fighting, as a cause., To contend with in battle; to war against; as, they fought the enemy in two pitched battles; the sloop fought the frigate for three hours., To cause to fight; to manage or maneuver in a fight; as, to fight cocks; to fight one’s ship., A battle; an engagement; a contest in arms; a combat; a violent conflict or struggle for victory, between individuals or between armies, ships, or navies, etc., A struggle or contest of any kind., Strength or disposition for fighting; pugnacity; as, he has a great deal of fight in him., A screen for the combatants in ships.
filar adjective Of or pertaining to a thread or line; characterized by threads stretched across the field of view; as, a filar microscope; a filar micrometer.
filch verb t. To steal or take privily (commonly, that which is of little value); to pilfer.
filed imp. & past participle of File
filer noun One who works with a file.
filly noun A female foal or colt; a young mare. Cf. Colt, Foal., A lively, spirited young girl.
filmy adjective Composed of film or films.
filth noun Foul matter; anything that soils or defiles; dirt; nastiness., Anything that sullies or defiles the moral character; corruption; pollution.
final adjective Pertaining to the end or conclusion; last; terminating; ultimate; as, the final day of a school term., Conclusive; decisive; as, a final judgment; the battle of Waterloo brought the contest to a final issue., Respecting an end or object to be gained; respecting the purpose or ultimate end in view.
finch noun A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family Fringillidae.
found imp. & past participle of Find, imp. & p. p. of Find., To form by melting a metal, and pouring it into a mold; to cast., A thin, single-cut file for combmakers., To lay the basis of; to set, or place, as on something solid, for support; to ground; to establish upon a basis, literal or figurative; to fix firmly., To take the ffirst steps or measures in erecting or building up; to furnish the materials for beginning; to begin to raise; to originate; as, to found a college; to found a family.
findy adjective Full; heavy; firm; solid; substemtial.
fined imp. & past participle of Fine
finer noun One who fines or purifies.
finew noun Moldiness.
finis noun An end; conclusion. It is often placed at the end of a book.
finns noun pl. Natives of Finland; Finlanders., A branch of the Mongolian race, inhabiting Northern and Eastern Europe, including the Magyars, Bulgarians, Permians, Lapps, and Finlanders.
finny adjective Having, or abounding in, fins, as fishes; pertaining to fishes., Abounding in fishes.
finos noun pl. Second best wool from Merino sheep.
fiord noun A narrow inlet of the sea, penetrating between high banks or rocks, as on the coasts of Norway and Alaska.
fired imp. & past participle of Fire
fring present participle & vb. noun of Fire
firer noun One who fires or sets fire to anything; an incendiary.
firms adjective The principal rafters of a roof, especially a pair of rafters taken together.
firry adjective Made of fir; abounding in firs.
first adjective Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of one; earliest; as, the first day of a month; the first year of a reign., Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others., Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece., Before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; — much used in composition with adjectives and participles., The upper part of a duet, trio, etc., either vocal or instrumental; — so called because it generally expresses the air, and has a preeminence in the combined effect.
firth noun An arm of the sea; a frith.
fishy adjective Consisting of fish; fishlike; having the qualities or taste of fish; abounding in fish., Extravagant, like some stories about catching fish; improbable; also, rank or foul.
fitch noun A vetch., A word found in the Authorized Version of the Bible, representing different Hebrew originals. In Isaiah xxviii. 25, 27, it means the black aromatic seeds of Nigella sativa, still used as a flavoring in the East. In Ezekiel iv. 9, the Revised Version now reads spelt., The European polecat; also, its fur.
fitly adverb In a fit manner; suitably; properly; conveniently; as, a maxim fitly applied.
fives noun pl. A kind of play with a ball against a wall, resembling tennis; — so named because three fives, or fifteen, are counted to the game., A disease of the glands under the ear in horses; the vives.
fixed imp. & past participle of Fix, Securely placed or fastened; settled; established; firm; imovable; unalterable., Stable; non-volatile.
fjord noun See Fiord.
flail noun An instrument for threshing or beating grain from the ear by hand, consisting of a wooden staff or handle, at the end of which a stouter and shorter pole or club, called a swipe, is so hung as to swing freely., An ancient military weapon, like the common flail, often having the striking part armed with rows of spikes, or loaded.
flain p. p. of Flay.
flake noun A paling; a hurdle., A platform of hurdles, or small sticks made fast or interwoven, supported by stanchions, for drying codfish and other things., A small stage hung over a vessel’s side, for workmen to stand on in calking, etc., A loose filmy mass or a thin chiplike layer of anything; a film; flock; lamina; layer; scale; as, a flake of snow, tallow, or fish., A little particle of lighted or incandescent matter, darted from a fire; a flash., A sort of carnation with only two colors in the flower, the petals having large stripes., To form into flakes., To separate in flakes; to peel or scale off.
flaky adjective Consisting of flakes or of small, loose masses; lying, or cleaving off, in flakes or layers; flakelike.
flame noun A stream of burning vapor or gas, emitting light and heat; darting or streaming fire; a blaze; a fire., Burning zeal or passion; elevated and noble enthusiasm; glowing imagination; passionate excitement or anger., Ardor of affection; the passion of love., A person beloved; a sweetheart., To burn with a flame or blaze; to burn as gas emitted from bodies in combustion; to blaze., To burst forth like flame; to break out in violence of passion; to be kindled with zeal or ardor., To kindle; to inflame; to excite.
flamy adjective Flaming; blazing; flamelike; flame-colored; composed of flame.
flang noun A miner’s two-pointed pick.
