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/fee"veuhr fyooh'/, n. a bushy composite plant, Chrysanthemum parthenium, bearing small white flowers, formerly used as a remedy for fever and headache. [1400-50; late ME < AF ...
—feverishly, adv. —feverishness, n. /fee"veuhr ish/, adj. 1. having fever. 2. pertaining to, of the nature of, or resembling fever: a feverish excitement. 3. excited, ...
See feverish. * * *
See feverishly. * * *
—feverously, adv. /fee"veuhr euhs/, adj. feverish. [1350-1400; ME; see FEVER, -OUS] * * *
fever pitch n. A state of extreme agitation or excitement. * * *
/fee"veuhr rooht', -root'/, n. See horse gentian. [1735-45, Amer.; FEVER + ROOT1] * * *
Feversham, Louis de Durfort, 2nd earl of, Viscount Sondes Of Lees Court, Baron Duras Of Holdenby, Baron Of Throwley, Marquis De Blanquefort
▪ British military officer born 1641, France died April 28, 1709       French-born soldier who played a notable role in military and diplomatic affairs in England under ...
fever tree n. Any of several trees, such as certain species of eucalyptus or Pinckneya pubens, of the southeast United States, having leaves or bark used to allay fever. * * *
/fee"veuhr weed'/, n. 1. any plant belonging to the genus Eryngium, of the parsley family, esp. E. foetidum, of the West Indies, or E. campestre, of Europe. 2. any of various ...
/fee"veuhr werrt', -wawrt'/, n. 1. See horse gentian. 2. the thoroughwort or boneset. [1605-15; FEVER + WORT2] * * * ▪ plant  any of the four North American plant species of ...
/fyooh/, adj., fewer, fewest, n., pron. adj. 1. not many but more than one: Few artists live luxuriously. 2. few and far between, at widely separated intervals; infrequent: In ...
/fyooh"euhr/, adj. 1. of a smaller number: fewer words and more action. pron. 2. (used with a pl. v.) a smaller number: Fewer have come than we hoped. [ME fewere, OE *feawran. ...
/fyooh"nis/, n. the state of being few or small in quantity; paucity. [bef. 900; ME fewenesse, OE feawnes. See FEW, -NESS] * * *
/fay/, adj. 1. Brit. Dial. doomed; fated to die. 2. Chiefly Scot. appearing to be under a spell; marked by an apprehension of death, calamity, or evil. 3. supernatural; unreal; ...
Fey, Tina
▪ 2009 Elizabeth Stamatina Fey  born May 18, 1970, Upper Darby, Pa.  In April 2008 American writer-actress Tina Fey added to her already impressive résumé when the motion ...
Feydeau [fā dō′] Georges [zhō̂rzh] 1862-1921; Fr. writer of farces * * *
Feydeau, Georges
▪ French dramatist in full  Georges-léon-jules-marie Feydeau   born Dec. 8, 1862, Paris, France died June 5, 1921, Paris  French dramatist whose farces delighted Parisian ...
Feydeau, Georges (-Léon-Jules-Marie)
born Dec. 8, 1862, Paris, France died June 5, 1921, Paris French playwright. Also an actor and director, he wrote 39 plays between 1881 and 1916, taking the farce to new ...
Feyder, Jacques
▪ French director pseudonym of  Jacques Frédérix   born July 21, 1888, Brussels, Belg. died May 25, 1948, Geneva, Switz.  popular French motion-picture director of the ...
See fey. * * *
See feyly. * * *
/fuyn"meuhn/, n. Richard Phillips, born 1918, U.S. physicist: Nobel prize 1965. * * *
Feynman diagram
Physics. a network of lines that represents a series of emissions and absorptions of elementary particles by other elementary particles, from which the probability of the series ...
Feynman, Richard P(hillips)
born May 11, 1918, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Feb. 15, 1988, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. theoretical physicist. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. During World War II ...
Feynman, Richard P.
▪ American physicist in full  Richard Phillips Feynman   born May 11, 1918, New York, New York, U.S. died February 15, 1988, Los Angeles, California       American ...
Feynman,Richard Phillips
Feyn·man (fīnʹmən), Richard Phillips. 1918-1988. American physicist. He shared a 1965 Nobel Prize for research in quantum electrodynamics. * * *
▪ Afghanistan also spelled  Faizābād        town, northeastern Afghanistan. It lies along the Kowkcheh River, at 4,000 feet (1,200 m) above sea level. Feyẕābād ...
—fezzy, adj. /fez/, n., pl. fezzes. a felt cap, usually of a red color, having the shape of a truncated cone, and ornamented with a long black tassel, worn by men in Egypt and ...
