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Fahrenheit 451
a science fiction novel (1953) by the American writer Ray Bradbury about a world in which books are officially forbidden. The book was written during the McCarthy (II) era and it ...
Fahrenheit 9/11
a documentary film (2004) made by Michael Moore which looks in a critical way at the government of George W Bush and his War on Terrorism policies since the 9/11terrorist attacks ...
Fahrenheit temperature scale
      scale based on 32° for the freezing point of water and 212° for the boiling point of water, the interval between the two being divided into 180 equal parts. The ...
Fahrenheit, Daniel (Gabriel)
born May 24, 1686, Gdańsk, Pol. died Sept. 16, 1736, The Hague, Dutch Republic German physicist and instrument maker. He spent most of his life in the Netherlands, where he ...
Fahrenheit, Daniel Gabriel
▪ German physicist born May 24, 1686, Gdańsk, Pol. died Sept. 16, 1736, The Hague, Dutch Republic [now in The Netherlands]       German physicist and maker of ...
Fahrenheit,Gabriel Daniel
Fahr·en·heit (fărʹən-hīt', fäʹrən-), Gabriel Daniel. 1686-1736. German-born physicist who invented the mercury thermometer (1714) and devised the Fahrenheit temperature ...
Faial
/fah yahl"/, n. an island in the Azores, in the N Atlantic. 20,343; 66 sq. mi. (171 sq. km). Also, Fayal. * * *
Faial Island
▪ island, Portugal formerly  Fayal Island,  Portuguese  Ilha do Faial   Portuguese island forming part of the Azores archipelago, in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its area of ...
Faidherbe, Louis
▪ governor of French Senegal Introduction in full  Louis-léon-césar Faidherbe   born June 3, 1818, Lille, France died Sept. 29, 1889, Paris  governor of French Senegal in ...
Faidherbe, Louis (-Léon-César)
born June 3, 1818, Lille, Fr. died Sept. 29, 1889, Paris Governor of French Senegal (1854–61, 1863–65) and a founder of France's colonial empire in Africa. Faidherbe was ...
faience
/fuy ahns", fay-/; Fr. /fann yahonns"/, n. glazed earthenware or pottery, esp. a fine variety with highly colored designs. Also, faïence. [1705-15; < F, orig. pottery of Faenza, ...
faience blanche
▪ French pottery       (French: “white faience”), type of French pottery of the late 16th and early 17th centuries; it copied bianchi di Faenza, a sparsely decorated ...
faience fine
▪ pottery       fine white English lead-glazed earthenware, or creamware, imported into France from about 1730 onward. Staffordshire “salt glaze” was imported first, ...
faience parlante
▪ French pottery       (French: “talking faience”), in French pottery, popular utilitarian 18th-century earthenware, principally plates, jugs, and bowls, that had ...
faience patriotique
▪ French pottery       French 18th-century earthenware, chiefly plates and jugs, decorated with themes drawn from the French Revolution and its ideology or from national ...
fail
/fayl/, v.i. 1. to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved: The experiment failed because of poor planning. 2. to receive less ...
fail-safe
/fayl"sayf'/, adj., n., v., fail-safed, fail-safing. adj. 1. Electronics. pertaining to or noting a mechanism built into a system, as in an early warning system or a nuclear ...
fail-soft
/fayl"sawft', -soft'/, adj. pertaining to or noting facilities built into a system, as in an automobile or a computer, for continuing operations on an interim basis and probably ...
failed
failed (fāld) adj. Having undergone failure: new economic policies intended to replace the failed ones of a past administration. * * *
failing
—failingly, adv. —failingness, n. /fay"ling/, n. 1. an act or instance of failing; failure: His failing is due to general incompetence. 2. a defect or fault; shortcoming; ...
faille
/fuyl, fayl/; Fr. /fann"yeu/, n. a soft, transversely ribbed fabric of silk, rayon, or lightweight taffeta. [1520-30; < MF, OF; of obscure orig.] * * *
failure
/fayl"yeuhr/, n. 1. an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success: His effort ended in failure. The campaign was a failure. 2. nonperformance of ...
fain
/fayn/, adv. 1. gladly; willingly: He fain would accept. adj. 2. content; willing: They were fain to go. 3. Archaic. constrained; obliged: He was fain to obey his Lord. 4. ...
Fain, Agathon-Jean-François, Baron
▪ French historian born Jan. 11, 1778, Paris, France died Sept. 16, 1837, Paris  French historian, secretary, and archivist to the cabinet of Napoleon, who is best known for ...
Fain, Sammy
▪ American composer original name  Samuel Feinberg   born June 17, 1902, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Dec. 6, 1989, Los Angeles, Calif.  prolific American composer of popular ...
fainaigue
—fainaiguer, n. /feuh nayg"/, v.i., fainaigued, fainaiguing. 1. Brit. Dial. to shirk; evade work or responsibility. 2. to renege at cards. [of uncert. orig.] * * *
fainéant
—faineance /fay"nee euhns/, n. /fay"nee euhnt/; Fr. /fe nay ahonn"/, adj., n., pl. fainéants /-euhnts/; Fr. /-ahonn"/. adj. 1. Also, faineant /fay"nee euhnt/. idle; ...
faint
—fainter, n. —faintingly, adv. —faintish, adj. —faintishness, n. —faintly, adv. —faintness, n. /faynt/, adj., fainter, faintest, v., n. adj. 1. lacking brightness, ...