flank noun The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of Beef., The side of an army, or of any division of an army, as of a brigade, regiment, or battalion; the extreme right or left; as, to attack an enemy in flank is to attack him on the side., That part of a bastion which reaches from the curtain to the face, and defends the curtain, the flank and face of the opposite bastion; any part of a work defending another by a fire along the outside of its parapet., The side of any building., That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line., To stand at the flank or side of; to border upon., To overlook or command the flank of; to secure or guard the flank of; to pass around or turn the flank of; to attack, or threaten to attack; the flank of., To border; to touch., To be posted on the side.
flare verb i. To burn with an unsteady or waving flame; as, the candle flares., To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light., To shine out with gaudy colors; to flaunt; to be offensively bright or showy., To be exposed to too much light., To open or spread outwards; to project beyond the perpendicular; as, the sides of a bowl flare; the bows of a ship flare., An unsteady, broad, offensive light., A spreading outward; as, the flare of a fireplace., Leaf of lard.
flash verb i. To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the powder flashed., To break forth, as a sudden flood of light; to burst instantly and brightly on the sight; to show a momentary brilliancy; to come or pass like a flash., To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily., To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with sudden flame or light., To convey as by a flash; to light up, as by a sudden flame or light; as, to flash a message along the wires; to flash conviction on the mind., To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different color. See Flashing, n., 3 (b)., To trick up in a showy manner., To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash., A sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously appearing and disappearing; a momentary blaze; as, a flash of lightning., A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius; a momentary brightness or show., The time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a very brief period., A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for coloring and giving a fictious strength to liquors., Showy, but counterfeit; cheap, pretentious, and vulgar; as, flash jewelry; flash finery., Wearing showy, counterfeit ornaments; vulgarly pretentious; as, flash people; flash men or women; — applied especially to thieves, gamblers, and prostitutes that dress in a showy way and wear much cheap jewelry., Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes., A pool., A reservoir and sluiceway beside a navigable stream, just above a shoal, so that the stream may pour in water as boats pass, and thus bear them over the shoal.
flask noun A small bottle-shaped vessel for holding fluids; as, a flask of oil or wine., A narrow-necked vessel of metal or glass, used for various purposes; as of sheet metal, to carry gunpowder in; or of wrought iron, to contain quicksilver; or of glass, to heat water in, etc., A bed in a gun carriage., The wooden or iron frame which holds the sand, etc., forming the mold used in a foundry; it consists of two or more parts; viz., the cope or top; sometimes, the cheeks, or middle part; and the drag, or bottom part. When there are one or more cheeks, the flask is called a three part flask, four part flask, etc.
flawn noun A sort of flat custard or pie.
flawy adjective Full of flaws or cracks; broken; defective; faulty., Subject to sudden flaws or gusts of wind.
flaxy adjective Like flax; flaxen.
fleak noun A flake; a thread or twist.
fleam noun A sharp instrument used for opening veins, lancing gums, etc.; a kind of lancet.
flear verb t. & i. See Fleer., A word or look of derision or mockery., A grin of civility; a leer.
fleck noun A flake; also, a lock, as of wool., A spot; a streak; a speckle., To spot; to streak or stripe; to variegate; to dapple.
fleen noun pl. Obs. pl. of Flea.
fleer noun One who flees., To make a wry face in contempt, or to grin in scorn; to deride; to sneer; to mock; to gibe; as, to fleer and flout., To grin with an air of civility; to leer., To mock; to flout at.
fleet noun & adjective To sail; to float., To fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance., To slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan or windlass; — said of a cable or hawser., To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship that fleets the gulf., To hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth and joy., To draw apart the blocks of; — said of a tackle., To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain., Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble., Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil., A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc., A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; — obsolete, except as a place name, — as Fleet Street in London., A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the Fleet (now filled up)., To take the cream from; to skim.
fleme verb t. To banish; to drive out; to expel.
flesh noun The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which cover the framework of bones in man and other animals; especially, the muscles., Animal food, in distinction from vegetable; meat; especially, the body of beasts and birds used as food, as distinguished from fish., The human body, as distinguished from the soul; the corporeal person., The human eace; mankind; humanity., Human nature, In a good sense, tenderness of feeling; gentleness., In a bad sense, tendency to transient or physical pleasure; desire for sensual gratification; carnality., The character under the influence of animal propensities or selfish passions; the soul unmoved by spiritual influences., Kindred; stock; race., The soft, pulpy substance of fruit; also, that part of a root, fruit, and the like, which is fit to be eaten., To feed with flesh, as an incitement to further exertion; to initiate; — from the practice of training hawks and dogs by feeding them with the first game they take, or other flesh. Hence, to use upon flesh (as a murderous weapon) so as to draw blood, especially for the first time., To glut; to satiate; hence, to harden, to accustom., To remove flesh, membrance, etc., from, as from hides.
flete verb i. To float; to swim.
flews noun pl. The pendulous or overhanging lateral parts of the upper lip of dogs, especially prominent in hounds; — called also chaps. See Illust. of Bloodhound.
flick verb t. To whip lightly or with a quick jerk; to flap; as, to flick a horse; to flick the dirt from boots., A flitch; as, a flick of bacon.
flier verb One who flies or flees; a runaway; a fugitive., A fly. See Fly, n., 9, and 13 (b)., See Flyer, n., 5., See Flyer, n., 4.
flung imp. & past participle of Fling, imp. & p. p. of Fling.
