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Ferrer, José
▪ American actor in full  José Vincente Ferrer de Otero y Cintron   born January 8, 1912, Santurce, Puerto Rico died January 26, 1992, Coral Gables, Florida, ...
Ferrer, Mel
▪ 2009 Melchor Gaston Ferrer        American actor, producer, and director born Aug. 25, 1917, Elberon, N.J. died June 2, 2008, Santa Barbara, Calif. was a successful ...
Ferreri, Marco
▪ 1998       Italian director whose bizarre, outrageous, and satiric motion pictures expressed his bleak and derisive view of society; in his best-known film, La Grande ...
/ferdd rdde"rddaw/, n. Guglielmo /gooh lyel"maw/, 1871-1942, Italian historian and sociologist. * * *
ferret1 —ferreter, n. —ferrety, adj. /fer"it/, n. 1. a domesticated, usually red-eyed, and albinic variety of the polecat, used in Europe for driving rabbits and rats from ...
ferret badger
any of several small omnivores of the genus Melogale, of southern and eastern Asia, having a bushy tail and distinctive white or yellow markings on a black face. * * *
See ferret1. * * *
See ferreter. * * *
Ferri, Ciro
▪ Italian painter born 1634, Rome, Papal States [Italy] died Sept. 13, 1689, Rome  Italian Baroque painter and printmaker of the Roman school who was the chief pupil and ...
a combining form with the meanings "iron," "ferric," used in the formation of compound words: ferriferous; ferricyanide. Also, ferro-. [ < L, comb. form of ferrum iron] * * *
/fer"ee ij/, n. 1. conveyance or transportation by a ferryboat. 2. the fare charged for ferrying. [1400-50; late ME; see FERRY, -AGE] * * *
/fer"ik/, adj. Chem. of or containing iron, esp. in the trivalent state. [1790-1800; < L ferr(um) iron + -IC] * * *
ferric ammonium oxalate
Chem. a green, crystalline, water-soluble, synthetically produced powder, (NH4)3Fe(C2O4)3·3H2O, used chiefly in the manufacture of blueprint paper. Also called ammonioferric ...
ferric chloride
Chem. a compound that in its anhydrous form, FeCl3, occurs as a black-brown, water-soluble solid; in its hydrated form, FeCl3·xH2O, it occurs in orange-yellow, deliquescent ...
ferric oxide
Chem. a dark-red, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, Fe2O3, occurring naturally, as hematite and rust, or synthesized: used chiefly as a pigment, as a mordant, as a coating for ...
ferric sodium oxalate
Chem. an emerald-green, crystalline, extremely water-soluble salt, used in photography and blueprinting. Also called iron sodium oxalate. * * *
ferricammonium citrate
ferric ammonium citrate n. An iron-containing salt, Fe(NH4)3(C6H5O7)2, used in the treatment of some forms of anemia. * * *
ferric chloride n. A salt, FeCl3, used medicinally as an astringent and a hematinic and industrially as a coagulent. * * *
ferric oxide n. A dark red compound, Fe2O3, occurring naturally as hematite ore and rust and used in pigments and metal polishes and on magnetic tapes. * * *
▪ geology       iron-rich duricrust, an indurated, or hardened, layer in or on a soil. Soil particles are cemented together by iron oxides (such as Fe2O3) precipitated ...
ferricyanic acid
/fer"uy suy an"ik, fer"ee-/, Chem. a brown, crystalline, unstable, water-soluble solid, H3Fe(CN)6, obtained by the interaction of a ferricyanide and an acid. [1850-55; FERRI- + ...
/fer'uy suy"euh nuyd', fer'ee-/, n. Chem. a salt of ferricyanic acid, as potassium ferricyanide, K3Fe(CN)6. [1865-70; FERRI- + CYANIDE] * * *
Ferrié, Gustave-Auguste
▪ French scientist and military officer born Nov. 19, 1868, St. Michel-de-Maurienne, Savoie, Fr. died Feb. 16, 1932, Paris       French scientist and army general who ...
(1912–53) an English singer who performed the leading roles in many operas. She was best known for singing classical song cycles (= sets of songs) and English folk songs. * * *
Ferrier, James Frederick
▪ Scottish philosopher born June 16, 1808, Edinburgh, Scot. died June 11, 1864, St. Andrews       Scottish metaphysician distinguished for his theory of agnoiology, or ...
Ferrier, Kathleen
▪ British singer born April 22, 1912, Higher Walton, Lancashire, Eng. died Oct. 8, 1953, London  contralto who was one of the most widely beloved British singers of her ...
Ferrier, Susan Edmonstone
▪ Scottish author born Sept. 7, 1782, Edinburgh, Scot. died Nov. 5, 1854, Edinburgh       novelist who made an incisive exposé of the pretensions of Scottish society ...
▪ mineral       hydrated aluminosilicate mineral, one of the members of the zeolite family present in sedimentary rocks. The chemical composition of ferrierite is ...
/feuh rif"euhr euhs/, adj. producing or yielding iron: ferriferous rock. [1805-15; FERRI- + -FEROUS] * * *
/fer'uy hee"meuh gloh'bin, -hem"euh-, fer'ee-/, n. Biochem. methemoglobin. [FERRI- + HEMOGLOBIN] * * *
/fer'uy mag net"ik, fer'ee-/, adj. Physics. noting or pertaining to a substance, as a ferrite, in which the magnetic moments of some neighboring atoms point in opposite ...