faint-hearted
faint-heart·ed (fāntʹhärʹtĭd) adj. Deficient in conviction or courage; timid.   faintʹ-heartʹed·ly adv. faintʹ-heartʹed·ness n. * * *
faint-heartedly
See faint-hearted. * * *
faint-heartedness
See faint-heartedly. * * *
fainter
See faint. * * *
faintheart
/faynt"hahrt'/, n. person who lacks courage; coward. [1570-80; back formation from FAINTHEARTED] * * *
fainthearted
—faintheartedly, adv. /faynt"hahr"tid/, adj. lacking courage; cowardly; timorous. [1400-50; late ME feynt hertyd. See FAINT, HEARTED] * * *
fainting
      in physiology, loss of consciousness owing to a temporary decrease in the blood supply to the brain. See syncope. * * *
faintly
See fainter. * * *
faintness
See fainter. * * *
faints
/faynts/, n. (used with a pl. v.) the impure spirit produced in the first and last stages of the distillation of whiskey. Also, feints. Cf. foreshots. [1735-45; n. use (in pl.) ...
fainty
/fayn"tee/, adj., faintier, faintiest. Southern U.S. feeling faint; about to lose consciousness. Also, faintified /fayn"teuh fuyd'/. [1520-30; FAINT + -Y1] * * *
fair
fair1 —fairness, n. /fair/, adj., fairer, fairest, adv., fairer, fairest, n., v. adj. 1. free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge. 2. ...
fair ball
Baseball. a batted ball that both lands and settles within the foul lines in the infield, or that is within the foul lines when bounding to the outfield past first or third base, ...
fair catch
Football. a catch of a kicked ball in which the receiver signals that he or she will not advance the ball and therefore may not be interfered with or tackled. [1855-60] * * *
fair copy
1. a copy of a document made after final correction. 2. the condition of such a copy. 3. an exact copy. [1810-20] * * *
Fair Deal
—Fair Dealer. the principles of the liberal wing of the Democratic party under the leadership of President Harry S Truman, consisting largely of a continuation and development ...
fair dinkum
Australian. dinkum. * * *
fair employment
the policy or practice of employing people on the basis of their capabilities only, without regard to race, sex, national origin, or religion. * * *
fair game
a legitimate or likely object of attack, mockery, etc.: With his fat, round face, the politician was fair game for the cartoonists. [1795-1805] * * *
fair housing.
See open housing. * * *
Fair Isle
1. a banded geometrical pattern knitted into fabric with multicolored yarns. 2. clothing featuring such a pattern. * * *
Fair Labor Standards Act
▪ United States [1938] also called  Wages and Hours Act        the first act in the United States prescribing nationwide compulsory federal regulation of wages and ...
Fair Lawn
a city in NE New Jersey. 32,229. * * *
fair list.
See white list. * * *
fair market price
the price of something at which both a seller and a buyer are willing to strike a deal. [1925-30] * * *
Fair Oaks
1. Also called Seven Pines. a locality in E Virginia, near Richmond: battle 1862. 2. a town in central California, near Sacramento. 22,602. * * *
fair play
just and honorable treatment, action, or conduct: The political campaign was notably lacking in fair play. [1585-95] * * *
fair sex
women collectively. [1680-90] * * *
fair shake
Informal. an equitable opportunity or treatment: The judges promised that every entrant in the contest would get a fair shake. [1820-30, Amer.] * * *
fair territory
Baseball. the area beginning with and including home plate and extending between and including foul lines into which a batter must bat the ball as a prerequisite for a safe ...
fair trade
trade carried on under a fair-trade agreement. [1715-25] * * *
fair trade law
In the U.S., any law allowing manufacturers of brand-name or trademarked goods to fix the actual or minimum resale prices of these goods. (Elsewhere the practice is called price ...
fair-haired
/fair"haird'/, adj. 1. having light-colored hair. 2. fair-haired boy, Informal. a person, esp. a young one, treated as a favorite or considered especially promising by a superior ...
fair-lead
fair-lead [fer′lēd΄] n. 〚< earlier fair-leader〛 Naut. a pulley block, metal ring, etc. used to guide a line and cause it to run easily without chafing * * *
fair-minded
—fair-mindedness, n. /fair"muyn"did/, adj. characterized by fair judgment; impartial; unprejudiced: a wise and fair-minded judge. [1870-75] * * *
fair-mindedly
See fair-minded. * * *
fair-mindedness
See fair-mindedly. * * *
fair-spoken
—fair-spokenness, n. /fair"spoh"keuhn/, adj. speaking or spoken in a courteous, civil, or plausible manner; smooth-spoken. [1425-75; late ME] * * *
fair-trade
—fair-trader, n. /fair"trayd"/, v., fair-traded, fair-trading, adj. (formerly) v.t. 1. to sell (a commodity) under a fair-trade agreement. v.i. 2. to sell a commodity under a ...
fair-trade agreement
an agreement or contract between a manufacturer and a retailer to sell a branded or trademarked product at no less than a specific price: legally prohibited after ...
fair-trade law
a state or federal law authorizing fair-trade agreements: repealed 1975. * * * ▪ economics       in the United States, any law allowing manufacturers of branded or ...
fair-tradeagreement
fair-trade agreement n. A commercial agreement under which distributors sell products of a given class at no less than a minimum price set by the manufacturer. * * *
fair-weather
/fair"wedh'euhr/, adj. 1. used in or intended for fair weather only. 2. weakening or failing in time of trouble: His fair-weather friends left him when he lost his ...
