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—fatalness, n. /fayt"l/, adj. 1. causing or capable of causing death; mortal; deadly: a fatal accident; a fatal dose of poison. 2. causing destruction, misfortune, ruin, or ...
—fatalist, n. —fatalistic, adj. —fatalistically, adv. /fayt"l iz'euhm/, n. 1. the acceptance of all things and events as inevitable; submission to fate: Her fatalism helped ...
See fatalism. * * *
See fatalist. * * *
See fatalist. * * *
/fay tal"i tee, feuh-/, n., pl. fatalities. 1. a disaster resulting in death. 2. a death resulting from such an occurrence: a rise in highway fatalities. 3. the quality of ...
fatality rate n. See death rate. * * *
/fayt"l ee/, adv. 1. in a manner leading to death or disaster: He was injured fatally in the accident. 2. by a decree of fate or destiny; by inevitable ...
fa·ta mor·ga·na (fä'tə môr-gäʹnə) n. See mirage.   [Italian, mirage, Morgan le Fay (from the belief that the mirage was caused by her witchcraft) : fata, fairy (from ...
/fat"bak'/, n. 1. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. the fat and fat meat from the upper part of a side of pork, usually cured by salt. 2. a menhaden. 3. the bluefish, ...
/fat"bod'ee/, n., pl. fatbodies. Entomol. a diffuse tissue of insects, having numerous functions including food storage, metabolism, and storage of wastes and in some insects ...
fat cat n. Slang 1. A wealthy and highly privileged person. 2. A wealthy person who is a heavy contributor to a political campaign. * * *
fat cell n. Any of various cells found in adipose tissue that are specialized for the storage of fat. Also called adipocyte. * * *
Fat City or fat city n. Slang A condition or set of circumstances characterized by great prosperity. * * *
/fayt/, n., v., fated, fating. n. 1. something that unavoidably befalls a person; fortune; lot: It is always his fate to be left behind. 2. the universal principle or ultimate ...
fate map
Embryol. a diagram or series of diagrams indicating the later structures or adult parts that develop from specific regions of an embryo or egg cortex. * * *
fate tragedy
▪ dramatic literature also called  fate drama  German,  Schicksalstragödie        a type of play especially popular in early 19th-century Germany in which a ...
/fay"tid/, adj. subject to, guided by, or predetermined by fate; destined. [1595-1605; FATE + -ED3] * * *
—fatefully, adv. —fatefulness, n. /fayt"feuhl/, adj. 1. having momentous significance or consequences; decisively important; portentous: a fateful meeting between the leaders ...
See fateful. * * *
See fatefully. * * *
Fateh Singh, Sant
▪ Sikh religious leader born Oct. 27, 1911, Punjab, India died Oct. 30, 1972, Amritsar, Punjab       Sikh religious leader who became the foremost campaigner for Sikh ...
▪ India       city, southern Uttar Pradesh state, northern India. It lies southeast of Kanpur, on a major road and rail line to Allahabad. Fatehpur is an ...
Fatehpur Sikri
▪ India   town, southwestern Uttar Pradesh state, northern India. The town, lying about 23 miles (37 km) west of Agra, was founded in 1569 by the great Mughal emperor ...
Fatemi, Hosayn
▪ Iranian politician also spelled  Ḥusayn Fāṭimī  born 1918, Nāʾīn, Iran died November 10, 1954, Tehrān, Iran       Iranian politician who supported ...
Fates [fāts] pl.n. Gr. & Rom. Myth. the three goddesses who control human destiny and life: see CLOTHO, LACHESIS, ATROPOS * * * In Greek and Roman mythology, the three ...
fat farm n. Informal A spa or resort that specializes in weight loss. * * *
fathom (def. 1). * * *
Fatḥ ʿAlī Shāh
▪ shah of Iran born 1771 died Oct. 20, 1834, Eṣfahān, Iran       shah of Persia (1797–1834) whose reign coincided with rivalry among France, Great Britain, and ...
/fat"hed'/, n. 1. Slang. a stupid person; fool. 2. sheephead. 3. See fathead minnow. [1830-40; FAT + HEAD] * * *
fathead minnow
a North American cyprinid fish, Pimephales promelas, having an enlarged, soft head. Also called fathead. * * *
—fatheadedly, adv. —fatheadedness, n. /fat"hed'id/, adj. foolish; fatuous; witless. [1500-10, for literal sense; FATHEAD + -ED3] * * *
See fatheaded. * * *
See fatheaded. * * *
—fatherlike, adj. /fah"dheuhr/, n. 1. a male parent. 2. a father-in-law, stepfather, or adoptive father. 3. any male ancestor, esp. the founder of a race, family, or line; ...
