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—financeable adj. /fi nans", fuy"nans/, n., v., financed, financing. n. 1. the management of revenues; the conduct or transaction of money matters generally, esp. those ...
finance bill
Govt. a bill or act of a legislature to obtain funds for the public treasury. [1900-05] * * *
finance charge
interest or a fee charged for borrowing money or buying on credit. * * *
finance company
an institution engaged in such specialized forms of financing as purchasing accounts receivable, extending credit to retailers and manufacturers, discounting installment ...
See finance. * * *
finance bill n. A legislative act intended to raise public revenues. * * *
finance company n. A company that makes loans to clients. * * *
—financially, adv. /fi nan"sheuhl, fuy-/, adj. 1. pertaining to monetary receipts and expenditures; pertaining or relating to money matters; pecuniary: financial operations. 2. ...
Financial Accounting Standards Board
an independent organization founded in 1973, responsible chiefly for establishing generally accepted accounting principles. Abbr.: FASB * * *
financial aid
➡ higher education * * *
financial aid package
➡ higher education * * *
Financial Crisis of 2008
▪ 2009 Introduction by Joel Havemann       In 2008 the world economy faced its most dangerous crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The contagion, which began ...
financial planner
financial planner n. a person whose business is advising individuals in the management of their financial affairs * * *
financial planning
—financial planner. 1. the devising of a program for the allocation and management of finances and capital through budgeting, investment, etc. 2. the business of devising such ...
Financial Support for the Elderly
▪ 1994 Introduction by Janet H. Clark       By 1993 industrialized countries throughout the world were facing a common and growing problem—how to cope with the ...
Financial Times
(abbr TheFT) Britain’s most important financial newspaper. It is published every day except Sunday, and has a lot of news about companies, stocks and shares. It is read mainly ...
Financial Times Indices
n [pl] different lists of share prices on the London Stock Exchange that are published every day in The Financial Times. They are used to show general trends in the British ...
Financial Times Ordinary Share Index
➡ Financial Times Indices * * *
financial year
➡ calendar * * *
See financial. * * *
/fin'euhn sear", fuy'neuhn-/; Brit. /fi nan"see euhr/, n. 1. a person skilled or engaged in managing large financial operations, whether public or corporate. v.t. 2. to ...
Fr. /fee nahonn syerdd"/, adj. of or pertaining to a garnish or sauce prepared typically with truffles, mushrooms, quenelles, olives, Madeira, and sometimes sweetbreads and ...
/fi nan"sing, fuy"nan-/, n. 1. the act of obtaining or furnishing money or capital for a purchase or enterprise. 2. the funds so obtained. [1820-30; FINANCE (v.) + -ING1] * * *
fi·nas·ter·ide (fə-năsʹtə-rīd') n. A synthetic androgen inhibitor used primarily in men for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and androgenetic ...
/fin"bak'/, n. any baleen whale of the genus Balaenoptera, having a prominent dorsal fin, esp. B. physalus, of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts; rorqual: an endangered ...
finback whale
☆ finback whale [fin′bak΄ ] n. RORQUAL * * *
/fing"keuh/; Sp. /feeng"kah/, n., pl. fincas /-keuhz/; Sp. /-kahs/. a ranch or large farm in a Spanish-speaking country, esp. a plantation in tropical Spanish America. [1905-10; ...
/finch/, n. 1. any of numerous small passerine birds of the family Fringillidae, including the buntings, sparrows, crossbills, purple finches, and grosbeaks, most of which have a ...
Finch, Robert
▪ Canadian poet in full  Robert Duer Claydon Finch  born May 14, 1900, Freeport, New York, U.S. died June 11, 1995, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  American-born Canadian poet ...
—findable, adj. /fuynd/, v., found, finding, n. v.t. 1. to come upon by chance; meet with: He found a nickel in the street. 2. to locate, attain, or obtain by search or effort: ...
See find. * * *
/fuyn"deuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that finds. 2. Photog. a. a range finder. b. Also called viewfinder. a camera part or attachment enabling a photographer to determine what ...
find·er's fee (fīnʹdərz) n. pl. finders' fees A fee paid to the finder of financial backing for a venture or to a party that brings the principals in a venture together. * * ...
/fuyn"ding/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that finds; discovery. 2. Often, findings. something that is found or ascertained. 3. Law. a decision or verdict after judicial ...
/fin"lee, find"-/, n. a city in NW Ohio. 35,594. * * * ▪ Ohio, United States       city, seat (1828) of Hancock county, northwestern Ohio, U.S. It lies along the ...
Findley, Timothy
▪ Canadian author in full  Timothy Irving Frederick Findley   born October 30, 1930, Toronto, Ontario, Canada died June 20, 2002, France       Canadian author known ...
