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See fanatically. * * *
/feuh nat"euh suyz'euhm/, n. fanatical character, spirit, or conduct. [1705-15; FANATIC + -ISM] * * *
/feuh nat"euh suyz'/, v., fanaticized, fanaticizing. v.t. 1. to make fanatical. v.i. 2. to act with or show fanaticism. Also, esp. Brit., fanaticise. [1705-15; FANATIC + -IZE] * ...
/fan"bak'/, adj. 1. (of a chair) having a fan-shaped back. 2. (of a Windsor chair or the like) having a back of vertical spindles fanning out from seat to upper rail. [FAN1 + ...
fan belt n. A taut rubber belt that transfers torque from the crankshaft to the shaft of the cooling fan on an engine. * * *
/fan"seed/, adj. unreal; imaginary: to be upset by fancied grievances. [1560-70; FANCY + -ED2] * * *
/fan"see euhr/, n. 1. a person having a liking for or interest in something; enthusiast: a fancier of sports cars. 2. a person who breeds animals, plants, etc., esp. in order to ...
—fancifully, adv. —fancifulness, n. /fan"si feuhl/, adj. 1. characterized by or showing fancy; capricious or whimsical in appearance: a fanciful design of butterflies and ...
See fanciful. * * *
See fancifully. * * *
/fan"si fuy'/, v.t., fancified, fancifying. to make fancy or fanciful; dress up; embellish. [1650-60; FANCY + -FY] * * *
See fancy. * * *
See fancily. * * *
—fanciness, n. /fan"see/, n., pl. fancies, adj., fancier, fanciest, v., fancied, fancying, interj. n. 1. imagination or fantasy, esp. as exercised in a capricious manner. 2. ...
fancy dan
☆ fancy dan n. 〚 FANCY + (prob.) Dan, nickname for DANIEL1〛 Slang a flashy, ostentatious person, often one who lacks real skill, etc. * * *
fancy dive
any of the series of specified dives executed in fancy diving, as the jackknife or gainer. * * *
fancy diving
—fancy diver. diving competition from a springboard into water, the contestants being judged chiefly by their grace and control in executing a specified series of dives in a ...
fancy dress
a costume for a ball, masquerade, etc., chosen to please the fancy, usually a costume characteristic of a particular period or place, class of persons, or historical or ...
fancy fern
a common fern, Dryopteris austriaca spinulosa, having delicate, lacy leaves and used extensively in floral arrangements. * * *
fancy geranium.
See show geranium. * * *
fancy man
1. a woman's lover. 2. a pimp. [1805-15] * * *
fancy woman
1. an immoral woman, esp. a man's mistress. 2. a prostitute. Also, fancy lady. [1805-15] * * *
/fan"see free"/, adj. free from any emotional tie or influence, esp. that of love. [1580-90] * * *
adj. Slang. fancy or snobbish; foppish; dandified. [1930-35] * * *
fancy dance n. A fast, elaborately choreographed Native American powwow dance performed by a costumed male dancer to a drum accompaniment.   fancy dancer n. * * *
See fancy dance. * * *
fancy dress n. A masquerade costume. * * *
/fan"see werrk'/, n. ornamental needlework. [1800-10; FANCY + WORK] * * *
/fan dang"goh/, n., pl. fandangos. 1. a lively Spanish or Spanish-American dance in triple time, performed by a man and woman playing castanets. 2. a piece of music for such a ...
/fan"deuhm/, n. fans collectively, as of a motion-picture star or a professional game or sport. [1900-05, Amer.; FAN2 + -DOM] * * *
/fayn/, n. 1. a temple. 2. Archaic. a church. [1350-1400; ME < L fanum temple, sanctuary] * * *
/feuh nay"geuh/; Sp. /fah ne"gah/, n., pl. fanegas /-geuhz/; Sp. /-gahs/. 1. a unit of dry measure in Spanish-speaking countries, equal in Spain to 1.58 U.S. bushels (55.7 ...
/fah'ne gah"dhah/, n., pl. fanegadas /-dhahs/. a unit of land measure in Spanish-speaking countries varying from 11/4 to 13/4 acres (0.5 to 0.7 hectare). [ < Sp; see FANEGA, ...
/fan"l, -yeuhl/; formerly /fun"l/; spelling pron. /fan"yooh euhl/, n. Peter, 1700-43, American merchant: builder of Faneuil Hall. * * *
Faneuil Hall
a market house and public hall in Boston, Massachusetts, called "the Cradle of Liberty" because it was used as a meeting place by American patriots immediately before the ...
Fan·euil (fănʹl, fănʹyəl), Peter. 1700-1743. American merchant who built Faneuil Hall in Boston (1742) and donated it to the city. The building was a meeting place for ...
/fahn fah"nee/, n. Amintore /ah'meen taw"rdde/, born 1908, Italian statesman: premier 1954, 1958-59, and 1960-63. * * *
Fanfani, Amintore
born Feb. 6, 1908, Pieve Santo Stefano, Italy died Nov. 20, 1999, Rome Italian premier who formed and led the centre-left coalition that dominated Italian politics in the late ...