Father Brown
the main character in a series of stories by G K Chesterton. He is a Roman Catholic priest who solves detective mysteries. * * *
Father Christmas
Brit. See Santa Claus. [1650-60] * * *
father confessor
Eccles. confessor (def. 2). * * *
father figure
a man embodying or seeming to embody the qualities of an idealized conception of the male parent, eliciting from others the emotional responses that a child typically has toward ...
father image
father image or father figure n. a person substituted in one's mind for one's father and often the object of emotions felt toward the father * * *
father of the chapel
n (in the past) the title of the person in charge of a branch of any of several British trade unions. Some unions in the printing industry called their branches chapels. * * *
Father of the Church
      any of the great bishops and other eminent Christian teachers of the early centuries whose writings remained as a court of appeal for their successors, especially in ...
Father of the Constitution
the popular US name for James Madison, a leading member of the group who planned and wrote the American Constitution. He also later suggested the amendments to the Constitution ...
Father of the House
the title given to the Member of Parliament who has been a member of the House of Commons for the longest time without interruption, and to the peer who has been a member of the ...
father substitute
Psychol. a male who replaces an absent father and becomes an object of attachment. Also called father surrogate. [1935-40] * * *
Father Time
the personification of time as an old man, usually in a white robe, having a white beard, and carrying a scythe. * * *
Father's Day
a day, usually the third Sunday in June, set aside in honor of fathers. * * * ▪ holiday       in the United States, holiday (third Sunday in June) to honour fathers. ...
Fa·ther's Day (fäʹthərz) n. The third Sunday in June, observed in the United States in honor of fathers. * * *
/fah"dheuhr in law'/, n., pl. fathers-in-law. the father of one's husband or wife. [1350-1400; ME; see FATHER, IN, LAW1] * * *
Father Christmas n. Chiefly British Santa Claus. * * *
father confessor n. 1. A priest who hears confessions. 2. A person in whom one confides. * * *
father figure n. An older man, often one in a position of power or influence, who elicits the emotions usually reserved for a father. * * *
/fah"dheuhr hood'/, n. 1. the state of being a father. 2. fathers collectively. 3. the qualities or spirit of a father. [1350-1400; late ME faderhode; r. ME faderheed. See ...
/fah"dheuhr land'/, n. 1. one's native country. 2. the land of one's ancestors. [1615-25; FATHER + LAND] * * *
/fah"dheuhr lis/, adj. 1. not having a living father: a fatherless boy. 2. not having a known or legally responsible father. [bef. 1000; ME faderles, OE faederleas. See FATHER, ...
See fatherless. * * *
See fatherly. * * *
—fatherliness, n. /fah"dheuhr lee/, adj. 1. of, like, or befitting a father. adv. 2. Obs. in the manner of a father. [bef. 1000; ME faderly, OE faederlic. See FATHER, -LY] Syn. ...
Father’s Day
the third Sunday in June, when it is traditional for people to give cards and sometimes presents to their fathers. In Britain it is not regarded as important as Mother’s ...
/fadh"euh gram'/, n. the record made by a sonic depth finder. [1945-50; FATHO(METER) + -GRAM1] * * *
—fathomable, adj. —fathomer, n. /fadh"euhm/, n., pl. fathoms, (esp. collectively) fathom, v. n. 1. a unit of length equal to six feet (1.8 meters): used chiefly in nautical ...
See fathom. * * *
/fa dhom"i teuhr/, Trademark. a brand of sonic depth finder. * * *       trade name for a type of sonic depth finder (q.v.). * * *
—fathomlessly, adv. /fadh"euhm lis/, adj. 1. impossible to measure the depth of; bottomless. 2. impossible to understand; incomprehensible: fathomless motives. [1600-10; FATHOM ...
See fathomless. * * *
See fathomlessly. * * *
Fatialofa, Peter
▪ 1994       On July 31, 1993, Western Samoa played an official rugby union international match against New Zealand. The contest, at Eden Park in Auckland, was the ...
—fatidically, adv. /fay tid"ik, feuh-/, adj. prophetic. Also, fatidical. [1665-75; < L fatidicus, equiv. to fati- (comb. form of fatum FATE) + -dicus one who utters, deriv. of ...
See fatigable. * * *
—fatigableness, fatigability, n. /fat"i geuh beuhl/, adj. susceptible to fatigue. [1600-10; < L fatigabilis, equiv. to fatiga(re) to tire + -bilis -BLE] * * *
—fatigueless, adj. —fatiguingly, adv. /feuh teeg"/, n., adj., v., fatigued, fatiguing. n. 1. weariness from bodily or mental exertion. 2. a cause of weariness; slow ordeal; ...
fatigue clothes
a soldier's uniform for fatigue duty. Also called fatigues. [1830-40] * * *
fatigue life
the number of applications of a given stress to which a sample of metal can be subjected before failing. * * *
fatigue limit
the maximum stress to which a material can be subjected without failing. [1910-15] * * *
fatigue ratio
the ratio between the fatigue limit and the tensile strength of a material. Also called endurance ratio. * * *
/feuh teegd"/, adj. tired; wearied. [1785-95; FATIGUE + -ED2] Syn. See tired1. * * *
/fah"tee hah'/, n. Islam. the first chapter of the Koran, recited at the beginning of every rak'ah. [ < Ar fatihah exordium] * * *
▪ opening chapter of the Qurʾān also called  Fātiḥat Al-kitāb,         the “opening” or first chapter (sūrah) of the Muslim book of divine revelation, the ...