Findley, Timothy Irving Frederick
▪ 2003       Canadian writer (b. Oct. 30, 1930, Toronto, Ont.—d. June 20, 2002, south of France), was best known for his novels, although he also wrote a number of ...
fine1 /fuyn/, adj., finer, finest, adv., v., fined, fining, n. adj. 1. of superior or best quality; of high or highest grade: fine wine. 2. choice, excellent, or admirable: a ...
fine art
/fuyn/ a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, ...
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
▪ institute, San Francisco, California, United States       institute in San Francisco, Calif., comprising two separate museums, the de Young and the Legion of Honor. ...
Fine Arts, Museum of
▪ cultural centre, Boston, Massachusetts, United States also called  Boston Museum of Fine Arts    cultural centre in Boston, Mass., U.S., whose balanced collections have ...
Fine Arts, Palace of
▪ cultural centre, Mexico City, Mexico Spanish  Palacio de Bellas Artes   cultural centre in Mexico City that was built between 1904 and 1934. The palace contains a large ...
fine bouche
/feen boohsh"/, French. refined taste; educated palate. [lit., sensitive mouth] * * *
Fine Champagne
Fr. /feen shahonn pannn"yeu/ a high-quality cognac distilled from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne or Petite Champagne vineyards of western France. [1865-70; < F] * * *
fine comb
a fine-tooth comb. * * *
Fine Gael
an Irish political party. It is one of the two main parties in the Republic of Ireland and is usually considered the more conservative. In 1985 the Fine Gael government signed ...
fine nail
/fuyn/ a short steel finishing nail from 1 to 11/2 in. (2.5 to 3.8 cm) long. * * *
fine print
—fine-print, adj. /fuyn/ 1. printed matter in small-sized type. 2. the detailed wording of a contract, lease, insurance policy, or the like, often set in type smaller than the ...
fine structure
/fuyn/, Physics. a group of lines that are observed in the spectra of certain elements, as hydrogen, and that are caused by various couplings of the azimuthal quantum number and ...
/fuyn"kohm"/, v.t. 1. to use a fine-tooth comb on. 2. to search through thoroughly. * * *
/fuyn"kut"/, adj. cut into very thin strips (contrasted with rough-cut): fine-cut tobacco. [1830-40, Amer.] * * *
—fine-drawer, n. /fuyn"draw"/, v.t., fine-drew, fine-drawn, fine-drawing. 1. Sewing. to sew together so finely that the joining is not noticeable. 2. to draw out to extreme ...
/fuyn"drawn"/, adj. drawn out to extreme fineness or thinness. [1830-40] * * *
/fuyn"grayn"/, adj. Photog. 1. (of an image) having an inconspicuous or invisible grain. 2. (of a developer or emulsion) permitting the grain of an image to be inconspicuous or ...
/fuyn"graynd"/, adj. 1. being of fine grain or texture, as certain types of wood, leather, etc. 2. Photog. fine-grain. [1530-40] * * *
fine-spun (fīnʹspŭnʹ) adj. 1. Developed to extreme fineness or subtlety; elaborate. 2. Developed to excessive fineness; overwrought. * * *
fine-tooth comb
/fuyn"toohth'/ 1. a comb having narrow, closely set teeth. 2. go over or through with a fine-tooth comb, to examine in close detail; search thoroughly; fine-comb: The police went ...
fine-tooth comb (fīnʹto͞othʹ) or fine-toothed comb (-to͞othtʹ, -to͞othdʹ) n. 1. A comb with teeth set close together. 2. A method of searching or investigating in minute ...
fine-toothed comb
☆ fine-toothed comb [fīn′to͞oth′fīn′to͞otht′ ] n. a comb with fine, closely set teeth: also fine-tooth comb [fīn′to͞oth′] —————— go over with a ...
—fine-tuner, n. /fuyn"toohn", -tyoohn"/, v.t., fine-tuned, fine-tuning. 1. to tune (a radio or television receiver) to produce the optimum reception for the desired station or ...
—fineableness, n. /fuy"neuh beuhl/, adj. finable. * * *
fine art (fīn) n. 1. a. Art produced or intended primarily for beauty rather than utility. b. Any of the art forms, such as sculpture, painting, or music, used to create such ...
/fuyn"lee/, adv. 1. in a fine manner; excellently; elegantly; delicately; minutely; nicely; subtly. 2. in fine particles or pieces: finely chopped onions. [1275-1325; ME ...
/fuyn"nis/, n. 1. the state or quality of being fine. 2. the proportion of pure precious metal in an alloy, often expressed in parts per thousand. [1400-50; late ME; see FINE1, ...
fineness ratio
1. Aeron. the ratio of the length of a streamlined body, as a rocket or airplane hull, to its maximum diameter. 2. Rocketry. See aspect ratio (def. 4a). * * *
fine print (fīn) n. In both senses also called small print. 1. The portion of a document, especially a contract, that contains qualifications or restrictions in small type or ...