/fan"fair/, n. 1. a flourish or short air played on trumpets or the like. 2. an ostentatious display or flourish. 3. publicity or advertising. [1760-70; < F, expressive word akin ...
/fan"feuh ron'/, n. 1. a braggart. 2. a fanfare. [1615-25; < F < Sp fanfarrón braggart, said to be of expressive orig.] * * *
/fan"feuhr euh nayd"/, n. bragging; bravado; bluster. [1645-55; < F fanfaronnade < Sp fanfarronada. See FANFARON, -ADE1] * * *
fan·fic (fănʹfĭk') n. Informal Fiction written by fans as an extension of an admired work or series of works, especially a television show, often posted on the Internet or ...
/fan"fish'/, n., pl. fanfishes, (esp. collectively) fanfish. a pelagic fish, Pteraclis velifera, having greatly expanded dorsal and anal fins. [FAN1 + FISH] * * *
/fan"fohld'/, n. 1. a pad or tablet of invoices, bills, blank sheets, etc., interleaved with carbon paper for making a copy or copies of the writing or typing on the uppermost ...
fanfold paper
fanfold paper [fan′fōld΄] n. paper that is perforated at regular intervals and folded on the perforations in alternating directions, designed to lie in flat stacks for ...
fang1 —fanged /fangd/, adj. —fangless, adj. —fanglike, adj. /fang/, n. 1. one of the long, sharp, hollow or grooved teeth of a venomous snake by which poison is ...
/fang, fahng, fahonn/, n., pl. Fangs, (esp. collectively) Fang for 1. 1. Also called Pahouin, Pangwe. a member of an indigenous people of Gabon, Cameroon, and adjacent areas. 2. ...
Fang Lizhi
born Feb. 12, 1936, Beijing, China Chinese astrophysicist and dissident held partially responsible for the 1989 student rebellion in Tiananmen Square. In 1957 he was expelled ...
See fang. * * *
/fahn"jee oh'/; Sp. /fahng"hyaw/, n. Juan Manuel /wahn" man wel"/; Sp. /hwahn" mah nwel"/, born 1911, Argentine racing-car driver. * * *
Fangio, Juan Manuel
▪ 1996       Argentine race-car driver (b. June 24, 1911, Balcarce, Arg.—d. July 17, 1995, Buenos Aires, Arg.), was an endurance specialist and precision technician ...
/fang"goh/, n. clay or mud, esp. a clay obtained from certain hot springs in Battaglio, Italy, used as a hot application in the treatment of certain diseases. [1895-1900; < It: ...
▪ bronze work Wade-Giles romanization  fang-i   type of Chinese bronze vessel in the form of a small hut or granary. Square or rectangular in section, its sides slope ...
Fanini, Nilson do Amaral
▪ 1996       At the August 1995 meeting of the Baptist World Congress meeting in Buenos Aires, Arg., the Rev. Nilson do Amaral Fanini was elected to a five-year term as ...
/fan"yeuhn/, n. a small flag, originally carried by military brigades, used by soldiers and surveyors as a positional marker. [1700-10; < F, dim. of fanon FANON] * * *
/fan"jet'/, n. 1. Also called turbofan. a jet engine having a large impeller that takes in air, which is used partly for the combustion of fuel and partly as exhaust. 2. an ...
/fan"leef'/, n. a disease of grapevines, characterized by the deformation of leaves into a fanlike shape and caused by a virus transmitted in grafting. [FAN1 + LEAF] * * *
fan letter n. A piece of fan mail. * * *
/fan"luyt'/, n. a window over a door or another window, esp. one having the form of a semicircle or of half an ellipse. [1835-45; FAN1 + LIGHT1] * * *
fan mail n. Mail sent to a public figure by admirers. * * *
fanner [fan′ər] n. a person or thing that fans * * *
/fan"ee/, n. a female given name, form of Frances. Also, Fanny. * * * (as used in expressions) Fannie Borach Farmer Fannie Merritt Fannie Coralie Perkins * * *
Fannie Farmer
➡ Farmer * * *
Fannie Mae
1. See Federal National Mortgage Association. 2. any of the publicly traded securities collateralized by a pool of mortgages backed by the Federal National Mortgage Association. ...
Fan·nie Mae (fănʹē māʹ) n. A security issued by the Federal National Mortgage Association and secured by a pool of federally insured and conventional ...
fanning mill
Agric. a machine for winnowing grain by the action of riddles and sieves and an air blast. [1740-50] * * *
Fanning, Katherine Woodruff
▪ 2001 “Kay”        American journalist (b. Oct. 18, 1927, Joliet, Ill.—d. Oct. 19, 2000, Boston, Mass.), was a relative latecomer to her profession but rose to ...
/fan"ee/, n., pl. fannies. Informal. the buttocks. [1925-30; of obscure orig; relation, if any, to Brit. fanny "vulva" (vulgar) is unclear] * * * (as used in expressions) Brice ...
Fanny Hill
a novel (1749) by John Cleland (1707–89) about the sexual adventures of a young woman in 18th–century London. Its original title was Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. The book ...