/fez/, n. a city in N Morocco: formerly one of the traditional capitals of the sultanate in the former French zone. 1,137,800. * * *
/fez zahn"/, n. a former province in SW Libya: part of the Sahara with numerous oases. 220,000 sq. mi. (570,000 sq. km). * * * Arabic Fazzān ancient Phazania Historic region, ...
1. folios. 2. (and the) following (pages, verses, etc.). 3. Music. fortissimo. * * *
ff. abbr. 1. folios. 2. following. * * *
See Future Farmers of America. * * *
f factor n. See sex factor.   [fertility factor.] * * *
1. Foreign Funds Control. 2. free from chlorine. * * *
Ffestiniog Railway
a small railway line in north-west Wales which was used in the 19th century to carry slate (= a type of smooth grey stone used for covering roofs) down the Vale of Ffestiniog to ...
Ffrangcon-Davies, Dame Gwen
▪ British actress born Jan. 25, 1891, London, Eng. died Jan. 27, 1992, Halstead, Essex       English actress who became a legend on the classical British stage during ...
FFV abbr. First Family of Virginia. * * *
FG abbrev. Basketball Football field goal: sometimes written fg * * * FG abbr. 1. field goal. 2. fine grain. * * *
FGM abbr. female genital mutilation. * * *
foreign. * * *
Foster Grandparent Program. * * *
federal gift tax. * * *
Pathol. familial hypercholesterolemia. * * *
1. Farmers' Home Administration. 2. Federal Housing Administration. 3. Future Homemakers of America. * * *
Federal Home Loan Bank. * * *
Federal Home Loan Bank Administration. * * *
Federal Home Loan Bank Board. * * *
Federal Home Loan Bank System. * * *
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. * * *
fhp or f.hp. abbr. friction horsepower. * * *
Federal Highway Administration. * * *
/fuy" fay'/, Law. See fieri facias. Also, fi. fa. * * *
Federal Insurance Administration. * * *
/fee ah"keuhr, -ahk"/; Fr. /fyann"krddeu/, n., pl. fiacres /fee ah"keuhrz, -ahks"/; Fr. /fyann"krddeu/. a small horse-drawn carriage. [1690-1700; < F; after the Hotel de St. ...
Fialho de Almeida, José Valentim
▪ Portuguese writer born 1857, Vila de Frades, Port. died March 4, 1911, Alentejo       Portuguese short-story writer and political essayist of the realist-naturalist ...
/fyeuh nahr'euhnt soh"euh, -sooh"euh/, n. a city in E central Madagascar. 55,500. * * * ▪ Madagascar  town, east-central Madagascar. The town was founded in 1830. It lies on ...
/fee'ahn say", fee ahn"say/, n. a man engaged to be married; a man to whom a woman is engaged. [1850-55; < F: betrothed, ptp. of fiancer, OF fiancier, v. deriv. of fiance a ...
/fee'ahn say", fee ahn"say/, n. a woman engaged to be married; a woman to whom a man is engaged. [1850-55; < F; fem. of FIANCÉ] * * *
/fee'euhn ket"oh, -chet"oh/, n., pl. fianchetti /-ket"ee, -chet"ee/, v. Chess. n. 1. the development of a bishop, in an opening move, by advancing one or two pawns so as to ...
/fee"euh neuh/, n.pl. Irish Hist. the Fenians. * * *
Fianna Fáil
/foyl, fuyl/ a political party in Ireland, organized in 1927 by Eamon De Valera, that was one of the leading parties in the establishment of the Irish republic. [ < Ir: Fenians ...
/fee as"koh/ or, esp. for 2, /-ah"skoh/, n., pl. fiascos, fiascoes. 1. a complete and ignominious failure. 2. a round-bottomed glass flask for wine, esp. Chianti, fitted with a ...
/fee"aht, -at; fuy"euht, -at/, n. 1. an authoritative decree, sanction, or order: a royal fiat. 2. a formula containing the word fiat, by which a person in authority gives ...
fiat justitia, ruat caelum
/fee"aht yoos tee"tee ah' rddooh"aht kuy"loom/; Eng. /fee"aht jus tish"ee euh rooh"at see"leuhm, fuy"euht/, Latin. let there be justice though the heavens fall. * * *
fiat lux
/fee"aht looks"/; Eng. /fee"aht luks", fuy"euht/, Latin. let there be light. * * *
fiat money
paper currency made legal tender by a fiat of the government, but not based on or convertible into coin. [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
Fiat SpA
International holding company and major Italian manufacturer of automobiles, trucks, and industrial vehicles and components. In 1899 Giovanni Agnelli (1866–1945) founded the ...
fiat money n. Legal tender, especially paper currency, authorized by a government but not based on or convertible into gold or silver. * * *
—fibber, fibster, n. /fib/, n., v., fibbed, fibbing. n. 1. a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood. v.i. 2. to tell a fib. [1560-70; short for fibble-fable nonsense, ...
