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See fallacious. * * *
See fallaciously. * * *
/fal"euh see/, n., pl. fallacies. 1. a deceptive, misleading, or false notion, belief, etc.: That the world is flat was at one time a popular fallacy. 2. a misleading or unsound ...
fallacy, formal and informal
In philosophy, reasoning that fails to establish its conclusion because of deficiencies in form or wording. Formal fallacies are types of deductive argument that instantiate an ...
—fallalery, n. /fal lal"/, n. a bit of finery; a showy article of dress. Also, fal-lal. [1700-10; perh. syncopated var. of FALDERAL] * * *
See fallal. * * *
/fawl"bak'/, n. 1. an act or instance of falling back. 2. something or someone to turn or return to, esp. for help or as an alternative: His teaching experience would be a ...
fall·board (fôlʹbôrd', -bōrd') n. The hinged cover protecting the keyboard of a piano. * * *
Fälldin, Thorbjörn
▪ prime minister of Sweden born April 24, 1926, Högsjö, Swed.       politician who was prime minister of Sweden (1976–78, 1979–82).       Largely ...
/faw"leuhn/, v. 1. pp. of fall. adj. 2. having dropped or come down from a higher place, from an upright position, or from a higher level, degree, amount, quality, value, number, ...
Fallen Timbers
a battle site on the Maumee River, near present-day Maumee, Ohio, where a confederation of Indian tribes (Northwest Indian Confederation) was defeated by Gen. Anthony Wayne ...
Fallen Timbers, Battle of
(Aug. 20, 1794) Decisive victory of U.S. Gen. Anthony Wayne over the northwestern Indian Confederation, securing white settlement of former Indian territory, mainly in Ohio. ...
/faw"leuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that falls. 2. any of various devices that operate by falling. 3. Textiles. a device for cleaning, straightening, and separating fibers ...
/fawl"fish'/, n., pl. fallfishes, (esp. collectively) fallfish. a large minnow, Semotilus corporalis, of eastern North America. [1805-15, Amer.; FALL + FISH] * * *
fall guy n. Slang 1. A scapegoat. 2. A gullible victim; a dupe. * * *
See fallible. * * *
—fallibility, fallibleness, n. —fallibly, adv. /fal"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. (of persons) liable to err, esp. in being deceived or mistaken. 2. liable to be erroneous or false; ...
See fallibility. * * *
See fallibility. * * *
Fallières, Armand
▪ president of France born Nov. 6, 1841, Mézin, Fr. died June 22, 1931, Loupillon, near Mézin  French statesman and eighth president of the French Third ...
falling action
the part of a literary plot that occurs after the climax has been reached and the conflict has been resolved. Cf. rising action. * * *
falling band
a large, flat collar, usually trimmed with lace, worn by men in the 17th century. Also called fall. [1590-1600] * * *
falling diphthong
Phonet. a diphthong in which the first of the two apparent vocalic elements is of greater stress or sonority and the second is of lesser stress or sonority, as in /uy/, /ow/, ...
falling door.
See flap door (def. 1). [1745-55] * * *
falling rhythm
Pros. a rhythmic pattern created by the succession of metrical feet each of which is composed of one accented syllable followed by one or more unaccented syllables. Also called ...
falling sickness
epilepsy. [1520-30] * * *
falling star
an incandescent meteor; a shooting star. [1555-65] * * *
falling weather
Chiefly Midland U.S. wet weather, as rain or snow. * * *
/faw"ling owt"/, n., pl. fallings-out, falling-outs. a quarrel or estrangement between persons formerly in close association with one another. [1560-70; nominalization of v. ...
fall·ing action (fôʹlĭng) n. The events of a dramatic or narrative plot following the climax. * * *
falling rhythm n. A rhythmic pattern in which the stress regularly occurs on the first syllable of each foot, as in Jack and Jill went up the hill. * * *
falling star n. See meteor. * * *
fall line n. 1. A line connecting the waterfalls of nearly parallel rivers that marks a drop in land level. 2. The natural line of descent, as for skiing, between two points on a ...