/fuy"neuhr/, adj. Math. of or pertaining to a topology or a topological space whose open sets include all the open sets of a second specified topology on the space. Cf. ...
finery1 /fuy"neuh ree/, n. fine or showy dress, ornaments, etc. [1670-80; FINE1 + -ERY] finery2 /fuy"neuh ree/, n., pl. fineries. Metalworking. a hearth for converting cast iron ...
finery process
Early method of converting cast iron to wrought iron, superseding the bloomery process after blast furnaces became widespread. Pieces of cast iron (see pig iron) were placed on ...
fines [fīnz] pl.n. fine fragments or tiny particles, as of crushed rock, esp. when separated by screening * * * ➡ punishment * * *
fines herbes
/feen" erb", errb"/; Fr. /feen zerddb"/, Cookery. a combination of finely chopped herbs, as parsley, chervil, and chives, used for flavoring soups, sauces, omelets, etc., or as a ...
fines herbes (fēn zĕrbʹ, fēn ĕrbʹ) pl.n. Finely chopped herbs, specifically parsley, chives, tarragon, and thyme, mixed together and used as a seasoning.   [French : ...
/fuyn"spun"/, adj. 1. spun or drawn out to a fine thread. 2. highly or excessively refined or subtle. Also, fine-spun. [1640-50; FINE1 + SPUN] * * *
/fi ness"/, n., v., finessed, finessing. n. 1. extreme delicacy or subtlety in action, performance, skill, discrimination, taste, etc. 2. skill in handling a difficult or highly ...
/fuy"nist/, n. (used with a pl. v.) Informal. the police: New York City's finest. [1925-30, Amer.] * * *
/fi nes"treuh/, n. an aperture, esp. a ventilator in the wall of a tomb. [ < It: window < L fenestra] * * *
fine structure (fīn) n. 1. Physics. The splitting of spectral lines caused by the magnetic moments of orbiting electrons in the atomic nucleus. 2. Biology. See ...
/fin"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) finfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) finfishes. a true fish, as distinguished from a shellfish. Also, fin ...
/fin"foot'/, n., pl. finfoots. any of several aquatic birds of the family Heliornithidae, of South America, Asia, and Africa, related to the rails and coots and characterized by ...
▪ county, Ireland Irish  Fhine Gall        county in the province of Leinster, east-central Ireland. The county of Fingal was created in 1994 when County Dublin ...
Fingal's Cave
/fing"geuhlz/ 1. a cave on the island of Staffa, in the Hebrides, Scotland. 227 ft. (69 m) long; 42 ft. (13 m) wide. 2. (italics) an overture, op. 26, composed in 1832 by Felix ...
Fingal’s Cave
a large cave on the island of Staffa in the Hebrides, Scotland. It is well known for its large rock columns. Many poets and musicians have visited the cave and written about it, ...
—fingerer, n. —fingerless, adj. /fing"geuhr/, n. 1. any of the terminal members of the hand, esp. one other than the thumb. 2. a part of a glove made to receive a finger. 3. ...
finger bowl
a small bowl to hold water for rinsing the fingers at table. [1855-60] * * *
finger food
food intended to be picked up with the fingers and eaten. * * *
finger gate
Metall. any of a number of small runners radiating from a single gate to distribute metal in several parts of the mold cavity. * * *
finger grass
any of various grasses of the genus Chloris, having several narrow spikes in a terminal cluster. Also called windmill grass. [1815-25, Amer.] * * *
finger hole
1. one of a set of holes for the finger on the rotating dial of a telephone. 2. one of two holes or more on a bowling ball for holding the ball. 3. one of a series of holes on a ...
Finger Lakes
a group of elongated glacial lakes in central and W New York: resort region. * * * Group of narrow, glacial lakes, western New York state, U.S. They lie in north-to-south ...
finger man
Slang. a person who points out someone to be murdered, robbed, etc. [1925-30, Amer.] * * *
finger mark
—finger-marked, adj. a mark, esp. a smudge or stain, made by a finger. Also, fingermark. [1830-40] * * *
finger paint
—finger painting. a jellylike paint, used chiefly by children in painting, usually with their fingers. [1945-50] * * *
finger painting
☆ finger painting n. 1. the art or process of painting by using the fingers, hand, or arm to spread, on moistened paper, paints (finger paints) made of starch, glycerin, and ...
finger post
a post with one or more directional signs, terminating in a pointed finger or hand. [1775-85] * * *
finger puppet
a miniature puppet fitting over and manipulated by one finger. * * *
finger reading
the reading of Braille by means of the fingertips. * * *
finger wave
Hairdressing. a wave set by impressing the fingers into hair dampened by lotion or water. [1930-35] * * *
/fing"geuhr paynt'/, v.t., v.i. to paint by using finger paints. [1950-55] * * *
/fing"geuhr poyn'ting/, n. the imputation of blame or responsibility. * * *
/fing"geuhr bawrd',-bohrd'/, n. 1. (of a violin, cello, etc.) the strip of wood on the neck against which the strings are stopped by the fingers. 2. keyboard. [1665-75; FINGER + ...
finger bowl n. A small bowl that holds water for rinsing the fingers at the table. * * *
/fing"geuhr bredth', -bretth'/, n. the breadth of a finger: approximately ¾ in. (2 cm). [1585-95; FINGER + BREADTH] * * *
/fing"geuhrd/, adj. 1. having fingers, esp. of a specified kind or number (often used in combination): a five-fingered glove. 2. spoiled or marred by handling, as merchandise. 3. ...