See fib. * * *
—fiberless, adj. /fuy"beuhr/, n. 1. a fine, threadlike piece, as of cotton, jute, or asbestos. 2. a slender filament: a fiber of platinum. 3. filaments collectively. 4. matter ...
fiber bundle
Optics. a flexible bundle of optical glass that transmits images. * * *
fiber optics
the branch of optics that deals with the transmission of light through transparent fibers, as in the form of pulses for the transmission of data or communications, or through ...
fiber pen.
See felt-tip pen. * * *
See fiber optics. * * *
/fuy"beuhr bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. 1. a building material made of wood or other plant fibers compressed and cemented into rigid sheets. 2. a sheet of this. [1895-1900; FIBER + ...
/fuy"beuhrd/, adj. (of plaster) having an admixture of hair or fiber. [1770-80; FIBER + -ED3] * * *
/fuy"beuhr fil'/, n. synthetic fibers, as polyester, used as a filling or insulating material for pillows, cushions, comforters, winter garments, etc. [1960-65, Amer.; FIBER + ...
/fuy"beuhr glas', -glahs'/, Trademark. a brand of fiberglass. * * *
/fuy"beuhr glas', -glahs'/, n. 1. a material consisting of extremely fine filaments of glass that are combined in yarn and woven into fabrics, used in masses as a thermal and ...
See fiberize. * * *
—fiberizer, n. —fiberization, n. /fuy"beuh ruyz'/, v.t., fiberized, fiberizing. to break or crack into fibers. Also, esp. Brit., fiberise. [1930-35; FIBER + -IZE, after ...
/fuy'beuhr op"tik/, adj. of or pertaining to instruments utilizing fiber optics. [1960-65; FIBER + OPTIC] * * *
fiber optics n. (used with sing. verb) 1. The science or technology of light transmission through very fine, flexible glass or plastic fibers. 2. A bundle of optical ...
/fuy"beuhr skohp'/, n. Optics. an optical instrument consisting of a fiber bundle with an objective lens at one end and an eyepiece at the other, for viewing objects not ...
/fee"beuh geuhr/; Dan. /fee"bee geuhrdd/, n. Johannes Andreas Grib /yoh hah"nis ahn drdde"ahs grddeeb/, 1867-1928, Danish pathologist: Nobel prize for medicine 1926. * * *
Fibiger, Johannes
▪ Danish pathologist in full  Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger   born April 23, 1867, Silkeborg, Den. died Jan. 30, 1928, Copenhagen  Danish pathologist who received the ...
Fibiger, Johannes Andreas Grib
born April 23, 1867, Silkeborg, Den. died Jan. 30, 1928, Copenhagen Danish pathologist. He found that rats that had suffered stomach-tissue inflammation caused by the larvae of ...
Fibonacci numbers
/fee'boh nah"chee/, Math. the unending sequence 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, ... where each term is defined as the sum of its two predecessors. Also called Fibonacci ...
Fibonacci sequence
In mathematics, a sequence of numbers with surprisingly useful applications in botany and other natural sciences. Beginning with two 1's, each new term is generated as the sum ...
Fibonacci sequences of rabbits
▪ Table Fibonacci sequences of rabbits generation sequence mature ...
Fibonacci series
Fibonacci series [fē΄bə nä′chē] n. 〚after L. Fibonacci, 13th-c. It. mathematician, who developed it〛 a sequence of integers in which each integer (Fibonacci number) ...
Fi·bo·nac·ci number (fē'bə-näʹchē) n. A number in the Fibonacci sequence. * * *
Fibonacci sequence n. The sequence of numbers, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13,..., in which each successive number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers.   [After Leonardo ...
var. of fibro- before a vowel: fibrin. * * *
fibranne [fī′brān΄, fī′bran΄] n. a fabric of spun rayon, often woven to resemble linen * * * fi·branne (fīʹbrăn') n. A linenlike fabric made of spun-rayon ...
/fuy bray"teuhs/, adj. Meteorol. (of a cloud) hairlike or striated in composition. Also, filosus. [ < L: fibered, hairlike, equiv. to fibr(a) FIBER + -atus -ATE1] * * *
/fuy"beuhr/, n. Chiefly Brit. fiber. * * * (as used in expressions) glass fibre fibre optics fibre dietary * * * ▪ technology also spelled  Fiber,         in ...
fibre optics
Thin transparent fibres of glass or plastic that transmit light through their length by internal reflections, used for transmitting data, voice, and images. Fibre-optic ...
fibre, dietary
Food material not digestible by the human small intestine and only partially digestible by the large intestine. Fibre is beneficial in the diet because it relieves and prevents ...
fibre, man-made
Introduction       fibre whose chemical composition, structure, and properties are significantly modified during the manufacturing process. Man-made fibres are spun and ...
or glass fibre Fibrous form of glass, developed in the 1930s. Liquid glass issues in fine streams through hundreds of fine nozzles, and the solidifying streams are gathered ...