/fawl"awf', -of'/, n. a decline in quantity, vigor, etc. [1595-1605; n. use of v. phrase fall off] * * *
▪ Nevada, United States       city, seat (1902) of Churchill county, west-central Nevada, U.S. Fallon lies about 60 miles (100 km) east of Reno near the end of an arid ...
fallopian tube
/feuh loh"pee euhn/ one of a pair of long, slender ducts in the female abdomen that transport ova from the ovary to the uterus and, in fertilization, transport sperm cells from ...
fal·lo·pi·an tube also Fal·lo·pi·an tube (fə-lōʹpē-ən) n. Either of a pair of slender ducts through which ova pass from the ovaries to the uterus in the female ...
Fallopius, Gabriel
Italian Gabriello Fallopio born 1523, Modena died Oct. 9, 1562, Padua Italian anatomist. He contributed greatly to knowledge of the ear and reproductive system. His ...
Fal·lot's tetralogy (fă-lōzʹ) n. Tetralogy of Fallot. * * *
Fallot, tetralogy of
▪ congenital heart disease also called  Fallot tetrad        combination of congenital heart defects (congenital heart disease) characterized by hypoxic spells (which ...
/fawl"owt'/, n. 1. the settling to the ground of airborne particles ejected into the atmosphere from the earth by explosions, eruptions, forest fires, etc., esp. such settling ...
Falloux Law
(1850) Act granting legal status to independent secondary schools in France. It was sponsored by Count Frédéric-Alfred-Pierre de Falloux (1811–1886), minister of education ...
Falloux, Frédéric-Alfred-Pierre, comte de
▪ French politician born May 11, 1811, Angers, Fr. died Jan. 6, 1886, Angers       French political figure and monarchist who served in various political roles but is ...
fallow1 —fallowness, n. /fal"oh/, adj. 1. (of land) plowed and left unseeded for a season or more; uncultivated. 2. not in use; inactive: My creative energies have lain fallow ...
fallow deer
a Eurasian deer, Dama dama, with a fallow or yellowish coat. [1540-50] * * * ▪ mammal  medium-sized deer of the family Cervidae (order Artiodactyla (artiodactyl)) that is ...
fallow deer n. A small Eurasian deer (Dama dama) having a yellowish-red coat spotted with white in summer and broad, flattened antlers in the male.   [Obsolete fallow, ...
See fallow. * * *
Fall River A city of southeast Massachusetts on the Rhode Island border west-northwest of New Bedford. Population: 92,703. * * *
/fawlz/, n. a town in NE Pennsylvania, on the Susquehanna River. 36,083. * * * (as used in expressions) Angel Falls Churchill Falls Grand Falls Iguazú Falls Victoria ...
Falls Church
▪ Virginia, United States       independent city, northeast Virginia, U.S., just west of Washington, D.C (District of Columbia). Its history centres around the Falls ...
Falls Road
a street in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is in a Roman Catholic area of the town and is known for the many violent conflicts that have taken place there between Catholics and ...
/fal"meuhth/, n. 1. a seaport in S Cornwall, in SW England. 17,883. 2. a town in SE Massachusetts. 23,640. * * * ▪ England, United Kingdom       town (“parish”), ...
▪ nationalist organization, Puerto Rico abbreviation of Spanish  Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional ,  “Armed Forces of National ...
—falsely, adv. —falseness, n. /fawls/, adj., falser, falsest, adv. adj. 1. not true or correct; erroneous: a false statement. 2. uttering or declaring what is untrue: a false ...
false acacia.
See black locust. * * *
false alarm
1. a false report of a fire in progress to a fire department. 2. something that excites unfounded alarm or expectation: Rumors of an impending transit strike proved to be a false ...
false aloe
any of several plants of the genus Manfreda, esp. M. virginica, of the southeastern U.S., having spikes of fragrant, greenish-yellow flowers. * * *
false aralia
any of several Polynesian shrubs or small trees belonging to the genus Dizygotheca, of the ginseng family, having palmately compound, mottled leaves and often grown as a ...
false arborvitae
▪ plant also called  Hiba Arborvitae        (Thujopsis dolabrata), ornamental and timber evergreen tree or shrub of the cypress family (Cupressaceae), native to ...
false arrest
Law. arrest or detention of a person contrary to or unauthorized by law. [1925-30] * * *
False Bay
▪ bay, South Africa Afrikaans  Valsbaai,         bay on the south side of Cape Peninsula, South Africa, 13 mi (21 km) southeast of Cape Town. Cape Hangklip (east) and ...
false beechdrops.