Fairbairn, Sir William
born Feb. 19, 1789, Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scot. died Aug. 18, 1874, Moor Park, Surrey, Eng. Scottish civil engineer and inventor. In 1835 he established a shipbuilding yard in ...
Fairbairn, Sir William, 1st Baronet
▪ British engineer born February 19, 1789, Kelso, Roxburghshire [now in Scottish Borders], Scotland died August 18, 1874, Moor Park, Surrey, England       Scottish ...
Fairbairn, Stephen
▪ British oarsman born Aug. 25, 1862, Melbourne died May 16, 1938, London       British oarsman, coach, and writer who enjoyed great success at Cambridge ...
fairball
fair ball n. Baseball A batted ball that first strikes the ground or leaves the playing field beyond first or third base within the foul lines or that is within the foul lines as ...
Fairbanks
/fair"bangks'/, n. 1. Charles Warren, 1852-1918, political leader: vice president of the U.S. 1905-09. 2. Douglas, 1883-1939, U.S. motion-picture actor. 3. a city in central ...
Fairbanks, Charles Warren
▪ vice president of United States born May 11, 1852, Union County, Ohio, U.S. died June 4, 1918, Indianapolis, Ind.  26th vice president of the United States (1905–09) in ...
Fairbanks, Douglas
orig. Douglas Elton Ulman born May 23, 1883, Denver, Colo., U.S. died Dec. 12, 1939, Santa Monica, Calif. U.S. film actor. Fairbanks was a Broadway star by 1910, noted for his ...
Fairbanks, Douglas Elton Ulman, Jr.
▪ 2001       American actor, socialite, and businessman (b. Dec. 9, 1909, New York, N.Y.—d. May 7, 2000, New York), had a successful film career before moving on to ...
Fairbanks,Douglas
Fairbanks, Douglas. Originally Douglas Elton Ulman. 1883-1939. American actor known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films such as Robin Hood (1922). His son Douglas, Jr. ...
Fairborn
/fair"bawrn'/, n. a city in W Ohio, near Dayton. 39,702. * * *
faircatch
fair catch n. Football A catch of a kicked ball by a receiving player who has signaled the intention not to run with the ball and who may not be hit if making no attempt to ...
Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
▪ American company       American electronics company that shares credit with Texas Instruments Incorporated for the invention of the integrated circuit. Founded in ...
Fairchild, David (Grandison)
born April 7, 1869, Lansing, Mich., U.S. died Aug. 6, 1954, Coconut Grove, Fla. U.S. botanist and agricultural explorer. He studied at Kansas State University of Agriculture. ...
Fairchild, David Grandison
▪ American botanist born April 7, 1869, Lansing, Mich., U.S. died Aug. 6, 1954, Coconut Grove, Fla.  American botanist and agricultural explorer who supervised the ...
Fairchild, Mary Salome Cutler
▪ American librarian and educator née  Mary Salome Cutler  born June 21, 1855, Dalton, Mass., U.S. died Dec. 20, 1921, Takoma Park, Md.       American librarian, a ...
Fairfax
/fair"faks/, n. 1. Thomas (3rd Baron Fairfax of Cameron), 1612-71, British general: commander in chief of the parliamentary army 1645-50. 2. Thomas (6th Baron Fairfax of ...
Fairfax (of Cameron), Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron
born Jan. 17, 1612, Denton, Yorkshire, Eng. died Nov. 12, 1671, Nun Appleton, Yorkshire Commander in chief of the Parliamentary army during the English Civil Wars. His tactical ...
Fairfax, Edward
▪ British poet born c. 1575, , Leeds, Yorkshire, Eng. died Jan. 27, 1635       English poet whose Godfrey of Bulloigne or the Recoverie of Jerusalem (1600), a ...
Fairfax, Ferdinando Fairfax, 2nd Baron
▪ English general born March 29, 1584, Yorkshire, England died March 14, 1648, Yorkshire       general who fought on the parliamentarian side in the English Civil Wars ...
Fairfax, Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron
▪ English general born Jan. 17, 1612, Denton, Yorkshire, Eng. died Nov. 12, 1671, Nun Appleton, Yorkshire  commander in chief of the Parliamentary army during the English ...
Fairfield
/fair"feeld'/, n. 1. a city in central California. 58,099. 2. a town in SW Connecticut. 54,849. 3. a town in central Ohio. 30,777. 4. a city in central Alabama. 13,040. * * ...
Fairfield University
▪ university, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Fairfield, Conn., U.S. It is affiliated with the ...
fairground
/fair"grownd'/, n. Often, fairgrounds. a place where fairs, horse races, etc., are held; in the U.S. usually an area set aside by a city, county, or state for an annual fair and ...
fairgrounds
➡ fairs * * *
Fairhaven
/fair"hay'veuhn/, n. a city in SE Massachusetts. 15,759. * * * ▪ Massachusetts, United States       town (township), Bristol county, southeastern Massachusetts, U.S. ...
Fairhurst, Angus
▪ 2009       British artist born Oct. 4, 1966, Pembury, Kent, Eng. died March 29, 2008, Bridge of Orchy, Argyll, Scot. was a founding member (with Damien Hirst and ...
fairily
/fair"euh lee/, adv. in a manner suggestive of fairies; delicately. [1860-65; FAIRY + -LY] * * *
fairing
/fair"ing/, n. 1. a structure on the exterior of an aircraft or boat, for reducing drag. 2. a structure, as a rigid, transparent, plastic sheet, at the front of a motorcycle, ...
fairish
/fair"ish/, adj. 1. moderately good, large, or well: a fairish income. 2. moderately light in color: a fairish complexion. [1605-15; FAIR1 + -ISH1] * * *
fairishly
See fairish. * * *
FairIsle
Fair Isle (fâr) A small island between the Orkney Islands and the Shetland Islands of northern Scotland. Fair Isle is famous for its knitted woolen garments with distinctive ...
fairlead
/fair"leed'/, n. 1. a pulley, thimble, etc., used to guide a rope forming part of the rigging of a ship, crane, etc., in such a way as to prevent chafing. 2. Mach. (on power ...