Fibres and Dyes
▪ Table fibres application classes Natural fibres Animal Wool acid, basic, mordant, reactive, ...
/fuy"breuh fawrm', fib"reuh-/, adj. of the form of a fiber or fibers. [1840-50; FIBR- + -I- + -FORM] * * *
—fibrillar, adj. —fibrillose, adj. /fuy"breuhl, fib"reuhl/, n. 1. a small or fine fiber or filament. 2. Bot. any of the delicate hairs on the young roots of some plants. 3. ...
/fuy bril"euh, fi-/, n., pl. fibrillae /-bril"ee/. a fibril. * * *
See fibril. * * *
See fibrillar. * * *
—fibrillative, adj. /fuy"breuh layt', fib"reuh-/, v., fibrillated, fibrillating. v.t. 1. to cause to undergo fibrillation. v.i. 2. to undergo fibrillation. [1830-40; FIBRILL(A) ...
/fuy'breuh lay"sheuhn/, or, esp. for 2, /fib'reuh-/, n. 1. the formation of fibrils. 2. Pathol. uncontrolled twitching or quivering of muscular fibrils. [1830-40; FIBRILLATE + ...
/fuy bril"euh fawrm', fi-/, adj. of the form of a fibril. [1840-50; FIBRILL(A) + -I- + -FORM] * * *
fibrillose [fī′brə lōs΄] adj. of or like fibrils * * * See fibrillar. * * *
—fibrinous, adj. /fuy"brin/, n. 1. the insoluble protein end product of blood coagulation, formed from fibrinogen by the action of thrombin in the presence of calcium ions. 2. ...
a combining form representing fibrin in compound words: fibrinolysis. * * *
/fuy brin"euh jeuhn/, n. Biochem. a globulin occurring in blood and yielding fibrin in blood coagulation. [1870-75; FIBRINO- + -GEN] * * *
—fibrinogenically, adv. /fuy'breuh noh jen"ik/, adj. Physiol. producing fibrin. Also, fibrinogenous /fuy'breuh noj"euh neuhs/. [1875-80; FIBRINO- + -GENIC] * * *
See fibrinogenic. * * *
See fibrinogen. * * *
/fuy"breuh noyd', fib"reuh-/, adj. 1. having the characteristics of fibrin. n. 2. an acellular homogenous protein resembling fibrin, present in the maturing placenta and in ...
/fuy'breuh nol"euh sin/, n. Biochem. a proteolytic enzyme, formed in the blood from plasminogen, that causes the breakdown of the fibrin in blood clots. Also called ...
—fibrinolytic /fuy'breuh noh lit"ik, fuy brin'l it"-/, adj. /fuy'breuh nol"euh sis/, n., pl. fibrinolyses /-seez'/. Biochem. the disintegration or dissolution of fibrin, esp. ...
See fibrinolysis. * * *
fibrinous [fī′brə nəs] adj. of, like, or containing fibrin * * * See fibrin. * * *
a combining form meaning "fiber," used in the formation of compound words: fibrolite. Also, esp. before a vowel, fibr-. [comb. form repr. L fibra FIBER] * * *
/fuy'broh ad'n oh"meuh/, n., pl. fibroadenomas, fibroadenomata /-meuh teuh/. a benign tumor originating from glandular tissue, as in the female breast. [1890-95; FIBRO- + ...
—fibroblastic, adj. /fuy"breuh blast'/, n. Cell Biol. a cell that contributes to the formation of connective tissue fibers. [1875-80; FIBRO- + -BLAST] * * * ▪ ...
See fibroblast. * * *
—fibrocartilaginous /fuy'broh kahr'tl aj"euh neuhs/, adj. /fuy'broh kahr"tl ij, -kahrt"lij/, n. Anat., Zool. 1. a type of cartilage having a large number of fibers. 2. a part ...
/fuy'broh sis"tik/, adj. showing or having the increased fibrosis associated with dilated glandular structure, as in the breast nodules of fibrocystic disease. [1850-55; FIBRO- + ...
fibrocystic disease
Pathol. a common condition, occurring esp. among middle-aged women, characterized by the presence of one or more benign breast cysts, which may become swollen and painful. Also ...
fibrocystic disease of the breast
▪ mammary gland also called  chronic cystic mastitis , or  cystic disease of the breast         noncancerous cysts (harmless swellings caused by fluid trapped in ...