See under pinesap. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
false bottom
a horizontal partition above the actual bottom of a box, trunk, etc., esp. one forming a secret compartment. [1790-1800] * * *
false bread-fruit
/bred"frooht'/ ceriman. * * *
false buckthorn
a spiny shrub or small tree, Bumelia lanuginosa, of the sapodilla family, native to the southern U.S., having gummy, milky sap and white, bell-shaped flowers and yielding a hard, ...
false card
Chiefly Bridge. a card played to give an opponent a mistaken idea of the quality or length of one's holding in the suit led. [1875-80] * * *
false cast
Angling. a throw of the line in fly casting in which the line, leader, and fly are prevented from hitting the water. * * *
false color
—false-color, adj. photography using infrared-sensitive film that produces images in which heat-emitting areas or objects appear red. [1965-70] * * *
false colors
1. the flag of a country other than one's own, esp. when used deceptively. 2. false or deceptive actions or statements; misrepresentation. [1565-75, for literal sense] * * *
false cypress
▪ tree also called  white cedar   any of some seven or eight species of ornamental and timber evergreen conifers (family Cupressaceae) native to North America and eastern ...
false dawn
zodiacal light occurring before sunrise. [1825-35] * * *
False Decretals
the Pseudo-Isidorian documents. * * * Collection of church law from the 9th century, containing some forged documents. They are also called the Decretals of Pseudo-Isidore ...
false dragonhead
a North American plant, Physostegia virginiana, of the mint family, having a spike of tubular, two-lipped, pink or white flowers. Also called obedient plant. * * *
false face
a mask covering the face. [1810-20] * * *
false front
1. a façade falsifying the size, finish, or importance of a building, esp. one having a humble purpose or cheap construction. 2. any deceptive appearance: He hid his great ...
false fruit
Bot. See accessory fruit. * * *
false hellebore
any of various plants belonging to the genus Veratrum, of the lily family, esp. a North American species, V. viride, which has clusters of yellowish-green flowers and is the ...
false horizon
a line or plane that simulates the horizon, used in altitude-measuring devices or the like. [1805-15] * * *
false imprisonment
Law. the unlawful restraint of a person from exercising the right to freedom of movement. [1760-70] * * *
false indigo
1. any of several North American shrubs belonging to the genus Amorpha, of the legume family, esp. A. fruticosa, having compound leaves with pinnate leaflets and long, dense ...
false ipecac.
See bowman's root. * * *
false keel
false keel n. a narrow keel below the main keel, for protection and increased stability * * *
false labor
Obstet. irregular contractions of the uterus prior to actual labor and without accompanying dilation of the cervix. * * *
false lily of the valley.
See wild lily of the valley. * * *
false memory syndrome
▪ psychology also called  recovered memory,  pseudomemory,  and  memory distortion   the experience, usually in the context of adult psychotherapy, of seeming to ...
false mildew.
See downy mildew (def. 1). * * *
false miterwort
foamflower. [1865-70] * * *
false move
1. a movement that may be interpreted as threatening. 2. an act or action that can cause trouble or damage; mistake: If the bus driver had made one false move, we would have ...
false pond
Western U.S. a mirage. * * *
false pregnancy
Pathol., Vet. Pathol. physiological signs of pregnancy without conception; pseudocyesis. Also called pseudopregnancy. [1880-85] * * * also called  Pseudocyesis, or ...
false pretenses
1. a deliberate misrepresentation of facts, as to obtain title to money or property. 2. the use of such misrepresentation. [1750-60] * * *
false relation
false relation n. CROSS RELATION * * *
false rib
Anat. any of the lower five ribs on either side of the body, which are not directly attached to the sternum. [1490-1500] * * *
false ribs
false ribs n. the five lower ribs on each side of the human body: so called because not directly attached to the sternum * * *
false scorpion
▪ arthropod also called  Pseudoscorpion,         any of the 1,700 species of the order Pseudoscorpiones (sometimes Chelonethida) of the arthropod class Arachnida. ...
false Solomon's-seal
any of several plants belonging to the genus Smilacina, of the lily family, having long, arching clusters of greenish-white flowers. Also called false spikenard. [1895-1900] * * *
false start
1. Sports. a premature start by one or more of the contestants, as in a swimming or track event, necessitating calling the field back to start again. 2. a failure to begin an ...
false step
1. a stumble. 2. an unwise or blundering act. * * *
false sunbird
▪ bird  either of two species of birds in Madagascar of the family Philepittidae (order Passeriformes). Both are 10 cm (4 inches) long, with a short tail and a long, ...