fling verb t. To cast, send, to throw from the hand; to hurl; to dart; to emit with violence as if thrown from the hand; as, to fing a stone into the pond., To shed forth; to emit; to scatter., To throw; to hurl; to throw off or down; to prostrate; hence, to baffle; to defeat; as, to fling a party in litigation., To throw; to wince; to flounce; as, the horse began to kick and fling., To cast in the teeth; to utter abusive language; to sneer; as, the scold began to flout and fling., To throw one’s self in a violent or hasty manner; to rush or spring with violence or haste., A cast from the hand; a throw; also, a flounce; a kick; as, the fling of a horse., A severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of sarcastic scorn; a gibe; a sarcasm., A kind of dance; as, the Highland fling., A trifing matter; an object of contempt.
flint noun A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to brown or nearly black, breaking with a conchoidal fracture and sharp edge. It is very hard, and strikes fire with steel., A piece of flint for striking fire; — formerly much used, esp. in the hammers of gun locks., Anything extremely hard, unimpressible, and unyielding, like flint.
flipe verb t. To turn inside out, or with the leg part back over the foot, as a stocking in pulling off or for putting on.
flirt verb t. To throw with a jerk or quick effort; to fling suddenly; as, they flirt water in each other’s faces; he flirted a glove, or a handkerchief., To toss or throw about; to move playfully to and fro; as, to flirt a fan., To jeer at; to treat with contempt; to mock., To run and dart about; to act with giddiness, or from a desire to attract notice; especially, to play the coquette; to play at courtship; to coquet; as, they flirt with the young men., To utter contemptuous language, with an air of disdain; to jeer or gibe., A sudden jerk; a quick throw or cast; a darting motion; hence, a jeer., One who flirts; esp., a woman who acts with giddiness, or plays at courtship; a coquette; a pert girl., Pert; wanton.
flisk verb i. To frisk; to skip; to caper., A caper; a spring; a whim.
flite verb i. To scold; to quarrel.
float verb i. Anything which floats or rests on the surface of a fluid, as to sustain weight, or to indicate the height of the surface, or mark the place of, something., A mass of timber or boards fastened together, and conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft., The hollow, metallic ball of a self-acting faucet, which floats upon the water in a cistern or boiler., The cork or quill used in angling, to support the bait line, and indicate the bite of a fish., Anything used to buoy up whatever is liable to sink; an inflated bag or pillow used by persons learning to swim; a life preserver., A float board. See Float board (below)., A contrivance for affording a copious stream of water to the heated surface of an object of large bulk, as an anvil or die., The act of flowing; flux; flow., A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot deep., The trowel or tool with which the floated coat of plastering is leveled and smoothed., A polishing block used in marble working; a runner., A single-cut file for smoothing; a tool used by shoemakers for rasping off pegs inside a shoe., A coal cart., The sea; a wave. See Flote, n., To rest on the surface of any fluid; to swim; to be buoyed up., To move quietly or gently on the water, as a raft; to drift along; to move or glide without effort or impulse on the surface of a fluid, or through the air., To cause to float; to cause to rest or move on the surface of a fluid; as, the tide floated the ship into the harbor., To flood; to overflow; to cover with water., To pass over and level the surface of with a float while the plastering is kept wet., To support and sustain the credit of, as a commercial scheme or a joint-stock company, so as to enable it to go into, or continue in, operation.
flock noun A company or collection of living creatures; — especially applied to sheep and birds, rarely to persons or (except in the plural) to cattle and other large animals; as, a flock of ravenous fowl., A Christian church or congregation; considered in their relation to the pastor, or minister in charge., To gather in companies or crowds., To flock to; to crowd., A lock of wool or hair., Woolen or cotton refuse (sing. / pl.), old rags, etc., reduced to a degree of fineness by machinery, and used for stuffing unpholstered furniture., Very fine, sifted, woolen refuse, especially that from shearing the nap of cloths, used as a coating for wall paper to give it a velvety or clothlike appearance; also, the dust of vegetable fiber used for a similar purpose., To coat with flock, as wall paper; to roughen the surface of (as glass) so as to give an appearance of being covered with fine flock.
flong imp. & p. p. of Fling.
flood verb i. A great flow of water; a body of moving water; the flowing stream, as of a river; especially, a body of water, rising, swelling, and overflowing land not usually thus covered; a deluge; a freshet; an inundation., The flowing in of the tide; the semidiurnal swell or rise of water in the ocean; — opposed to ebb; as, young flood; high flood., A great flow or stream of any fluid substance; as, a flood of light; a flood of lava; hence, a great quantity widely diffused; an overflowing; a superabundance; as, a flood of bank notes; a flood of paper currency., Menstrual disharge; menses., To overflow; to inundate; to deluge; as, the swollen river flooded the valley., To cause or permit to be inundated; to fill or cover with water or other fluid; as, to flood arable land for irrigation; to fill to excess or to its full capacity; as, to flood a country with a depreciated currency.
flook noun A fluke of an anchor.
floor noun The bottom or lower part of any room; the part upon which we stand and upon which the movables in the room are supported., The structure formed of beams, girders, etc., with proper covering, which divides a building horizontally into stories. Floor in sense 1 is, then, the upper surface of floor in sense 2., The surface, or the platform, of a structure on which we walk or travel; as, the floor of a bridge., A story of a building. See Story., The part of the house assigned to the members., The right to speak., That part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal., The rock underlying a stratified or nearly horizontal deposit., A horizontal, flat ore body., To cover with a floor; to furnish with a floor; as, to floor a house with pine boards., To strike down or lay level with the floor; to knock down; hence, to silence by a conclusive answer or retort; as, to floor an opponent., To finish or make an end of; as, to floor a college examination.
