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U.S. Govt. Federal Aviation Administration: the division of the Department of Transportation that inspects and rates civilian aircraft and pilots, enforces the rules of air ...
/fab/, adj. Slang. fabulous (def. 2). [1960-65; by shortening] * * *
▪ plant family also called  Leguminosae    pea family of flowering plants (angiosperms (angiosperm)), within the order Fabales. Fabaceae, which is the third largest family ...
/feuh bay"sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the Fabaceae, an alternative name for the plant family Leguminosae. Cf. legume family. [1720-30; < NL Fabace(ae) (Fab(a) the type genus (L: ...
/feuh bah"deuh/; Sp. /fah vah"dhah/, n., pl. fabadas /-deuhz/; Sp. /-dhahs/. Spanish Cookery. a stew of broad beans usually cooked with pork, sausage, and bacon. [ < dial. Sp. ...
▪ plant order Introduction  order of dicotyledonous flowering plants in the Rosid I group among the core eudicots. The order comprises 4 families ( Fabaceae, Polygalaceae, ...
Faber, Eberhard
▪ German businessman also called  John Eberhard Faber  born Dec. 6, 1822, Stein, Bavaria [Germany] died March 2, 1879, New York, N.Y., U.S.       German businessman ...
Faber, Frederick William
▪ British theologian born June 28, 1814, Calverly, Yorkshire, Eng. died Sept. 26, 1863, London  British theologian, noted hymnist, and founder of the Wilfridians, a ...
Faber, Lothar von
born June 12, 1817, Stein, Bavaria died July 26, 1896, Stein German manufacturer of writing products and art supplies. He took over the family pencil business in Bavaria and ...
Faber, Peter
▪ French theologian French  Pierre Lefevre, or Pierre Favre,  Latin  Petrus Faber  born April 13, 1506, Vilaret, Savoy died Aug. 1, 1546, Rome       French Jesuit ...
/fab'euhr zhay"/ for 1; /fab'euhr jay", -zhay"/ or, Fr., /fann berdd zhay"/ for 2, n. 1. (Peter) Carl Gustavovich /kahrl geuh stah"veuh vich/, 1846-1920, Russian goldsmith and ...
Fabergé, (Peter) Carl
orig. Karl Gustavovich Fabergé born May 18, 1846, St. Petersburg, Russia died Sept. 24, 1920, Lausanne, Switz. Russian goldsmith, jeweler, and designer. Educated in Europe ...
Fabergé, Peter Carl
▪ Russian jeweler original name  Karl Gustavovich Fabergé   born May 18, 1846, St. Petersburg, Russia died Sept. 24, 1920, Lausanne, Switz.  one of the greatest ...
Fabergé,Peter Carl
Fa·ber·gé (făb'ər-zhāʹ), Peter Carl. 1846-1920. Russian goldsmith and jeweler who created ornate gifts, notably a series of jeweled and enameled Easter eggs for European ...
Fabert, Abraham de
▪ marshal of France born Oct. 11, 1599, Metz, France died May 17, 1662, Sedan       marshal of France, a leading French commander during the reigns of Louis XIII and ...
/fay"bee euhn/, adj. 1. seeking victory by delay and harassment rather than by a decisive battle as in the manner of Fabius Maximus: Fabian policy. 2. of or pertaining to the ...
Fabian Society
a socialist organization founded in England in 1884, favoring the gradual spread of socialism by peaceful means. * * * Socialist society founded in 1883–84 in London, to ...
Fabian, Saint
▪ pope Latin  Fabianus   died Jan. 20, 250, Rome; feast day January 20       pope from 236 to 250. The successor to St. Anterus, Fabian was an outstanding ...
/fay"bee euh niz'euhm/, n. the theories of economic and social reform advocated by the Fabian Society. [1885-90; FABIAN + -ISM] * * *
See Fabianism. * * *
Fabius [fā′bē əs] (full name Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus) died 203 B.C.; Rom. general & statesman: defeated Hannibal in the second Punic War by a cautious strategy of ...
Fabius Ambustus, Quintus
▪ Roman statesman and commander flourished 4th century BC       Roman politician and commander who, according to the Roman historian Livy (1st century BC), was ...
Fabius Maximus
/fay"bee euhs mak"seuh meuhs/, (Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus) ("Cunctator") 275-203 B.C., Roman statesman and general: defeated Hannibal's army by harassment without risking ...
Fabius Maximus Cunctator, Quintus
died 203 BC Roman commander and statesman. He served as consul in 233 BC (an office he would hold five times) and censor in 230. Elected dictator in 217, he used a strategy of ...
Fabius Maximus Verrucosus, Quintus
▪ Roman statesman and commander byname  Cunctator  died 203 BC  Roman commander and statesman whose cautious delaying tactics (whence the nickname Cunctator, meaning ...
Fabius Maximus Verrucosus,Quintus
Fa·bi·us Max·i·mus Ver·ru·co·sus (fāʹbē-əs măkʹsə-məs vĕr-yo͞o-kōʹsəs, -o͞o-), Quintus. Known as “the Cunctator.” Died 203B.C. Roman general who ...