false teeth
a denture, esp. a pair of removable full dentures of both jaws. [1785-95] * * *
false topaz
citrine (def. 2). * * *
false vampire
any large, carnivorous bat of the families Megadermatidae and Phyllostomatidae, of Africa, Asia, and Australia, erroneously reputed to suck the blood of animals and humans. * * *
false vampire bat
▪ mammal       any of certain bats of the Old World genera Megaderma, Cardioderma, and Macroderma (family Megadermatidae) and the New World genera Vampyrum and ...
false vocal cords
Anat. the upper pair of vocal cords, not concerned with vocal production. Cf. true vocal cords, vocal cords. * * *
/fawls"kahrd'/, v.i. Chiefly Bridge. to play a false card. * * *
—false-heartedly, adv. —false-heartedness, n. /fawls"hahr"tid/, adj. having a false or treacherous heart; deceitful; perfidious. [1565-75] * * *
See false-hearted. * * *
false-memory syndrome
/fawls"mem"euh ree/ a psychological condition in which a person believes that he or she remembers events that have not actually occurred. [1990-95] * * *
false-mem·o·ry syndrome (fôlsʹmĕmʹə-rē) n. Abbr. FMS The belief that one remembers events, especially traumatic events, that have not actually occurred. Not in scientific ...
/fawls"neg"euh tiv/, n. a test result that is incorrect because the test failed to recognize an existing condition or finding. Cf. false-positive. * * *
/fawls"poz"i tiv/, n. a test result that is incorrect because the test indicated a condition or finding that does not exist. Cf. false-negative. * * *
/fawls"stahrt"/, v.i. Sports. to leave the starting line or position too early and thereby necessitate repeating the signal to begin a race. [1805-15] * * *
false alarm n. 1. An emergency alarm, such as a fire alarm, that is set off unnecessarily. 2. A signal or warning that is groundless. * * *
false arrest n. Unlawful or unjustifiable arrest. * * *
false consciousness n. In Marxist theory, a failure to recognize the instruments of one's oppression or exploitation as one's own creation, as when members of an oppressed class ...
falseface [fôls′fās΄] n. a mask, esp. a comical or grotesque one * * *
false fruit n. 1. See accessory fruit. 2. See pome. * * *
falsehearted [fôls′härt΄id] adj. disloyal; deceitful * * *
/fawls"hood/, n. 1. a false statement; lie. 2. something false; an untrue idea, belief, etc.: The Nazis propagated the falsehood of racial superiority. 3. the act of lying or ...
false imprisonment n. Detention or imprisonment of a person contrary to the provisions of law. * * *
false indigo n. 1. A shrub (Amorpha fruticosa) of eastern North America, having compound leaves with numerous leaflets and long clusters of purplish flowers. 2. A plant (Baptisia ...
false ipecac n. A shrubby plant (Psychotria emetica) native to Central and South America, having small white flowers and strong-smelling roots that are the source of an inferior ...
See false. * * *
falsely shouting fire in a crowded theatre
the example used in 1919 by the US Supreme Court judge Oliver Wendell Holmes to show that in certain circumstances free speech should be limited. Although he greatly supported ...
false miterwort n. See foamflower. * * *
Falsen, Christian Magnus
▪ Norwegian politician born Sept. 14, 1782, Christiania [now Oslo], Nor. died Jan. 13, 1830, Christiania       nationalist political leader, generally regarded as the ...
See falsely. * * *
false pregnancy n. A condition that is usually psychosomatic but may be caused by a tumor or endocrine dysfunction, in which physical symptoms of pregnancy are manifested without ...
false pretense n. Law False representation of fact or circumstance, calculated to mislead. * * *
false rib n. Any of the lower ribs that do not unite directly with the sternum. The five lower pairs of ribs in humans are false ribs. * * *
falseSolomon's seal
false Solomon's seal n. Any of several plants of the genus Smilacina, native to North America and Asia and having a plumelike cluster of small greenish-white flowers with a ...
false spikenard n. A perennial herb (Smilacina racemosa) native to eastern North America, having fleshy rhizomes, white flowers, and usually red fruits. * * *
false start n. 1. An illegal racing start in which one of the competitors begins moving before the starting signal. 2. A misguided or unsuccessful attempt to begin ...