Fanny Kemble
➡ Kemble * * *
fanny pack
a small zippered pouch suspended from a belt around the waist. [1970-75] * * *
fanny pack n. A waist pack, especially as worn with the pouch over the buttocks. * * *
/fah"naw/, n. a town in central Italy, on the Adriatic Sea: cathedral; Roman ruins. 52,139. Ancient, Fanum Fortunae. * * * ▪ Italy  town and episcopal see, Marche regione, ...
Fano, Ugo
▪ 2002       Italian-born American physicist (b. July 28, 1912, Turin, Italy—d. Feb. 13, 2001, Chicago, Ill.), was a pioneering nuclear physicist who helped identify ...
/fan"euhn/, n. Eccles. 1. a maniple. 2. Also called orale. a striped scarflike vestment worn by the pope over the alb when celebrating solemn Pontifical Mass. [1350-1400; ME ...
/fan"euhn/; Fr. /fann nawonn"/, n. Frantz (Omar) /frants oh"mahr/; Fr. /frddahonnts aw mannrdd"/, 1925-61, West Indian psychiatrist and political theorist, born in Martinique; in ...
Fanon, Frantz
▪ West Indian psychoanalyst and philosopher in full  Frantz Omar Fanon   born 1925, Martinique died Dec. 6, 1961, Washington, D.C., U.S.       West Indian ...
Fanon, Frantz (Omar)
born 1925, Martinique died Dec. 6, 1961, Washington, D.C., U.S. West Indian psychoanalyst and social philosopher. He served in the French army in World War II, earned a medical ...
fan palm n. A palm tree having palmately divided, fanlike leaves. * * *
Fanshawe, Sir Richard, 1st Baronet
▪ English poet and translator born June 1608, Ware Park, Hertfordshire, Eng. died , June, 16, 1666, Madrid       English poet, translator, and diplomat whose version of ...
/fan tab"yeuh leuhs/, adj. Slang. extremely fine or desirable; excellent; wonderful. [1955-60; b. FANTASTIC and FABULOUS] * * *
—fan-tailed, adj. /fan"tayl'/, n. 1. a tail, end, or part shaped like a fan. 2. one of a breed of domestic pigeons, having a fan-shaped tail. 3. any of various small birds ...
fantail darter
a North American freshwater fish, Etheostoma flabellare, of the perch family. * * *
fantail goldfish
an artificially bred, hardy variety of goldfish, usually oval-shaped and deep orange or calico, with a deeply cleft, four-lobed tail held in line with the body. Also called ...
See fantail. * * *
/fan tay"zheuh, -zhee euh, fan'teuh zee"euh/, n. 1. Music. a. a composition in fanciful or irregular form or style. b. a potpourri of well-known airs arranged with interludes and ...
/fan"teuh seed/, adj. 1. conceived of in or as a fantasy; imagined; storied. 2. dreamt of or hoped for; longingly imagined; fancied: a fantasied career as a fashion model. 3. ...
/fan"teuh sist, -zist; fan tay"zhist/, n. a person who writes or composes fantasies or fantasias in music, poetry, or the like. [1920-25; FANTAS(Y) + -IST] * * *
—fantasizer, n. /fan"teuh suyz'/, v., fantasized, fantasizing. v.i. 1. to conceive fanciful or extravagant notions, ideas, suppositions, or the like (often fol. by about): to ...
/fan"taz euhm/, n. phantasm. * * *
—fantasmagoric, adj. —fantasmagorically, adv. /fan taz'meuh gawr"ee euh, -gohr"-/, n. phantasmagoria. * * *
/fan"tast/, n. a visionary or dreamer. Also, phantast. [1580-90; < G, var. of Phantast < Gk phantastés boaster; mod. sense by assoc. with FANTASTIC] * * *
—fantastically, adv. —fantasticalness, fantasticality, n. /fan tas"tik/, adj. 1. conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination; odd and remarkable; ...
See fantastic. * * *
See fantasticality. * * *
/fan tas"ti kayt'/, v.t., fantasticated, fantasticating. to make or render fantastic. [1590-1600; FANTASTIC + -ATE1] * * *
See fantasticate. * * *
fan·tas·ti·co (făn-tăsʹtĭ-kō) n. Informal pl. fan·tas·ti·coes An extremely bizarre person.   [Italian, imaginary, from Late Latin phantasticus. See fantastic.] * * *
/fan"teuh see, -zee/, n., pl. fantasies, v., fantasied, fantasying. n. 1. imagination, esp. when extravagant and unrestrained. 2. the forming of mental images, esp. wondrous or ...
/fan"teuh see land', -zee-/, n. 1. a place or circumstance existing only in the imagination or as an ideal; dream world. 2. an amusement park whose attractions are based on a ...
Fan·te or Fan·ti (fănʹtē, fänʹ-) n. pl. Fante or Fanti also Fan··tes or Fan··tis 1. A member of a people inhabiting Ghana. 2. The variety of Akan spoken by this ...
Fante confederacy
▪ African history [late 17th century-1824] Fante also spelled  Fanti         historical group of states in what is now southern Ghana. It originated in the late 17th ...
Fante, John
born April 8, 1909, Denver, Colo., U.S. died May 8, 1983, Woodland Hills, Calif. U.S. writer. Born to Italian immigrant parents, Fante moved to Los Angeles in the early 1930s. ...