Fairleigh Dickinson University
▪ university, New Jersey, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in northern New Jersey, U.S. It consists of three campuses. The ...
fairly
/fair"lee/, adv. 1. in a fair manner; justly or honestly; impartially. 2. moderately; tolerably: a fairly heavy rain. 3. properly; legitimately: a claim fairly made. 4. clearly; ...
fairmarket value
fair market value n. The price, as of a commodity or service, at which both buyers and sellers agree to do business. * * *
Fairmont
/fair"mont/, n. 1. a city in W West Virginia. 23,863. 2. a town in S Minnesota. 11,506. * * * ▪ West Virginia, United States       city, seat (1842) of Marion county, ...
fairness
See fair1. * * *
fairness doctrine
/fair"nis/ a policy mandated by the Federal Communications Commission, requiring radio and television stations to grant equal time to a political candidate, group, etc., to ...
fairnessdoctrine
fairness doctrine n. A basic tenet of the licensed broadcasting industry in the United States that ensures reasonable opportunity for the airing of opposing viewpoints on ...
FairOaks
Fair Oaks A locality just east of Richmond, Virginia, where Union troops defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Seven Pines (May 31-June 1, 1862). * * *
fairplay
fair play n. Conformity to established rules. * * *
fairs
Some British fairs, such as St Giles Fair in Oxford and the Goose Fair in Nottingham, date back hundreds of years. They are travelling fairs that occupy part of a town centre for ...
fairshake
fair shake n. Informal A fair chance, as at achieving success. * * *
fairtrade
fair trade n. Trade that conforms to a fair-trade agreement. * * *
Fairview
/fair"vyooh'/, n. a town in NE New Jersey. 10,519. * * *
Fairview Heights
a city in SW Illinois. 12,414. * * *
Fairview Park
a city in N Ohio. 19,311. * * *
fairwater
fair·wa·ter (fârʹwô'tər, -wŏt'ər) n. Nautical 1. A device used to fair the lines of an underwater fitting. 2. The bridge and conning tower on a submarine. * * *
fairway
/fair"way'/, n. 1. an unobstructed passage, way, or area. 2. Golf. a. the part of the course where the grass is cut short between the tees and the putting greens, exclusive of ...
Fairweather
/fair"wedh'euhr/, n. Mount, a mountain in SE Alaska. 15,292 ft. (4660 m). * * *
Fairweather, Mount
Mountain, British Columbia, Canada It is located on the Alaska border in the Fairweather Range of the St. Elias Mountains, at the southwestern end of the Glacier Bay National ...
Fairweather,Mount
Fair·weath·er (fârʹwĕth'ər), Mount A peak, 4,666.5 m (15,300 ft) high, on the border between southeast Alaska and western British Columbia, Canada. * * *
fairy
/fair"ee/, n., pl. fairies, adj. n. 1. (in folklore) one of a class of supernatural beings, generally conceived as having a diminutive human form and possessing magical powers ...
fairy bluebird
any fruit-eating passerine bird of the genus Irena, of the East Indies, the males of the several species being characteristically black below and purple-blue above. * * * ▪ ...
fairy glove.
See purple foxglove. [1865-70] * * *
fairy green
a medium yellow-green color. Also called fairy. * * *
fairy lamp
a lamp using a candle as the source of illumination, usually constructed of glass or ceramic material, set on a metal base, and having a fabric shade. [1890-95] * * *
fairy lily
1. a Texan bulbous plant, Zephyranthes drummondii, of the amaryllis family, having a fragrant white flower, with a reddish outer surface, that blooms at night. 2. See atamasco ...
Fairy Liquid{™}
n [U] a British make of liquid soap used for washing dishes, etc. It is often advertised as being ‘kind to your hands’. * * *
fairy primrose
a tender primrose, Primula malacoides, of China, having hairy leaves and small, pink or lilac-colored flowers. * * *
fairy ring
any of numerous mushrooms of meadows and open woods, esp. the well-known Marasmius oreades, that spread in rings originating from mycelial growth: formerly supposed to mark the ...
fairy shrimp
any member of the crustacean order Anostraca, characterized by an elongate trunk with more than 20 segments and the absence of a carapace, typically found swimming ventral side ...
fairy slipper
▪ orchid  (Calypso bulbosa), terrestrial orchid native to North America and Eurasia, the only species in its genus. It thrives in cool forests and bogs.       A fairy ...
fairy stone
1. a fossil or other oddly shaped stone or crystal. 2. a stone arrowhead. 3. a megalith or other stone monument of ancient origin. [1785-95] * * *
fairy tale
1. a story, usually for children, about elves, hobgoblins, dragons, fairies, or other magical creatures. 2. an incredible or misleading statement, account, or belief: His story ...
fairy wand
devil's-bit. * * *
fairy wren
▪ bird also called  Blue Wren, or Superb Warbler,    any of the 14 species of the Australian genus Malurus of the songbird family Maluridae (sometimes placed in the warbler ...