flora noun The goddess of flowers and spring., The complete system of vegetable species growing without cultivation in a given locality, region, or period; a list or description of, or treatise on, such plants.
flosh noun A hopper-shaped box or /nortar in which ore is placed for the action of the stamps.
floss noun The slender styles of the pistillate flowers of maize; also called silk., Untwisted filaments of silk, used in embroidering., A small stream of water., Fluid glass floating on iron in the puddling furnace, produced by the vitrification of oxides and earths which are present.
flota noun A fleet; especially, a /eet of Spanish ships which formerly sailed every year from Cadiz to Vera Cruz, in Mexico, to transport to Spain the production of Spanish America.
flote verb t. To fleet; to skim., A wave.
flour noun The finely ground meal of wheat, or of any other grain; especially, the finer part of meal separated by bolting; hence, the fine and soft powder of any substance; as, flour of emery; flour of mustard., To grind and bolt; to convert into flour; as, to flour wheat., To sprinkle with flour.
flout verb t. To mock or insult; to treat with contempt., To practice mocking; to behave with contempt; to sneer; to fleer; — often with at., A mock; an insult.
flowk noun See 1st Fluke.
flown p. p. of Fly; — often used with the auxiliary verb to be; as, the birds are flown., Flushed, inflated., of Fly
fluey adjective Downy; fluffy.
fluff noun Nap or down; flue; soft, downy feathers.
fluid adjective Having particles which easily move and change their relative position without a separation of the mass, and which easily yield to pressure; capable of flowing; liquid or gaseous., A fluid substance; a body whose particles move easily among themselves.
fluke noun The European flounder. See Flounder., A parasitic trematode worm of several species, having a flat, lanceolate body and two suckers. Two species (Fasciola hepatica and Distoma lanceolatum) are found in the livers of sheep, and produce the disease called rot., The part of an anchor which fastens in the ground; a flook. See Anchor., One of the lobes of a whale’s tail, so called from the resemblance to the fluke of an anchor., An instrument for cleaning out a hole drilled in stone for blasting., An accidental and favorable stroke at billiards (called a scratch in the United States); hence, any accidental or unexpected advantage; as, he won by a fluke.
fluky adjective Formed like, or having, a fluke.
flume noun A stream; especially, a passage channel, or conduit for the water that drives a mill wheel; or an artifical channel of water for hydraulic or placer mining; also, a chute for conveying logs or lumber down a declivity.
flunk verb i. To fail, as on a lesson; to back out, as from an undertaking, through fear., To fail in; to shirk, as a task or duty., A failure or backing out, a total failure in a recitation.
fluo- A combining form indicating fluorine as an ingredient; as in fluosilicate, fluobenzene.
fluor noun A fluid state., Menstrual flux; catamenia; menses., See Fluorite.
flurt noun A flirt.
flush verb i. To flow and spread suddenly; to rush; as, blood flushes into the face., To become suddenly suffused, as the cheeks; to turn red; to blush., To snow red; to shine suddenly; to glow., To start up suddenly; to take wing as a bird., To cause to be full; to flood; to overflow; to overwhelm with water; as, to flush the meadows; to flood for the purpose of cleaning; as, to flush a sewer., To cause the blood to rush into (the face); to put to the blush, or to cause to glow with excitement., To make suddenly or temporarily red or rosy, as if suffused with blood., To excite; to animate; to stir., To cause to start, as a hunter a bird., A sudden flowing; a rush which fills or overflows, as of water for cleansing purposes., A suffusion of the face with blood, as from fear, shame, modesty, or intensity of feeling of any kind; a blush; a glow., Any tinge of red color like that produced on the cheeks by a sudden rush of blood; as, the flush on the side of a peach; the flush on the clouds at sunset., A sudden flood or rush of feeling; a thrill of excitement. animation, etc.; as, a flush of joy., A flock of birds suddenly started up or flushed., A hand of cards of the same suit., Full of vigor; fresh; glowing; bright., Affluent; abounding; well furnished or suppled; hence, liberal; prodigal., Unbroken or even in surface; on a level with the adjacent surface; forming a continuous surface; as, a flush panel; a flush joint., Consisting of cards of one suit., So as to be level or even.
flute verb i. A musical wind instrument, consisting of a hollow cylinder or pipe, with holes along its length, stopped by the fingers or by keys which are opened by the fingers. The modern flute is closed at the upper end, and blown with the mouth at a lateral hole., A channel of curved section; — usually applied to one of a vertical series of such channels used to decorate columns and pilasters in classical architecture. See Illust. under Base, n., A similar channel or groove made in wood or other material, esp. in plaited cloth, as in a lady’s ruffle., A long French breakfast roll., A stop in an organ, having a flutelike sound., A kind of flyboat; a storeship., To play on, or as on, a flute; to make a flutelike sound., To play, whistle, or sing with a clear, soft note, like that of a flute., To form flutes or channels in, as in a column, a ruffle, etc.
fluty adjective Soft and clear in tone, like a flute.
flies plural of Fly
flyer noun One that uses wings., The fly of a flag: See Fly, n., 6., Anything that is scattered abroad in great numbers as a theatrical programme, an advertising leaf, etc., One in a flight of steps which are parallel to each other(as in ordinary stairs), as distinguished from a winder., The pair of arms attached to the spindle of a spinning frame, over which the thread passes to the bobbin; — so called from their swift revolution. See Fly, n., 11., The fan wheel that rotates the cap of a windmill as the wind veers., A small operation not involving ? considerable part of one’s capital, or not in the line of one’s ordinary business; a venture.