/fuy"broyd/, adj. 1. resembling fiber or fibrous tissue. 2. composed of fibers, as a tumor. n. 3. fibroma. 4. leiomyoma. [1850-55; FIBR- + -OID] * * *
/fuy"broh in/, n. Biochem. an indigestible protein that is a principal component of spider webs and silk. [1860-65; < F fibroïne; see FIBRO-, -IN2] * * *
/fuy"breuh luyt'/, n. Mineral. sillimanite. [1795-1805; FIBRO- + -LITE] * * *
—fibromatous /fuy brom"euh teuhs/, adj. /fuy broh"meuh/, n., pl. fibromas, fibromata /-meuh teuh/. Pathol. a tumor consisting essentially of fibrous tissue. [1840-50; FIBR- + ...
See fibroma. * * *
fibromyalgia [fī΄brō mī al′jə] n. a chronic condition characterized by pain, tenderness, and stiffness of the muscles and joints along with fatigue and anxiety * * ...
fi·bro·my·o·si·tis (fī'brō-mī'ə-sīʹtĭs) n. See fibromyalgia. * * *
/fuy'breuh nek"tin/, n. Cell Biol. a fibrous protein that binds to collagen, fibrin, and other proteins and also to the cell membranes, functioning as an anchor and ...
—fibroplastic /fuy'breuh plas"tik/, adj. /fuy'breuh play"zheuh, -zhee euh, -zee euh/, n. Med. the formation of fibrous tissue. [1925-30; < NL; see FIBRO-, -PLASIA] * * *
See fibroplasia. * * *
/fuy'broh sahr koh"meuh/, n., pl. fibrosarcomas, fibrosarcomata /-meuh teuh/. Pathol. a sarcoma derived from fibroblast cells, often able to generate collagen. [1875-80; FIBRO- + ...
—fibrotic /fuy brot"ik/, adj. /fuy broh"sis/, n. Pathol. the development in an organ of excess fibrous connective tissue. [1870-75; FIBR- + -OSIS] * * *
fibrositis [fī΄brō sīt′is] n. 〚ModL < fibrosus, FIBROUS + -ITIS〛 an excessive growth of white fibrous tissue, as of the muscle sheaths, resulting from inflammation; ...
See fibrosis. * * *
—fibrously, adv. —fibrousness, n. /fuy"breuhs/, adj. containing, consisting of, or resembling fibers. [1620-30; FIBR- + -OUS] * * *
fibrous dysplasia
▪ pathology       rare congenital developmental disorder beginning in childhood and characterized by replacement of solid calcified bone with fibrous tissue, often only ...
See fibrous. * * *
See fibrously. * * *
fibrous root n. A root system made up of many threadlike members of more or less equal length, as in most grasses. * * *
/fuy'broh vas"kyeuh leuhr/, adj. Bot. composed of fibrous and conductive tissue, as in the vascular systems of higher plants: a fibrovascular bundle. [1835-45; FIBRO- + ...
fibrovascular bundle n. See vascular bundle. * * *
—fibular, adj. /fib"yeuh leuh/, n., pl. fibulae /-lee'/, fibulas. 1. Anat. the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg, extending from the knee to the ankle. See ...
/fuy"keuh, fee"-/ Federal Insurance Contributions Act: U.S. government legislation under which taxes are levied for the support of Social Security. Also, F.I.C.A. * * *
/fuys/, n. feist. * * *
/feesh/, n. microfiche. [by shortening] * * *
/fikh"teuh/, n. Johann Gottlieb /yoh"hahn gawt"leep/, 1762-1814, German philosopher. * * *
Fichte, Johann Gottlieb
born May 19, 1762, Rammenau, Upper Lusatia, Saxony died Jan. 27, 1814, Berlin German philosopher and patriot. Fichte's Science of Knowledge (1794), a reaction to the critical ...
Fichte,Johann Gottlieb
Fich·te (fĭkʹtə, fĭKHʹ-), Johann Gottlieb. 1762-1814. German philosopher whose views on subjectivity, reason, and the moral order of the universe were an important ...
—Fichteanism, n. /fik"tee euhn, fikh"-/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or resembling the philosophy of Johann Fichte. n. 2. an adherent or advocate of this philosophy. [1810-20; ...
Fichtel Hills
▪ mountains, Europe German  Fichtelgebirge , Czech  Smrčiny        mountains in northeastern Bavaria Land (state), southeastern Germany. They lie at the Czech ...
Fich·tel·ge·bir·ge (fĭkʹtəl-gə-bîr'gə, fĭKHʹ-) A mountain range of east-central Germany near the border of the Czech Republic. The region is a popular resort ...