fairy-slipper
/fair"ee slip'euhr/, n. Calypso (def. 2). * * *
fairy-tale
fair·y-tale (fârʹē-tāl') adj. 1. Of or relating to a fairy tale. 2. Likened to a fairy tale: a fairy-tale romance that preceded the royal wedding. * * *
fairygodmother
fairy godmother n. A generous benefactor. * * *
fairyhood
/fair"ee hood'/, n. 1. a fairy nature or state: the fairyhood of Puck. 2. fairies collectively. [1825-35; FAIRY + -HOOD] * * *
fairyism
/fair"ee iz'euhm/, n. 1. fairylike quality. 2. belief in fairies. [1705-15; FAIRY + -ISM] * * *
fairyland
/fair"ee land'/, n. 1. the imaginary realm of fairies. 2. any enchantingly beautiful region. [1580-90; FAIRY + LAND] * * *
fairylily
fairy lily n. See zephyr lily. * * *
fairyprimrose
fairy primrose n. A Chinese ornamental (Primula malcoides) grown for its large, rose to pink flowers grouped in many-flowered umbels. * * *
fairyring
fairy ring n. A circle of mushrooms in a grassy area, marking the periphery of perennial underground mycelial growth.   [From the belief that it is a dancing place for ...
fairyshrimp
fairy shrimp n. Any of various transparent freshwater crustaceans of the order Anostraca that lack a carapace and characteristically swim upside-down. * * *
fairytale
fairy tale n. 1. A fanciful tale of legendary deeds and creatures, usually intended for children. 2. A fictitious, highly fanciful story or explanation. * * *
fais-dodo
/fay'doh doh"/, n., pl. fais-dodos. Louisiana. a country dance party. [ < LaF; F: go to sleep! (fais 2d sing. impv. of faire to do, make; dodo nursery word for "sleep," prob. ...
Faisal
/fuy"seuhl/, n. (Faisal Abdul-Aziz al Saud al Faisal) 1904-75, king of Saudi Arabia 1964-75 (son of ibn-Saud and brother of Saud). * * *
Faisal I
1885-1933, king of Syria 1920; king of Iraq 1921-33. Also, Feisal I, Feisul I. * * *
Faisal II
1935-58, king of Iraq 1939-58 (grandson of Faisal I). Also, Feisal II, Faisul II. * * *
Faisalabad
Faisalabad [fī΄säl΄ə bäd′, fī′sal΄ə bad′] city in NE Pakistan, near Lahore: pop. 1,092,000 * * * Fai·sa·la·bad (fī'sä-lə-bädʹ) Formerly Ly·all·pur ...
fait accompli
/fe tann kawonn plee"/, pl. faits accomplis /fe zann kawonn plee"/. French. an accomplished fact; a thing already done: The enemy's defeat was a fait accompli long before the ...
faitaccompli
fait ac·com·pli (fā'tä-kôɴ-plēʹ, fĕt'ä-) n. pl. faits ac·com·plis (fā'tä-kôɴ-plēʹ, -plēzʹ, fĕt'ä-) An accomplished, presumably irreversible deed or ...
faites vos jeux
/fet" voh zhue"/, French. (esp. in roulette) place your bets. * * *
faith
/fayth/, n. 1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another's ability. 2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated ...
Faith
/fayth/, n. a female given name. * * * (as used in expressions) faith healing Ringgold Faith Thirteen Articles of Faith Thirteen Principles of Faith * * * ▪ religion Greek ...
faith cure
1. a method of attempting to cure disease by prayer and religious faith. 2. a cure thus effected. [1880-85] * * *
faith healing
—faith healer. 1. healing effected through prayer or religious faith; divine healing. 2. a method employing faith or prayer in the hope of receiving such healing. [1880-85] * * ...
Faith, Adam
▪ 2004 Terence Nelhams        British pop singer, actor, and businessman (b. June 23, 1940, London, Eng.—d. March 8, 2003, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Eng.), ...
faith-based
☆ faith-based [fāth′bāst΄ ] adj. affiliated with or sponsored by a church or other religious organization * * *
faithful
—faithfully, adv. —faithfulness, n. /fayth"feuhl/, adj. 1. strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker. 2. true to one's word, promises, vows, etc. 3. ...
faithfully
See faithful. * * *
faithfulness
See faithfully. * * *
faithhealer
faith healer n. One who treats disease with prayer.   faith healing n. * * *
faithhealing
See faith healer. * * *
faithless
—faithlessly, adv. /fayth"lis/, adj. 1. not adhering to allegiance, promises, vows, or duty: the faithless behavior of Benedict Arnold. 2. not trustworthy; unreliable. 3. ...
faithlessly
See faithless. * * *
faithlessness
See faithlessly. * * *
Faithorne, William
▪ English engraver born c. 1616, , London, Eng. died May 13, 1691, London       English engraver and portrait draftsman noted for his excellent line ...
faitour
/fay"teuhr/, n. Archaic. impostor; fake. [1300-50; ME < AF: impostor, OF faitor perpetrator, lit., doer, maker < L factor. See FACTOR] * * *
faits divers
faits divers [fe dē ver′] pl.n. sing. fait divers [fe dē ver′] 〚Fr〛 brief news stories, as those typically found in some French newspapers, that are sensational, lurid, ...
Faiyum
/fuy yoohm"/, n. 1. a province in N central Egypt: many archaeological remains. 691 sq. mi. (1790 sq. km). 2. Also called El Faiyum, El Fayum. a city in and the capital of this ...