/fawl set"oh/, n., pl. falsettos, adj., adv. n. 1. an unnaturally or artificially high-pitched voice or register, esp. in a man. 2. a person, esp. a man, who sings with such a ...
/fawls"werrk'/, n. framework for supporting a structure under construction that is not yet capable of supporting itself. [1870-75; FALSE + WORK] * * * or centering Temporary ...
/fawl"see/, n. Informal. either of a pair of shaped pads, made of rubber, fabric, or the like, for wearing inside a brassiere to give the breasts a larger or more shapely ...
☆ falsies [fôl′sēz ] pl.n. Informal devices, as pads or breast-shaped forms, worn inside a bra to make the breasts look fuller * * *
falsifiable [fôl′sə fī΄ə bəl] adj. Philos. designating or of a statement, theory, etc. that is so formulated as to permit empirical testing and, therefore, can be shown ...
See falsify. * * *
See falsification. * * *
—falsifiable, adj. —falsifiability, n. —falsification /fawl"seuh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. —falsifier, n. /fawl"seuh fuy/, v., falsified, falsifying. v.t. 1. to make false or ...
/fawl"si tee/, n., pl. falsities. 1. the quality or condition of being false; incorrectness; untruthfulness; treachery. 2. something false; falsehood. [1225-75; ME falsete < AF < ...
      method of harmonizing psalm tunes, closely related to fauxbourdon (q.v.). * * *
/fawl"staf, -stahf/, n. 1. Sir John, the jovial, fat knight of brazen assurance and few scruples in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. 2. ...
Falstaff, Sir John
▪ fictional character       one of the most famous comic characters in all English literature, who appears in four of Shakespeare's plays. Entirely the creation of ...
/fawl staf"ee euhn/, adj. of, pertaining to, or having the qualities of Falstaff, esp. his robust, bawdy humor, good-natured rascality, and brazen braggadocio: Falstaffian ...
/fahl"steuhr/, n. an island in SE Denmark. 45,906; 198 sq. mi. (513 sq. km). * * * ▪ island, Denmark       island, Denmark. It lies in the Baltic Sea and is connected ...
/fahlt"boht'/, n. a small boat having a collapsible wooden frame covered with waterproof cloth or plastic. Also, foldboat. [1925-30; < G Faltboot folding boat. See FOLD1, BOAT] * ...
—falterer, n. —falteringly, adv. /fawl"teuhr/, v.i. 1. to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way: Her courage did not falter at the prospect of ...
See falter. * * *
See falterer. * * *
Faltings, Gerd
▪ German mathematician born July 28, 1954, Gelsenkirchen, West Germany       German mathematician who was awarded the Fields Medal in 1986 for his work in algebraic ...
Faludi, Susan
▪ American journalist and author born April 18, 1959, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American feminist and award-winning journalist and author, known especially for her ...
Faludy, Gyorgy
▪ 2007 George Faludy        Hungarian-born poet and journalist (b. Sept. 22, 1910, Budapest, Hung.—d. Sept. 1, 2006, Budapest), was best known for Villon balladái ...
▪ Sweden       town, capital of the län (county) of Dalarna and major town of the traditional landskap (province) of Dalarna, central Sweden. It lies along the Falu ...
Falun Gong
or Falun Dafa Controversial spiritual movement combining healthful exercises with meditation for the purpose of "moving to higher levels. " Its teachings draw from Buddhism, ...
/fawl"wel/, n. Jerry L., born 1933, U.S. evangelist and political activist. * * *
Falwell, Jerry
▪ American minister in full  Jerry Laymon Falwell, Sr.  born Aug. 11, 1933, Lynchburg, Va., U.S. died May 15, 2007, Lynchburg  American religious leader, televangelist, and ...
Falwell, Jerry L.
born 1933, Lynchburg, Va., U.S. Protestant evangelist. An engineering student before turning to religion, he founded Thomas Road Baptist Church in 1956 and later Liberty ...
Falwell, Jerry Laymon, Sr.
▪ 2008  American religious leader born Aug. 11, 1933, Lynchburg, Va. died May 15, 2007, Lynchburg was a charismatic televangelist who, as the founder in 1979 of the Moral ...
—falcial /fal"sheuhl, fawl"-/, adj. /falks, fawlks/, n., pl. falces /fal"seez, fawl"-/. Anat. a structure shaped like a sickle, as a fold of dura mater separating the cerebral ...