Fabius Pictor, Quintus
▪ Roman historian flourished c. 200 BC       one of the first Roman prose historians, an important source for later writers.       A member of the Senate, Fabius ...
—fabler, n. /fay"beuhl/, n., v., fabled, fabling. n. 1. a short tale to teach a moral lesson, often with animals or inanimate objects as characters; apologue: the fable of the ...
fable, parable, and allegory
Introduction       any form of imaginative literature (allegory) or spoken utterance constructed in such a way that readers or listeners are encouraged to look for ...
/fay"beuhld/, adj. 1. celebrated in fables: a fabled goddess of the wood. 2. having no real existence; fictitious: a fabled chest of gold. [1730-40; FABLE + -ED3] * * *
See fable. * * *
/fab"lee oh'/; Fr. /fann blee oh"/, n., pl. fabliaux /fab"lee ohz'/; Fr. /fann blee oh"/. a short metrical tale, usually ribald and humorous, popular in medieval ...
/fah"beuhr/; Fr. /fann"brddeu/, n. Jean Henri /zhahonn ahonn rddee"/, 1823-1915, French entomologist and popular writer on insect life. * * *
Fabre d'Églantine, Philippe
▪ French dramatist in full  Philippe-François-Nazaire Fabre d'Églantine  born July 28, 1750, Carcassonne, France died April 5, 1794, Paris  French political dramatic ...
Fabre, Émile
▪ French dramatist born March 24, 1869, Metz, Fr. died Sept. 25, 1955, Paris  French playwright and administrator of the Comédie-Française (1915–36) who developed it ...
Fabre, Jean Henri
▪ French entomologist born Dec. 22, 1823, Saint-Léons, Fr. died Oct. 11, 1915, Sérignan-du-Comtat       French entomologist famous for his study of the anatomy and ...
▪ Italy       town, in Marche (The Marches) region, central Italy. The town was the home of a minor school of painting founded in the late 14th century by Allegretto ...
/fab"rik/, n. 1. a cloth made by weaving, knitting, or felting fibers: woolen fabrics. 2. the texture of the woven, knitted, or felted material: cloth of a soft, pliant ...
fabric softener
a substance added to fabrics during laundering to make them puffier and softer. * * *
See fabricable. * * *
fab·ric·a·ble (făbʹrĭ-kə-bəl) adj. Capable of being shaped or formed: a fabricable alloy; fabricable materials.   fab'ric·a·bilʹi·ty n. * * *
/fab"ri keuhnt/, n. a maker or manufacturer. [1750-60; < L fabricant- (s. of fabricans) making, prp. of fabricare. See FABRIC, -ANT] * * *
—fabricative, adj. —fabricator, n. /fab"ri kayt'/, v.t., fabricated, fabricating. 1. to make by art or skill and labor; construct: The finest craftspeople fabricated this ...
/fab'ri kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of fabricating; manufacture. 2. something fabricated, esp. an untruthful statement: His account of the robbery is a complete ...
See fabrication. * * *
/feuh brish"ee euhs, -brish"euhs/; Dan. /fah brddee"syoos/, n. Johan Christian /yoh"hahn kris"cheuhn/; Dan. /yoh hahn" krddis"tyahn/, 1743-1808, Danish entomologist. * * *
Fabricius (ab Aquapendente), Hieronymus
Italian Girolamo Fabrici born May 20, 1537, Acquapendente, Italy died May 21, 1619, Padua Italian surgeon and anatomist. He studied under and later succeeded Gabriel Fallopius ...
Fabricius ab Aquapendente, Hieronymus
▪ Italian surgeon Italian  Geronimo, or Girolamo, Fabrizio, or Fabrici   born May 20, 1537, Acquapendente, Italy died May 21, 1619, Padua  Italian surgeon, an outstanding ...
Fabricius Luscinus, Gaius
▪ Roman statesman flourished 3rd century BC       Roman commander and statesman whose incorruptibility and austerity were frequently regarded as models of the early ...
Fabricius, Johann Albert
▪ German scholar born Nov. 11, 1668, Leipzig died April 30, 1736       German classical scholar and the greatest of 18th-century bibliographers.       In 1689, ...
Fabricius, Johann Christian
born Jan. 7, 1745, Tøndern, Den. died March 3, 1808, Kiel Danish entomologist. He studied at Uppsala University with Carolus Linnaeus and from 1775 taught not only natural ...
Fabricius, Johannes
▪ Dutch astronomer born Jan. 8, 1587, Resterhafe, Neth. died c. 1615       Dutch astronomer who may have been the first observer of sunspots (sunspot) (1610/1611) and ...
/fab"ri koyd'/, Trademark. a brand of waterproof fabric having a cloth foundation and a pyroxylin surface, used esp. as a substitute for leather in bookbindings, upholstery, ...
/fah brddee"tsee oos/, n. Carel /kah"rddeuhl/, 1622-54: Dutch painter: pupil of Rembrandt. * * *
Fabritius, Barent
▪ Dutch painter baptized Nov. 16, 1624, Middenbeemster, Neth. died Oct. 20, 1673, Amsterdam  Dutch painter of portraits and of biblical, mythological, and historical ...