/fat"euh meuh, fah"tee mah'/, n. 1. A.D. 606?-632, daughter of Muhammad and wife of Ali. 2. the seventh and last wife of Bluebeard, popularly a symbol for feminine curiosity. 3. ...
/fah"ti meuh/, n. a village in central Portugal, N of Lisbon: Roman Catholic shrine. * * * Village in central Portugal, site of a shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary. From May ...
or Fatima born с 605, Mecca, Arabia died 633, Medina Daughter of Muhammad and the object of veneration in Shīite Islam. In 622 she emigrated with her father from Mecca to ...
/fat"euh mid/, n. 1. any caliph of the North African dynasty, 909-1171, claiming descent from Fatima and Ali. 2. any descendant of Fatima and Ali. Also, Fatimite /fat"euh ...
Fāṭimid dynasty
(909–1171) Ismāʽīli Shīʽite dynasty of North Africa and the Middle East. Its members traced their descent from Fātimah, a daughter of the Prophet Muhammad. As Shīʽite ...
/fat"ling/, n. a young animal, as a calf or a lamb, fattened for slaughter. [1520-30; FAT + -LING1] * * *
/fat"lee/, adv. 1. in the manner of a fat person; ponderously. 2. richly: a fatly endowed foundation. 3. with self-satisfaction; smugly. [1505-15; FAT + -LY] * * *
/fat"nis/, n. 1. the state or condition of being fat; obesity; corpulence. 2. richness; fertility; abundance: the fatness of the land. [bef. 1000; ME fatnesse, OE faetnes. See ...
fat pine n. Chiefly Southern U.S. 1. See longleaf pine. 2. See kindling. See Regional Note at kindling. * * *
/fats/, n. (used with a pl. v.) cattle fattened and ready for market. [pl. of FAT] * * *
/faht"shahn"/, n. Older Spelling. Foshan. * * *
/fat"see euh/, n. a shrub or small tree, Fatsia japonica, of the ginseng family, having large, glossy, palmately compound leaves and often grown as a houseplant. [ < NL, perh. ...
/fat"soh/, n., pl. fatsos, fatsoes. Slang. a fat person (often used as a disparaging and offensive term of address). [1940-45; perh. Fats a nickname for a fat person (see FAT, ...
/fat"stok'/, n. Chiefly Brit. livestock that has been fattened for market. [1875-80; FAT + STOCK] * * *
—fattenable, adj. —fattener, n. /fat"n/, v.t. 1. to make fat. 2. to feed (animals) abundantly before slaughter. 3. to enrich: to fatten the soil; to fatten one's ...
See fatten. * * *
See fatty. * * *
See fattily. * * *
—fattishness, n. /fat"ish/, adj. somewhat fat. [1325-75; ME; see FAT, -ISH1] * * *
See fattish. * * *
fatty1 —fattily, adv. —fattiness, n. /fat"ee/, adj., fattier, fattiest. adj. 1. consisting of, containing, or resembling fat: fatty tissue. 2. Pathol. characterized by ...
fatty acid
Biochem. any of a class of aliphatic acids, esp. palmitic, stearic, or oleic acid, consisting of a long hydrocarbon chain ending in a carboxyl group that bonds to glycerol to ...
fatty degeneration
Pathol. deterioration of the cells of the body, accompanied by the formation of fat globules within the diseased cells. [1875-80] * * *
fatty oil.
Chem. See fixed oil. [1825-35] * * *
fatty tumor
Pathol. lipoma. [1795-1805] * * *
fatty acid n. Any of a large group of monobasic acids, especially those found in animal and vegetable fats and oils, having the general formula CnH2n+1COOH. Characteristically ...
fatty alcohol n. Any of various alcohols derived from plant or animal oils and fats and used in plastics and pharmaceuticals. * * *
fatty degeneration n. The accumulation of fat globules within the cells of a bodily organ, such as the liver or heart, resulting in deterioration of tissue and diminished ...
—fatuitousness, n. /feuh tooh"i teuhs, -tyooh"-/, adj. complacently stupid; foolish. [1725-35; FATUIT(Y) + -OUS] * * *
/feuh tooh"i tee, -tyooh"-/, n., pl. fatuities. 1. complacent stupidity; foolishness. 2. something foolish; bêtise. [1530-40; < L fatuitas. See FATUOUS, -ITY] * * *
—fatuously, adv. —fatuousness, n. /fach"ooh euhs/, adj. 1. foolish or inane, esp. in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly. 2. unreal; illusory. [1625-35; < L fatuus ...