The Family Channel (a cable television station). * * *
1. familiar. 2. family. * * *
▪ classical mythology (Latin),Greek  Pheme,         in Greco-Roman mythology, the personification of popular rumour. Pheme was more a poetic personification than a ...
/fay"meuh suyd'/, n. Law. a person who destroys another's reputation; a defamer or slanderer. [ < L fama FAME + -CIDE] * * *
/fah meuh gooh"steuh/, n. a seaport on the E coast of Cyprus, on an inlet of the Mediterranean: castle; large cathedral (now a mosque). 38,960. * * * ▪ Cyprus Greek ...
—fameless, adj. /faym/, n., v., famed, faming. n. 1. widespread reputation, esp. of a favorable character; renown; public eminence: to seek fame as an opera singer. 2. common ...
/faymd/, adj. very well known and, often, highly regarded; famous. [1525-35; FAME + -ED3] * * *
Famennian Stage
▪ paleontology       uppermost of the two standard worldwide divisions of Late Devonian (Devonian Period) rocks and time. Famennian time spans the interval between 374.5 ...
/feuh myoohz"/, n. an American variety of red apple that ripens in early winter. Also called snow apple. [1800-10; < F, fem. of fameux FAMOUS] * * *
/feuh mil"yeuhl, -mil"ee euhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a family: familial ties. 2. appearing in individuals by heredity: a familial disease. [1895-1900; ...
familial hypercholesterolemia
Pathol. an inherited metabolic disorder caused by a lack or malfunction of receptors for the low-density lipoproteins that activate removal of cholesterol from the blood. Abbr.: ...
—familiarly, adv. —familiarness, n. /feuh mil"yeuhr/, adj. 1. commonly or generally known or seen: a familiar sight. 2. well-acquainted; thoroughly conversant: to be familiar ...
familiar spirit
a supernatural spirit or demon supposed to attend on or serve a person. Also called familiar. [1555-65] * * *
/feuh mil'ee ar"i tee, -mil yar"-/, n., pl. familiarities. 1. thorough knowledge or mastery of a thing, subject, etc. 2. the state of being familiar; friendly relationship; close ...
See familiarize. * * *
—familiarization, n. —familiarizer, n. /feuh mil"yeuh ruyz'/, v., familiarized, familiarizing. v.t. 1. to make (oneself or another) well-acquainted or conversant with ...
See familiarization. * * *
See familiar. * * *
—familist, n. —familistic, adj. /fam"euh liz'euhm/, n. Sociol. the subordination of the personal interests and prerogatives of an individual to the values and demands of the ...
Member of the Family of Love religious sect. It was founded by a 16th-century Dutch merchant, Hendrik Niclaes, whose goal was to end religious wrangling and unite all "lovers of ...
famille rose
▪ Chinese pottery French“rose family”  group of Chinese porcelain wares characterized by decoration painted in opaque overglaze rose colours, chiefly shades of pink and ...
famille verte
▪ Chinese pottery French“green family”       group of Chinese porcelain wares characterized by decoration painted in a colour range that includes yellow, blue, red, ...
Famille, Pacte de
▪ European history English  Family Compact        any of three defensive alliances (1733, 1743, and 1761) between France and Spain, so called because both nations ...
/fam"euh lee, fam"lee/, n., pl. families, adj. n. 1. parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not. 2. the children of one person or one ...
family Bible
a large Bible usually having pages at the front for recording the marriages, births, and deaths in a family. [1775-85] * * *
family circle
1. the closely related members of a family as a group. 2. a section in a theater containing less expensive seats, as the topmost gallery. [1800-10] * * *
family court
▪ law       special court designed to deal with legal problems arising out of family relations. The family court is usually a consolidation of several types of courts ...
family court.
See court of domestic relations. [1930-35] * * *
family courts
➡ legal system * * *
Family Division
one of the three parts of the English High Court of Justice. The Family Division deals with matters such as divorces, disagreements about who keeps the children when parents ...
family doctor
a general practitioner. Also called family physician. [1840-50] * * *
family hour
Television Informal. any broadcast period from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. when programs of general interest to the family are broadcast. Also called family time. [1970-75] * * *
Family International, The
▪ Christian communal group formerly  Children of God,  Teens for Christ,  The Family of Love,  and  The Family        millenarian Christian communal group that ...
family jewels
Slang. the male genitals. * * *
family law
Introduction       body of law regulating family relationships, including marriage and divorce, the treatment of children, and related economic matters.       In ...