/fan"tee, fahn"-/, n. a Kwa language spoken in Ghana that is mutually intelligible with Twi. * * *
Fanti, Manfredo
▪ Italian general born Feb. 23, 1808, Carpi, Kingdom of Italy died April 5, 1865, Florence       one of the most capable patriot generals during the mid-19th-century ...
/fahonn taonn lah toohrdd"/, n. (Ignace) Henri (Joseph Théodore) /ee nyanns" ahonn rddee" zhaw zef" tay aw dawrdd"/, 1836-1904, French painter. * * *
Fantin-Latour, (Ignace-) Henri (-Jean-Théodore)
born Jan. 14, 1836, Grenoble, Fr. died Aug. 25, 1904, Buré French painter and printmaker. He was trained by his father, a portrait painter, and at the École des Beaux-Arts. ...
Fantin-Latour, Henri
▪ French painter in full  Ignace-henri-jean-théodore Fantin-latour   born Jan. 14, 1836, Grenoble, Fr. died Aug. 25, 1904, Buré  French painter, printmaker, and ...
fan·toc·ci·ni (fän'tə-chēʹnē) pl.n. 1. Puppets animated by moving wires or mechanical means. 2. A show using such puppets.   [Italian, pl. of fantoccino diminutive of ...
/fan"tod/, n. 1. Usually, fantods. a state of extreme nervousness or restlessness; the willies; the fidgets (usually prec. by the): We all developed the fantods when the plane ...
/fan"teuhm/, n., adj. phantom. * * *
Fanum Fortunae
/fay"neuhm fawr tooh"nee, -tyooh"-/ ancient name of Fano. * * *
fan vault n. A vault in which curving ribs radiate upward like the ribs of a fan to form concave half cones that meet or nearly meet at the apex. Common in late English Gothic ...
fan vaulting ceiling of Washington National Cathedral PhotoDisc, Inc. n. A series or system of fan vaults. * * *
/fan"weed'/, n. the pennycress, Thlaspi arvense. [FAN1 + WEED1] * * *
/fan"wuyz'/, adv. spread out like an open fan: to hold cards fanwise. [1880-85; FAN1 + -WISE] * * *
/fahn"werrt', -wawrt'/, n. any aquatic plant belonging to the genus Cabomba, of the water lily family, having very small flowers and submerged and floating leaves. See illus. ...
/fan zeen", fan"zeen/, n. a magazine or other periodical produced inexpensively by and for fans of science fiction and fantasy writing, comic books, popular music, or other ...
▪ island, Denmark       island of the North Frisian group, in the North Sea off Esbjerg, southwestern Jutland, Denmark. Three-quarters of the island consists of ...
See Food and Agriculture Organization. * * *
FAO Soil Classification System
▪ Table Soil classification system of the Food and Agriculture Organization   soil group  abbrevi- ation defining  characteristics name derivation percent of ...
/fak, ef"ay"kyooh"/, n., pl. FAQs, FAQ's. Chiefly Computers. a document that introduces newcomers to a topic, as in a newsgroup. [1985-90; f(requently) a(sked) q(uestions)] * * *
/fah kee"/, n., pl. faqihs, fuqaha' /fooh kah"hah/. Islam. an Islamic religious lawyer. [ < Ar faqih] * * *
/feuh kear", fay"keuhr/, n. fakir. Also, faquir. * * *
—farness, n. /fahr/, adv., adj., farther or further, farthest or furthest. adv. 1. at or to a great distance; a long way off; at or to a remote point: We sailed far ahead of ...
Far East
—Far Eastern. the countries of E Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, and sometimes adjacent areas. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
Far Eastern Economic Review
▪ magazine       former weekly news magazine covering general, political, and business and financial news of East and Southeast Asia. It was published in Hong Kong, ...
Far Eastern Region
former name of Khabarovsk. * * *
Far Eastern Republic
▪ historical state, Russia also called  Chita Republic,  Russian  Dalnevostochnaya Respublika, or Chitinskaya Respublika,        nominally independent state formed ...
Far from the Madding Crowd
a novel (1874) by Thomas Hardy. It is a love story about a farm worker, Gabriel Oak, and the woman who owns the farm where he works. He wants to marry her but she has ...
far piece
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a considerable distance: They moved a far piece from here. * * *
far point
far point n. the farthest point at which vision is distinct when the lens, muscles, etc. of the eye are relaxed * * *
Far Side
the general name for one or more of the cartoons drawn by the US artist Gary Larson (1950– ). He is known for his unusual humour, which includes cows, dogs and other animals ...
Far West
—Far Western. the area of the U.S. west of the Great Plains. * * *
/fahr"faymd"/, adj. widely known; famous. [1615-25] * * *
—far-fetchedness, farfetchedness, n. /fahr"fecht"/, adj. improbable; not naturally pertinent; being only remotely connected; forced; strained: He brought in a far-fetched ...