fnese verb i. To breathe heavily; to snort.
foamy adjective Covered with foam; frothy; spumy.
focal adjective Belonging to,or concerning, a focus; as, a focal point.
focus noun A point in which the rays of light meet, after being reflected or refrcted, and at which the image is formed; as, the focus of a lens or mirror., A point so related to a conic section and certain straight line called the directrix that the ratio of the distace between any point of the curve and the focus to the distance of the same point from the directrix is constant., A central point; a point of concentration., To bring to a focus; to focalize; as, to focus a camera.
foggy superl. Filled or abounding with fog, or watery exhalations; misty; as, a foggy atmosphere; a foggy morning., Beclouded; dull; obscure; as, foggy ideas.
fogie noun See Fogy.
foist noun A light and fast-sailing ship., To insert surreptitiously, wrongfully, or without warrant; to interpolate; to pass off (something spurious or counterfeit) as genuine, true, or worthy; — usually followed by in., A foister; a sharper., A trick or fraud; a swindle.
folio noun A leaf of a book or manuscript., A sheet of paper once folded., A book made of sheets of paper each folded once (four pages to the sheet); hence, a book of the largest kind. See Note under Paper., The page number. The even folios are on the left-hand pages and the odd folios on the right-hand., A page of a book; (Bookkeeping) a page in an account book; sometimes, two opposite pages bearing the same serial number., A leaf containing a certain number of words, hence, a certain number of words in a writing, as in England, in law proceedings 72, and in chancery, 90; in New York, 100 words.
folia plural of Folium
folks noun collect. & pl. In Anglo-Saxon times, the people of a group of townships or villages; a community; a tribe., People in general, or a separate class of people; — generally used in the plural form, and often with a qualifying adjective; as, the old folks; poor folks., The persons of one’s own family; as, our folks are all well.
folly noun The state of being foolish; want of good sense; levity, weakness, or derangement of mind., A foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure; weak or light-minded conduct; foolery., Scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a woman, wantonness., The result of a foolish action or enterprise.
folwe verb t. To follow.
fomes noun Any substance supposed to be capable of absorbing, retaining, and transporting contagious or infectious germs; as, woolen clothes are said to be active fomites.
fonde verb t. & i. To endeavor; to strive; to try.
fonge verb t. To take; to receive.
fonly adverb Foolishly; fondly.
fonne noun A fon.
foody adjective Eatable; fruitful.
foots noun pl. The settlings of oil, molasses, etc., at the bottom of a barrel or hogshead.
footy adjective Having foots, or settlings; as, footy oil, molasses, etc., Poor; mean.
foray noun A sudden or irregular incursion in border warfare; hence, any irregular incursion for war or spoils; a raid., To pillage; to ravage.
forby adverb & preposition Near; hard by; along; past.
force verb t. To stuff; to lard; to farce., A waterfall; a cascade., Strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of strength or energy; capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect; especially, power to persuade, or convince, or impose obligation; pertinency; validity; special signification; as, the force of an appeal, an argument, a contract, or a term., Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power; violence; coercion., Strength or power for war; hence, a body of land or naval combatants, with their appurtenances, ready for action; — an armament; troops; warlike array; — often in the plural; hence, a body of men prepared for action in other ways; as, the laboring force of a plantation., Strength or power exercised without law, or contrary to law, upon persons or things; violence., Validity; efficacy., Any action between two bodies which changes, or tends to change, their relative condition as to rest or motion; or, more generally, which changes, or tends to change, any physical relation between them, whether mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, magnetic, or of any other kind; as, the force of gravity; cohesive force; centrifugal force., To constrain to do or to forbear, by the exertion of a power not resistible; to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means; to coerce; as, masters force slaves to labor., To compel, as by strength of evidence; as, to force conviction on the mind., To do violence to; to overpower, or to compel by violence to one;s will; especially, to ravish; to violate; to commit rape upon., To obtain or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress., To impel, drive, wrest, extort, get, etc., by main strength or violence; — with a following adverb, as along, away, from, into, through, out, etc., To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce., To exert to the utmost; to urge; hence, to strain; to urge to excessive, unnatural, or untimely action; to produce by unnatural effort; as, to force a consient or metaphor; to force a laugh; to force fruits., To compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by leading a suit of which he has none., To provide with forces; to reenforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison., To allow the force of; to value; to care for., To use violence; to make violent effort; to strive; to endeavor., To make a difficult matter of anything; to labor; to hesitate; hence, to force of, to make much account of; to regard., To be of force, importance, or weight; to matter.
fordo verb i. To destroy; to undo; to ruin., To overcome with fatigue; to exhaust.
forel noun A kind of parchment for book covers. See Forrill., To bind with a forel.
forge noun A place or establishment where iron or other metals are wrought by heating and hammering; especially, a furnace, or a shop with its furnace, etc., where iron is heated and wrought; a smithy., The works where wrought iron is produced directly from the ore, or where iron is rendered malleable by puddling and shingling; a shingling mill., The act of beating or working iron or steel; the manufacture of metalic bodies., To form by heating and hammering; to beat into any particular shape, as a metal., To form or shape out in any way; to produce; to frame; to invent., To coin., To make falsely; to produce, as that which is untrue or not genuine; to fabricate; to counterfeit, as, a signature, or a signed document., To commit forgery., To move heavily and slowly, as a ship after the sails are furled; to work one’s way, as one ship in outsailing another; — used especially in the phrase to forge ahead., To impel forward slowly; as, to forge a ship forward.