See finger. * * *
▪ fish also called  Moonfish,         any of the half dozen species of fishes in the family Monodactylidae (order Perciformes), found from the Atlantic coast of ...
/fing"geuhr flow'euhr/, n. See purple foxglove. [1620-30; FINGER + FLOWER] * * *
/fing"geuhr fuk'/, v.t., v.i. Slang (vulgar). to stimulate the genitals of a girl or woman manually. * * *
finger hole n. 1. Any of the holes on a wind instrument that cause a change in pitch when covered by a finger. 2. A hole or an opening for a finger, as in a bowling ball or on ...
/fing"geuhr ing/, n. 1. the act of a person who fingers. 2. Music. a. the action or method of using the fingers in playing on an instrument. b. the indication of the way the ...
Fin·ger Lakes (fĭngʹgər) A group of 11 elongated glacial lakes in west-central New York, including Cayuga and Seneca, the largest and deepest of the lakes. The region is a ...
See fingerer. * * *
/fing"geuhr ling/, n. 1. a young or small fish, esp. a very small salmon or trout. 2. something very small. [1400-50; late ME: fingerstall. See FINGER, -LING1] * * *
finger millet n. An annual plant (Eleusine coracana) in the grass family, native to the Old World tropics and an important cereal in India and Africa. Also called ragi. * * *
/fing"geuhr nayl'/, n. 1. the nail at the end of a finger. 2. Print. a parenthesis. [1200-50; ME; see FINGER, NAIL] * * *
finger painting n. 1. The technique of painting by applying color to paper with the fingers. 2. A picture made with this technique. * * *
fin·ger·pick (fĭngʹgər-pĭk') v. fin·ger·picked, fin·ger·pick·ing, fin·ger·picks v. intr. To play a stringed instrument, such as the guitar or banjo, by plucking ...
finger pick n. A pointed, slightly curved plectrum worn on the fingertip, used in playing a stringed instrument such as the guitar or banjo. * * *
See fingerpick. * * *
fingerpicking [fiŋ′gərpik΄iŋ] n. a style of guitar playing, esp. in folk music, in which the thumb plays bass notes and the index and middle fingers a syncopated treble ...
finger post n. A guidepost in the shape of a pointing hand. * * *
/fing"geuhr print'/, n. 1. an impression of the markings of the inner surface of the last joint of the thumb or other finger. 2. such an impression made with ink for purposes of ...
Act of taking an impression of a person's fingerprint. Because each person's fingerprints are unique, fingerprinting is used as a method of identification, especially in police ...
/fing"geuhr spel'/, v.t., v.i. to communicate by fingerspelling. [FINGER + SPELL1] * * *
/fing"geuhr spel'ing/, n. the communication in sign language of a word or other expression by rendering its written form letter by letter in a manual alphabet. [FINGER + ...
/fing"geuhr stawl'/, n. a covering used to protect a finger. [1425-75; late ME fyngyr stalle. See FINGER, STALL1] * * *
/fing"geuhr tip'/, n. 1. the tip or end of a finger. 2. a covering used to protect the end joint of a finger. 3. at one's fingertips, a. close at hand; easily or immediately ...
finger wave n. A wave set into dampened hair using only the fingers and a comb. * * *
/fee nee"/, adj. French. finished; done. * * *
Fini, Leonor
▪ 1997       Argentine-born Surrealist artist who created erotically tinged paintings, posters, and sets and was internationally known for designing the sets and ...
—finialed, adj. /fin"ee euhl, fuy"nee-/, n. 1. Archit. a relatively small, ornamental, terminal feature at the top of a gable, pinnacle, etc. 2. an ornamental termination to ...
/fin"i keuhl/, adj. finicky. [1585-95; FINE1 + -ICAL] * * *
See finical. * * *
See finically. * * *
/fin"ik/, v.i. 1. to affect extreme daintiness or refinement. 2. to trifle or dawdle. [1700-10; back formation from FINICAL] * * *
See finicky. * * *
finicking [fin′ikinfin′ik iŋ] adj. 〚
/fin"i kee/, adj., finickier, finickiest. excessively particular or fastidious; difficult to please; fussy. Also, finnicky, finiking /fin"i king/. [1815-25; FINICK + -Y1] Syn. ...
Finiguerra, Maso
▪ Italian artist original name  Tommaso Finiguerra   born 1426, Florence [Italy] died 1464, Florence       Renaissance goldsmith, engraver, draftsman, and designer, ...