Type of permanent magnetism that occurs in solids, in which the magnetic fields associated with individual atoms spontaneously align themselves, some parallel (as in ...
Ferris State University
▪ university, Big Rapids, Michigan, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Big Rapids, Mich., U.S. An “applied polytechnic ...
Ferris wheel
/fer"is/ an amusement ride consisting of a large upright wheel rotating on a fixed stand and having seats around its rim suspended freely so that they remain right side up as ...
Fer·ris wheel also fer·ris wheel (fĕrʹĭs) n. An amusement ride consisting of a large upright rotating wheel having suspended seats that remain in a horizontal position as ...
/fer"uyt/, n. 1. Chem. a compound, as NaFeO2, formed when ferric oxide is combined with a more basic metallic oxide. 2. Metall. the pure iron constituent of ferrous metals, as ...
ferrite core n. A magnetic core used in a computer core memory. * * *
/fer"i tn/, n. Biochem. an amber-colored, crystalline protein, found in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow, that consists of apoferritin combined with a ferric hydroxide-ferric ...
▪ Canary Islands, Spain Spanish  El Hierro         island, Santa Cruz de Tenerife provincia (province), in the Canary Islands comunidad autónoma (autonomous ...
Ferro, Scipione
▪ Italian mathematician also called  Dal Ferro   born 1465, Bologna died 1526, Bologna, Papal States       Italian mathematician who is believed to have found a ...
var. of ferri-: ferroconcrete. In chemical terminology, the meanings of ferri- and ferro- are specialized to correspond to ferric and ferrous. [ < L ferr(um) iron + -O-] * * *
/fer'oh al"oy, -euh loy"/, n. an alloy of iron with some element other than carbon, used to introduce the element in the manufacture of steel. [1900-05; FERRO- + ALLOY] * * ...
/fer'oh euh looh"meuh neuhm/, n. a ferroalloy containing up to 80 percent aluminum. [1885-90; FERRO- + ALUMINUM] * * *
/fer'oh si ment"/, adj. 1. (of a boat hull) constructed of mortar troweled over a wire mesh that has been preshaped over a mold. 2. (of a boat) having such a hull. [FERRO- + ...
/fer"euh seen'/, n. Chem. 1. Also called dicyclopentadienyliron. an orange, crystalline, water-insoluble coordination compound, (C5H5)2Fe, having a camphorlike odor: used chiefly ...
/fer'oh sear"ee euhm/, n. an alloy of 65 percent misch metal and 35 percent iron, used in flints for cigarette lighters. [ < NL; see FERRO-, CERIUM] * * *
/fer'oh kroh"mee euhm/, n. a ferroalloy containing up to 70 percent chromium. Also, ferrochrome /fer"euh krohm'/. [1875-80; FERRO- + CHROMIUM] * * * ▪ alloy       alloy ...
/fer'oh kon"kreet, -kong"-, -kon kreet", -kong-/, n. See reinforced concrete. [1895-1900; FERRO- + CONCRETE] * * *
ferrocyanic acid
/fer"oh suy an"ik, fer'-/, Chem. a white, crystalline, unstable, water-soluble solid, H4Fe(CN)6, obtained by the interaction of a ferrocyanide and an acid. [1810-20; FERRO- + ...
/fer'oh suy"euh nuyd', -nid/, n. Chem. a salt of ferrocyanic acid, as potassium ferrocyanide, K4Fe(CN)6. [1835-45; FERRO- + CYANIDE] * * *
—ferroelectrically, adv. —ferroelectricity /fer'oh i lek tris"i tee, -ee'lek-/, n. /fer'oh i lek"trik/, Physics. adj. 1. pertaining to a substance that possesses spontaneous ...
See ferroelectric. * * * ▪ physics       property of certain nonconducting crystals, or dielectrics, that exhibit spontaneous electric polarization (separation of the ...
Sp. /ferdd rddawl"/, n. See El Ferrol. * * * ▪ Spain Spanish  El Ferrol        port city, A Coruña (Coruña, A) provincia (province), in the northern section of the ...
/fer'oh mag nee"zheuhn, -sheuhn/, adj. Mineral. (of minerals and rocks) containing iron and magnesium. [1900-05; FERRO- + MAGNESIAN] * * *
/fer'oh mag"nit/, n. Physics. a ferromagnetic substance. [1940-45; FERRO- + MAGNET] * * *
—ferromagnetism /fer'oh mag"ni tiz'euhm/, n. /fer'oh mag net"ik/, adj. Physics. noting or pertaining to a substance, as iron, that below a certain temperature, the Curie point, ...
See ferromagnetic. * * * Physical phenomenon in which certain electrically uncharged materials strongly attract others. It is associated with iron, cobalt, nickel, and some ...