forgo verb i. To pass by; to leave. See 1st Forego.
forky adjective Opening into two or more parts or shoots; forked; furcated.
forme adjective Same as Pate or Patte., First.
forte noun The strong point; that in which one excels., The stronger part of the blade of a sword; the part of half nearest the hilt; — opposed to foible., Loudly; strongly; powerfully.
forth adverb Forward; onward in time, place, or order; in advance from a given point; on to end; as, from that day forth; one, two, three, and so forth., Out, as from a state of concealment, retirement, confinement, nondevelopment, or the like; out into notice or view; as, the plants in spring put forth leaves., Beyond a (certain) boundary; away; abroad; out., Throughly; from beginning to end., Forth from; out of., A way; a passage or ford.
forty adjective Four times ten; thirty-nine and one more., The sum of four tens; forty units or objects., A symbol expressing forty units; as, 40, or xl.
forum noun A market place or public place in Rome, where causes were judicially tried, and orations delivered to the people., A tribunal; a court; an assembly empowered to hear and decide causes.
fossa noun A pit, groove, cavity, or depression, of greater or less depth; as, the temporal fossa on the side of the skull; the nasal fossae containing the nostrils in most birds.
fosse noun A ditch or moat., See Fossa.
foule adverb Foully.
fount noun A font., A fountain.
fourb noun Alt. of Fourbe
fouty adjective Despicable.
fovea noun A slight depression or pit; a fossa.
fowls plural of Fowl
foxes plural of Fox, See Fox, n., 7.
foxed imp. & past participle of Fox, Discolored or stained; — said of timber, and also of the paper of books or engravings., Repaired by foxing; as, foxed boots.
fract verb t. To break; to violate.
foxly adjective Foxlike.
foyer noun A lobby in a theater; a greenroom., The crucible or basin in a furnace which receives the molten metal.
frail noun A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins., The quantity of raisins — about thirty-two, fifty-six, or seventy-five pounds, — contained in a frail., A rush for weaving baskets., Easily broken; fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm., Tender., Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; also, unchaste; — often applied to fallen women.
frame verb t. To construct by fitting and uniting the several parts of the skeleton of any structure; specifically, in woodwork, to put together by cutting parts of one member to fit parts of another. See Dovetail, Halve, v. t., Miter, Tenon, Tooth, Tusk, Scarf, and Splice., To originate; to plan; to devise; to contrive; to compose; in a bad sense, to invent or fabricate, as something false., To fit to something else, or for some specific end; to adjust; to regulate; to shape; to conform., To cause; to bring about; to produce., To support., To provide with a frame, as a picture., To shape; to arrange, as the organs of speech., To proceed; to go., Anything composed of parts fitted and united together; a fabric; a structure; esp., the constructional system, whether of timber or metal, that gives to a building, vessel, etc., its model and strength; the skeleton of a structure., The bodily structure; physical constitution; make or build of a person., A kind of open case or structure made for admitting, inclosing, or supporting things, as that which incloses or contains a window, door, picture, etc.; that on which anything is held or stretched, The skeleton structure which supports the boiler and machinery of a locomotive upon its wheels., A molding box or flask, which being filled with sand serves as a mold for castings., The ribs and stretchers of an umbrella or other structure with a fabric covering., A structure of four bars, adjustable in size, on which cloth, etc., is stretched for quilting, embroidery, etc., A glazed portable structure for protecting young plants from frost., A stand to support the type cases for use by the compositor., A term applied, especially in England, to certain machines built upon or within framework; as, a stocking frame; lace frame; spinning frame, etc., Form; shape; proportion; scheme; structure; constitution; system; as, a frameof government., Particular state or disposition, as of the mind; humor; temper; mood; as, to be always in a happy frame., Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming.
franc adjective A silver coin of France, and since 1795 the unit of the French monetary system. It has been adopted by Belgium and Swizerland. It is equivalent to about nineteen cents, or ten pence, and is divided into 100 centimes.
frank noun A pigsty., To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten., The common heron; — so called from its note., Unbounded by restrictions, limitations, etc.; free., Free in uttering one’s real sentiments; not reserved; using no disguise; candid; ingenuous; as, a frank nature, conversation, manner, etc., Liberal; generous; profuse., Unrestrained; loose; licentious; — used in a bad sense., To send by public conveyance free of expense., To extempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc., The privilege of sending letters or other mail matter, free of postage, or without charge; also, the sign, mark, or signature denoting that a letter or other mail matter is to free of postage., A member of one of the German tribes that in the fifth century overran and conquered Gaul, and established the kingdom of France., A native or inhabitant of Western Europe; a European; — a term used in the Levant., A French coin. See Franc.
frape noun A crowd, a rabble.
fraud noun Deception deliberately practiced with a view to gaining an unlawful or unfair advantage; artifice by which the right or interest of another is injured; injurious stratagem; deceit; trick., An intentional perversion of truth for the purpose of obtaining some valuable thing or promise from another., A trap or snare.
freak verb t. To variegate; to checker; to streak., A sudden causeless change or turn of the mind; a whim of fancy; a capricious prank; a vagary or caprice.
freck verb t. To checker; to diversify.
freed imp. & past participle of Free
freer noun One who frees, or sets free.
froze imp. of Freeze, imp. of Freeze.
fremd adjective Alt. of Fremed
frena plural of Frenum
frere noun A friar.