/fish"ooh/; Fr. /fee shyuu"/, n., pl. fichus /fish"oohz/; Fr. /fee shyuu"/. a woman's kerchief or shawl, generally triangular in shape, worn draped over the shoulders or around ...
Ficino, Marsilio
born Oct. 19, 1433, Figline, Republic of Florence died Oct. 1, 1499, Careggi, near Florence Italian philosopher, theologian, and linguist. His translations and commentaries on ...
Fick, August
▪ German linguist born May 5, 1833, Petershagen, Prussia [Germany] died March 24, 1916, Hildesheim, Ger.       German linguist, a pioneer in Indo-European ...
—fickleness, n. /fik"euhl/, adj. 1. likely to change, esp. due to caprice, irresolution, or instability; casually changeable: fickle weather. 2. not constant or loyal in ...
/fik"euhl muyn"did/, adj. (of a person) prone to casual change; inconstant. [1590-1600] * * *
See fickle. * * *
See fickleness. * * *
/fee"koh/, n., pl. ficoes. fig1 (def. 4). [1570-80; < It fico, fica FIG1] * * *
fict abbrev. 1. fiction 2. fictitious * * *
fiction. * * *
/fik"tl/; Brit. /fik"tuyl/, adj. 1. capable of being molded. 2. made of earth, clay, etc., by a potter. 3. of or pertaining to pottery. [1620-30; < L fictilis earthen (lit., ...
—fictional, adj. —fictionally, adv. /fik"sheuhn/, n. 1. the class of literature comprising works of imaginative narration, esp. in prose form. 2. works of this class, as ...
See fiction. * * *
See fictional. * * *
See fictionalize. * * *
—fictionalization, n. —fictionalizer, n. /fik"sheuh nl uyz'/, v.t., fictionalized, fictionalizing. to make into fiction; give a somewhat imaginative or fictional version of: ...
See fictional. * * *
—fictioneering, n. /fik'sheuh near"/, n. a writer of fiction, esp. a prolific one whose works are of mediocre quality. [1920-25; FICTION + -EER] * * *
See fictioneer. * * *
/fik"sheuh nist/, n. a writer of fiction; a novelist or short-story writer. Also, fictioner. [1820-30; FICTION + -IST] * * *
See fictionize. * * *
—fictionization, n. /fik"sheuh nuyz'/, v.t., fictionized, fictionizing. fictionalize. Also, esp. Brit., fictionise. [1825-35; FICTION + -IZE] * * *
—fictitiously, adv. —fictitiousness, n. /fik tish"euhs/, adj. 1. created, taken, or assumed for the sake of concealment; not genuine; false: fictitious names. 2. of, ...
fictitious force
Physics. any force that is postulated to account for apparent deviations from Newton's laws of motion appearing in an accelerated reference system. * * *
fictitious person
Law. a legal entity or artificial person, as a corporation. * * *
fictitious force n. See pseudo force. * * *
See fictitious. * * *
See fictitiously. * * *
—fictively, adv. /fik"tiv/, adj. 1. fictitious; imaginary. 2. pertaining to the creation of fiction: fictive inventiveness. [1485-95; FICT(ION) + -IVE] * * *
See fictive. * * *
See fictively. * * *
/fuy"keuhs/, n., pl. ficus, ficuses. any of numerous chiefly tropical trees, shrubs, and vines belonging to the genus Ficus, of the mulberry family, having milky sap and large, ...
/fid/, n. Naut. 1. a stout bar of wood or metal placed across a lower spar so as to support a higher one. 2. a stout bar used to hold a running bowsprit in its extended ...
(also FD) an abbreviation of the Latin phrase Fidei Defensor, which means ‘Defender of the Faith’, a title originally given to Henry VIII for defending the Roman Catholic ...
fiduciary. * * *
/fid"l/, n., v., fiddled, fiddling. n. 1. a musical instrument of the viol family. 2. violin: Her aunt plays first fiddle with the state symphony orchestra. 3. Naut. a small ...
fiddle back
a chair back having a solid splat similar in form to that of a fiddle. * * *
fiddle bow
/boh/ for 1, 2; /bow/ for 3 1. a bow with which the strings of the violin or a similar instrument are set in vibration. 2. a bow for driving the arbor of a small lathe, as one ...
fiddle pattern
a pattern of spoon or fork having a handle that narrows abruptly from a broad, flat upper part and terminates with a pronounced shoulder above the bowl or tines. [1835-45] * * *
/fid'l di dee"/, interj. (used to express irritation, dismissive indifference, or scorn.) Also, fiddlededee, fiddledeedee. [1775-85; FIDDLE + -de- (redupl. prefix) + (TWEEDLE)DEE ...