See fatuous. * * *
See fatuously. * * *
/faht"wah/, n. an Islamic religious decree issued by the 'ulama. [1985-90; < Ar fatwa] * * *
/fat"wood'/, n. South Atlantic States. kindling; lightwood. [1905-10; FAT + WOOD1] * * *
/foh"boor, -boorg/; Fr. /foh boohrdd"/, n., pl. faubourgs /-boorz, -boorgz/; Fr. /-boohrdd"/. a suburb or a quarter just outside a French city. [1425-75; late ME faubourgh < MF ...
Faubus, Orval Eugene
▪ 1995       U.S. politician (b. Jan. 7, 1910, Greasy Creek, Ark.—d. Dec. 14, 1994, Conway, Ark.), as governor (1954-67) of Arkansas, defied a 1957 federal court order ...
/faw"keuhl/, adj. 1. pertaining to the fauces or opening of the throat. 2. Phonet. a. pharyngeal. b. exploded into the pharynx, as the release of the t-sound of catnip or the ...
/faw kair"ee euh/, n. any succulent plant of the genus Faucaria, comprising several species native to southern Africa and having solitary yellow or white flowers. [ < NL (1926), ...
—faucial /faw"sheuhl/, adj. /faw"seez/, n., pl. fauces. 1. Anat. the cavity at the back of the mouth, leading into the pharynx. 2. a vestibule of an ancient Roman ...
/faw"sit/, n. any device for controlling the flow of liquid from a pipe or the like by opening or closing an orifice; tap; cock. [1350-1400; ME < MF fausset peg for a vent, perh. ...
/foh shahr"/; Fr. /foh shannrdd"/, n., pl. fauchards /-shahrz"/; Fr. /-shannrdd"/. a shafted weapon having a knifelike blade with a convex cutting edge and a beak on the back for ...
See fauces. * * *
/pf/; spelling pron. /faw/, interj. (used to express contempt or disgust.) [1535-45] * * *
▪ mineral       hydrated sodium and calcium aluminosilicate mineral that is a rare member of the zeolite family. Faujasite somewhat resembles chabazite in chemical ...
/fawld/, n. Armor. a piece below the breastplate, composed of lames and corresponding to the culet in back. See diag. under armor. [var. of FOLD1] * * *
Faulhaber, Michael von
born March 5, 1869, Heidenfeld, Bavaria died June 12, 1952, Munich, W.Ger. German religious leader and prominent opponent of the Nazis. Ordained in 1892, he was bishop of ...
/fawk"neuhr/, n. William, 1897-1962, U.S. novelist and short-story writer. Nobel prize 1949. * * *
Faulkner, William
▪ American author Introduction in full  William Cuthbert Faulkner,  original surname  Falkner  born Sept. 25, 1897, New Albany, Miss., U.S. died July 6, 1962, Byhalia, ...
Faulkner, William (Cuthbert)
orig. William Cuthbert Falkner born Sept. 25, 1897, New Albany, Miss., U.S. died July 6, 1962, Byhalia, Miss. U.S. writer. Faulkner dropped out of high school and only briefly ...
Faulk·ner also Falk·ner (fôkʹnər), William. 1897-1962. American writer who set many of his works, such as the novels The Sound and the Fury (1929) and The Unvanquished ...
/fawk near"ee euhn/, adj. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling the literary style of William Faulkner. [1950-55, Amer.; FAULKNER + -IAN] * * *
/fawlt/, n. 1. a defect or imperfection; flaw; failing: a fault in the brakes; a fault in one's character. 2. responsibility for failure or a wrongful act: It is my fault that we ...
fault block
Geol. a mass of rock bounded on at least two opposite sides by faults. Cf. block faulting. [1895-1900] * * *
fault breccia
Geol. angular rock fragments produced by fracture and grinding during faulting and distributed within or adjacent to the fault plane. [1890-95] * * *
fault line
Geol. the intersection of a fault with the surface of the earth or other plane of reference. [1865-70] * * *
fault plane
Geol. See under fault (def. 6). [1885-90] * * *
fault scarp
Geol. scarp1 (def. 1). [1895-1900] * * *
fault zone
Geol. a network of interconnected fractures representing the surficial expression of a fault. [1930-35] * * *
/fawlt"fuyn'deuhr/, n. a person who habitually finds fault, complains, or objects, esp. in a petty way. [1555-65; FAULT + FINDER] * * *
/fawlt"fuyn'ding/, n. 1. the act of pointing out faults, esp. faults of a petty nature; carping. adj. 2. tending to find fault; disposed to complain or object; ...
See faulty. * * *
See faultily. * * *
—faultlessly, adv. —faultlessness, n. /fawlt"lis/, adj. without fault, flaw, or defect; perfect. [1300-50; ME fautles. See FAULT, -LESS] Syn. flawless, impeccable, exemplary, ...