Fabritius, Carel
(baptized Feb. 27, 1622, Middenbeemster, Neth. died Oct. 12, 1654, Delft) Dutch painter. He studied with Rembrandt in the early 1640s, then settled in Delft, entering its ...
Fabrizi, Nicola
▪ Italian revolutionary born April 4, 1804, Modena, Italian Republic died March 31, 1885, Rome       one of the most militant and dedicated leaders of the ...
Fabro, Luciano
▪ 2008       Italian artist born Nov. 20, 1936, Turin, Italy died June 22, 2007, Milan, Italy was grouped with the avant-garde Arte Povera movement, which emphasized ...
Fabry's disease
▪ pathology also called  Angiokeratoma Corporis Diffusum,         sex-linked hereditary disease in which a deficiency in the enzyme alpha-galactosidase A results in ...
Fabry, Charles
▪ French physicist born June 11, 1867, Marseilles died Dec. 11, 1945, Paris       French physicist who discovered in the upper atmosphere the ozone layer (ozonosphere) ...
Drama of ancient Rome. Particular types included the fabula Atellana, the earliest form of native farce in ancient Italy; the fabula crepidata, a form of Roman tragedy based on ...
fabula Atellana
▪ Italian drama       (Latin: “Atellan play”), the earliest native Italian farce, presumably rustic improvisational comedy featuring masked stock characters. The ...
fabula palliata
▪ Roman drama plural  fabulae palliatae         any of the Roman comedies that were translations or adaptations of Greek New Comedy. The name derives from the ...
/fab"yeuh leuhr/, adj. of or pertaining to a story, novel, or the like written in the form of a fable. [1675-85; < L fabularis, equiv. to fabul(a) FABLE + -aris -AR1] * * *
fab·u·late (făbʹyə-lāt') intr.v. fab·u·lat·ed, fab·u·lat·ing, fab·u·lates To engage in the composition of fables or stories, especially those in which the element ...
See fabulate. * * *
See fabulation. * * *
/fab"yeuh list/, n. 1. a person who invents or relates fables. 2. a liar. [1585-95; < MF fabuliste, equiv. to < fabul(a) FABLE + -iste -IST] * * *
—fabulously, adv. —fabulousness, n. /fab"yeuh leuhs/, adj. 1. almost impossible to believe; incredible. 2. Informal. exceptionally good or unusual; marvelous; superb: a ...
See fabulous. * * *
See fabulously. * * *
1. facsimile. 2. factor. 3. factory. 4. faculty. * * *
/feuh sahd", fa-/, n. 1. Archit. a. the front of a building, esp. an imposing or decorative one. b. any side of a building facing a public way or space and finished ...
fa·çad·ism also fa·cad·ism (fə-säʹdĭz'əm) n. The practice of preserving the fronts of notable old buildings while demolishing the backs, often constructing modern ...
—faceable, adj. /fays/, n., v., faced, facing. n. 1. the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin. 2. a look or expression on this part: a sad face. 3. an ...
face angle
Geom. the angle formed by two successive edges of a polyhedron. [1910-15] * * *
face bow
/boh/, Dentistry. a device for determining the relationship of the maxillae to the mandibular joint. Also, facebow. [1935-40] * * *
face card
the king, queen, or jack of playing cards. [1665-75] * * *
face cord
☆ face cord n. a measure of wood cut for fuel, as arranged in a pile 8 feet wide, 4 feet high, and with pieces 12 to 18 inches in length * * *
face gear
Mach. a disklike gear having teeth cut on the face more or less radially and engaging with a spur or helical pinion, the axis of which is at right angles to it. * * *
face mask
1. Sports. the protective equipment, usually made of steel or plastic, that guards the face, as the steel cage worn by a baseball catcher or the molded plastic covering worn by a ...
face powder
a cosmetic powder used to give a mat finish to the face. [1855-60] * * *
Face The Nation
a US television news programme on CBS which has been running since 1954. The programme, broadcast every Sunday, consists of interviews and discussions with politicians, experts ...
face time
1. a brief appearance on television. 2. a brief face-to-face meeting, esp. with someone important. 3. a face-to-face meeting with a person one knows only from phone ...
face towel
a small towel for the face. [1920-25] * * *
face value
/fays" val'yooh/ for 1; /fays" val"yooh/ for 2 1. the value printed on the face of a stock, bond, or other financial instrument or document. 2. apparent value: Do not accept ...
/fays"sen'teuhrd/, adj. Crystall. (of a crystal structure) having lattice points on the faces of the unit cells. Cf. body-centered. [1910-15] * * *
face-down also face down (fāsʹdounʹ) adv. In a position so that the face is down: a victim floating face-down in the water. * * *
/fays"hahr'dn/, v.t. to harden the surface of (metal), as by chilling or casehardening. [1895-1900] * * *
/fays"lift'/, n. 1. Also, face lifting, facelifting. plastic surgery on the face for elevating sagging tissues and eliminating wrinkles and other signs of age; rhytidectomy. 2. a ...
