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flag football n. A type of football in which the advancement of the ball is stopped by removing a flag attached to the ball carrier's clothing. * * *
/flag/, n. James Montgomery, 1877-1960, U.S. painter and illustrator. * * *
Flagg, James Montgomery
▪ American artist born June 18, 1877, Pelham Manor, N.Y., U.S. died May 27, 1960, New York, N.Y.  American illustrator, poster artist, and portrait painter known for his ...
See flag1. * * *
flagging1 —flaggingly, adv. /flag"ing/, adj. 1. dwindling. 2. weak, fatigued, or drooping. [1535-45; FLAG3 + -ING2] flagging2 /flag"ing/, n. 1. flagstones collectively. 2. a ...
See flagging1. * * *
flaggy1 /flag"ee/, adj., flaggier, flaggiest. flagging; drooping; limp. [1555-65; FLAG3 + -Y1] flaggy2 /flag"ee/, adj. consisting of or resembling flags or flagstone; ...
—flagitiously, adv. —flagitiousness, n. /fleuh jish"euhs/, adj. 1. shamefully wicked, as persons, actions, or times. 2. heinous or flagrant, as a crime; infamous. [1350-1400; ...
See flagitious. * * *
See flagitiously. * * *
Flagler, Henry M
▪ American financier born , Jan. 2, 1830, Hopewell, N.Y., U.S. died May 20, 1913, West Palm Beach, Fla.  U.S. financier and partner of John D. Rockefeller (Rockefeller, John ...
Flagler, Henry M(orrison)
born , Jan. 2, 1830, Hopewell, N.Y., U.S. died May 20, 1913, West Palm Beach, Fla. U.S. financier. He initially worked as a grain merchant. His friendship with John D. ...
Flagler,Henry Morrison
Flag·ler (flăgʹlər), Henry Morrison. 1830-1913. American capitalist who built resorts and railroad lines in Florida to promote it as a recreational area. * * *
/flag"meuhn/, n., pl. flagmen. 1. a person who signals with a flag or lantern, as at a railroad crossing. 2. a person who has charge of or carries a flag. [1660-70; FLAG1 + ...
flagof convenience
flag of convenience n. pl. flags of convenience A foreign flag under which a merchant vessel is registered for purposes of reducing operating costs or avoiding government ...
flagof truce
flag of truce n. pl. flags of truce A white flag brought or displayed to an enemy as a request for a conference or as a signal of surrender. * * *
/flag"euhn/, n. 1. a large bottle for wine, liquors, etc. 2. a container for holding liquids, as for use at table, esp. one with a handle, a spout, and usually a cover. [1425-75; ...
/flag"pohl'/, n. a staff or pole on which a flag is or can be displayed. Also called flagstaff. [1880-85; FLAG1 + POLE1] * * *
See flagrancy. * * *
flagrancy [flā′grən sē] n. the quality or state of being flagrant: also flagrance * * * See flagrant. * * *
—flagrancy, flagrance, flagrantness, n. —flagrantly, adv. /flay"greuhnt/, adj. 1. shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring: a flagrant error. 2. notorious; ...
flagrante delicto
/fleuh gran"tee di lik"toh/, Law. in the very act of committing the offense. [ < L] * * *
fla·gran·te de·lic·to (flə-grăn'tē dĭ-lĭkʹtō) adv. 1. In the very act of committing an offense; red-handed. 2. In the act of having sex.   [Medieval Latin flagrante ...
See flagrancy. * * *
/flag"ship'/, n. 1. a ship carrying the flag officer or the commander of a fleet, squadron, or the like, and displaying the officer's flag. 2. the main vessel of a shipping ...
/flag"stad/; Norw. /flahg"stah/, n. Kirsten Marie /kerr"steuhn meuh ree"/; Norw. /khish"teuhn mah rddee"euh, khirdd"steuhn/, 1895-1962, Norwegian operatic soprano. * * *
Flagstad, Kirsten
▪ Norwegian singer born July 12, 1895, Hamar, Nor. died Dec. 7, 1962, Oslo  greatest Wagnerian soprano of the mid-20th century.       Flagstad came from a family of ...
Flagstad, Kirsten (Marie)
born July 12, 1895, Hamar, Nor. died Dec. 7, 1962, Oslo Norwegian soprano. Born to musician parents, she made her operatic debut in 1913. In 1934 she sang Sieglinde in Die ...
Flagstad,Kirsten Malfrid
Flag·stad (flăgʹstăd', flägʹstä'), Kirsten Malfrid. 1895-1962. Norwegian operatic soprano known for her performances as Wagnerian heroines. * * *
/flag"staf', -stahf'/, n., pl. flagstaves, flagstaffs. flagpole. [1605-15; FLAG1 + STAFF1] * * * ▪ Arizona, United States  city, seat (1891) of Coconino county, ...