/fer'oh mang"geuh nees', -neez'/, n. a ferroalloy containing up to 90 percent manganese. [1880-85; FERRO- + MANGANESE] * * *
/fer'oh meuh lib"deuh neuhm, -mol'ib dee"-/, n. a ferroalloy containing up to 60 percent molybdenum. [1900-05; FERRO- + MOLYBDENUM] * * *
/fer'oh nik"euhl/, n. a ferroalloy containing up to 45 percent nickel. [FERRO- + NICKEL] * * *
/fer'oh sil"i keuhn, -kon'/, n. a ferroalloy containing up to 95 percent silicon. [1880-85; FERRO- + SILICON] * * *
      silicate mineral belonging to the orthopyroxene (q.v.) series. * * *
/fer'oh tuy tay"nee euhm, -ti-/, n. a ferroalloy containing up to 45 percent titanium. [1890-95; FERRO- + TITANIUM] * * *
/fer'oh tung"steuhn/, n. a ferroalloy containing up to 80 percent tungsten. [1880-85; FERRO- + TUNGSTEN] * * *
/fer"euh tuyp'/, v., ferrotyped, ferrotyping, n. Photog. v.t. 1. to put a glossy surface on (a print) by pressing, while wet, on a metal sheet (ferrotype tin). n. 2. Also called ...
/fer"euhs/, adj. Chem. of or containing iron, esp. in the bivalent state. [1860-65; < L ferr(um) iron + -OUS] * * *
ferrous oxide
Chem. a black powder, FeO, insoluble in water, soluble in acid. Also called iron monoxide. [1870-75] * * *
ferrous sulfate
Chem., Pharm. a bluish-green, crystalline, saline-tasting, water-soluble heptahydrated solid, FeSO4·7H2O, used chiefly in the manufacture of other iron salts, in water ...
ferrous sulfide
Chem. a dark or black metallic crystalline compound, FeS, insoluble in water, soluble in acids, used in ceramics and to generate hydrogen sulfide. * * *
ferrous oxide n. A black powder, FeO, used in the manufacture of steel, green heat-absorbing glass, and enamels. * * *
ferrous sulfate n. A greenish crystalline compound, FeSO4·7H2O, used as a pigment, fertilizer, and feed additive, in sewage and water treatment, and as a medicine in the ...
ferrous sulfide n. A black to brown sulfide of iron, FeS, used in making hydrogen sulfide. * * *
/fer'oh veuh nay"dee euhm/, n. a ferroalloy containing up to 55 percent vanadium. [1900-05; FERRO- + VANADIUM] * * *
Ferrovie dello Stato
▪ Italian railway English  State Railways        largest railway system of Italy. FS operates lines on the mainland and also on the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, ...
/fer'oh zeuhr koh"nee euhm/, n. a ferroalloy containing up to 40 percent zirconium. [FERRO- + ZIRCONIUM] * * *
Ferruccio, Francesco
▪ Italian military leader Ferruccio also spelled  Ferrucci  born August 14, 1489, Florence [Italy] died August 3, 1530, Gavinana, near Pistoia, republic of ...
/feuh rooh"jeuh neuhs/, adj. 1. Geol. iron-bearing: ferruginous clays. 2. of the color of iron rust. [1655-65; < L ferruginus rust-colored, deriv. of ferrugin-, s. of ferrugo ...
/fer"euhl, -oohl/, n., v., ferruled, ferruling. n. 1. a ring or cap, usually of metal, put around the end of a post, cane, or the like, to prevent splitting. 2. a short metal ...
/fer"ee/, n., pl. ferries, v., ferried, ferrying. n. 1. a commercial service with terminals and boats for transporting persons, automobiles, etc., across a river or other ...
ferry bridge
Civ. Engin. See transporter bridge. [1870-75] * * *
Ferry, Jules
▪ French statesman born April 5, 1832, Saint-Dié, France died March 17, 1893, Paris  French statesman of the early Third Republic, notable both for his anticlerical ...
Ferry, Jules (-François-Camille)
born April 5, 1832, Saint-Dié, France died March 17, 1893, Paris French politician. He held a number of offices in the early Third Republic, including mayor of Paris (1870) ...
/fer"ee boht'/, n. a boat used to transport passengers, vehicles, etc., across a river or the like. [1400-50; late ME feryboot. See FERRY, BOAT] * * *
▪ Newfoundland, Canada       village, southeastern Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It lies on the eastern side of the Avalon Peninsula, about 40 miles ...
/fer"ee meuhn/, n., pl. ferrymen. a person who owns or operates a ferry. [1425-75; late ME feryman. See FERRY, MAN1] * * *
Fersen, Fredrik Axel von
▪ Swedish politician born April 5, 1719, Stockholm, Sweden died April 24, 1794, Stockholm  soldier and politician who led Sweden's Hat Party during the 18th-century Age of ...
Fersen, Hans Axel von
▪ Swedish politician born Sept. 4, 1755, Stockholm, Sweden died June 20, 1810, Stockholm  Swedish-French soldier, diplomat, and statesman who was active in ...
Fert, Albert
▪ French scientist born March 7, 1938, Carcassonne, France       French scientist who, with Peter Grünberg (Grünberg, Peter), received the 2007 Nobel Prize for ...
—fertilely, adv. —fertileness, n. /ferr"tl/ or, esp. Brit., /-tuyl/, adj. 1. bearing, producing, or capable of producing vegetation, crops, etc., abundantly; prolific: ...