Faizabad
▪ India also spelled  Fyzabad        city, eastern Uttar Pradesh state, northern India. It lies east of Lucknow, on the Ghaghara River. Faizabad was founded in 1730 ...
faja
/fah"hah/, n. a broad, brightly colored sash traditionally worn by Spanish and Latin American men. [1835-45; < Sp: belt, strip, band; orig. dial. or < Catalan < L fascia ...
Fajans, Kasimir
▪ American chemist born May 27, 1887, Warsaw, Pol., Russian Empire [now in Poland] died May 18, 1975, Ann Arbor, Mich., U.S.  Polish-American physical chemist who discovered ...
Fajardo
/fah hahrdd"dhaw/, n. a city in NE Puerto Rico. 26,928. * * * ▪ Puerto Rico       town, eastern Puerto Rico, on the Fajardo River lowlands. Founded in 1760, it was the ...
fajita
☆ fajita [fä hē′tä, fə hēt′ə ] n. 〚AmSp〛 a Tex-Mex dish consisting of grilled strips of beef or chicken, often served wrapped in a soft tortilla with vegetable ...
fajitas
/fah hee"teuhz, feuh-/, n. (used with a singular or plural v.) a Tex-Mex dish of thin strips of marinated and grilled meat, served with tortillas, salsa, etc. [1975-80; < AmerSp, ...
Fakaofo
▪ atoll, Tokelau, New Zealand also called  Bowditch Island         coral atoll of Tokelau, a dependency of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean. Its 61 islets rise ...
fake
fake1 /fayk/, v., faked, faking, n., adj. v.t. 1. prepare or make (something specious, deceptive, or fraudulent): to fake a report showing nonexistent profits. 2. to conceal the ...
fake book
a collection of lead sheets for musicians, esp. a songbook of standards for use by jazz instrumentalists. Cf. lead sheet. [1955-60] * * *
fakebook
fake book n. A book or collection of pages containing information about songs, especially their lyrics, melodies, and chord progressions, used by musicians as a substitute for ...
faker
/fay"keuhr/, n. 1. a person who fakes. 2. a petty swindler. 3. a peddler or street vendor of articles of dubious value. [1840-50; FAKE1 + -ER1] * * *
fakery
/fay"keuh ree/, n., pl. fakeries. the practice or result of faking. [1885-90; FAKE1 + -ERY] * * *
fakey
fakey [fā′kē] adj. Informal inauthentic, hypocritical, phony, etc. * * *
Fakhr ad-Dīn ar-Rāzī
▪ Muslim theologian in full  Abū ʿabd Allāh Muḥammad Ibn ʿumar Ibn Al-ḥusayn Fakhr Ad-dīn Ar-rāzī   born 1149, Rayy, Iran died 1209, near Herāt, ...
Fakhr ad-Dīn II
▪ Lebanese leader born c. 1572 died 1635, Constantinople [now Istanbul, Tur.]       Lebanese ruler (1593–1633) who for the first time united the Druze and Maronite ...
Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī
born 1149, Rayy, Iran died 1209, near Herāt, Khwārezm Islamic scholar and theologian. He traveled widely before settling in Herāt (in modern Afghanistan). The author of more ...
fakir
/feuh kear", fay"keuhr/, n. 1. a Muslim or Hindu religious ascetic or mendicant monk commonly considered a wonder-worker. 2. a member of any Islamic religious order; ...
fal la
/fahl lah"/ fa-la. * * *
fal-lal
fal-lal [fäl läl′] n. 〚? contr. < rare falbala < Fr, FURBELOW〛 a useless piece of finery or frippery * * *
falafel
/feuh lah"feuhl/, n. Middle Eastern Cookery. an appetizer or snack consisting of a small croquette made with fava-bean flour or ground chick peas, seasoned with toasted sesame ...
Falaise
▪ France       town, Calvados département, Basse-Normandie région, northwestern France. It lies on the Ante River, about 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Caen. The ...
Falange
/fay"lanj/; Sp. /fah lahn"he/, n. the official state political party in Spain from 1936 until disbandment in 1977. [ < Sp, short for Falange Española Tradicionalista ...
Falangist
/feuh lan"jist/, n. a member of the Falange. [1935-40; < Sp falangista; see FALANGE, -IST] * * *
Falasha
/fah lah"sheuh, feuh-/, n., pl. Falashas, (esp. collectively) Falasha. a member of an Ethiopian people who speak a Hamitic language and who practice a form of Judaism. * * ...
falbala
/fal"beuh leuh/, n. a furbelow or puckered flounce for decorating dresses in the 17th century. Also, falbelo /fal"beuh loh'/. [1695-1705; < F < It. See FURBELOW] * * *
falcate
/fal"kayt/, adj. curved like a scythe or sickle; hooked; falciform. Also, falcated. [1820-30; < L falcatus sickle-shaped, equiv. to falc- (s. of falx) sickle + -atus -ATE1] * * *
falces
fal·ces (fălʹsēz', fôlʹ-) n. Plural of falx. * * *
falchion
/fawl"cheuhn, -sheuhn/, n. 1. a broad, short sword having a convex edge curving sharply to the point. 2. Archaic. any sword. [1275-1325; ME fauchoun (with l restored in 16th ...
falcial
/fal"sheuhl, -cheuhl, fawl"-/, adj. Anat. of or pertaining to a falx. [ < NL; see FALX, -IAL] * * *
falciform
/fal"seuh fawrm'/, adj. sickle-shaped; falcate. [1760-70; < L falci- (s. of falx) sickle + -FORM] * * *
Falco
▪ 1999       Austrian rock singer and songwriter who was the number one national pop star and achieved international fame in the 1980s with the hits "Der Kommissar" and ...