/flag"staf', -stahf'/, n. a city in central Arizona. 34,641. ab. 6900 ft. (2100 m) high. * * * ▪ Arizona, United States  city, seat (1891) of Coconino county, north-central ...
/flag"stik'/, n. Golf. pin (def. 12). [1925-30; FLAG1 + STICK1] * * *
/flag"stohn'/, n. 1. Also called flag. a flat stone slab used esp. for paving. 2. flagstones, a walk, terrace, etc., paved with flagstones. 3. rock, as sandstone or shale, ...
Flahaut de la Billarderie, Auguste, comte de
▪ French army officer born April 21, 1785, Paris died Sept. 1, 1870, Paris       French army officer and diplomat, better remembered for his exploits in love affairs ...
/fla"euhr tee, flah"-/, n. Robert Joseph, 1884-1951, U.S. pioneer in the production of documentary motion pictures. * * *
Flaherty, Robert
▪ American director born Feb. 16, 1884, Iron Mountain, Mich., U.S. died July 23, 1951, Dummerston, Vt.       U.S. explorer and filmmaker, called the father of the ...
Flaherty, Robert (Joseph)
born Feb. 16, 1884, Iron Mountain, Mich., U.S. died July 23, 1951, Dummerston, Vt. U.S. filmmaker, considered the father of the documentary. He grew up in remote northern ...
Flaherty,Robert Joseph
Fla·her·ty (flăʹər-tē, fläʹ-), Robert Joseph. 1884-1951. American explorer and filmmaker whose works, including Nanook of the North (1922) and Moana (1926), were the ...
Flaiano, Ennio
▪ Italian author and critic born March 5, 1910, Pescara, Italy died Nov. 20, 1972, Rome       Italian screenwriter, playwright, novelist, journalist, and drama critic ...
/flayl/, n. 1. an instrument for threshing grain, consisting of a staff or handle to one end of which is attached a freely swinging stick or bar. 2. a similar instrument used as ...
/flair/, n. 1. a natural talent, aptitude, or ability; bent; knack: a flair for writing rhymes. 2. smartness of style, manner, etc.: Their window display has absolutely no flair ...
/flak/, n. 1. antiaircraft fire, esp. as experienced by the crews of combat airplanes at which the fire is directed. 2. criticism; hostile reaction; abuse: Such an unpopular ...
flak jacket
1. U.S. Air Force. an armored garment made of steel plates covered by a padded fabric, designed to protect vital parts of the body from shrapnel. 2. a protective vest, esp. one ...
flak suit
U.S. Air Force. a suit of two or more padded armored garments designed to protect the body from shrapnel. [1955-60] * * *
flake1 —flakeless, adj. —flaker, n. /flayk/, n., v., flaked, flaking. n. 1. a small, flat, thin piece, esp. one that has been or become detached from a larger piece or mass: ...
flake tool
a Paleolithic or later stone tool made from a flake struck from a larger core. [1945-50] * * * Stone Age devices, usually flint (see chert and flint), shaped by flaking off ...
flake white.
See lead white. [1650-60] * * *
/flayk"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. a form of particle board. [FLAKE1 + BOARD] * * *
/flayk"lit/, n. a small flake, as of snow. [1885-90; FLAKE1 + -LET] * * *
See flake1. * * *
flake tool n. Archaeology A stone tool consisting of a flake that is often modified by further chipping or flaking. * * *
flake white n. A pigment made of flakes of white lead. * * *
flak·ey (flāʹkē) adj. Variant of flaky. * * *
See flaky. * * *
See flakily. * * *
flak jacket n. A bulletproof jacket or vest. * * *
—flakily, adv. —flakiness, n. /flay"kee/, adj., flakier, flakiest. 1. of or like flakes. 2. lying or cleaving off in flakes or layers. 3. Slang. eccentric; wacky; dizzy: a ...
flam1 /flam/, n., v., flammed, flamming. Informal. n. 1. a deception or trick. 2. a falsehood; lie. v.t., v.i. 3. to deceive; delude; cheat. [1615-25; short for ...
Flambard, Ranulf
▪ Norman noble died Sept. 5, 1128       chief minister of King William II Rufus of England (ruled 1087–1100). Of Norman origin, Ranulf was made keeper of the seal ...
/flahm bay"/; Fr. /flahonn bay"/, adj., v., flambéed, flambéing. adj. 1. Also, flambéed /flahm bayd"/. (of food) served in flaming liquor, esp. brandy: steak flambé. 2. ...
/flam"boh/, n., pl. flambeaux /-bohz/, flambeaus. 1. a flaming torch. 2. a torch for use at night in illuminations, processions, etc. 3. a large, decorated candlestick. 4. an ...