/fays"nayl'/, v.t. to secure with nails driven perpendicular to the surface. Cf. toenail (def. 4). * * *
/fays"awf', -of'/, n. Ice Hockey. 1. the act of facing the puck, as at the start of a game or period. 2. an open confrontation. [1895-1900; n. use of v. phrase face off] * * *
—face-saving, n., adj. /fays"say'veuhr/, n. something that saves one's prestige or dignity: Allow him the face-saver of resigning instead of being fired. [1940-45] * * *
face-saving [fās′sā΄viŋ] adj. preserving or intended to preserve one's dignity, self-respect, or good reputation * * * See face-saver. * * *
/fays"teuh fays"/, adj. 1. with the fronts or faces toward each other, esp. when close together. 2. involving close contact or direct opposition: a face-to-face confrontation of ...
face-up also face up (fāsʹŭpʹ) adv. In a position so that the face is up: a patient lying face-up on the stretcher. * * *
See face. * * *
face angle n. The angle formed between two edges of a polyhedral angle. * * *
▪ American company  American company offering online social networking services. Facebook was founded as a social networking Web site in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin ...
face card n. A king, queen, or jack of a deck of playing cards. Also called picture card. * * *
/fays"klawth', -kloth'/, n., pl. facecloths /-klawdhz', -klodhz', -klawths', -kloths'/. washcloth. Also called, Brit., face flannel. [1595-1605; FACE + CLOTH] * * *
/fayst/, adj. having a specified kind of face or number of faces (usually used in combination): a sweet-faced child; the two-faced god. [1490-1500; FACE + -ED3] * * *
adv. /fays"down"/; n. /fays"down'/, adv. 1. with the face or the front or upper surface downward: He was lying facedown on the floor. Deal the cards facedown on the table. n. 2. ...
See faceless. * * *
face·mask (fāsʹmăsk') n. A protective or disguising cover for the face, often enveloping the entire head: wore a facemask while diving; a skier's facemask; armed robbers who ...
/fays"playt'/, n. 1. (on a lathe) a perforated plate, mounted on the live spindle, to which the work is attached. 2. the part of a protective headpiece, as a diver's or ...
/fay"seuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that faces. 2. Informal. a blow in the face. 3. Brit. Informal. an unexpected major difficulty, dilemma, or defeat. [1505-15; FACE + -ER1] * ...
/fas"it/, n., v., faceted, faceting or (esp. Brit.) facetted, facetting. n. 1. one of the small, polished plane surfaces of a cut gem. 2. a similar surface cut on a fragment of ...
facet joint
Anat. any of the four projections that link one vertebra of the spine to an adjacent vertebra. * * *
—facetely, adv. —faceteness, n. /feuh seet"/, adj. Archaic. facetious. [1595-1605; < L facetus clever, witty] * * *
See facet. * * *
/feuh see"shee ee'/, n.pl. amusing or witty remarks or writings. [1520-30; < L, pl. of FACETIA something witty. See FACETE, -IA] * * *
face time n. Time spent interacting in the presence of or in the same location as another or others: putting in face time in the office instead of working at home. * * *
—facetiously, adv. —facetiousness, n. /feuh see"sheuhs/, adj. 1. not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark. 2. amusing; humorous. 3. lacking serious ...
See facetious. * * *
See facetiously. * * *
See faceted. * * *
/fays"up"/, adv. with the face or the front or upper surface upward: Place the cards faceup on the table. [1960-65; FACE + UP] * * *
face value n. 1. The value printed or written on the face, as of a bill or bond. 2. Apparent significance or value: took their compliments at face value. * * *
/fay"sheuh/, n. Chiefly Brit. dashboard (def. 1). Also, fascia. Also called facia board. [1880-85; sp. var. of FASCIA, perh. through confusion with L facies, E FACE, FACIAL, ...
—facially, adv. /fay"sheuhl/, adj. 1. of the face: facial expression. 2. for the face: a facial cream. n. 3. a treatment to beautify the face. [1600-10; 1910-15 for def. 3; < ...
facial angle
Craniom. the angle formed by a line from nasion to prosthion at its intersection with the plane of the Frankfurt horizontal. [1815-25] * * *
facial index
Craniom. the ratio of the breadth of a face to its height. [1885-90] * * *
facial nerve
Anat. either one of the seventh pair of cranial nerves composed of motor fibers that control muscles of the face except those used in chewing. [1810-20] * * * ▪ ...
facial neuralgia
Pathol. See tic douloureux. * * *
facial tissue
a soft, disposable paper tissue esp. for cleansing the face or for use as a handkerchief. [1925-30] * * *
facial index n. The ratio of facial length to facial width multiplied by 100. * * *
See facial. * * *
—factful, adj. /fakt/, n. 1. something that actually exists; reality; truth: Your fears have no basis in fact. 2. something known to exist or to have happened: Space travel is ...
fact finder
—fact-finding, n., adj. n. a person who searches impartially for the facts or actualities of a subject or situation, esp. one appointed to conduct an official investigation, as ...
fact of life
1. any aspect of human existence that must be acknowledged or regarded as unalterable: Old age is a fact of life. 2. facts of life, the facts concerning sex, reproduction, and ...