Family Law Act
a British Act of Parliament (1996) dealing with subjects such as divorce and domestic violence (= violence between a husband and wife). * * *
family leave
an unpaid leave of absence from work in order to have or take care of a baby or to care for an ailing family member. [1990-95] * * *
family man
1. a man who has a wife and one or more children. 2. a man devoted to his family and home. [1780-90] * * *
family name
1. the hereditary surname of a family. 2. a given name frequently used in a family. [1690-1700] * * *
family names
➡ surnames * * *
family of curves
Math. a collection of curves whose equations differ only by values assigned a parameter or parameters. * * *
family plan
a special rate, esp. of air passenger carriers, under which the head of a household purchasing a full-fare ticket may take other family members at reduced fares on certain days. ...
family planning
1. the concept or a program of limiting the size of families through the spacing or prevention of pregnancies, esp. for economic reasons. 2. (loosely) birth control. [1935-40] * ...
family practice
—family practitioner. medical specialization in general practice, requiring training beyond that of general practice and leading to board certification. * * * or family ...
family practitioner
family practitioner n. a practicing physician who specializes in treating the general medical needs of the whole family * * *
family romance
family romance n. 1. Psychoanalysis a type of fantasy in which a person maintains that he or she is not the child of his or her real parents but of parents of a higher social ...
family room
a room in a house used as a center for family activities. [1850-55] * * *
family style
(of a meal) with the serving platters on the table so that all present can serve themselves. [1930-35, Amer.] * * *
family therapy
the psychotherapeutic treatment of more than one member of a family simultaneously at the same session, based on the assumption that problems can best be understood and corrected ...
family time
Television Informal. See family hour. * * *
family tree
a genealogical chart showing the ancestry, descent, and relationship of all members of a family or other genealogical group. Also called genealogical tree. [1800-10] * * *
family values
pl. the moral and ethical principles traditionally upheld and transmitted within a family, as honesty, loyalty, industry, and faith. * * *
family way.
See family (def. 18). [1790-1800] * * *
family-tree theory
/fam"euh lee tree", fam"lee-/, Historical Ling. a theory that describes language change in terms of genetically related languages developing in successive splits from a common ...
family Bible n. A Bible with special pages to record births, deaths, and marriages. * * *
family circle n. A section of theater seats that are less expensive than some others. * * *
family doctor n. 1. A physician who practices the specialty of family medicine. Also called family physician, family practitioner. 2. See general practitioner. * * *
family jewels pl.n. 1. Jealously guarded assets or secrets. 2. Slang. The male genitals. * * *
family leave n. An absence from work granted so that an employee can give care to a family member, such as a new baby or sick parent. * * *
family man n. 1. A man having a wife and children. 2. A man devoted to his family. * * *
family medicine n. The branch of medicine that deals with provision of comprehensive health care to people regardless of age or sex while placing particular emphasis on the ...
family name n. See surname. * * *
family planning n. A program to regulate the number and spacing of children in a family through the practice of contraception or other methods of birth control. * * *
family room n. A recreation room especially for the use of family members. * * *
family style adj. 1. Of or being a sit-down meal where dishes of food are placed on the table from which diners serve themselves: a family style restaurant. 2. ...
family tree n. 1. A genealogical diagram of a family's ancestry. 2. The ancestors and descendants of a family considered as a group. * * *
family values pl.n. The moral and social values traditionally maintained and affirmed within a family. * * *
family way n. Informal The state of being pregnant: My neighbor is in a family way. * * *
/fam"in/, n. 1. extreme and general scarcity of food, as in a country or a large geographical area. 2. any extreme and general scarcity. 3. extreme hunger; starvation. [1325-75; ...
/fam"ish/, v.t., v.i. Archaic. 1. to suffer or cause to suffer extreme hunger; starve. 2. to starve to death. [1350-1400; ME famisshe, equiv. to famen to starve ( < AF, MF afamer ...
/fam"isht/, adj. extremely hungry: to be famished after a hike; famished, homeless multitudes. [1375-1425; late ME; see FAMISH, -ED2] Syn. See hungry. * * *
See famish. * * *
—famously, adv. —famousness, n. /fay"meuhs/, adj. 1. having a widespread reputation, usually of a favorable nature; renowned; celebrated: a famous writer. 2. Informal. ...