Flamborough Head
▪ promontory, England, United Kingdom  chalk promontory, East Riding of Yorkshire geographic county, historic county of Yorkshire, England, where the Yorkshire Wolds project ...
See flamboyant. * * *
See flamboyance. * * *
—flamboyance, flamboyancy, n. —flamboyantly, adv. /flam boy"euhnt/, adj. 1. strikingly bold or brilliant; showy: flamboyant colors. 2. conspicuously dashing and colorful: the ...
Flamboyant style
Phase of late Gothic architecture in 15th-century France and Spain. It evolved out of the Rayonnant style's increasing emphasis on decoration. Its most conspicuous feature is ...
See flamboyance. * * *
—flamer, n. —flameless, adj. —flamelike, adj. /flaym/, n., v., flamed, flaming. n. 1. burning gas or vapor, as from wood or coal, that is undergoing combustion; a portion ...
flame azalea
an azalea, Rhododendron calendulaceum, of the eastern U.S., having yellow, orange, or scarlet flowers. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
flame cell
Zool. one of the hollow cells terminating the branches of the excretory tubules of certain invertebrates, having a tuft of continuously moving cilia. [1885-90] * * *
flame color
—flame-colored, adj. bright reddish-orange. Also called flame. [1600-10] * * *
flame cultivator
Agric. an implement that kills weeds by scorching them with a directed flow of flaming gas. Also called flame thrower, weed burner. * * *
flame retardant
a compound used in cloth and plastic material to raise the ignition point of the material, thus making it resistant to fire. [1945-50] * * *
flame stitch
an ornamental stitch, used on bedspreads, upholstery fabrics, and the like, producing rows of ogees in various colors. [1960-65] * * *
flame thrower
▪ weapon       military assault weapon that projects a stream of blazing oil or thickened gasoline against enemy positions. As used in World War II and later wars it ...
flame tree
1. either of two trees, Brachychiton acerifolius or B. australis, native to Australia, having clusters of bright scarlet flowers. 2. See royal poinciana. [1865-70] * * *
flame-fusion process
/flaym"fyooh"zheuhn/. See Verneuil process. * * *
/flaym"euhv dheuh woodz"/, n., pl. flames-of-the-woods. an Indian evergreen shrub, Ixora coccinea, of the madder family, having red, tubular flowers in dense clusters. Also ...
/flaym"owt'/, n. Aeron. the failure of a jet engine due to an interruption of the fuel supply or to faulty combustion. Also, flameout. Also called blowout. [1945-50; n. use of v. ...
flame-re·tar·dant (flāmʹrĭ-tär'dnt) adj. Resistant to catching fire.   flameʹ-re·tar'dant n. * * *
flame cell n. A hollow cell in the excretory system of certain invertebrates, including flatworms and rotifers, containing a tuft of rapidly beating cilia that serve to propel ...
/flaym"fish'/, n., pl. flamefishes, (esp. collec-tively) flamefish. a cardinalfish, Apogon maculatus, of Atlantic coastal waters from Florida to Brazil. [FLAME + FISH] * * *
/flay"meuhn, -men/, n., pl. flamens, flamines /flam"euh neez'/. (in ancient Rome) a priest. [1300-50; < L flamen (perh. earlier *fladmen; akin to OE blotan to sacrifice); r. ME ...
/flah meng"koh, fleuh-/, n., pl. flamencos, adj. n. 1. a style of dancing, characteristic of the Andalusian Gypsies, that is strongly rhythmic and involves vigorous actions, as ...
flame nettle n. See coleus. * * *
flameout [flām′out΄] n. ☆ 1. the stopping of combustion in a jet engine as a result of some abnormal flight condition 2. a sudden and complete, usually conspicuous, ...
/flaym"proohf'/, adj. 1. resisting the effect of flames; not readily ignited or burned by flames. v.t. 2. to make flameproof. [1885-90; FLAME + -PROOF] * * *
See flame. * * *
/flaym"throh'euhr/, n. 1. a weapon, either mounted or portable, that sprays ignited incendiary fuel for some distance. 2. Agric. See flame cultivator. [1915-20; FLAME + ...
flam·i·nes (flămʹə-nēz') n. A plural of flamen. * * *
—flamingly, adv. /flay"ming/, adj. 1. emitting flames; blazing; burning; fiery. 2. like a flame in brilliance, heat, or shape. 3. intensely ardent or passionate: flaming ...
See flaming. * * *
/fleuh ming"goh/, n., pl. flamingos, flamingoes. any of several aquatic birds of the family Phoenicopteridae, having very long legs and neck, webbed feet, a bill bent downward at ...