Fact, Theatre of
▪ German dramatic movement also called  Documentary Theatre        German dramatic movement that arose during the early 1960s, associated primarily with Rolf ...
See fact-finding. * * *
fact-finding [fakt′fīn΄diŋ] n. the gathering of information; specif., preliminary research to gather facts for a later, full investigation, hearing, etc. adj. of, resulting ...
fact-value distinction
In philosophy, the ontological distinction between what is (facts) and what ought to be (values). David Hume gave the distinction its classical formulation in his dictum that it ...
Facta, Luigi
▪ prime minister of Italy born Nov. 16, 1861, Pinerolo, Italy died Nov. 5, 1930, Rome       Italy's last prime minister before the Fascist leader Benito Mussolini ...
/fak tis"i tee/, n. the condition or quality of being a fact; factuality. [1940-45; FACT + -icity (-IC + -ITY), perh. after AUTHENTICITY] * * *
faction1 /fak"sheuhn/, n. 1. a group or clique within a larger group, party, government, organization, or the like: a faction in favor of big business. 2. party strife and ...
—factionalism, n. —factionalist, n. /fak"sheuh nl/, adj. 1. of a faction or factions. 2. self-interested; partisan: Factional interests had obstructed justice. [1640-50; ...
factionalism [fak′shənəl iz΄əm] n. 1. factional dissension 2. affiliation with a faction factionalist n., adj. * * * See factional. * * *
factionalize [fak′shənəl īz΄] vt., vi. factionalized, factionalizing to divide into factions factionalization n. * * * fac·tion·al·ize (făkʹshə-nə-līz') tr.v. ...
See factional. * * *
—factiously, adv. —factiousness, n. /fak"sheuhs/, adj. 1. given to faction; dissentious: A factious group was trying to undermine the government. 2. pertaining to or ...
See factious. * * *
See factiously. * * *
—factitiously, adv. —factitiousness, n. /fak tish"euhs/, adj. 1. not spontaneous or natural; artificial; contrived: factitious laughter; factitious enthusiasm. 2. made; ...
factitious disorder
Psychiatry. any of various syndromes, as Münchausen syndrome, characterized by physical or psychological symptoms intentionally produced by a person and under voluntary ...
See factitious. * * *
See factitiously. * * *
—factitively, adv. /fak"ti tiv/, adj. Gram. noting or pertaining to verbs that express the idea of making or rendering in a certain way and that take a direct object and an ...
See factitive. * * *
—factivity, n. /fak"tiv/, Ling. adj. 1. (of a verb, adjective, or noun phrase) presupposing the truth of an embedded sentence that serves as complement, as realize in I didn't ...
factof life
fact of life n. pl. facts of life 1. Something unavoidable that must be faced or dealt with. 2. facts of life The basic physiological functions involved in sex and reproduction. ...
—factoidal, adj. /fak"toyd/, n. 1. an insignificant or trivial fact. 2. something fictitious or unsubstantiated that is presented as fact, devised esp. to gain publicity and ...
See factoid. * * *
—factorable, adj. —factorability, n. —factorship, n. /fak"teuhr/, n. 1. one of the elements contributing to a particular result or situation: Poverty is only one of the ...
factor analysis
Statistics. the use of one of several methods for reducing a set of variables to a lesser number of new variables, each of which is a function of one or more of the original ...
factor group
Math. See quotient group. [1895-1900] * * *
factor IX.
See Christmas factor. * * *
factor of adhesion
Railroads. the ratio of the force that can be exerted on driving wheels with full traction to the weight on the driving wheels, usually expressed as a percentage. Also called ...
factor of production
any instrument, agent, etc., employed in the production of goods and services. * * *
factor of safety
the ratio of the maximum stress that a structural part or other piece of material can withstand to the maximum stress estimated for it in the use for which it is designed. Also ...
factor VIII
factor VIII n. an inherited plasma protein that is usually defective or missing in hemophiliacs, needed to stop excessive internal bleeding * * *
factor VIII.
See antihemophilic factor. [1960-65] * * *
Factor, Max
▪ American makeup designer born 1877, Łódź, Poland, Russian Empire died August 30, 1938, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.       dean of Hollywood makeup experts. He ...
Factor, Max, Jr.
▪ 1997       (FRANCIS FACTOR), U.S. cosmetician who, with his father, developed Pan-Cake makeup so actors would not appear green in colour motion pictures and, when it ...
See factor. * * *
/fak"teuhr ij/, n. 1. the action or business of a factor. 2. the allowance or commission paid to a factor. [1605-15; FACTOR + -AGE] * * *
—factorially, adv. /fak tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, n. 1. Math. the product of a given positive integer multiplied by all lesser positive integers: The quantity four factorial (4!) ...