See faultless. * * *
See faultlessly. * * *
fault plane n. Geology The plane along which the break or shear of a fault occurs. * * *
—faultily, adv. —faultiness, n. /fawl"tee/, adj., faultier, faultiest. having faults or defects; imperfect. [1300-50; ME fauty. See FAULT, -Y1] * * *
—faunlike, adj. /fawn/, n. Class. Myth. one of a class of rural deities represented as men with the ears, horns, tail, and later also the hind legs of a goat. [1325-75; ME ( < ...
—faunal, adj. —faunally, adv. /faw"neuh/, n., pl. faunas, faunae /-nee/. 1. the animals of a given region or period considered as a whole. 2. a treatise on the animals of a ...
See fauna. * * *
faunal region
▪ biogeography also called  Zoogeographic Region,         any of six or seven areas of the world defined by animal geographers on the basis of their distinctive ...
faunal succession, law of
Observation that taxonomic groups of animals follow each other in time in a predictable manner. Sequences of successive strata and their corresponding fauna have been matched to ...
See faunal. * * *
fau·nis·tic (fô-nĭsʹtĭk) adj. Of or relating to the geographic distribution of animals.   fau·nisʹti·cal·ly adv. * * *
See faunistic. * * *
▪ paleontology       stratigraphic unit that is distinguished by the presence of a particular fauna of some time or environmental significance. It differs from a biozone ...
Fauntleroy suit
a formal outfit for a boy composed of a hip-length jacket and knee-length pants, often in black velvet, and a wide, lacy collar and cuffs, usually worn with a broad sash at the ...
/faw"neuhs/, n. an ancient Italian woodland deity, later identified with Pan. * * * Ancient Italian rural deity, the Roman counterpart of the Greek god Pan. The grandson of ...
/foh rdday"/, n. Gabriel Urbain /gann brddee el" oohrdd baonn"/, 1845-1924, French composer. * * *
Faure, (François-) Félix
born Jan. 30, 1841, Paris, France died Feb. 16, 1899, Paris President of the French Third Republic (1895–99). A successful industrialist in Le Havre, he was elected to the ...
Faure, Edgar
▪ prime minister of France pseudonym  Edgar Sanday   born Aug. 18, 1908, Béziers, Fr. died March 30, 1988, Paris       French lawyer and politician, premier (1952, ...
Faure, Félix
▪ president of France born Jan. 30, 1841, Paris died Feb. 16, 1899, Paris  sixth president of the French Third Republic, whose presidency (Jan. 15, 1895 to Feb. 16, 1899) ...
Fauré, Gabriel
▪ French composer in full  Gabriel-Urbain Fauré  born May 12, 1845, Pamiers, Ariège, France died Nov. 4, 1924, Paris  composer whose refined and gentle music influenced ...
Fauré, Gabriel (-Urbain)
born May 12, 1845, Pamiers, Ariège, Fr. died Nov. 4, 1924, Paris French composer. Born into the minor aristocracy, he enrolled at age nine in a Paris music school, where he ...
Fauré,Gabriel Urbain
Fau·ré (fō-rāʹ), Gabriel Urbain. 1845-1924. French composer chiefly noted for his songs, including the cycle La Bonne Chanson (1891-1892), and for his Requiem (1887). * * *
Fauresmith industry
▪ prehistoric toolmaking       a sub-Saharan African stone-tool industry dating from the early part of the upper Pleistocene, about 75,000 to 100,000 years ago. The ...
Fauriel, Claude
▪ French scholar in full  Claude-Charles Fauriel  born Oct. 21, 1772, Saint-Étienne, Fr. died July 15, 1844, Paris       French scholar and writer who, through his ...
Fauset, Jessie Redmon
born April 27, 1882, Snow Hill, N.J., U.S. died April 30, 1961, Philadelphia, Pa. U.S. novelist, critic, poet, and editor. Fauset studied at Cornell and the University of ...
/fowst/, n. 1. Johann /yoh"hahn/, c1480-c1538, German magician, alchemist, and astrologer. 2. the chief character of a medieval legend, represented as selling his soul to the ...
Faust, Drew Gilpin
▪ 2008 Catharine Drew Gilpin Faust  born Sept. 18, 1947, New York, N.Y.  In July 2007 historian Drew Gilpin Faust became the 28th president of Harvard University since its ...
/fow"stee euhn/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Faust: a Faustian novel. 2. sacrificing spiritual values for power, knowledge, or material gain: a Faustian pact ...
Faustina, Annia Galeria
▪ Roman patrician byname  Faustina the Younger   born c. AD 130 died 175, Halala, near Tyana, Cappadocia [present-day Kemerhisar, Tur.]  cousin and wife of the Roman ...
/fow"steuhs, faw"-/, n. See Doctor Faustus. * * *
Faustus of Riez, Saint
▪ French bishop born c. 400, Roman Britain died c. 490, ; feast day in Southern France, September 28       bishop of Riez, Fr., who was one of the chief exponents and ...
faute de mieux
/foht deuh myue"/, French. for lack of something better. [1760-70] * * *
fautede mieux
faute de mieux (fōt də myœʹ) adv. For lack of something better.   [French : faute, lack + de, of + mieux, better.] * * *
/foh"til/; Fr. /foh tue"yeu/, n., pl. fauteuils /-tilz/; Fr. /-tue"yeu/. Fr. Furniture. an upholstered armchair, esp. one with open sides. Cf. bergère. [1735-45; < F; OF ...