—fiddle-faddler, n. /fid"l fad'l/, n., v., fiddle-faddled, fiddle-faddling, interj. n. 1. nonsense. 2. something trivial. v.i. 3. to fuss with trifles. interj. 4. (used to ...
/fid"l foot'id/, adj. Informal. restlessly wandering. [1945-50] * * *
/fid"l bak'/, n. 1. something shaped like a fiddle. adj. 2. resembling the back or outline of a violin. 3. (of a veneer figure) having close, fine, dark stripes. [1885-90; FIDDLE ...
fiddleback spider.
See brown recluse spider. [so called from its violin-shaped marking] * * *
fiddledeedee [fid΄'l dē dē′] n., interj. 〚prob.
/fid"l hed'/, n. 1. Naut. a billethead having a form similar to the volute carved at the upper end of a violin. 2. the young, coiled frond of various species of ferns, eaten as a ...
fid·dle·neck (fĭdʹl-nĕk') n. 1. A hairy annual herb (Phacelia tanacetifolia) of California, having large pinnately divided leaves and bluish flowers. 2. See amsinckia. * * *
/fid"leuhr/, n. 1. a person who plays a fiddle. 2. a person who dawdles or trifles. [bef. 1100; ME, OE fithelere; c. D vedelaar, G Fiedler. See FIDDLE, -ER1] * * *
fiddler beetle
a black scarab beetle, Eupoecila australasiae, having markings resembling a violin. [1915-20] * * *
fiddler crab
any small, burrowing crab of the genus Uca, characterized by one greatly enlarged claw in the male. [1700-10, Amer.] * * * Any of about 65 species of decapods (genus Uca) whose ...
Fiddler on the Roof
a musical play that ran for 3 242 performances on Broadway (1964–72). It won several Tony Awards. The story is about the difficult life of a poor Jewish father in a Ukrainian ...
fiddler crab n. Any of various burrowing crabs of the genus Uca of coastal areas, the male of which has a greatly enlarged anterior claw. * * *
/fid"leuhr fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) fiddlerfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) fiddlerfishes. any of several guitarfishes, esp. Trygonorhina ...
/fid"l stik'/, n. anything; a bit: I don't care a fiddlestick for what they say. [1400-50; late ME fidillstyk. See FIDDLE, STICK1] * * *
/fid"l stiks'/, interj. (used to express impatience, dismissal, etc.) * * *
/fid"l wood'/, n. 1. the heavy, hard, durable wood of various West Indian and other trees. 2. any of these trees, esp. species of the genera Citharexylum and Vitex. [1705-15; ...
/fid"ling/, adj. trifling; trivial: a fiddling sum of money. [1425-75; late ME; see FIDDLE, -ING2] * * *
fidei commissum
▪ law       in Roman law and civil-law systems, a gift of property to a person (usually by will), imposing upon that person the obligation to transfer it to a specified ...
Fidei Defensor
/fee"de ee' de fen"sohrdd/; Eng. /fuy"dee uy' di fen"sawr/, Latin. Defender of the Faith: one of the titles of English sovereigns. * * *
/fuy'dee uy kom"i ser'ee/, n., pl. fideicommissaries, adj. Civil Law. n. 1. the recipient of a fideicommissum. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or resembling a ...
/fuy'dee uy keuh mis"euhm/, n., pl. fideicommissa /-mis"euh/. Civil Law. a request by a decedent that the heir or legatee to the estate convey a specified part of the estate to ...
—fideist, n. —fideistic, adj. /fee"day iz'euhm, fuy"dee-/, n. exclusive reliance in religious matters upon faith, with consequent rejection of appeals to science or ...
See fideism. * * *
See fideist. * * *
/fi del"/; Sp. /fee dhel"/, n. a male given name. * * *
/fi dayl"yoh/, n. an opera (1805) by Ludwig van Beethoven. * * *
—Fidelist, n. /fi del"iz euhm/, n. Castroism. Also called Fidelismo /fee'de leez"moh, -liz"-/; Sp. /fee'dhe leez"maw/. [1955-60; Fidel (CASTRO) + -ISM] * * *
☆ Fidelismo [fē΄del iz′mō΄ ] n. 〚AmSp, after Fidel CASTRO Fidel + -ismo, -ISM〛 [also f-] the social revolution in Cuba led by Fidel Castro, or its principles * * *
/fee'de lee"steuh/; Sp. /fee'dhe lees"tah/, n., pl. Fidelistas /-lee"steuhz/; Sp. /-lees"tahs/. Fidelist. [1955-60; < Sp fidelista, equiv. to Fidel (CASTRO) + -ista -IST] * * *
/fi del"i tee, fuy-/, n., pl. fidelities. 1. strict observance of promises, duties, etc.: a servant's fidelity. 2. loyalty: fidelity to one's country. 3. conjugal ...