Fertile Crescent
1. an agricultural region extending from the Levant to Iraq. 2. an area in the Middle and Near East: formerly fertile, now partly desert. * * * Region, Middle East. The term ...
fertile material
fertile material n. material which can be converted into a fissile material by a neutron-induced nuclear reaction, as uranium-238 or thorium-232 * * *
Fer·tile Crescent (fŭrʹtl) A region of the Middle East arching across the northern part of the Syrian Desert and extending from the Nile Valley to the Tigris and Euphrates ...
See fertile. * * *
See fertilely. * * *
/feuhr til"i tee/, n. 1. the state or quality of being fertile. 2. Biol. the ability to produce offspring; power of reproduction: the amazing fertility of rabbits. 3. the ...
fertility cult
1. a religious cult devoted to the enhancement of the fertility of persons, plants, or animals, by means of rituals often associated with a particular deity. 2. the body of ...
fertility drug
Pharm. a substance that enhances the ability to produce young. Also called fertility pill. [1965-70] * * *
fertility factor n. See sex factor. * * *
See fertilize. * * *
—fertilizational, adj. /ferr'tl euh zay"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act, process, or instance of fertilizing. 2. the state of being fertilized. 3. Biol. a. the union of male and female ...
See fertilization. * * *
—fertilizable, adj. —fertilizability, n. /ferr"tl uyz'/, v.t., fertilized, fertilizing. 1. Biol. a. to render (the female gamete) capable of development by uniting it with ...
/ferr"tl uy'zeuhr/, n. 1. any substance used to fertilize the soil, esp. a commercial or chemical manure. 2. a person, insect, etc., that fertilizes an animal or plant: Bees are ...
/feuhr til"euh zin/, n. Biochem. See jelly coat. [1919; FERTILIZE + -IN2] * * *
▪ Hungary formerly  Eszterháza,         town, Győr-Moson-Sopron megye (county), western Hungary. It lies near the south end of Fertő (German: Neusiedler) Lake on ...
/fer"oo leuh, fer"yoo-/, n., pl. ferulas, ferulae /-lee'/. 1. Bot. any of various plants belonging to the genus Ferula, of the parsley family, chiefly of the Mediterranean region ...
ferule1 /fer"euhl, -oohl/, n., v., feruled, feruling. n. 1. Also, ferula. a rod, cane, or flat piece of wood for punishing children, esp. by striking them on the hand. v.t. 2. to ...
ferulic acid
/feuh rooh"lik/, Chem. a compound, C10H10O4, found in small amounts in lants, that occurs in two isomers, one a yellow oily liquid and the other crystalline. [1875-80; FERUL(A) + ...
fe·ru·lic acid (fə-ro͞oʹlĭk) n. A compound, C10H10O4, related to vanillin and obtained from certain plants.   [From New Latin Ferula, plant genus, from Latin ferula, ...
(in prescriptions) boiling. [ < L fervens] * * *
/ferr"veuhn see/, n. warmth or intensity of feeling; ardor; zeal; fervor. [1375-1425; late ME < LL ferventia (see FERVENT, -ENCY); r. fervence < MF < L ferventia] * * *
—fervently, adv. —ferventness, n. /ferr"veuhnt/, adj. 1. having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent: a fervent admirer; a ...
See fervent. * * *
See fervently. * * *
—fervidity, n. —fervidly, adv. /ferr"vid/, adj. 1. heated or vehement in spirit, enthusiasm, etc.: a fervid orator. 2. burning; glowing; intensely hot. [1590-1600; < L ...
See fervid. * * *
See fervidly. * * *
/ferr"vi dawr'/; Fr. /ferdd vee dawrdd"/, n. Thermidor. [ < F, appar. b. ferv(eur) FERVOR and (therm)idor THERMIDOR] * * *
/ferr"veuhr/, n. 1. great warmth and earnestness of feeling: to speak with great fervor. 2. intense heat. Also, esp. Brit., fervour. [1350-1400; ME fervo(u)r < AF < L fervor heat ...
fer·vour (fûrʹvər) n. Chiefly British Variant of fervor. * * *
Fès [fes] var. of FEZ * * * Fès (fĕs) See Fez. * * * or Fez Arabic Fās City (pop., 1994: 541,162), northern Morocco. The oldest of Morocco's four imperial cities, it ...
/fes"euh nuyn', -nin/, adj. scurrilous; licentious; obscene: fescennine mockery. [1595-1605; < L Fescenninus of, belonging to Fescennia, a town in Etruria noted for jesting and ...
Fescennine verse
Latin  Fescennini versus , also called  carmina Fescennina         early native Italian jocular dialogue in Latin verse. At vintage and harvest, and probably at other ...
Fesch, Joseph
▪ French cardinal born Jan. 3, 1763, Ajaccio, Corsica [now in France] died May 13, 1839, Rome, Papal States [Italy]  French cardinal who was Napoleon's (Napoleon I) ...