/fahr"flung"/, adj. 1. extending over a great distance. 2. widely disbursed or distributed. [1890-95] * * *
/fahr"gawn", -gon"/, adj. 1. remote. 2. approaching the end, as of life, duration, usefulness, etc.: The sleeve is too far-gone to mend. [1770-80] * * *
far-in·fra·red radiation (färʹĭn'frə-rĕdʹ) n. See far-red radiation. * * *
/fahr"awf", -of"/, adj. distant; remote. [1580-90] * * *
—far-outness, n. /fahr"owt"/, adj. Slang. 1. unconventional; offbeat; avant-garde. 2. radical; extreme. 3. recondite or esoteric. [1950-55] * * *
/fahr"poynt'/, n. Ophthalm. the point farthest from the eye at which an object is clearly focused on the retina when accommodation of the eye is completely relaxed. Cf. ...
—far-reachingly, adv. —far-reachingness, n. /fahr"ree"ching/, adj. extending far in influence, effect, etc.: the far-reaching effect of his speech. [1815-25] * * *
far-red radiation (färʹrĕdʹ) n. Electromagnetic radiation having the longest wavelengths in the infrared region, between approximately 50 and 1,000 micrometers. Also called ...
Fārābī, al-
in full Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad ibn Ṭarkhān ibn Uzalagh al-Fārābī Latin Alpharabius or Avennasar born с 878, Turkistan died с 950, Damascus? A logician and one of the ...
/far"euhd, -ad/, n. Elect. the SI unit of capacitance, formally defined to be the capacitance of a capacitor between the plates of which there appears a potential difference of ...
far·a·da·ic (făr'ə-dāʹĭk) adj. Variant of faradic. * * *
/far"euh dee, -day'/, n. 1. Michael, 1791-1867, English physicist and chemist: discoverer of electromagnetic induction. 2. a unit of electricity used in electrolysis, equal to ...
Faraday cage
Physics. an enclosure constructed of grounded wire mesh or parallel wires that shields sensitive electrical instruments from electrostatic interference. Also called Faraday ...
Faraday dark space
Physics. the dark region between the negative glow and the positive column in a vacuum tube occurring when the pressure is low. [1890-95; named after M. FARADAY] * * *
Faraday effect
the rotation of the plane of polarization of plane-polarized light as the light passes through certain isotropic media in the direction of a strong magnetic field in which the ...
Faraday's law of induction
▪ physics       in physics, a quantitative relationship between a changing magnetic field and the electric field created by the change, developed on the basis of ...
Faraday's laws of electrolysis
▪ chemistry       in chemistry, quantitative laws used to express magnitudes of electrolytic effects, first described by the English scientist Michael Faraday in 1833. ...
Faraday, Michael
born Sept. 22, 1791, Newington, Surrey, Eng. died Aug. 25, 1867, Hampton Court English physicist and chemist. Son of a blacksmith, he received only a basic education in a ...
Far·a·day (fărʹə-dā', -dē), Michael. 1791-1867. British physicist and chemist who discovered electromagnetic induction (1831) and proposed the field theory later ...
Faraday effect n. The rotation of the plane of polarization of either a plane-polarized light beam passed through a transparent isotropic medium or a plane-polarized microwave ...
Faraday’s Laws
➡ Faraday * * *
/feuh rad"ik/, adj. Elect. of or pertaining to a discontinuous, asymmetric, alternating current from the secondary winding of an induction coil. [1875-80; < F faradique. See ...
far·a·dism (fărʹə-dĭz'əm) n. Faradization. * * *
far·a·di·za·tion (făr'ə-dĭ-zāʹshən) n. The application of faradic current to stimulate muscles and nerves. * * *
—faradization, n. —faradizer, n. —faradism, n. /far"euh duyz'/, v.t., faradized, faradizing. Med. to stimulate or treat (muscles or nerves) with induced alternating ...
(as used in expressions) Aydid Muhammad Farah Muhammad Farah Hassan Farah Nuruddin * * * ▪ Afghanistan also spelled  Farrah  or  Ferah        town, southwestern ...
Farāh River
▪ river, Afghanistan Dari Persian  in full Daryā-ye Farāh Rūd,    river in western Afghanistan, rising on the southern slopes of the Band-e Bāyan Range, flowing ...
Farah, Nuruddin
born 1945, Baidoa, Italian Somaliland Somali writer, Somalia's first novelist and first English-language author. His first published novel, From a Crooked Rib (1970), describes ...
▪ Mamlūk ruler of Egypt in full  Al-malik An-nāṣir Zayn Ad-dīn Abū As-saʿādāt Faraj   born 1389, Cairo died 1412, Damascus       26th Mamlūk ruler of Egypt ...
▪ Guinea       town, central Guinea, western Africa. The town is located on the Niger River and was founded in the 1890s as a French outpost in the campaign against ...
/far"euhn dohl'/; Fr. /fann rddahonn dawl"/, n., pl. farandoles /-dohlz'/; Fr. /-dawl"/. 1. a lively dance, of Provençal origin, in which all the dancers join hands and execute ...
/fahr"euh way"/, adj. 1. distant; remote: faraway lands. 2. dreamy, preoccupied: a faraway look. [1810-20; FAR + AWAY] * * *
Faraz, Ahmed
▪ 2009 Syed Ahmad Shah        Pakistani poet born Jan. 14, 1931, Nowshera, near Kohat, North West Frontier, British India [now in Pakistan] died Aug. 25, 2008, ...