—Fauvism, n. —Fauvist, n. /fohv/, n. (sometimes l.c.) any of a group of French artists of the early 20th century whose works are characterized chiefly by the use of vivid ...
Fauvet, Jacques-Jules-Pierre-Constant
▪ 2003       French journalist (b. June 9, 1914, Paris, France—d. June 1, 2002, Paris), was a driving force at Le Monde, one of France's most influential and respected ...
fauvism [fō′viz΄əm] n. 〚Fr fauvisme < fauve, wild beast, orig. adj., fawn-colored, dun < OFr < Frank * falw < Gmc * falwa, FALLOW2〛 [often F-] a French expressionist ...
See fauvism. * * *
/foh/, adj. artificial or imitation; fake: a brooch with faux pearls. [1670-80; < F; OF fals < L falsus FALSE] * * *
faux pas
/foh pah"/, pl. faux pas /foh pahz"/; Fr. /foh pah"/. a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion. [1670-80; < F: lit., ...
/foh"nah eef"/, adj. 1. marked by a pretense of simplicity or innocence; disingenuous. n. 2. a person who shrewdly affects an attitude or pose of simplicity or ...
/foh"beuhr don'/; Fr. /foh boohrdd dawonn"/, n. 1. Music. a 15th-century compositional technique employing three voices, the upper and lower voices progressing an octave or a ...
faux pas (fō päʹ) n. pl. faux pas (fō päzʹ) A social blunder.   [French : faux, false + pas, step.] * * *
fava bean
/fah"veuh/ 1. a plant, Vicia faba, native to the Old World, bearing large pods containing edible seeds. 2. the seed or pod of this plant. Also called broad bean, horse ...
fa·va bean (fäʹvə) n. See broad bean.   [Italian fava, from Latin faba, broad bean. See bha-bhā-. * * *
Favaloro, Rene Geronimo
▪ 2001       Argentine heart surgeon (b. July 14, 1923, La Plata, Arg.—d. July 29, 2000, Buenos Aires, Arg.), performed the first documented coronary bypass operation ...
▪ Italy       town, south central Sicily, Italy, just east of Agrigento city. The name of the town is believed to be of Arabic origin. It is the site of a late ...
Favart, Charles-Simon
▪ French dramatist born Nov. 13, 1710, Paris died May 12, 1792, Belleville, Fr.  French dramatist and theatre director who was one of the creators of the opéra ...
/fayv/, n., adj. Slang. favorite. [by shortening] * * *
/feuh vel"euh/; Port. /fah ve"lah/, n. a shantytown in or near a city, esp. in Brazil; slum area. [1945-50; < Brazilian Pg: alleged to be a name given to a hill in the vicinity ...
/fah'veuh lah"doh, feuh vel ah"-/; Port. /fah've lah"doo/, n., pl. favelados /-dohz/; Port. /-doos/. a person who lives in a favela. [1960-65; < Brazilian Pg, equiv. to favel(a) ...
/feuh vel"euh/, n., pl. favellae /-vel"ee/. (in certain red algae) a cystocarp covered by a gelatinous envelope. [1855-60; < NL, equiv. to L fav(us) honeycomb + -ella -ELLE] * * *
/fav'euh lid"ee euhm/, n., pl. favellidia /-lid"ee euh/. (in certain red algae) a cystocarp wholly or partly immersed in a frond. [1855-60; < NL; see FAVELLA, -IDIUM] * * *
/feuh vee"euh layt', -lit/, adj. honeycombed; alveolate; pitted. [1865-70; FAVEOL(US) + -ATE1] * * *
/feuh vee"euh leuhs/, n., pl. faveoli /-luy'/. a small pit or cavity resembling a cell of a honeycomb; alveola. [1880-85; < NL, equiv. to L fav(us) honeycomb + (alv)eolus little ...
▪ England, United Kingdom       town (parish), Swale district, administrative and historic county of Kent, southeastern England. Faversham grew first as a port on the ...
/fah"viz euhm/, n. Pathol. acute hemolytic anemia caused by ingestion or inhalation of fava bean pollen. [1900-05; < It favismo, equiv. to fav(a) bean + -ismo -ISM] * * * ▪ ...
/feuh voh"nee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the west wind. 2. mild or favorable; propitious. [1650-60; < L Favonianus. See FAVONIUS, -AN. Cf. FOEHN] * * *
/feuh voh"nee euhs/, n. the ancient Roman personification of the west wind. Cf. Zephyrus. * * *
—favorer, n. /fay"veuhr/, n. 1. something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act: to ask a favor. 2. friendly or ...