/fes"kyooh/, n. 1. Also called fescue grass. any grass of the genus Festuca, some species of which are cultivated for pasture or lawns. 2. a pointer, as a straw or slender stick, ...
fescue foot
Vet. Pathol. a disease of the feet of cattle associated with feeding on certain fungus-infested fescue grasses, characterized by lameness and sometimes leading to ...
fess1 /fes/, n. Heraldry. an ordinary in the form of a broad horizontal band across the middle of an escutcheon. Also, fesse. [1350-1400; ME fesse < AF
fess point
Heraldry. the central point of an escutcheon. Also called heart point. [1555-65] * * *
fess up
☆ fess up or 'fess up [fes ] vi. 〚aphetic for CONFESS〛 Informal to admit or acknowledge something; confess * * *
fesse (fĕs) n. Heraldry Variant of fess1. * * *
/fes"euhn deuhn/, n. William Pitt, 1806-69, U.S. statesman. * * *
Fessenden, Reginald Aubrey
▪ American scientist born Oct. 6, 1866, Milton, Que., Can. died July 22, 1932, Hamilton, Bermuda       Canadian-American radio pioneer who broadcast the first program ...
Fessenden, William Pitt
born Oct. 16, 1806, Boscawen, N.H., U.S. died Sept. 8, 1869, Portland, Maine U.S. politician. He practiced law in Maine before serving in the U.S. House of Representatives ...
fess point n. Heraldry The center point of an escutcheon. * * *
fest (fĕst) n. A gathering or occasion characterized by a specified activity. Often used in combination: a music fest; a chilifest.   [From German Fest, festival, from Middle ...
/fes"teuh/, n. a feast, festival, or holiday. [1810-20; < It < L: holiday, pl. of FESTUM. See -FEST] * * *
—festally, adv. /fes"tl/, adj. pertaining to or befitting a feast, festival, holiday, or gala occasion. [1470-80; < L fest(um) FEAST + -AL1] * * *
See festal. * * *
/fes"teuhr/, v.i. 1. to form pus; generate purulent matter; suppurate. 2. to cause ulceration, as a foreign body in the flesh. 3. to putrefy or rot. 4. to rankle, as a feeling of ...
festina lente
/fes tee"nah len"te/; Eng. /fe stuy"neuh len"tee, fe stee"neuh len"tay/, Latin. make haste slowly. * * *
—festinately, adv. v. /fes"teuh nayt'/; adj. /fes"teuh nayt', -nit/, v., festinated, festinating, adj. v.t., v.i. 1. to hurry; hasten. adj. 2. hurried. [1595-1605; < L ...
See festinate. * * *
/fes'teuh nay"sheuhn/, n. Pathol. a gait marked by an involuntary hurrying in walking, observed in certain nerve diseases. [1530-40; < L festination- (s. of festinatio) a ...
/fes"teuh veuhl/, n. 1. a day or time of religious or other celebration, marked by feasting, ceremonies, or other observances: the festival of Christmas; a Roman festival. 2. a ...
Festival Hall
➡ Royal Festival Hall. * * *
Festival of Britain
an event consisting of exhibitions and celebrations that took place on the South Bank of the Thames in London in 1951. The aim of the festival was to celebrate 100 years since ...
Festival of Fools.
See Feast of Fools. * * *
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
a Christian service that takes place in many British churches just before Christmas. People sing carols and appropriate sections of the Bible are read aloud. * * *
➡ festivals * * *
Many branches of the arts hold festivals each year in towns and cities throughout Britain and the US. Some of the larger festivals last several weeks and include music, drama, ...
—festively, adv. —festiveness, n. /fes"tiv/, adj. 1. pertaining to or suitable for a feast or festival: festive decorations; a festive meal. 2. joyous; merry: a festive ...
See festive. * * *
See festively. * * *
/fe stiv"i tee/, n., pl. festivities. 1. a festive celebration or occasion. 2. festivities, festive events or activities: the festivities of Christmas. 3. festive character or ...
/fe stoohn"/, n. 1. a string or chain of flowers, foliage, ribbon, etc., suspended in a curve between two points. 2. a decorative representation of this, as in architectural work ...
/fe stooh"neuh ree/, n. 1. a decoration of festoons. 2. festoons collectively. [1830-40; FESTOON + -ERY] * * *
/fest"shrift'/, n., pl. festschriften /-shrif'teuhn/, festschrifts. (often cap.) a volume of articles, essays, etc., contributed by many authors in honor of a colleague, usually ...
/fe stooh"keuh, -styooh"-/, n. any grass of the genus Festuca, chiefly characterized by tufted blades and spikelets, comprising the fescues. [ < NL (Linnaeus), L; see FESCUE] * * ...
Festus, Sextus Pompeius
▪ Latin grammarian flourished 3rd century AD, Narbo, Gaul [now Narbonne, France]       Latin grammarian who made an abridgment in 20 books, arranged alphabetically, of ...
1. Banking. federal estate tax. 2. Electronics. field-effect transistor. * * *
Fet, Afanasy Afanasyevich
▪ Russian author Fet also spelled  Foeth , legitimatized name  Afanasy Afanasyevich Shenshin  born Dec. 5 [Nov. 23, Old Style], 1820, Novosyolki, near Mtsensk, Orlov ...
fet- pref. Variant of feto-. * * *
/fet"euh/, n. a soft, white, brine-cured Greek cheese made from sheep's milk or goat's milk. [1935-40; < ModGk, short for tyrì phéta, equiv. to tyrí cheese (Gk tyrós) + ...
feta (cheese)
feta (cheese) or feta [fet′ə] n. 〚< ModGr ( tyri) pheta < tyri, cheese (< Gr tyros) + pheta < It fetta, a slice, ult. < L offa, a morsel, piece〛 a soft, white cheese first ...