Farazdaq, al-
▪ Islamic poet byname of  Tammām ibn Ghālib Abū Firās  born c. 641, Yamāmah region, Arabia died c. 728 or 730       Arab poet famous for his satires in a period ...
Farber, Viola
▪ 1999       German-born American modern dancer and choreographer who was a founding member (1953-65) of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, formed the Viola Farber ...
▪ Colombian militant group abbreviation of Spanish  Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (“Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia”)        Marxist ...
/fahrs/, n., v., farced, farcing. n. 1. a light, humorous play in which the plot depends upon a skillfully exploited situation rather than upon the development of character. 2. ...
/fahrs"meet'/, n. Cookery. forcemeat. * * *
/fahr serr"/; Fr. /fannrdd suerdd"/, n., pl. farceurs /-serrz"/; Fr. /-suerdd"/. 1. a writer or director of or actor in farce. 2. a joker; wag. [1775-85; < F, MF, equiv. to ...
Fr. /fannrdd suez"/, n., pl. farceuses Fr. /-suez"/. a woman skilled in farce. [ < F; see FARCEUR, -EUSE] * * *
/fahr see"/; Fr. /fannrdd see"/, adj. Cookery. stuffed. [1900-05; < F, ptp. of farcir to stuff < L farcire] * * *
—farcicality, farcicalness, n. —farcically, adv. /fahr"si keuhl/, adj. 1. pertaining to or of the nature of farce. 2. resembling farce; ludicrous; absurd. [1710-20; FARCE + ...
See farcical. * * *
See farcicality. * * *
See farcicality. * * *
/fahr"see/, n., pl. farcies. Vet. Pathol. a form of glanders chiefly affecting the skin and superficial lymphatic vessels of horses and mules. [1375-1425; late ME farsy(n) < AF, ...
farcy bud
Vet. Pathol. an ulcerated swelling, produced in farcy. Also called farcy button. [1835-45] * * *
farcy bud n. A craterlike ulcer characteristic of farcy. * * *
/fahrd/, Archaic. n. 1. facial cosmetics. v.t. 2. to apply cosmetics to (the face). [1400-50; late ME < MF, OF: n. deriv. of farder to apply makeup, prob. < Old Low Franconian ...
Fard, Wallace D.
▪ American religious leader also called  Walli Farrad, Farrad Mohammed, F. Mohammed Ali, or Wallace Fard Muhammad  born c. 1877, Mecca died 1934?       Mecca-born ...
/fahr"dl/, n. Archaic. a bundle; burden. [1375-1425; late ME < AF, OF < OPr, equiv. to fard(a) bundle (
/fahr"dl bownd'/, adj. Vet. Pathol. (of ruminants) having the food impacted in the third compartment of the stomach; costive; constipated. [1815-25] * * *
—farer, n. /fair/, n., v., fared, faring. n. 1. the price of conveyance or passage in a bus, train, airplane, or other vehicle. 2. a person or persons who pay to be conveyed in ...
—fare-beating, n. /fair"bee'teuhr/, n. a person who illegally avoids paying a fare, as by entering a public bus through the exit door. * * *
/fair"dhee wel'/, n. 1. a state of perfection: The meal was done to a fare-thee-well. 2. the maximum effect; fullest measure or extent: an actress who plays each scene to a ...
Far East (fär) The countries and regions of eastern and southeast Asia, especially China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and Mongolia.   Farʹ Eastʹern adj. * * *
See Far East. * * *
fare·beat (fârʹbēt') intr.v. Slang fare·beat, fare·beat·en, (-bētʹn) or fare·beat fare·beat·ing, fare·beats To avoid paying the fare for public transportation, ...
See farebeat. * * *
/fair"boks'/, n. a metal box for passenger fares, as on a bus or streetcar. [FARE + BOX1] * * *
Fare·ham (fârʹəm) An urban district of southern England on Portsmouth harbor north-northwest of Portsmouth. It is a shipbuilding center. Population: 100,987. * * * ▪ ...
Farel, Guillaume
▪ French religious leader born 1489, Gap, Dauphiné, France died September 13, 1565, Neuchâtel, Switzerland       Reformer and preacher primarily responsible for ...
See fare. * * *
Farès, Nabile
▪ Algerian writer born 1940, Collo, Alg.       Kabylian novelist and poet known for his abstruse, poetic, and dreamlike style. Rebellion against the established ...
/fair'wel"/, interj. 1. goodby; may you fare well: Farewell, and may we meet again in happier times. n. 2. an expression of good wishes at parting: They made their farewells and ...
/fair'wel"/, n. Cape, a cape in S Greenland: most southerly point of Greenland. * * *
farewell address
1. (caps.) U.S. Hist. a statement that President George Washington published in a Philadelphia newspaper in 1796 to announce that he would not run for a third term and to give ...
Farewell to Arms, A
a novel (1929) by Ernest Hemingway. * * *
Fare·well (fâr-wĕlʹ, fârʹwĕl'), Cape The southernmost point of Greenland. * * *
/fair wel"teuh spring"/, n. a slender, showy plant, Clarkia amoena, of the evening primrose family, native to western North America, having satiny, cup-shaped, lilac-crimson or ...