▪ Italy       town, Emilia-Romagna regione, northern Italy. It is believed to have been the scene of St. Domninus' martyrdom under the Roman emperor Maximian and was ...
Roman goddess of good faith and honesty, who oversaw the integrity of the Romans. She was closely associated with Jupiter, and her temple was built near his on the Capitoline ...
▪ political party, Hungary byname of  Federation of Young Democrats–Hungarian Civic Alliance , Hungarian   Fiatal Demokraták Szövetsége–Magyar Polgári ...
—fidgetingly, adv. /fij"it/, v.i. 1. to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently. v.t. 2. to cause to fidget; make uneasy. n. 3. Often, fidgets. the condition or an ...
See fidgety. * * *
/fij"i tee/, adj. 1. restless; impatient; uneasy. 2. nervously and excessively fussy. [FIDGET + -Y1] * * *
/fuy"doh/, n. Aeron. a system for evaporating the fog above airfield runways by the heat from burners. [1940-45; f(og) i(nvestigation) d(ispersal) o(perations)] * * *
—fiducially, adv. /fi dooh"sheuhl, -dyooh"-/, adj. 1. accepted as a fixed basis of reference or comparison: a fiducial point; a fiducial temperature. 2. based on or having ...
See fiducial. * * *
—fiduciarily, adv. /fi dooh"shee er'ee, -dyooh"-/, n., pl. fiduciaries, adj. n. 1. Law. a person to whom property or power is entrusted for the benefit of another. adj. 2. Law. ...
fiduciary bond
a bond filed by a fiduciary administering an estate as surety. * * *
/fuy/, interj. 1. (used to express mild disgust, disapprobation, annoyance, etc.) 2. (used to express the humorous pretense of being shocked.) [1250-1300; ME fi < MF < L; cf. ON ...
/feed"leuhr/, n. Arthur, 1894-1979, U.S. symphony conductor. * * *
Fiedler, Arthur
born Dec. 17, 1894, Boston, Mass., U.S. died July 10, 1979, Brookline, Mass. U.S. conductor. Son of a distinguished violinist, he was trained in Berlin and joined the Boston ...
Fiedler, Leslie A.
▪ American literary critic in full  Leslie Aaron Fiedler   born March 8, 1917, Newark, New Jersey, U.S. died January 29, 2003, Buffalo, New York       American ...
Fiedler, Leslie Aaron
▪ 2004       American literary critic (b. March 8, 1917, Newark, N.J.—d. Jan. 29, 2003, Buffalo, N.Y.), wrote the influential book Love and Death in the American Novel ...
Fied·ler (fēdʹlər), Arthur. 1894-1979. American conductor who as director of the Boston Pops Orchestra (1930-1979) blended works of classical and popular music in his ...
/feef/, n. 1. a fee or feud held of a feudal lord; a tenure of land subject to feudal obligations. 2. a territory held in fee. 3. fiefdom. [1605-15; < F, var. of OF fieu, fie, c. ...
/feef"deuhm/, n. 1. the estate or domain of a feudal lord. 2. Informal. anything, as an organization or real estate, owned or controlled by one dominant person or ...
/feeld/, n. 1. an expanse of open or cleared ground, esp. a piece of land suitable or used for pasture or tillage. 2. Sports. a. a piece of ground devoted to sports or contests; ...
/feeld/, n. 1. Cyrus West, 1819-92, U.S. financier: projector of the first Atlantic cable. 2. David Dudley, Jr., 1805-94, U.S. jurist (brother of Cyrus West and Stephen Johnson ...
field archery
▪ sport also called  roving        form of archery in which targets of different sizes or shapes are placed at varying distances in uneven, often wooded, terrain in ...
field army
army (def. 2). * * *
field artillery
artillery mobile enough to accompany troops in the field. [1635-45] * * *       any large-calibre, crew-operated, mounted firearm designed for easy movement in the field. ...
Field axioms
▪ Table Field axioms axiom 1 Closure: the combination (hereafter indicated by addition or multiplication) of any two elements in the set produces an element in the ...
field bed
a small bed having an arched canopy on short posts. [1820-30, Amer.] * * *
field captain
Sports. a member of a team taking active part in a game who is authorized to make decisions for the team, esp. in regard to planning plays, deciding whether to accept penalties ...
field chickweed.
See starry grasswort. [1830-40] * * *
field coil
Elect. a coil that generates a magnetic field when an electric current is passed through it: used in various electrical devices, as motors, generators, or electromagnets. * * *
field corn
feed corn grown for stock. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *

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