/feet"l/, adj. Embryol. of, pertaining to, or having the character of a fetus. Also, foetal. [1805-15; FET(US) + -AL1] * * *
fetal alcohol syndrome
a variable cluster of birth defects that may include facial abnormalities, growth deficiency, mental retardation, and other impairments, caused by the mother's consumption of ...
fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)
Various congenital disorders in a newborn caused by heavy drinking of alcohol by the mother around conception or during pregnancy. The main symptoms are retarded growth, ...
fetal position
a bodily posture resembling that of the fetus in the uterus, in which the body is curled with head and limbs drawn in, sometimes assumed in states of fear or emotional ...
fetalalcohol syndrome
fetal alcohol syndrome n. Abbr. FAS A pattern of birth defects occurring as a result of excessive alcohol consumption by the mother during pregnancy and characterized by growth ...
fetaldistress syndrome
fetal distress syndrome n. An abnormal condition of a fetus during gestation or at the time of delivery, marked by altered heart rate or rhythm and leading to compromised blood ...
fetal hemoglobin n. The predominant form of hemoglobin in a fetus and a newborn. Normally present in small amounts in an adult, it may be abnormally elevated in certain forms of ...
fetal position n. A position of the body at rest in which the spine is curved, the head is bowed forward, and the arms and legs are drawn in toward the chest.   [From its ...
fetaltissue transplant
fetal tissue transplant n. 1. A procedure in which tissue from an aborted fetus is transplanted to the diseased or damaged tissue of a recipient in order to replace or augment ...
fetation [fē tā′shən] n. 1. fetal development 2. pregnancy * * *
fetch1 —fetcher, n. /fech/, v.t. 1. to go and bring back; return with; get: to go up a hill to fetch a pail of water. 2. to cause to come; bring: to fetch a doctor. 3. to sell ...
/fech"id, fetcht/, adj. South Midland U.S. damned: Jim beat up every fetched one of them. [1850-55, Amer.; appar. FETCH + -ED2] * * *
See fetch1. * * *
—fetchingly, adv. /fech"ing/, adj. charming; captivating. [1875-80; FETCH + -ING2] * * *
See fetching. * * *
/fayt, fet/, n., pl. fetes, v., feted, feting. n. 1. a day of celebration; holiday: The Fourth of July is a great American fete. 2. a festive celebration or entertainment: The ...
fête champêtre
/fet shahonn pe"trddeu/, pl. fêtes champêtres /fet shahonn pe"trddeu/. French. an outdoor festival or a garden party. * * * ▪ painting  (French: “rural festival”), in ...
fete day
a festival day. [1810-20] * * *
fête galante
/fet gann lahonnt"/, pl. fêtes galantes /fet gann lahonnt"/. French. 1. See fête champêtre. 2. a representation, in art, of elegantly dressed groups at play in a rural or ...
Fête Nationale du Québec
▪ Canadian holiday French“Quebec National Holiday”also called  Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day        official holiday of Quebec, Canada. Observed on June 24, the holiday ...
/fet'euh ree"teuh/, n. a grain sorghum cultivated for grain and forage. [1910-15; < Sudanese Ar feterita] * * *
▪ Turkey  town, southwestern Turkey. It lies along a sheltered bay in the eastern part of the Gulf of Fethiye on the Mediterranean Sea that is backed by the western Taurus ...
feti- [fēt′ō, fēt′əfēt′i, fēt′ə] combining form fetus [fetiparous]: also prefix combining form feto- [fēt′ō, fēt′ə] * * * feti- pref. Variant of feto-. * ...
/fee"sheuhl/, adj. concerned with declarations of war and treaties of peace: fetial law. [1525-35; < L fetialis pertaining to a fetialis, a member of the Roman college of priests ...
See feticide. * * *
—feticidal, adj. /fee"teuh suyd'/, n. the act of destroying a fetus or causing an abortion. Also, foeticide. [1835-45; FET(US) + -I- + -CIDE] * * *
—fetidly, adv. —fetidness, fetidity, n. /fet"id, fee"tid/, adj. having an offensive odor; stinking. Also, foetid. [1590-1600; < L fetidus, equiv. to fet- (s. of fetere to ...
See fetid. * * *
See fetidly. * * *
/fee tip"euhr euhs/, adj. (of a marsupial) bearing young before they are fully developed. Also, foetiparous. [FET(US) + -I- + -PAROUS] * * *
Fétis, François-Joseph
▪ Belgian music scholar born March 25, 1784, Mons, Austrian Netherlands [now in Belgium] died March 26, 1871, Brussels, Belg.       prolific scholar and pioneer ...
—fetishlike, adj. /fet"ish, fee"tish/, n. 1. an object regarded with awe as being the embodiment or habitation of a potent spirit or as having magical potency. 2. any object, ...
—fetishist, n. —fetishistic, adj. —fetishistically, adv. /fet"i shiz'euhm, fee"ti-/, n. 1. belief in or use of fetishes. 2. Psychiatry. the compulsive use of some object, ...