Farey sequence
/fair"ee/, Math. the increasing sequence of fractions in which numerator and denominator have no common divisor other than one and in which the denominator is less than or equal ...
/fahr fah"lee, -lay/, n. pasta in the shape of small bow ties with zigzag edges. [ < It, pl. of farfalla butterfly] * * *
/fahr"feuhl/, n., pl. farfel. Jewish Cookery. a solid foodstuff broken into small pieces: matzo farfel; noodle farfel. [1890-95; < Yiddish farfl; cf. MHG varveln noodles] * * *
Far·gho·na (fər-gŏnʹə) See Fergana. * * *
/fahr"goh/, n. 1. William George, 1818-81, U.S. businessman: pioneered in express shipping and banking. 2. a city in SE North Dakota. 61,308. * * * City (pop., 2000: 90,599), ...
Fargo, William George
▪ American businessman born May 20, 1818, Pompey, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 3, 1881, Buffalo, N.Y.       pioneer American businessman, one of the founders of Wells, Fargo & ...
Fargo,William George
Fargo, William George. 1818-1881. American transportation pioneer who organized the American Express Company (1850) and Wells, Fargo and Company (1852) to provide safe, swift ...
Fargue, Léon-Paul
▪ French poet and essayist born March 4, 1876, Paris died Nov. 25, 1947, Paris       French poet and essayist whose work spanned numerous literary ...
/fair"euh boh'/, n. a city in SE Minnesota. 16,241. * * * ▪ Minnesota, United States       city, seat of Rice county, southeastern Minnesota, U.S. It lies at the ...
Fa·ri·da·bad (fə-rēʹdə-bäd') A city of north-central India south-southeast of New Delhi. It is a grain and cotton market. Population: 617,717. * * * ▪ ...
▪ India       town, southwestern Punjab state, northwestern India, 70 miles (113 km) southwest of Ludhiana. It was founded by Bhallan of the Burai Jat (a warrior ...
▪ Bangladesh       city, central Bangladesh, on the west bank of the Mara (Dead) Padma stream, a tributary of the upper Padma River. It serves as a rail terminus for ...
▪ Guinea-Bissau       town located on the Cacheu River in north-central Guinea-Bissau. It is a market centre for the agricultural products of the interior; peanut ...
/feuh ree"neuh/, n. 1. flour or meal made from cereal grains and cooked as cereal, used in puddings, soups, etc. 2. Chiefly Brit. starch, esp. potato starch. [1350-1400; ME < L ...
Farina, Giuseppe
▪ Italian automobile racer byname  Nino   born 1906, Turin, Italy died June 30, 1966, near Chambéry, Fr.  Italian automobile racing driver who was the first to win the ...
Farina, Mimi
▪ 2002 Mimi Margharita Baez        American folk singer and social activist (b. April 30, 1945, Stanford, Calif.—d. July 18, 2001, Mill Valley, Calif.), was the ...
Fariña, Richard
▪ American folk singer and novelist born April 30, 1937?, New York, N.Y., U.S. died April 30, 1966, Carmel, Calif.       American folk singer and novelist who, with his ...
Farinacci, Prospero
▪ Italian jurist Latin  Farinaccius  born October 30, 1544, Rome died October 30, 1618, Rome       Italian jurist whose Praxis et Theorica Criminalis (1616) was the ...
Farinacci, Roberto
▪ Italian politician born Oct. 16, 1892, Isernia, Italy died April 28, 1945, Vimercate       radical Italian politician and Fascist ras, or local party boss, who helped ...
/far'euh nay"sheuhs/, adj. 1. consisting or made of flour or meal, as food. 2. containing or yielding starch, as seeds; starchy. 3. mealy in appearance or nature. [1640-50; < L ...
Farinati, Paolo
▪ Italian artist Farinati also spelled  Farinato   born c. 1524, Verona [Italy] died c. 1606, Verona       Italian painter, engraver, and architect, one of the ...
/far'euh nel"ee/; It. /fah'rddee nel"lee/, n. Carlo /kahr"loh/; It. /kahrdd"law/, (Carlo Broschi), 1705-82, Italian operatic male soprano. * * * orig. Carlo Broschi born Jan. ...
Farini, Luigi Carlo
▪ Italian physician, historian, and statesman born Oct. 22, 1812, Russi, Kingdom of Italy died Aug. 1, 1866, Quarto, Italy       Italian, physician, historian, and ...
—farinosely, adv. /far"euh nohs'/, adj. 1. yielding farina. 2. resembling farina; farinaceous. 3. covered with a mealy powder. [1720-30; < LL farinosus mealy. See FARINA, ...
Faris, Muhammed
▪ Syrian pilot and air force officer in full  Muhammed Ahmed Faris  born May 26, 1951, Aleppo, Syria       Syrian pilot and air force officer who became the first ...
Fāriʿah, Tall al-
▪ ancient city, Palestine       ancient site in northern Palestine, located near the head of the Wādī al-Fāriʿah northeast of Nābulus in Israeli-occupied Jordan. ...
Farjeon, Eleanor
▪ British writer born Feb. 13, 1881, London died June 5, 1965, Hampstead, London       English writer for children whose magical but unsentimental tales, which often ...