/fuy"ning/, n. 1. the process by which fused glass is freed of undissolved gases. 2. the process of clarifying or filtering a wine or spirit. [1495-1505; FINE1 + -ING1] * * *
/fin"is, fee nee", fuy"nis/, n. end; conclusion. [1425-75; late ME ( < F) < L finis; see FINE1] * * *
finis coronat opus
/fee"nis koh rddoh"naht oh"poos/; Eng. /fin"is kaw roh"nat oh"peuhs, koh-/, Latin. the end crowns the work. * * *
—finisher, n. /fin"ish/, v.t. 1. to bring (something) to an end or to completion; complete: to finish a novel; to finish breakfast. 2. to come to the end of (a course, period ...
finish line
a line marking the end of a race. [1895-1900] * * *
/fin"isht/, adj. 1. ended or completed. 2. completed or perfected in all details, as a product: to pack and ship finished items. 3. polished to the highest degree of excellence: ...
See finish. * * *
finisher card
(in manufacturing fibers) the last card in the carding process, for converting stock into roving. Cf. breaker card, intermediate card. * * *
finishing nail
a slender nail with a small globular head, used for finish work, being driven to slightly beneath the surface and covered with putty or the like. Cf. casing nail. See illus. ...
finishing school
a private school, usually at the high-school or junior-college level, that teaches young women social graces and prepares them for life in society. [1830-40] * * *
fin·ish·ing school (fĭnʹĭ-shĭng) n. A private girls' school that stresses training in cultural subjects and social activities. * * *
finishing touch n. A small change or addition that serves to complete something. * * *
finish line n. A line that marks the end of a course for racing. * * *
/fin'euh stair"/; Fr. /fee nee sterdd"/, n. a department in W France. 804,088; 2714 sq. mi. (7030 sq. km). Cap.: Quimper. * * *
/fin'euh stair"/; Sp. /fee'nees terdd"rdde/, n. Cape, a headland in NW Spain: the westernmost point of Spain. * * *
Finisterre Range
▪ mountains, Papua New Guinea       mountain range at the base of the Huon Peninsula, northeastern Papua New Guinea, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It comprises a ...
Fin·is·terre (fĭn'ĭ-stârʹ, fē'nē-stĕrʹrĕ), Cape A rocky promontory of extreme northwest Spain on the Atlantic Ocean. Off the cape the British won two naval victories ...
—finitely, adv. —finiteness, n. /fuy"nuyt/, adj. 1. having bounds or limits; not infinite; measurable. 2. Math. a. (of a set of elements) capable of being completely ...
finite clause
a clause with a finite verb in its predicate. * * *
finite decimal
Math. See terminating decimal. * * *
finite difference
Math. difference (def. 9c). [1800-10] * * *
finite intersection property
Math. the property of a collection of nonempty sets in which the intersections of all possible finite numbers of the sets each contain at least one element. * * *
finite verb
a verb form that distinguishes person, number, and tense, and also mood or aspect, as opens in She opens the door. [1785-95] * * *
/fuy"nuyt di men"sheuh nl, -duy-/, adj. Math. (of a vector space) having a basis consisting of a finite number of elements. * * *
See finite. * * *
finitely additive function
Math. a set function that upon operating on the union of a finite number of disjoint sets gives the same result as the sum of the functional values of each set. Cf. countably ...
See finitely. * * *
/fi nee"toh/, adj. Informal. finished; ended. [ < It, ptp. of finire < L finire to FINISH] * * *
/fin"i toohd', -tyoohd', fuy"ni-/, n. a finite state or quality. [1635-45; FINI(TE) + -TUDE] * * *
/fingk/, Slang. n. 1. a strikebreaker. 2. a labor spy. 3. an informer; stool pigeon. 4. a contemptible or thoroughly unattractive person. v.i. 5. to inform to the police; ...
Fink, Albert
▪ American engineer born Oct. 27, 1827, Darmstadt, Hesse-Darmstadt [Germany] died April 3, 1897, Ossining, N.Y., U.S.       German-born American railroad engineer and ...
Fink, Mike
born 1770/80, Fort Pitt, Pa. died 1823, Fort Henry? [North Dakota] U.S. keelboatman. He won fame in his youth as a local marksman and Indian scout. Later, when keelboats became ...
Fink, Theodore
▪ Australian politician and publisher born July 3, 1855, Channel Islands [U.K.] died April 25, 1942, Melbourne, Australia       Australian politician and publisher, ...
Finke River
River, central Australia. Rising south of Mount Ziel in the MacDonnell Ranges, it flows southeast for some 400 mi (640 km) through the southern Northern Territories and northern ...
/fin"leuhnd/, n. 1. Finnish, Suomi. a republic in N Europe: formerly a province of the Russian Empire. 5,109,148; 130,119 sq. mi. (337,010 sq. km). Cap.: Helsinki. 2. Gulf of, an ...
Finland, Church of
▪ national church of Finland in full  Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland,  Finnish  Suomen Evankelis-luterilainen-kirkko         national church of Finland, ...