—favorableness, n. —favorably, adv. /fay"veuhr euh beuhl, fayv"reuh-/, adj. 1. characterized by approval or support; positive: a favorable report. 2. creating or winning ...
See favorable. * * *
See favorableness. * * *
/fay"veuhr euhns, fayv"reuhns/, n. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. 1. a liking or preference: My family always had a favorance for farming. 2. family resemblance: There's ...
—favoredly, adv. —favoredness, n. /fay"veuhrd/, adj. 1. regarded or treated with preference or partiality: Her beauty made her the favored child. 2. enjoying special ...
See favor. * * *
See favorer. * * *
▪ Roman philosopher and orator flourished 2nd century       Skeptical philosopher and rhetorician of the Roman Empire who was highly esteemed for his learning and ...
/fay"veuhr it, fayv"rit/, n. 1. a person or thing regarded with special favor or preference: That song is an old favorite of mine. 2. Sports. a competitor considered likely to ...
favorite son
U.S. Politics. (at a national political convention) a candidate nominated for office by delegates from his or her own state. [1780-90, Amer.] * * *
favorite son n. 1. A man favored for nomination as a presidential candidate by his own state delegates at a national political convention. 2. A famous man viewed proudly by his ...
/fay"veuhr i tiz'euhm, fayv"ri-/, n. 1. the favoring of one person or group over others with equal claims; partiality: to show favoritism toward the youngest child. 2. the state ...
Favors, Malachi Maghostut
▪ 2005       American jazz bassist (b. Aug. 22, 1927, Lexington, Miss.—d. Jan. 30, 2004, Chicago, Ill.), was devoted to a rich, pure, unamplified sound as he played ...
/fav"euh suyt'/, n. any of numerous corals of the extinct genus Favosites, most common during the Silurian and Devonian periods, having polygonal cells with rows of pores in the ...
▪ fossil genus  extinct genus of corals found as fossils in marine rocks from the Ordovician to the Permian periods (between 488 million and 251 million years old). Favosites ...
/fay"veuhr/, n., v.t. Chiefly Brit. favor. Usage. See -or1. * * *
➡ racing * * *
Favre, Brett
▪ American football player born Oct. 10, 1969, Gulfport, Miss., U.S.    American professional gridiron football (football, gridiron) player who broke all the major National ...
Favre, Brett Lorenzo
▪ 1998       On Jan. 26, 1997, American professional football player Brett Favre proved himself leader of the pack as he guided the National Football League's (NFL's) ...
Favre, Jules
▪ French politician born March 21, 1809, Lyon died Jan. 19, 1880, Versailles, Fr.  a resolute French opponent of Napoleon III and a negotiator of the Treaty of Frankfurt ...
Favrile Glass
/feuhv reel"/, Trademark. a brand of iridescent art glass, introduced by L. C. Tiffany c1890 and used by him for blown vases, flower holders, etc. * * *
/fay"veuhs/, n., pl. favuses for 1, favi /fay"vuy/ for 2. 1. Pathol. a skin disease, esp. of the scalp, characterized by dry yellow encrustations that have an unpleasant odor, ...
▪ Islam Arabic“prefatory ones”also called  ḥawāmīm (the letters ḥā and mīm) , or  ḥurūf al-muqaṭṭaʿah (Arabic: the “detached ...
Fawcett, Dame Millicent Garrett
▪ British suffragist née  Garrett  born June 11, 1847, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, Eng. died Aug. 5, 1929, London  leader for 50 years of the movement for woman suffrage in ...
▪ Mughal official       in India, under the Mughals, an executive head of a district (sarkar). The fawjdār was responsible for law and order, held police powers and ...
/fawks/, n. Guy, 1570-1606, English conspirator and leader in the Gunpowder plot of 1605: Guy Fawkes Day is observed on November 5 by the building of effigies and bonfires. * * *
Fawkes, Guy
born 1570, York, Eng. died Jan. 31, 1606, London British conspirator. A convert to Roman Catholicism and a religious zealot, Fawkes joined the Spanish army in the Netherlands ...
Fawkes (fôks), Guy. 1570-1606. English conspirator executed for his role in the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to kill James I and blow up Parliament on November 5, 1605, to avenge ...
Fawlty Towers
a British comedy television series made in the 1970s and still regularly repeated. The programmes are set in a hotel called Fawlty Towers, where things are always going wrong. ...
fawn1 —fawnlike, adj. /fawn/, n. 1. a young deer, esp. an unweaned one. 2. a light yellowish-brown color. adj. 3. light yellowish-brown. v.i. 4. (of a doe) to bring forth ...
fawn lily
any of several lilies of the genus Erythronium, of western North America, as E. californicum, having mottled leaves and cream-white flowers. [1890-95] * * *
See fawn1. * * *
See fawner. * * *
fawn lily n. Any of several North American lilies of the genus Erythronium, especially E. californicum of western North America, having nodding, usually yellow flowers and often ...