/fak"teuhr ing/, n. 1. Com. the business of purchasing and collecting accounts receivable or of advancing cash on the basis of accounts receivable. 2. the act or process of ...
factor IX n. A protein substance in blood plasma that participates in and is essential for the blood-clotting process. A deficiency of this factor is the cause of Christmas ...
See factorize. * * *
—factorization, n. /fak"teuh ruyz'/, v.t., factorized, factorizing. 1. Math. to resolve into factors. 2. Law. garnishee (def. 1). Also, esp. Brit., factorise. [1855-60; FACTOR ...
See factorable. * * *
factor VIII n. See antihemophilic factor. * * *
—factorylike, adj. /fak"teuh ree, -tree/, n., pl. factories. 1. a building or group of buildings with facilities for the manufacture of goods. 2. any place producing a uniform ...
Factory Acts
n [pl] a series of British laws concerning safety and working conditions in factories. During the Industrial Revolution British factories were dangerous places to work in, and in ...
factory farming
System of modern animal farming designed to yield the most meat, milk, and eggs in the least amount of time and space possible. The term, descriptive of standard farming ...
Factory life and rules at Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
▪ Primary Source Factory life and rules at Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.       Lowell was begun with the high-minded purpose of proving that the wretched working ...
factory outlet
a store that sells factory-made goods directly to consumers for less than current retail prices. * * *
factory price
Com. the price quoted for manufactured goods for pickup at the gate of a factory, before certain handling, shipping, and similar costs. * * *
factory ship
1. a whaling ship equipped to process killed whales and to transport the oil and by-products. 2. Also called factory trawler. a large fishing vessel, usually a stern trawler, ...
factory system
▪ industry       system of manufacturing that began in the 18th century and is based on the concentration of industry into specialized—and often ...
factory ship n. An ocean vessel equipped to process fish or other marine animals, especially as seafood. * * *
/fak toh"teuhm/, n. 1. a person, as a handyman or servant, employed to do all kinds of work around the house. 2. any employee or official having many different ...
—factually, adv. —factuality, factualness, n. /fak"chooh euhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to facts; concerning facts: factual accuracy. 2. based on or restricted to facts: a ...
—factualist, n. —factualistic, adj. /fak"chooh euh liz'euhm/, n. emphasis on, devotion to, or extensive reliance upon facts: the factualism of scientific ...
See factualism. * * *
See factual. * * *
See factuality. * * *
See factuality. * * *
/fak"teuhm/, n., pl. facta /-teuh/. a statement of the facts in a controversy or legal case. [1740-50; < L; see FACT] * * *
/fak"cheuhr/, n. 1. the act, process, or manner of making anything; construction. 2. the thing made. [1375-1425; late ME < L factura the making (of something). See FACT, -URE] * ...
—facular, adj. /fak"yeuh leuh/, n., pl. faculae /-lee'/. Astron. an irregular, unusually bright patch on the sun's surface. [1700-10; < L: little torch, equiv. to fac- (s. of ...
faculae [fak′yo͞o lē΄] pl.n. sing. facula [fak′yo͞olə] 〚L, dim. of fax (gen. facis), torch: see FACETIAE〛 bright areas visible on the surface of the sun, esp. near ...
—facultatively, adv. /fak"euhl tay'tiv/, adj. 1. conferring a faculty, privilege, permission, or the power of doing or not doing something: a facultative enactment. 2. left to ...
facultative apomict n. A plant capable of reproducing either sexually or asexually. * * *
See facultative. * * *
/fak"euhl tee/, n., pl. faculties. 1. an ability, natural or acquired, for a particular kind of action: a faculty for making friends easily. 2. one of the powers of the mind, as ...
—fadlike, adj. /fad/, n. a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., esp. one followed enthusiastically by a group. [1825-35; n. use of dial. fad to look after ...
Fadden, Sir Arthur William
▪ prime minister of Australia born April 13, 1895, Ingham, Queensland, Australia died April 21, 1973, Brisbane  accountant, politician, and for a short time prime minister of ...
—faddishness, n. /fad"ish/, adj. 1. like a fad. 2. given to fads: a faddish, sophisticated crowd. [1850-55; FAD + -ISH1] * * *
See faddish. * * *
See faddishly. * * *
faddism [fadiz΄əm] n. the practice of following fads, or a tendency to do so faddist n. * * * See fad. * * *
—faddism, n. /fad"ist/, n. a person following a fad or given to fads, as one who seeks and adheres briefly to a passing variety of unusual diets, beliefs, etc. [1880-85; FAD + ...
/fad"ee/, adj., faddier, faddiest, n. faddish. [1815-25; FAD + -Y1] * * *
—fadable, adj. —fadedly, adv. —fadedness, n. /fayd/, v., faded, fading, n. v.i. 1. to lose brightness or vividness of color. 2. to become dim, as light, or lose brightness ...
/fayd"in'/, n. 1. Motion Pictures, Television. a gradual increase in the visibility of a scene. 2. Broadcasting, Recording. a gradual increase in the volume of sound, esp. of ...