fresh superl Possessed of original life and vigor; new and strong; unimpaired; sound., New; original; additional., Lately produced, gathered, or prepared for market; not stale; not dried or preserved; not wilted, faded, or tainted; in good condition; as, fresh vegetables, flowers, eggs, meat, fruit, etc.; recently made or obtained; occurring again; repeated; as, a fresh supply of goods; fresh tea, raisins, etc.; lately come or made public; as, fresh news; recently taken from a well or spring; as, fresh water., Youthful; florid; as, these fresh nymphs., In a raw, green, or untried state; uncultivated; uncultured; unpracticed; as, a fresh hand on a ship., Renewed in vigor, alacrity, or readiness for action; as, fresh for a combat; hence, tending to renew in vigor; rather strong; cool or brisk; as, a fresh wind., Not salt; as, fresh water, in distinction from that which is from the sea, or brackish; fresh meat, in distinction from that which is pickled or salted., A stream or spring of fresh water., A flood; a freshet., The mingling of fresh water with salt in rivers or bays, as by means of a flood of fresh water flowing toward or into the sea., To refresh; to freshen.
frett noun The worn side of the bank of a river. See 4th Fret, n., 4., A vitreous compound, used by potters in glazing, consisting of lime, silica, borax, lead, and soda.
freta plural of Fretum
freya noun The daughter of Njord, and goddess of love and beauty; the Scandinavian Venus; — in Teutonic myths confounded with Frigga, but in Scandinavian, distinct.
friar noun A brother or member of any religious order, but especially of one of the four mendicant orders, viz: (a) Minors, Gray Friars, or Franciscans. (b) Augustines. (c) Dominicans or Black Friars. (d) White Friars or Carmelites. See these names in the Vocabulary., A white or pale patch on a printed page., An American fish; the silversides.
fried imp. & p. p. of Fry., of Fry
frier noun One who fries.
frigg noun Alt. of Frigga
frill verb i. To shake or shiver as with cold; as, the hawk frills., To wrinkle; — said of the gelatin film., To provide or decorate with a frill or frills; to turn back. in crimped plaits; as, to frill a cap., A ruffing of a bird’s feathers from cold., A ruffle, consisting of a fold of membrane, of hairs, or of feathers, around the neck of an animal., A similar ruffle around the legs or other appendages of animals., A ruffled varex or fold on certain shells., A border or edging secured at one edge and left free at the other, usually fluted or crimped like a very narrow flounce.
frisk adjective Lively; brisk; frolicsome; frisky., A frolic; a fit of wanton gayety; a gambol: a little playful skip or leap., To leap, skip, dance, or gambol, in fronc and gayety.
frist verb t. To sell upon credit, as goods.
frith noun A narrow arm of the sea; an estuary; the opening of a river into the sea; as, the Frith of Forth., A kind of weir for catching fish., A forest; a woody place., A small field taken out of a common, by inclosing it; an inclosure.
frize noun See 1st Frieze.
frizz verb t. & noun See Friz, v. t. & n.
frock noun A loose outer garment; especially, a gown forming a part of European modern costume for women and children; also, a coarse shirtlike garment worn by some workmen over their other clothes; a smock frock; as, a marketman’s frock., A coarse gown worn by monks or friars, and supposed to take the place of all, or nearly all, other garments. It has a hood which can be drawn over the head at pleasure, and is girded by a cord., To clothe in a frock., To make a monk of. Cf. Unfrock.
frond noun The organ formed by the combination or union into one body of stem and leaf, and often bearing the fructification; as, the frond of a fern or of a lichen or seaweed; also, the peculiar leaf of a palm tree.
frons noun The forehead; the part of the cranium between the orbits and the vertex.
front noun The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face., The forehead, countenance, or personal presence, as expressive of character or temper, and especially, of boldness of disposition, sometimes of impudence; seeming; as, a bold front; a hardened front., The part or surface of anything which seems to look out, or to be directed forward; the fore or forward part; the foremost rank; the van; — the opposite to back or rear; as, the front of a house; the front of an army., A position directly before the face of a person, or before the foremost part of a thing; as, in front of un person, of the troops, or of a house., The most conspicuous part., That which covers the foremost part of the head: a front piece of false hair worn by women., The beginning., Of or relating to the front or forward part; having a position in front; foremost; as, a front view., To oppose face to face; to oppose directly; to meet in a hostile manner., To appear before; to meet., To face toward; to have the front toward; to confront; as, the house fronts the street., To stand opposed or opposite to, or over against as, his house fronts the church., To adorn in front; to supply a front to; as, to front a house with marble; to front a head with laurel., To have or turn the face or front in any direction; as, the house fronts toward the east.
frore adverb Frostily.
frorn p. adjective Frozen.
frory adjective Frozen; stiff with cold., Covered with a froth like hoarfrost.
frost verb i. The act of freezing; — applied chiefly to the congelation of water; congelation of fluids., The state or temperature of the air which occasions congelation, or the freezing of water; severe cold or freezing weather., Frozen dew; — called also hoarfrost or white frost., Coldness or insensibility; severity or rigidity of character., To injure by frost; to freeze, as plants., To cover with hoarfrost; to produce a surface resembling frost upon, as upon cake, metals, or glass., To roughen or sharpen, as the nail heads or calks of horseshoes, so as to fit them for frosty weather.
frote verb t. To rub or wear by rubbing; to chafe.
froth noun The bubbles caused in fluids or liquors by fermentation or agitation; spume; foam; esp., a spume of saliva caused by disease or nervous excitement., Any empty, senseless show of wit or eloquence; rhetoric without thought., Light, unsubstantial matter., To cause to foam., To spit, vent, or eject, as froth., To cover with froth; as, a horse froths his chain., To throw up or out spume, foam, or bubbles; to foam; as beer froths; a horse froths.