Finland, flag of
▪ Flag History       national flag consisting of a white field bearing a blue cross; when flown by the government, it incorporates a red, white, and yellow coat of ...
Finland, Gulf of
▪ gulf, Northern Europe Finnish  Suomen Lahti,  Russian  Finsky Zaliv,         easternmost arm of the Baltic Sea, between Finland (north) and Russia and Estonia ...
Finland,Gulf of
Finland, Gulf of An arm of the Baltic Sea bordering on Finland, Russia, and Estonia. An important shipping lane, the shallow gulf is usually frozen from December to March. * * *
/fin"leuhn deuhr/, n. an inhabitant of Finland, esp. a native who customarily speaks Swedish. [1720-30; FINLAND + -ER1] * * *
/fin lan"dee euh/, n. symphonic poem, op. 26, composed in 1899 by Jean Sibelius. * * *
/fin'leuhn deuh zay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the neutralization of a country in terms of its allegiance to the superpowers, in the way that the Soviet Union rendered Finland neutral and ...
/fin"leuhn duyz'/, v.t., Finlandized, Finlandizing. to subject to Finlandization. Also, esp. Brit., Finlandise. [1970-75; back formation from FINLANDIZATION] * * *
/fin"lay, -lee, fin luy"/, n. Carlos Juan /kahr"lohs wahn/, 1833-1915, U.S. physician, born in Cuba: first to suggest mosquito as carrier of yellow fever. * * *
Finlay, Carlos J(uan)
born Dec. 3, 1833, Puerto Príncipe, Cuba died Aug. 20, 1915, Havana Cuban epidemiologist. He is known for his discovery that yellow fever is transmitted by a mosquito. Though ...
Finlay, Carlos J.
▪ Cuban physician in full  Carlos Juan Finlay   born , Dec. 3, 1833, Puerto Príncipe, Cuba died Aug. 20, 1915, Havana       Cuban epidemiologist who discovered that ...
Finlay, George
▪ British historian born Dec. 21, 1799, Faversham, Kent, Eng. died Jan. 26, 1875, Athens, Greece       British historian and participant in the War of Greek ...
Finlay,Carlos Juan
Fin·lay (fĭnʹlā, fēn-līʹ), Carlos Juan. 1833-1915. Cuban-born American physician who identified the mosquito as the carrier of yellow fever. * * *
Fin·lay River (fĭnʹlē) A river of northern British Columbia, Canada, flowing about 402 km (250 mi) to the Peace River. * * *
/fin"lit/, n. a small, detached ray of a fin in certain fishes, as mackerels. [1870-75; FIN + -LET] * * *
/fin"let'euhr/, n. Thomas Knight, 1893-1980, U.S. lawyer and diplomat. * * *
/fin"lee/, n. a male given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Dunne Finley Peter Finley Charles Oscar Morse Samuel Finley Breese * * *
Finley, Charles O(scar)
born Feb. 22, 1918, Ensley, Ala., U.S. died Feb. 19, 1996, Chicago, Ill. U.S. baseball club owner. Born on a farm in Alabama, Finley worked in a steel mill after his family ...
Finley, Charles Oscar
▪ 1997       ("CHARLIE"), U.S. sports executive (b. Feb. 22, 1918, Ensley, near Birmingham, Ala.—d. Feb. 19, 1996, Chicago, Ill.), introduced innovations to major ...
Finley, Charlie
▪ American businessman in full  Charles Oscar Finley   born February 22, 1918, Ensley, Alabama, U.S. died February 19, 1996, Chicago, Illinois       American ...
Finley, Martha
▪ American writer born April 26, 1828, Chillicothe, Ohio, U.S. died Jan. 29, 1909, Elkton, Md.       prolific and, in her day, immensely popular American writer of ...
/fin"mahrk'/, n. the markka of Finland. Also, finnmark. [ < Sw; see FINN, MARK2] * * *
/fin/, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Finland. 2. any native speaker of Finnish. 3. a native speaker of any Finnic language. /fin/, n. Irish Legend. a leader of the Fenian ...
Finn MacCumhaill
or Finn MacCool Hero of the Irish Gaelic tales and ballads of the Fenian cycle. He was chief of a band of warriors, the Fianna Éireann, who were skilled in poetry, hunting, ...
Finnish. Also, Finn. * * *
finnan haddie
/fin"euhn had"ee/ smoked haddock. Also, finnan haddock. [1805-15; lit., haddock of Findhorn, fishing port in Scotland; see -IE] * * *
fin·nan had·die (fĭn'ən hădʹē) n. Smoked haddock. Also called finnan haddock.   [From alteration of Findon, or Findhorn villages of northeast Scotland.] * * *
/fin'boh geuh daw"teuhr/; Icel. /fin'baw gah doh"tirdd/, n. Vigdís Icel. /vig dees"/, born 1930, Icelandic political leader: president 1980-96. * * *
Finnbogadóttir, Vigdís
born April 15, 1930, Reykjavík, Ice. Teacher and president of Iceland (1980–96). After graduating from Reykjavík College in 1949, Finnbogadóttir attended the University of ...