/fahr"keuhl ber'ee/, n., pl. farkleberries. a shrub or small tree, Vaccinium arboreum, of the heath family, native to the southern U.S., bearing small, waxy, white flowers and ...
/fahrl/, n. Scot. a thin, circular cake of flour or oatmeal. Also, farle. [1715-25; contr. of fardel a three-cornered cake, orig., the 4th part of a round cake (ME ferdell, repr. ...
/fahr"lee/, n. 1. James A(loysius), 1888-1976, U.S. political leader. 2. a male given name. * * *
Farley, Chris
▪ 1998       American comedian whose larger-than-life performances (1990-95) on television's "Saturday Night Live" often parodied his own problems with alcohol, drugs, ...
Farley, Harriet
▪ American writer and editor born Feb. 18, 1813/1817, Claremont, N.H., U.S. died Nov. 12, 1907, New York, N.Y.       American writer and editor, remembered largely for ...
Farley, James A
▪ American politician born May 30, 1888, Grassy Point, N.Y., U.S. died June 9, 1976, New York City       U.S. politician who engineered electoral triumphs for Franklin ...
Farley, James A(loysius)
born May 30, 1888, Grassy Point, N.Y., U.S. died June 9, 1976, New York, N.Y. U.S. politician. He entered New York Democratic Party politics in 1912. As secretary of the state ...
Farley’s Rusks{™}
n [pl] a British make of hard, dry biscuits for babies. They are often dissolved in milk before eating. * * *
Farlow, Talmadge Holt
▪ 1999       American jazz musician who began playing guitar in 1943, inspired by jazz great Charlie Christian, and later performed during the early-mid-1950s as a ...
Farlow, William Gilson
▪ American botanist born Dec. 17, 1844, Boston died June 3, 1919, Cambridge, Mass.  mycologist and plant pathologist who pioneered investigations in plant pathology; his ...
—farmable, adj. /fahrm/, n. 1. a tract of land, usually with a house, barn, silo, etc., on which crops and often livestock are raised for livelihood. 2. land or water devoted ...
farm belt
1. an area or region noted principally for farming. 2. (caps.) the central states of the midwestern U.S., in which agriculture is significant. * * *
farm building
▪ agriculture Introduction       any of the structures used in farming operations, which may include buildings to house families and workers, as well as livestock, ...
Farm Bureau.
See American Farm Bureau Federation. * * *
farm cheese
farm cheese n. a mild, firm pressed cheese: also called farmer (or farmer's) cheese * * *
farm hand
a person who works on a farm, esp. a hired worker; hired hand. [1835-45] * * *
farm machinery
Mechanical devices, including tractors and implements, used in farming to save labour. The great variety of farming devices covers a wide range of complexity, from simple ...
farm management
▪ agriculture Introduction       making (industrial engineering) and implementing of the decisions (agribusiness) involved in organizing and operating a farm for ...
farm roads
➡ roads and road signs * * *
farm system
any small-scale or localized network or industry that provides experience and exposure for beginners, similar to that of a baseball farm. [1925-30] * * *
farm team
Chiefly Baseball. farm (def. 9). * * *
/fahrm"sit'euhr/, n. Canadian. a person who takes temporary charge of a farm during the absence or incapacity of the owner. * * *
Farman III
▪ biplane  aircraft designed, built, and first flown by the French aviator Henri Farman (Farman, Henri) in 1909. (See also history of flight (flight, history ...
Farman, Henri
▪ French pioneer aviator and airplane manufacturer born 1874, Paris, France died July 18, 1958, Paris  French aviation pioneer and aircraft builder who popularized the use of ...
Farman, Maurice
▪ French aviator and aircraft designer born March 21, 1877, Paris died Feb. 25, 1964, Paris  French aircraft designer and manufacturer who contributed greatly to early ...
—farmerlike, adj. /fahr"meuhr/, n. 1. a person who farms; person who operates a farm or cultivates land. 2. an unsophisticated person from a rural area; yokel. 3. a person who ...
/fahr"meuhr/, n. 1. Fannie (Merritt) /mer"it/, 1857-1915, U.S. authority on cooking. 2. James (Leonard), born 1920, U.S. civil-rights leader. * * * (as used in ...
farmer cheese
a cheese made by pressing together the soft white curds of whole milk or partly skimmed milk, similar in texture to dry cottage cheese. Also, farmer's cheese. [1945-50] Regional ...
Farmer George
a popular name for King George III in the drawings of the political cartoonist James Gillray. His pictures showing the king as a rude, uneducated farmer were very popular at the ...
farmer in the dell
a game, accompanied by a song with several verses, in which one person, designated as the farmer, occupies the center of a circle of persons and is joined in the circle by other ...
Farmer's Almanac
U.S. annual journal, now called Old Farmer's Almanac, containing long-term weather predictions, planting schedules, astronomical tables, astrological lore, recipes, anecdotes, ...
Farmer's Law
▪ Byzantine legal code Latin  Leges Rusticae        Byzantine legal code drawn up in the 8th century AD, probably during the reign of Emperor Leo III the Isaurian ...

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