falcon
—falconine /fawl"keuh nuyn', -nin, fal"-, faw"keuh-/, adj. —falconoid, adj. /fawl"keuhn, fal"-, faw"keuhn/, n. 1. any of several birds of prey of the family Falconidae, esp. ...
falcon-gentle
/fawl"keuhn jen"tl, fal"-, faw"keuhn-/, n. 1. the female peregrine falcon. 2. any female falcon. [1350-1400; trans. of F faucon gentil; r. ME gentil fauco(u)n, facon jent, ...
falconer
/fawl"keuh neuhr, fal"-, faw"keuh-/, n. 1. a person who hunts with falcons or follows the sport of hawking. 2. a person who trains hawks for hunting. [1350-1400; ME falkenar ( < ...
Falconer of Thoroton, Lord
▪ 2004       On June 12, 2003, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, a longtime friend and political ally of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, took on what was likely to be the ...
Falconer, Martha Platt
▪ American social worker née  Martha Platt  born March 17, 1862, Delaware, Ohio, U.S. died Nov. 26, 1941, East Aurora, N.Y.       American social worker who helped ...
falconet
/fawl"keuh net', fal"-, faw"keuh-/, n. any of several small Asian falcons, esp. of the genus Microhierax. [1850-55; FALCON + -ET] * * *
Falconet, Étienne-Maurice
born Dec. 1, 1716, Paris, Fr. died Jan. 24, 1791, Paris French sculptor. After being apprenticed to a carpenter, he studied sculpture in Paris. He developed an intimate style ...
Falconetto, Giovanni Maria
▪ Italian painter and architect also called  Gian Maria Falconetto   born 1468, Verona [Italy] died c. 1535, Padua       Italian painter and architect. His father, ...
falconiform
/fawl koh"neuh fawrm', fal-, faw koh"-, fawl"keuh neuh-, fal"-, faw"keuh-/, adj. of, pertaining to, or belonging to the order Falconiformes, comprising the vultures, hawks, ...
falconry
/fawl"keuhn ree, fal"-, faw"keuhn-/, n. 1. the sport of hunting with falcons, hawks, eagles, etc.; hawking. 2. the art of training hawks to hunt. [1565-75; FALCON + -RY, modeled ...
falda
/fol"deuh/, n. a white silk vestment extending from the waist to the ground, worn over the cassock by the pope on solemn occasions. [ < It < Gmc; see FOLD1] * * *
falderal
/fal"deuh ral'/, n. 1. mere nonsense; foolish talk or ideas. 2. a trifle; gimcrack; gew-gaw. Also, falderol /fal"deuh rol'/, folderol. [1695-1705; orig. as a nonsense refrain in ...
Faldo
(1957– ) an English golfer. In the early 1990s he was one of the most successful golfers in the world, winning many major competitions including the British Open three times ...
Faldo, Nick
born July 18, 1957, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, Eng. British golfer. Faldo turned professional in 1976 and played the first of 11 successive Ryder Cup matches in 1977. ...
faldstool
/fawld"stoohl'/, n. 1. a chair or seat, originally one capable of being folded, used by a bishop or other prelate when officiating in his own church away from his throne or in a ...
Falémé River
▪ river, Africa       river in western Africa, rising in the uplands of northern Guinea, east of the Fouta Djallon massif, and flowing roughly north-northeast to enter ...
Falernian
/feuh lerr"nee euhn/, adj. (esp. of a wine celebrated by Horace) of, coming from, or made in a district of Campania, Italy. [1720-30; < L (ager) Falern(us) Falernian (field) + ...
Fali
▪ people       a people who inhabit the rocky plateaus ringed by the northernmost peaks of the Adamawa mountains of northern Cameroon. “Fali” is from a Fulani (Peul) ...
Falier, Marin
▪ doge of Venice Italian  Marino Faliero   born 1274 died April 17, 1355, Venice  leading official in Venice and doge from 1354 to 1355, who was executed for having led a ...
Falieri
It. /fah lye"rddee/, n. Maríno It. /mah rddee"naw/, 1278?-1355, Venetian army commander: doge of Venice 1354-55. Also, Faliero It. /fah lye"rddaw/. * * *
Faliscan
/feuh lis"keuhn/, n., pl. Faliscans, (esp. collectively) Faliscan for 1. 1. a member of an ancient people who inhabited southern Etruria. 2. the Italic language spoken by this ...
Faliscan language
      an Italic language closely related to Latin and more distantly related to Oscan (Oscan language) and Umbrian (Umbrian language) languages (qq.v.). Faliscan was ...
Falisci
▪ people also called  Faliscans        ancient people of southern Etruria in Italy who, though Latin in nationality, were culturally closer to the Etruscans. The ...
Falk Is
Falk Is abbrev. Falkland Islands * * *
Falk, Adalbert
▪ Prussian official born Aug. 10, 1827, Metschkau, Prussia died July 7, 1900, Hamm, Ger.       Prussian bureaucrat who as state minister of ecclesiastical affairs in ...
Falk, Leon
▪ 2000 “Lee”        American comic-strip writer who created the Mandrake the Magician (1934) and The Phantom (1936) strips and wrote them until a short time before ...
Falkberget, Johan Petter
▪ Norwegian novelist pseudonym of  Johan Petter Lillebakken  born September 30, 1879, near Røros, Norway died April 5, 1967, Tyvol, near Røros       regional ...