/find/, adj. having fins. [1300-50; ME finnede. See FIN, -ED3] * * *
Finnegans Wake
/fin"i geuhnz/ a novel (1922-39) by James Joyce. * * *
/fin"ee/, n. Charles Grandison /gran"di seuhn/, 1792-1875, U.S. clergyman and educator. * * *
Finney, Albert
born May 9, 1936, Salford, Lancashire, Eng. British actor. He established himself as a Shakespearean actor in the late 1950s. In 1960 he won praise as a working-class rebel in ...
Finney, Charles Grandison
▪ American evangelist born Aug. 29, 1792, Warren, Conn., U.S. died Aug. 16, 1875, Oberlin, Ohio  American lawyer, president of Oberlin College, and a central figure in the ...
Finney, Walter Braden
▪ 1996       ("JACK"), U.S. writer (b. 1911, Milwaukee, Wis.—d. Nov. 14, 1995, Greenbrae, Calif.), was the author of 10 novels as well as short stories and plays, but ...
/fin"ik/, n. 1. a subdivision of the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic language family that includes Finnish, Estonian, Lapp, Mordvin, Udmurt, Mari, and Komi. adj. 2. of, ...
Finnic Peoples
      descendants of a collection of tribal peoples speaking closely related languages of the Finno-Ugric family who migrated to the area of the eastern Baltic, Finland, ...
/fin"ik/, v.i. finick. * * *
/fin"i kee/, adj. finnickier, finnickiest. finicky. * * *
/fin"ish/, n. 1. the principal language of Finland, a Uralic language related closely to Estonian and remotely to Hungarian. Abbr.: Finn. 2. Finnic. adj. 3. of or pertaining to ...
Finnish language
Finno-Ugric language of Finland, spoken by some six million people worldwide, including perhaps 200,000 speakers in North America. Finnish was an unwritten language until the ...
Finnish literature
Introduction       the oral and written literature produced in Finland in the Finnish, Swedish, and, during the Middle Ages, Latin languages.       The history of ...
Finnish spitz
▪ breed of dog       breed of dog native to Finland, where a breed standard has existed since 1812. It is nicknamed the “barking bird dog” for its habit of ...
/fin"mahrk'/, n. finmark. * * *
▪ plain, Norway       swampy plain, northern Norway. Though it has no exact natural boundaries, the plain's principal section is about 60 miles (100 km) from east to ...
a combining form representing Finnish or Finnic in compound words: Finno-Ugric. [FINN + -O-] * * *
Finno-Russo War
/fin"oh rus"oh/ the war (1939-40) between Finland and the Soviet Union. * * *
/fin'oh ooh"gree euhn, -yooh"-/, adj. 1. pertaining to the Finns and the Ugrians. 2. Finno-Ugric. n. 3. Finno-Ugric. [1875-80] * * *
/fin'oh ooh"grik, -yooh"-/, n. 1. the major branch of the Uralic family of languages, subdivided into Finnic, which includes Finnish and Estonian, and Ugric, which includes ...
Finno-Ugric languages
Branch of the Uralic language family spoken by about 25 million people in northeastern Europe, northern Asia, and (through immigration) North America. More than 20 million are ...
Finno-Ugric religion
Pre-Christian belief systems of the Finno-Ugric peoples, who lived in northern Scandinavia, Siberia, the Baltic region, and central Europe. Surviving Finno-Ugric groups include ...
/fin"ee/, adj., finnier, finniest. 1. pertaining to or abounding in fish. 2. having fins; finned. 3. finlike. [1580-90; FIN + -Y1] * * *
/fee"noh/; Sp. /fee"naw/, n. a pale, very dry sherry of Spain. [1840-50; < Sp: lit., FINE1] * * *
/fi noh"kee oh'/, n., pl. finocchios. See Florence fennel. Also, finochio. [1715-25; < It finocchio < VL *fenuculum, for L feniculum, faeniculum FENNEL] * * *
Finsbury [finz′ber΄ē; ] Brit [, finz′bə ri] former metropolitan borough of EC London, now part of Islington * * *
▪ Papua New Guinea       town and port at the tip of Huon Peninsula, eastern Papua New Guinea, southwestern Pacific Ocean. The three-basin harbour, an inlet of the ...
/fin"seuhn/, n. Niels Ryberg /neels rddyuu"berdd/, 1860-1904, Danish physician: Nobel prize 1903. * * *
Finsen, Niels Ryberg
▪ Danish physician born Dec. 15, 1860, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, Den. died Sept. 24, 1904, Copenhagen  Danish physician, founder of modern phototherapy (the treatment of ...
/fin"spot'/, n. any clinid fish of the genus Paraclinus, having an eyelike spot on the dorsal fin, as P. integripinnis, of California. [FIN + SPOT] * * *
Finster, the Rev. Howard
▪ 2002       American artist and preacher (b. Dec. 2, 1916, Valley Head, Ala.—d. Oct. 22, 2001, Rome, Ga.), with his simple colourful works that combined his ...