Famous Five{™}
the main characters in a series of children’s books by Enid Blyton. They are four children and a dog who have exciting adventures, often preventing criminals from doing evil ...
famously [fā′məs lē] adv. 1. in a manner that is or that has become famous or notorious 2. in words that have become famous [as Patrick Henry famously said “Give me ...
See famous. * * *
/fam"yeuh leuhs/, n., pl. famuli /-luy'/. a servant or attendant, esp. of a scholar or a magician. [1830-40; < L: servant, slave; cf. FAMILY] * * *
fan1 —fanlike, adj. —fanner, n. /fan/, n., v., fanned, fanning. n. 1. any device for producing a current of air by the movement of a broad surface or a number of such ...
/fan, fahn/, n., pl. Fans, (esp. collectively) Fan. Fang. * * * I Rigid or folding handheld device used for cooling, air circulation, or ceremony or as a sartorial accessory ...
fan belt
(in automotive vehicles) a belt, driven by the crankshaft of an engine, that turns a fan for drawing cooling air through the radiator. [1920-25] * * *
fan club
a club enthusiastically devoted to a movie star or other celebrity or to a sports team. [1925-30] * * *
fan dance
—fan dancer. a solo dance performed by a nude or nearly nude woman using fans for covering. [1875-80] * * *
fan delta
a partially submerged alluvial fan that has merged with a delta. [1915-20] * * *
Fan Fiction-TV Viewers Have It Their Way
▪ 2002        Television shows had long captivated audiences and provided a temporary escape from reality for viewers who could vicariously live another life. Some ...
fan letter
a letter sent by an admiring fan, as to a celebrity. [1930-35] * * *
fan magazine
a magazine containing information and gossip about celebrities. Cf. fanzine. [1925-30] * * *
fan mail
fan letters collectively. [1920-25] * * *
fan palm
1. a palm having fan-shaped leaves, as the talipot. 2. See Chinese fan palm. [1810-20, Amer.] * * *
fan roof
a vaulted roof having fan tracery. * * *
Fan Si Peak
▪ mountain, Vietnam also called  Fan Si Pan , also spelled  Phang Xi Pang , also called  Hoang Lien Son        highest peak (10,312 feet [3,143 metres]) in ...
fan tracery
fan tracery n. the decoration on fan vaulting * * *
fan vault
a vault composed of a number of concave conoidal surfaces, usually four, springing from the corners of the vaulting compartment and touching or intersecting at the top, often ...
fan vaulting
a system of fan vaults. [1795-1805] * * *
Fan Wencheng
▪ Chinese minister Wade-Giles romanization  Fan Wen-ch'eng  born 1597, Fushun, in modern Liaoning province, China died Aug. 31, 1666       minister who advised the ...
fan window
Archit. a window having a fanlike form with radiating sash bars, used esp. as a fanlight. [1870-75] * * *
fan worm.
See feather-duster worm. [1850-55] * * *
Fan Zhongyan
▪ Chinese scholar and official Wade-Giles romanization  Fan Chung-yen , canonized name  Wenzheng  born Sept. 9, 989, Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, China died 1052, ...
Fan Zhongyen
or Fan Chung-yen born 989, Wu, Jiangsu province, China died 1052, China Chinese scholar-reformer whose reforms anticipated those of Wang Anshi. He attempted to abolish ...
/fan"tan'/, n. 1. Also, fan tan. Also called parliament, sevens. Cards. a game in which the players play their sevens and other cards forming sequences in the same suits as their ...
/feuh nah"/, n. Islam. the ecstatic union of the Sufi with the Divine. [1865-70; < Ar fana' annihilation] * * * ▪ district, Bergen, Norway       section of the city of ...
/fah'neuh keuh loh", fah"neuh keuh loh'/, n. a lingua franca based on English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, and Zulu, used esp. in the mines of South Africa. Also, Fanagalo /fah'neuh geuh ...
/feuh nat"ik/, n. 1. a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics. adj. 2. fanatical. [1515-25; < L fanaticus pertaining to a temple, ...
—fanatically, adv. —fanaticalness, n. /feuh nat"i keuhl/, adj. motivated or characterized by an extreme, uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics. Also, ...
See fanatical. * * *

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