Falke, Gustav
▪ German author born Jan. 11, 1853, Lübeck [Germany] died Feb. 8, 1916, Grossborstel, near Hamburg       German poet and novelist prominent among the new lyric poets ...
Falkenburg, Eugenia Lincoln
▪ 2004 “Jinx”        American model and actress (b. Jan. 21, 1919, Barcelona, Spain—d. Aug. 27, 2003, Manhasset, N.Y.), had an all-American-girl quality that ...
Falkenhayn
/fahl"keuhn huyn'/, n. Erich von /ay"rddikh feuhn/, 1861-1922, German general of World War I. * * *
Falkenhayn, Erich von
▪ German general born November 11, 1861, near Graudenz, West Prussia died April 8, 1922, near Potsdam, Germany  Prussian minister of war and chief of the imperial German ...
Falkirk
/fawl"kerrk/, n. 1. an administrative district in the Central region, in S central Scotland. 143,167; 110 sq. mi. (285 sq. km). 2. a city in this district, W of Edinburgh: Scots ...
Falkland
(as used in expressions) Falkland Islands Falkland Islands War Constantine Falkland Cary Smythe * * * ▪ Scotland, United Kingdom       small royal burgh (town) and ...
Falkland Current
▪ ocean current, Atlantic Ocean       branch of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current in the Southern Hemisphere, flowing northward in the South Atlantic Ocean along the ...
Falkland Islands
/fawk"leuhnd/ a self-governing British colony also claimed by Argentina: site of a war between the two nations in 1982. 2000; 4618 sq. mi. (11,961 sq. km). Also called Falklands. ...
Falkland Islands (islas Malvinas)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Introduction Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Background: Although first sighted by an English navigator ...
Falkland Islands War
or Malvinas War (1982) Brief but undeclared war between Argentina and Great Britain over control of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and associated island ...
Falkland Sound
▪ strait, Atlantic Ocean       strait in the South Atlantic Ocean, separating East and West Falkland (islands). It extends from northeast to southwest for 50 miles (80 ...
Falkland, Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount of, Lord Carye
▪ English noble Cary also spelled  Carey  born c. 1610, Burford Priory, Oxfordshire, England died September 20, 1643, Newbury, Berkshire       English royalist who ...
FalklandIslands
Falk·land Islands (fôkʹlənd, fôlkʹ-) In Spanish Is·las Mal·vi·nas (ēsʹläs mäl-vēʹnäs). A group of islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean east of the Strait of ...
Falklands War
a war between Britain and Argentina that took place in the Falkland Islands in 1982. The two countries had disagreed about who the islands belonged to since the early 19th ...
Falkner
/fawk"neuhr/, n. William. See Faulkner, William. * * *
Falkner,William
Falk·ner (fôkʹnər), William. See Faulkner, William. * * *
fall
/fawl/, v., fell, fallen, falling, n. v.i. 1. to drop or descend under the force of gravity, as to a lower place through loss or lack of support. 2. to come or drop down suddenly ...
Fall
/fawl/, n. Albert Bacon, 1861-1944, U.S. politician: senator 1912-21; secretary of the Interior 1921-23; convicted in Teapot Dome scandal. * * *
fall cankerworm.
See under cankerworm. See illus. under geometrid. * * *
fall front
a part of a desk front, hinged at the lower end and opening out to provide a writing surface. Also called drop front. [1900-05] * * *
fall guy
Slang. 1. an easy victim. 2. a scapegoat. [1905-10, Amer.] * * *
fall line
1. an imaginary line, marked by waterfalls and rapids, where rivers descend abruptly from an upland to a lowland. 2. (caps.) Eastern U.S. the imaginary line between the Piedmont ...
Fall River
a seaport in SE Massachusetts, on an arm of Narragansett Bay. 92,574. * * * ▪ Massachusetts, United States       city, Bristol county, southeastern Massachusetts, U.S. ...
fall webworm.
See under webworm. [1860-65, Amer.] * * *
fall wind
/wind/, Meteorol. a strong, cold, downhill wind. Cf. gravity wind, foehn. [1865-70] * * *
Fall, Albert Bacon
born Nov. 26, 1861, Frankfort, Ky., U.S. died Nov. 30, 1944, El Paso, Texas U.S. secretary of the interior (1921–23). He began practicing law in New Mexico Territory in 1889. ...
Fall, The
(French, La Chute), a novel (1957) by Albert Camus. * * *
Falla
/fah"yeuh/; Sp. /fah"lyah/, n. Manuel de /mah nwel" de/, 1876-1946, Spanish composer. * * *
Falla, Manuel de
born Nov. 23, 1876, Cádiz, Spain died Nov. 14, 1946, Alta Gracia, Arg. Spanish composer. He studied with Felipe Pedrell and conceived a powerful musical nationalism. His first ...
Falla,Manuel de
Fal·la (fälʹyä), Manuel de. 1876-1946. Spanish composer whose music draws heavily on folk song traditions and Spanish exoticism, best known for his work Nights in the ...
Fallaci, Oriana
▪ 2007       Italian journalist and war correspondent (b. June 29, 1929, Florence, Italy—d. Sept. 15, 2006, Florence), earned international iconic status for her ...
fallacious
—fallaciously, adv. —fallaciousness, n. /feuh lay"sheuhs/, adj. 1. containing a fallacy; logically unsound: fallacious arguments. 2. deceptive; misleading: fallacious ...


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