/fin'steuhr ahr"hawrn/, n. a mountain in S central Switzerland: highest peak of the Bernese Alps, 14,026 ft. (4275 m). * * *
fin whale n. See finback. * * *
/fee oh"neuh/, n. a female given name. * * *
/fyoohn, fin/, n. Irish Legend. Finn. Also called Fionn MacCumal /meuh koohl"/. * * *
/fyawrd, fyohrd/; Norw. /fyohrdd, fyoordd/, n. fjord. * * *
Fiordland National Park
Park, southern South Island, New Zealand. Established in 1952, it is one of the largest national parks in the world, with an area of 4,834 sq mi (12,519 sq km). It is renowned ...
Fiore, Pasquale
▪ Italian jurist born April 8, 1837, Terlizzi, Kingdom of Naples [Italy] died Dec. 17, 1914, Naples       Italian jurist and leading authority on international ...
Fiorelli, Giuseppe
▪ Italian archaeologist born , June 8, 1823, Naples, Kingdom of Naples [Italy] died Jan. 28, 1896, Naples       Italian archaeologist whose systematic excavation at ...
Fiorello La Guardia
➡ La Guardia * * *
Fiorillo, Tiberio
▪ Italian actor Fiorillo also spelled  Fiorilli, or Fiurelli   born Nov. 9, 1608?, Naples, Kingdom of Naples [Italy] died Dec. 7, 1694, Paris, Fr.       Italian ...
Fiorina, Carly
▪ 2003       On May 3, 2002, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), the second largest computer company in the U.S., merged with Compaq Computer Corp., the third largest. The ...
/fee awr'i toor"euh, -ohr'-/; It. /fyaw'rddee tooh"rddah/, n., pl. fioriture /-toor"ay/; It. /-tooh"rdde/. Music. the ornamentation of a melody, often extemporized by the ...
▪ people also called  Wafipa         a Bantu-speaking people linguistically related to Lungu, Pimbwe, and Mambwe who inhabit the Ufipa plateau between lakes ...
fippenny bit
/fip"euh nee, fip"nee/ the Spanish half real, the value of which was about six cents. Also called fippenny piece. [1795-1805, Amer.; assimilated var. of FIVE-PENNY BIT] * * *
/fip"euhl/, n. Music. a plug stopping the upper end of a pipe, as a recorder or a whistle, and having a narrow slit through which the player blows. [1620-30; perh. special use of ...
fipple flute
Music. a recorder or other flutelike instrument equipped with a fipple. [1910-15] * * * ▪ musical instrument also called  whistle flute,  duct flute,  or  block ...
fipple flute n. A flute, such as a recorder, with a fipple. * * *
/fik/, n. Islam. the system of jurisprudence: the legal foundation of Islamic religious, political, and civil life. Also, fikh. [ < Ar] * * * ▪ Islam       (Arabic: ...
/ferr/, n. 1. any coniferous tree belonging to the genus Abies, of the pine family, characterized by its pyramidal style of growth, flat needles, and erect cones. 2. the wood of ...
Firbank [fʉr′baŋk] (Arthur Annesley) Ronald 1886-1926; Eng. novelist * * *
Firbank, Ronald
▪ British author born January 17, 1886, London, England died May 21, 1926, Rome, Italy       English novelist who was a literary innovator of some importance. Greatly ...
/fear"bul euhg/, n., pl. Firbolgs, (esp. collectively) Firbolg. Irish Legend. any member of a pre-Celtic race from Greece who were first defeated by the Fomorians and ousted by ...
/fear dow"see/, n. (Abul Qasim Mansu or Hasan) 932-1020, Persian poet. Also, Ferdus, Firdousi, Firdusi /feuhr dooh"see/. * * *
—firer, n. /fuyeur/, n., v., fired, firing. n. 1. a state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off ...
—firer, n. /fuyeur/, n., v., fired, firing. n. 1. a state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off ...
fire alarm
1. a signal that warns that a fire has started. 2. a bell, buzzer, siren, horn, etc., that provides such a signal. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *       means of warning in case ...
fire ant
any of several omnivorous ants, as the migrant Solenopsis geminata originating in tropical and subtropical South America, having a sting that produces a burning ...
fire apparatus
equipment for extinguishing destructive fires. [1900-05] * * *
fire area
any area of a building that is enclosed by fire-resistant partitions. * * *
fire balloon
a montgolfier. [1815-25] * * *
fire beetle
any of numerous click beetles of the genus Pyrophorus, of tropical America, having luminous reddish or greenish spots on the body. [1835-45] * * *
fire blight
Plant Pathol. a disease of pears, apples, quinces, etc., characterized by blossom, twig, and fruit blight and stem cankers, caused by a bacterium, Erwinia amylovora. [1740-50; ...

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