/fayd"owt'/, n. 1. Motion Pictures, Television. a gradual decrease in the visibility of a scene. 2. Broadcasting, Recording. a gradual decrease in the volume of sound, esp. of ...
/fayd"euh way'/, n. 1. an act or instance of fading away. 2. Baseball. screwball (def. 2). 3. Baseball. a slide made by a base runner to one side of the base, with one leg bent ...
/fayd"lis/, adj. not fading or diminishing; unfading. [1645-55; FADE + -LESS] * * *
See fadeless. * * *
/fay"deuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that fades. 2. Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, Recording. a multiple-unit volume control used in changing gradually from one signal source to ...
/feuh day"ef, -ev/; Russ. /fu dye"yif/, n. Aleksandr Aleksandrovich /al'ig zan"deuhr al'ig zan"dreuh vich, -zahn"-/; Russ. /u lyi ksahndrdd" u lyi ksahn"drddeuh vyich/, 1901-56, ...
Fadeyev, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich
▪ Russian author Fadeyev also spelled  Fadeev   born Dec. 11 [Dec. 24, New Style], 1901, Kimry, near Tver, Russia died May 13, 1956, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R.  Russian ...
Fadiman, Annalee Whitmore
▪ 2003       American screenwriter and journalist (b. May 27, 1916, Price, Utah—d. Feb. 5, 2002, Captiva, Fla.), was working as a secretary in the typing pool at MGM ...
Fadiman, Clifton
▪ 2000 (“Kip”)        American writer, critic, and editor (b. May 15, 1904, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. June 20, 1999, Sanibel Island, Florida), loved books and learning and ...
fad·ing (fāʹdĭng) n. 1. A waning; a decline: “The final factor in the fading of the Renaissance was the Counter Reformation” (Will Durant). 2. Fluctuation in the ...
Faḍlallāh, (Ayatollah Sayyid) Muḥammad Ḥusayn
born с 1935, Al-Najaf, Iraq Muslim Shīʽite cleric associated with Lebanese Hezbollah organization. He was schooled at a traditional madrasah in his birthplace, where he ...
Fleet Admiral. * * *
/fah"doo/; Eng. /fah"doh/, n. 1. a Portuguese folk song typically of doleful or fatalistic character and usually accompanied on the guitar. 2. a dance to the music of such a ...
Fadrusz, János
▪ Hungarian sculptor Hungarian form  Fadrusz János  born Sept. 2, 1858, Pozsony, Hung. [now Bratislava, Slvk.] died Oct. 26, 1903, Budapest       preeminent ...
fae·cal (fēʹkəl) adj. Chiefly British Variant of fecal. * * *
—faecal /fee"keuhl/, adj. /fee"seez/, n. (used with a pl. v.) Chiefly Brit. feces. * * *
/fah ay"neuh/, n. the final third of a bullfight in which the matador uses a muleta and the sword in making the final series of passes preparatory to the kill. [1925-30; < Sp: ...
/fah en"zeuh/; It. /fah en"tsah/, n. a city in N Italy, SE of Bologna. 55,612. * * * ▪ Italy Latin  Faventia        city, Ravenna provincia, in the Emilia-Romagna ...
Faenza majolica
Tin-glazed earthenware produced in the Italian city of Faenza from the late 14th century. Early Faenza jugs were decorated in green and purple with Gothic lettering and heraldic ...
/fay"euh ree, fair"ee/, n. 1. the imaginary land of the fairies; fairyland. 2. Archaic. a fairy. adj. 3. fairy. Also, faery. [1580-90; sp. var. of FAIRY] * * *
Faerie Queene
a long poem (1590–6) by Edmund Spenser. It was written in praise of Queen Elizabeth I and its imaginary characters and events represent moral values. It is Spenser’s ...
Faerie Queene, The
/kween/ a chivalric romance in verse (1590-96) by Edmund Spenser. * * * ▪ work by Spenser       one of the great long poems in the English language, written in the 16th ...
Faeroe Islands
/fair"oh/ a group of 21 islands in the N Atlantic between Great Britain and Iceland, belonging to Denmark but having extensive home rule. 41,211; 540 sq. mi. (1400 sq. km). Cap.: ...
Faer·oe Islands or Far·oe Islands (fârʹō) A group of volcanic islands in the northern Atlantic Ocean between Iceland and the Shetland Islands. Originally settled by Celtic ...
/fair'oh eez", -ees"/, n., pl. Faeroese, adj. n. 1. a native or inhabitant of the Faeroe Islands. 2. the Scandinavian language spoken there. adj. 3. of or pertaining to the ...
/fay"euh ree, fair"ee/, n., pl. faeries, adj. faerie. Also, faëry. * * *
Faesi, Robert
▪ Swiss writer born April 10, 1883, Zürich, Switz. died Sept. 18, 1972, Zollikon       Swiss poet, dramatist, short-story writer, and literary critic, noted for his ...