See fetishism. * * *
See fetishist. * * *
See fetishist. * * *
/fet"i shuyz'/, v.t., fetishized, fetishizing. to make a fetish of. Also, esp. Brit., fetishise. [FETISH + -IZE] * * *
Fetisov, Vyacheslav
▪ Russian hockey player born April 20, 1958, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R.       Russian hockey player who was regarded as one of the best defensemen in the history of the ...
/fet"lok'/, n. 1. the projection of the leg of a horse behind the joint between the cannon bone and great pastern bone, bearing a tuft of hair. See diag. under horse. 2. the tuft ...
feto- or feti- or fet- pref. Fetus; fetal: fetology.   [From fetus.] * * *
See fetology. * * *
—fetologist, n. /fee tol"euh jee/, n. a field of medicine involving the study, diagnosis, and treatment of the fetus. [1960-65; FET(US) + -O- + -LOGY] * * *
fe·to·pro·tein (fē'tə-prōʹtēn, -tē-ĭn) n. Any of several antigens normally present in a fetus and occurring abnormally in adults as a result of certain neoplastic ...
/fee"teuhr/, n. a strong, offensive smell; stench. Also, foetor. [1475-1500; < L, equiv. to fet- (s. of fetere to stink) + -or -OR1; r. earlier fetour < MF < L fetor-, s. of ...
—fetoscopic /fee'teuh skop"ik/, adj. —fetoscopist /fee'tos"keuh pist/, n. /fee"teuh skohp'/, n. a tubular fiberoptic instrument used for diagnostic examination of the fetus ...
/fee tos"keuh pee/, n., pl. fetoscopies. examination by means of a fetoscope. [1970-75; FET(US) + -O- + -SCOPY] * * *
—fetterer, n. —fetterless, adj. /fet"euhr/, n. 1. a chain or shackle placed on the feet. 2. Usually, fetters. anything that confines or restrains: Boredom puts fetters upon ...
fetter bone
the great pastern bone of a horse. See under pastern (def. 2). * * *
Fetter, Frank Albert
▪ American economist born March 8, 1863, Peru, Ind., U.S. died March 21, 1949, Princeton, N.J.       American economist who was one of the pioneers of modern academic ...
/fet"euhr boosh'/, n. 1. an evergreen shrub, Lyonia lucida, of the heath family, native to the southern U.S., having clusters of fragrant, white flowers. 2. a similar shrub, ...
Fettes College
a public school(1) in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was established in 1870 as a school for boys, and began to take girls in 1980. It is one of the best-known public schools in ...
Fetti, Domenico
▪ Italian painter Fetti also spelled  Feti   born 1588/89, Rome, Papal States [now in Italy] died April 16, 1623, Venice, Republic of Venice       Italian Baroque ...
/fet"l/, n., v., fettled, fettling. n. 1. state; condition: in fine fettle. v.t. 2. Ceram. to remove mold marks from (a cast piece). 3. Metall. a. to remove sand from (a ...
/fet"ling/, n. Metall. the material with which the hearth of a puddling furnace is lined, usually a dolomite or refractory mixture. [1860-65; FETTLE + -ING1] * * *
/fet'euh chee"nee/; It. /fet'tooht chee"ne/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) pasta cut in flat narrow strips. Also, fettuccini /fet'euh chee"nee/. [1910-15; < It, pl. of ...
fettuccine Alfredo
/fet'euh chee"nee al fray"doh/; It. /fet'tooht chee"ne ahl frdde"daw/, Italian Cookery. fettuccine in cream sauce with grated Parmesan cheese. [1960-65; said to be after Alfredo ...
fettuccine Al·fre·do (ăl-frāʹdō, äl-) n. A dish consisting of fettuccine in a rich cream sauce with Parmesan cheese.   [AfterAlfredo all'Augusteo, a restaurant in ...
/fee"teuhs/, n., pl. fetuses. Embryol. (used chiefly of viviparous mammals) the young of an animal in the womb or egg, esp. in the later stages of development when the body ...
feu [fyo͞o] n. 〚Scot for FEE〛 Scot. Law 1. Historical a right to hold land for which the holder must pay in grain or money rather than in military service 2. a right to use ...
Feuchères, Sophie Dawes, Baroness de
▪ English adventuress born 1795, St. Helens, Isle of Wight, Eng. died Dec. 15, 1840, London       English adventuress, mistress of the last survivor of the princes of ...
/foykht"vahng'euhrdd/, n. Lion /lee"awn/, 1884-1958, German novelist and dramatist. * * *
Feuchtwanger, Lion
▪ German writer born July 7, 1884, Munich, Ger. died Dec. 21, 1958, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.  German novelist and playwright known for his historical ...
feud1 /fyoohd/, n. 1. Also called blood feud. a bitter, continuous hostility, esp. between two families, clans, etc., often lasting for many years or generations. 2. a bitter ...
—feudally, adv. /fyoohd"l/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or like the feudal system, or its political, military, social, and economic structure. 2. of or pertaining to the Middle ...
feudal land tenure
System by which land was held by tenants from lords. In England and France, the king was lord paramount and master of the realm. He granted land to his lords, who granted land ...
feudal system
the political, military, and social system in the Middle Ages, based on the holding of lands in fief or fee and on the resulting relations between lord and vassal. [1770-80] * * *
—feudalist, n. —feudalistic, adj. /fyoohd"l iz'euhm/, n. the feudal system, or its principles and practices. [1830-40; FEUDAL1 + -ISM] * * * Term that emerged in the 17th ...