frown verb i. To contract the brow in displeasure, severity, or sternness; to scowl; to put on a stern, grim, or surly look., To manifest displeasure or disapprobation; to look with disfavor or threateningly; to lower; as, polite society frowns upon rudeness., To repress or repel by expressing displeasure or disapproval; to rebuke with a look; as, frown the impudent fellow into silence., A wrinkling of the face in displeasure, rebuke, etc.; a sour, severe, or stere look; a scowl., Any expression of displeasure; as, the frowns of Providence; the frowns of Fortune.
frowy adjective Musty. rancid; as, frowy butter.
fruit verb t. Whatever is produced for the nourishment or enjoyment of man or animals by the processes of vegetable growth, as corn, grass, cotton, flax, etc.; — commonly used in the plural., The pulpy, edible seed vessels of certain plants, especially those grown on branches above ground, as apples, oranges, grapes, melons, berries, etc. See 3., The ripened ovary of a flowering plant, with its contents and whatever parts are consolidated with it., The spore cases or conceptacles of flowerless plants, as of ferns, mosses, algae, etc., with the spores contained in them., The produce of animals; offspring; young; as, the fruit of the womb, of the loins, of the body., That which is produced; the effect or consequence of any action; advantageous or desirable product or result; disadvantageous or evil consequence or effect; as, the fruits of labor, of self-denial, of intemperance., To bear fruit.
frump verb t. To insult; to flout; to mock; to snub., A contemptuous speech or piece of conduct; a gibe or flout., A cross, old-fashioned person; esp., an old woman; a gossip.
frush verb t. To batter; to break in pieces., Easily broken; brittle; crisp., Noise; clatter; crash., The frog of a horse’s foot., A discharge of a fetid or ichorous matter from the frog of a horse’s foot; — also caled thrush.
fuage noun Same as Fumage.
fubby adjective Alt. of Fubsy
fubsy adjective Plump; chubby; short and stuffy; as a fubsy sofa.
fuchs noun A student of the first year.
fucus noun A paint; a dye; also, false show., A genus of tough, leathery seaweeds, usually of a dull brownish green color; rockweed.
fudge noun A made-up story; stuff; nonsense; humbug; — often an exclamation of contempt., To make up; to devise; to contrive; to fabricate., To foist; to interpolate.
fuero noun A code; a charter; a grant of privileges., A custom having the force of law., A declaration by a magistrate., A place where justice is administered., The jurisdiction of a tribunal.
fuffy adjective Light; puffy.
fugle verb i. To maneuver; to move hither and thither.
fugue noun A polyphonic composition, developed from a given theme or themes, according to strict contrapuntal rules. The theme is first given out by one voice or part, and then, while that pursues its way, it is repeated by another at the interval of a fifth or fourth, and so on, until all the parts have answered one by one, continuing their several melodies and interweaving them in one complex progressive whole, in which the theme is often lost and reappears.
fulbe noun Same as Fulahs.
fully adverb In a full manner or degree; completely; entirely; without lack or defect; adequately; satisfactorily; as, to be fully persuaded of the truth of a proposition.
fumed imp. & past participle of Fume
fumer noun One that fumes., One who makes or uses perfumes.
fumet noun The dung of deer., Alt. of Fumette
fumid adjective Smoky; vaporous.
funge noun A blockhead; a dolt; a fool.
fungi noun pl. See Fungus., of Fungus
funic adjective Funicular.
funis noun A cord; specifically, the umbilical cord or navel string.
funky adjective Pertaining to, or characterized by, great fear, or funking.
funny superl. Droll; comical; amusing; laughable., A clinkerbuit, narrow boat for sculling.
furld imp. & past participle of Furl
furry adjective Covered with fur; dressed in fur., Consisting of fur; as, furry spoils., Resembling fur.
furze noun A thorny evergreen shrub (Ulex Europaeus), with beautiful yellow flowers, very common upon the plains and hills of Great Britain; — called also gorse, and whin. The dwarf furze is Ulex nanus.
furzy adjective adjective bounding in, or overgrown with, furze; characterized by furze.
fused imp. & past participle of Fuse
fusee noun A flintlock gun. See 2d Fusil., A fuse. See Fuse, n., A kind of match for lighting a pipe or cigar., A small packet of explosive material with wire appendages allowing it to be conveniently attached to a railroad track. It will explode with a loud report when run over by a train, and is used to provide a warning signal to the engineer., The track of a buck., The cone or conical wheel of a watch or clock, designed to equalize the power of the mainspring by having the chain from the barrel which contains the spring wind in a spiral groove on the surface of the cone in such a manner that the diameter of the cone at the point where the chain acts may correspond with the degree of tension of the spring., A similar wheel used in other machinery.
fusel Alt. of Fusel oil
fusil verb t. Capable of being melted or rendered fluid by heat; fusible., Running or flowing, as a liquid., Formed by melting and pouring into a mold; cast; founded., A light kind of flintlock musket, formerly in use., A bearing of a rhomboidal figure; — named from its shape, which resembles that of a spindle.
fussy superl Making a fuss; disposed to make an unnecessary ado about trifles; overnice; fidgety.
fusty superl Moldy; musty; ill-smelling; rank., Moping.
fuzzy noun Not firmly woven; that ravels., Furnished with fuzz; having fuzz; like fuzz; as, the fuzzy skin of a peach.
fytte noun See Fit a song.