FAF abbr. financial aid form. * * *
/fahv"nir, fawv"-/, n. Scand. Myth. a dragon, a son of Hreidmar and the brother of Otter and Regin: he killed Hreidmar for the cursed treasure of Andvari and was killed in turn ...
fag1 /fag/, v., fagged, fagging, n. v.t. 1. to tire or weary by labor; exhaust (often fol. by out): The long climb fagged us out. 2. Brit. to require (a younger public-school ...
fag end
1. the last part or very end of something: the fag end of a rope. 2. the unfinished end of a piece of cloth; remnant. [1605-15] * * *
fag hag
Slang (disparaging and offensive). a heterosexual female who seeks out or particularly enjoys the company of male homosexuals. [1965-70] * * *
/feuh gay"sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the Fagaceae, the beech family of plants. Cf. beech family. [ < NL Fagace(ae) name of the family (Fag(us) the type genus (L fagus BEECH) + ...
▪ plant order Introduction   beech order of dicotyledonous woody flowering plants, comprising nearly 1,900 species in 55 genera. Members of Fagales represent some of the most ...
▪ Romania Hungarian  Fogaras,  German  Fogarasch        town, Braşov (Brașov) judeţ (county), central Romania. It lies north of the Făgăraş Mountains, a ...
Făgăraş Mountains
▪ mountains, Romania Romanian  Munţii Făgăraş        mountain range, the highest section of the Transylvanian Alps (Southern Carpathian Mountains), south-central ...
fag end n. 1. The frayed end of a length of cloth or rope. 2. a. An inferior or worn-out remnant. b. The last part: “the fag end of this crisis-ridden century” (Wallace ...
Faget, Max
▪ American engineer in full  Maxime Allan Faget  born Aug. 26, 1921, Stann Creek, British Honduras [now Belize] died Oct. 9, 2004, Houston, Texas, U.S.  American aerospace ...
Faget, Maxime Allan
▪ 2005       American aerospace engineer (b. Aug. 26, 1921, Stann Creek, British Honduras [now Belize]—d. Oct. 9, 2004, Houston, Texas), led the design of the ...
/fah"jee/; It. /fahd"jee/, n. Alfeo /al fay"oh/; It. /ahl fe"aw/, 1885-1966, U.S. sculptor, born in Italy. * * *
faggot1 /fag"euht/, n. Brit. fagot. faggot2 —faggoty, faggotty, adj. /fag"euht/, n. Slang (disparaging and offensive). a male homosexual. [1910-15, Amer.; cf. faggot a ...
/fag"euh tree/, n. Slang (disparaging and offensive). male homosexuality. [1965-70; FAGGOT2 + -RY] * * *
—fagginess, n. /fag"ee/, adj., faggier, faggiest. Slang (disparaging and offensive). 1. of or resembling a male homosexual. 2. coyly affected. [1965-70; FAG2 + -Y1] * * *
/fay"gin/, n. 1. (in Dickens' Oliver Twist) a villainous old man who trains and uses young boys as thieves. 2. Also, fagin. a person who teaches crime to others. * * *
/fah jaw"law/, n., pl. fagioli /-lee/. Italian. a kidney bean. * * *
—fagoter, n. /fag"euht/, n. 1. a bundle of sticks, twigs, or branches bound together and used as fuel, a fascine, a torch, etc. 2. a bundle; bunch. 3. a bundle of pieces of ...
/fag"euh ting/, n. an openwork decoration of fabric in which thread is drawn in crisscross stitches across an open seam. Also, Brit., faggoting. [1880-85; FAGOT + -ING1] * * *
Faguet, Émile
▪ French critic born Dec. 17, 1847, La Roche-sur-Yon, France died June 6, 1916, Paris  French literary historian and moralist who wrote many influential critical works ...
Faguibine, Lake
▪ lake, Mali French  Lac Faguibine,         isolated lake in Mali, west of Timbuktu (Tombouctou). It lies north of the Niger River in the Macina depression, and it is ...
Fagunwa, D.O.
▪ Nigerian author in full  Daniel Olorunfemi Fagunwa   born 1903, or c. 1910, Okeigbo, near Ondo, Yorubaland, Southern Nigeria [now in Nigeria] died Dec. 9, 1963, near Bida, ...
/fahd/, n. (Fahd ibn Abdul-Aziz al Saud) born 1922, king of Saudi Arabia since 1982 (son of ibn-Saud and brother of Khalid). * * * ▪ 2006 Fahd ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAziz ...
Fahey, John Aloysius
▪ 2002       American guitarist (b. Feb. 28, 1939, Takoma Park, Md.—d. Feb. 22, 2001, Salem, Ore.), created extended, serene guitar compositions that fused American ...
Fahnestock clip
/fahn"stok', fawn"-/, Elect. a type of terminal using a spring that clamps readily onto a connecting wire. [after James D. Fahnestock, U.S. electrical engineer] * * *
Fahrenheit (thermometer). Also, Fah. * * *
/far"euhn huyt'/; Ger. /fahrdd"euhn huyt'/, n. 1. Gabriel Daniel Ger. /gah"brddee el' dah"nee el'/, 1686-1736, German physicist: devised a temperature scale and introduced the ...

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