/faw"nee/, adj., fawnier, fawniest of a color like fawn. [1840-50; FAWN1 + -Y1] * * *
/faks/, Telecommunications. n. 1. facsimile (def. 2). adj. 2. facsimile (def. 5). v.t. 3. to transmit a facsimile of (printed matter, photographs, or the like) electronically: ...
fax modem
a modem that can fax data, as documents or pictures, directly from a computer. [1985-90] * * *
Faxa Bay
/fahk"seuh/ an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean on the SW coast of Iceland. * * * Inlet of the northern Atlantic Ocean, southwestern coast of Iceland. At 30 mi (50 km) deep and 50 ...
or Fa-hsien orig. Sehi flourished 399–414 Chinese Buddhist monk who initiated relations with India. Eager to learn of his religion at its source, he traveled to India in 402 ...
fax machine n. A device that sends and receives printed pages or images over telephone lines by converting them to and from electronic signals. * * *
fax modem n. A modem that sends and receives fax transmissions. * * *
fay1 /fay/, n. a fairy. [1350-1400; ME faie, fei < MF feie, fee
/fay/, n. a female given name, form of Faith. Also, Faye. * * * (as used in expressions) Lucille Fay LeSueur Du Fay Morgan le Fay * * *
Fay Weldon
➡ Weldon * * *
Fay, Sidney Bradshaw
▪ American historian born April 13, 1876, Washington, D.C., U.S. died Aug. 29, 1967, Lexington, Mass.       U.S. historian known primarily for his classical ...
▪ Chad formerly  Largeau         oasis town located in northern Chad, north central Africa. It lies in the Sahara at the northern tip of the Bodele depression, 490 ...
/fah yahl"/, n. Faial. * * *
/fay"euh luyt', fuy ah"luyt/, n. Mineral. the iron end member of the olivine group, Fe2SiO4. [1835-45; named after FAYAL; see -ITE1] * * *       iron-rich silicate ...
In Islamic philosophy, the emanation of created things from God. The term is not used in the Qurān, but Muslim philosophers such as al-Fārābī and Avicenna borrowed the ...
Faye, Alice
▪ 1999       American singer and actress who from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s made 32 films, among them In Old Chicago, Alexander's Ragtime Band, and Hello, Frisco, ...
Fayed, Emad Mohamed al-
▪ 1998       Egyptian-born producer of motion pictures, including The World According to Garp and the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire, and playboy son of ...
Fayed, Mohamed al-
▪ 1998       Although frustrated in his efforts to be accepted as a British citizen, Egyptian-born billionaire Mohamed al-Fayed continued to play an influential—and ...
▪ county, Pennsylvania, United States       county, southwestern Pennsylvania, U.S., bounded to the north by Jacobs Creek; to the east by Laurel Hill, the Youghiogheny ...
/fay"it vil'/, n. 1. a city in S North Carolina. 59,507. 2. a city in NW Arkansas. 36,604. * * * ▪ Arkansas, United States  city, seat of Washington county, northwestern ...
▪ island, Kuwait       island of Kuwait, lying in the Persian Gulf near the entrance to Kuwait Bay; it has an area of 15 square miles (39 square km). Inhabited since ...
Fayrfax, Robert
▪ English composer born April 23, 1464, Deeping Gate, Lincolnshire, Eng. died Oct. 24, 1521, St. Albans, Hertfordshire       foremost among the early English Tudor ...
(as used in expressions) Saud ibn Abd al Aziz al Faysal Al Saud Faysal I Abd al Aziz ibn Abd al Rahman ibn Faysal Al * * * ▪ king of Saudi Arabia in full  Fayṣal ibn ʿAbd ...
Fayṣal I
born May 20, 1885, Mecca, Hejaz, Arabian Peninsula died Sept. 8, 1933, Bern, Switz. Arab statesman and king of Iraq (1921–33). Son of Sharif Husayn ibn Alī, he helped his ...
Fayṣal II
▪ king of Iraq in full  Fayṣal ibn Ghāzī ibn Fayṣal Āl Hāshim , Fayṣal also spelled  Faiṣal  or  Feiṣal  born May 2, 1935, Baghdad, Iraq died July 14, ...
/fuy yoohm"/, n., adj. Faiyum. * * *
Fayum portrait
▪ Egyptian art       any of the funerary portraits dating from the Roman period (1st to the 4th century) found in Egyptian tombs throughout Egypt but particularly at the ...
Fayyūm, Al-
▪ Egypt Fayyūm also spelled  Faiyum, or Fayum,  formerly  Madīnat al-Fayyūm,         capital of Al-Fayyūm (Fayyūm, Al-) muḥāfaẓah (governorate), Egypt. ...
Fazal Mahmood
▪ 2006  Pakistani cricketer (b. Feb. 18, 1927, Lahore, India—d. May 30, 2005, Lahore, Pak.), was a right-arm fast-medium bowler who played in 34 Test matches for Pakistan ...

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