See feudalism. * * *
See feudalist. * * *
/fyooh dal"i tee/, n., pl. feudalities. 1. the state or quality of being feudal. 2. the principles and practices of feudalism. 3. a fief or fee. [1695-1705; FEUDAL + -ITY; r. ...
See feudalize. * * *
—feudalization, n. /fyoohd"l uyz'/, v.t., feudalized, feudalizing. to make feudal; bring under the feudal system. Also, esp. Brit., feudalise. [1820-30; FEUDAL + -IZE] * * *
See feudal. * * *
/fyooh"deuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, n., pl. feudatories, adj. n. 1. a person who holds lands by feudal tenure; a feudal vassal. 2. a fief or fee. adj. 3. (of a kingdom or state) ...
feudist1 /fyooh"dist/, n. a person who participates in a feud. [1900-05, Amer.; FEUD1 + -IST] feudist2 /fyooh"dist/, n. a writer or authority on feudal law. [1600-10; FEUD2 + ...
Feuer, Cy
▪ 2007 Seymour Arnold Feuer        American producer (b. Jan. 15, 1911, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. May 17, 2006, New York, N.Y.), brought a number of Broadway's most notable ...
/foy"euhr bahkh', -bahk'/; Ger. /foy"euhrdd bahkh'/, n. Ludwig Andreas /ahn dray"euhs, an-/; Ger. /ahn drdday"ahs/, 1804-72, German philosopher. * * *
Feuerbach, Anselm
▪ German painter born September 12, 1829, Speyer, Bavaria [now in Germany] died January 4, 1880, Venice, Italy       one of the leading German painters of the mid-19th ...
Feuerbach, Ludwig
▪ German philosopher born July 28, 1804, Landshut, Bavaria [now in Germany] died Sept. 13, 1872, Rechenberg, Ger.  German philosopher and moralist remembered for his ...
Feuerbach, Ludwig (Andreas)
born July 28, 1804, Landshut, Bavaria died Sept. 13, 1872, Rechenberg, Ger. German philosopher. The son of an eminent jurist, he studied under G.W.F. Hegel in Berlin but later ...
Feuerbach, Paul, knight von
▪ German jurist in full  Paul Johann Anselm, Ritter Von Feuerbach   born Nov. 14, 1775, Hainichen, near Jena, Thuringia [now in Germany] died May 29, 1833, Frankfurt am ...
Feuerbach,Ludwig Andreas von
Feu·er·bach (foiʹər-bäKH'), Ludwig Andreas von. 1804-1872. German philosopher and anthropologist whose major work, The Essence of Christianity (1841), maintains that ...
Feuillade, Louis
▪ French director born Feb. 19, 1873, Lunel, France died Feb. 25/26, 1925, Nice       motion-picture director whose internationally popular screen serials (serial) were ...
Feuillants Club
Conservative French political club in the French Revolution, which met in the former monastery of the Feuillants (Reformed Cistercians) in Paris. It was founded in 1791 by ...
Feuillants, Club of the
▪ French political club French  Club des Feuillants        conservative political club of the French Revolution, which met in the former monastery of the Feuillants ...
Feuillere, Edwige
▪ 1999       French actress whose long career as a much loved and respected star of the French stage and screen saw her shine in a variety of roles, including classical, ...
Feuillet, Raoul-Auger
▪ French dancer born c. 1675 died c. 1710       French dancer, dancing master, and choreographer whose dance notation system was published in his Chorégraphie ou l'art ...
—feuilletonism /foy"i tn iz'euhm, fue"yi-/, n. —feuilletonist, n. —feuilletonistic, adj. /foy"i tn/; Fr. /fueyeu tawonn"/, n., pl. feuilletons /-tnz/; Fr. /-tawonn"/. 1. a ...
See feuilleton. * * *
feuilletonist [fu′yə tən ist] n. a writer of feuilletons * * * See feuilletonism. * * *
See feuilletonism. * * *
Feulgen reaction
Feulgen reaction [foil′gən] n. Cytology a reaction in which an aldehyde combines with a modified Schiff's reagent to produce a purplish compound: used especially to test for ...
—feverless, adj. /fee"veuhr/, n. 1. an abnormal condition of the body, characterized by undue rise in temperature, quickening of the pulse, and disturbance of various body ...
fever blister
fever blister or fever sore n. COLD SORE * * *
fever blister.
See cold sore. [1880-85] * * *
fever heat
1. the heat of fever; body heat exceeding 98.6°F (37°C). 2. feverish excitement. [1830-40] * * *
fever pitch
a high degree of excitement, as of a gathering of people: The announcement of victory brought the crowd to fever pitch. [1910-15] * * *
fever therapy
Med. therapy by means of an artificially induced fever. [1920-25] * * *
fever tree
1. any of several trees that produce or are believed to produce a febrifuge, as the blue gum, which is believed to prevent malaria. 2. a small tree, Pinckneya pubens, of the ...
fever twig
the bittersweet, Celastrus scandens. [1880-85] * * *
fever blister n. See cold sore. * * *

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