/fleuh ming"goh flow'euhr/, n. a central American plant, Anthurium scherzeranum, of the arum family, having a red, coiled spadix and a bright red, shiny, heart-shaped spathe, ...
flamingo flower n. A short-stemmed perennial (Anthurium scherzeranum) of Costa Rica and Guatemala, having a reflex, shiny, scarlet spathe and a spirally contorted, vermilion ...
Flamingos, the
▪ American music group       American doo-wop vocal group of the 1950s noted for their tight, pristine harmonies. The principal members were Zeke Carey (b. January 24, ...
flaming sword n. A widely cultivated bromeliad (Vriesea splendens) native to French Guiana, having long, unbranched inflorescences with red imbricated bracts and yellow ...
Flaminian Way
/fleuh min"ee euhn/ an ancient Roman road extending N from Rome to what is now Rimini. 215 mi. (345 km) long. * * *
Fla·min·i·an Way (flə-mĭnʹē-ən) An ancient Roman road that was the principal artery between Rome and Cisalpine Gaul. It was begun in 220 B.C. by the Roman general Gaius ...
Flamininus, Titus Quinctius
born с 227 BC died 174 Roman general and consul (198 BC). As consul he tried to formulate a peace treaty with Philip V of Macedonia, but negotiations broke down and fighting ...
/fleuh min"ee euhs/, n. Gaius /gay"euhs/, died 217 B.C., Roman statesman and general who was defeated by Hannibal. * * *
Flaminius, Gaius
died 217 BC Roman political leader. As tribune (232) he supported Roman expansion in northern Italy; his land bill (232) gave land to Roman plebeians and gained him great ...
See flammable. * * *
—flammability, n. /flam"euh beuhl/, adj. easily set on fire; combustible; inflammable. [1805-15; < L flamma(re) to set on fire + -BLE] Usage. See inflammable. * * *
/flann mann rddyuuawonn"/, n. (Nicolas) Camille /nee kaw lah" kann mee"yeu/, 1842-1925, French astronomer and author. * * *
Flam·ma·rion (flə-mâr'ē-ōɴʹ), Camille. 1842-1925. French astronomer who founded the French Astronomical Society (1887). * * *
/flam"steed/, n. John, 1646-1719, English astronomer. * * *
Flamsteed, John
▪ British astronomer born Aug. 19, 1646, Denby, near Derby, Derbyshire, Eng. died Dec. 31, 1719, Greenwich, London  founder of the Greenwich Observatory, and the first ...
/flay"mee/, adj., flamier, flamiest. of or like flame. [1485-95; FLAME + -Y1] * * *
/flan, flahn/; for 1 also Sp. /flahn/; for 2 also Fr. /flahonn/, n., pl. flans /flanz, flahnz/; for 2 also Fr. /flahonn/; Sp. flanes /flah"nes/ for 1. 1. Spanish Cookery. a ...
flan ring.
See under flan (def. 2). [1905-10] * * *
/flan"euh geuhn/, n. Edward Joseph ("Father Flanagan"), 1886-1948, U.S. Roman Catholic priest, born in Ireland: founder of a farm village for wayward boys. * * *
Flanagan and Allen
➡ Flanagan * * *
Flanagan, John J.
▪ Irish-American athlete born Jan. 9, 1873, Kilbreedy, County Limerick, Ireland died June 4, 1938  Irish-American athlete, the first Olympic hammer throw champion, who won ...
Flanagan, Tommy Lee
▪ 2002       American jazz pianist (b. March 16, 1930, Detroit, Mich.— d. Nov. 16, 2001, New York, N.Y.), improvised fluent melodies with swing, harmonic ingenuity, ...
/flan"deuhrz/, n. a medieval country in W Europe, extending along the North Sea from the Strait of Dover to the Scheldt River: the corresponding modern regions include the ...
Flanders and Swann
a pair of English entertainers, Michael Flanders (1922–75) and Donald Swann (1923–94), who wrote and performed many humorous songs together. Flanders wrote the words and ...
Flanders fields
n [pl] a phrase used to refer to the areas of north-east France and Belgium where many soldiers died and were buried in World War I. The phrase comes from a poem, In Flanders ...
Flanders poppy.
See corn poppy. [1920-25] * * *
Flandin, Pierre-Étienne
born April 12, 1889, Paris, France died June 13, 1958, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat French politician. He served in the Chamber of Deputies (1914–40) and held various ministerial ...
/flahneu rddee"/, n. French. idleness; dawdling. * * *
/flah nuerdd"/, n., pl. flâneurs /-nuerdd"/. French. idler; dawdler; loafer. * * *
—flangeless, adj. —flanger, n. /flanj/, n., v., flanged, flanging. n. 1. a projecting rim, collar, or ring on a shaft, pipe, machine housing, etc., cast or formed to give ...
/flanj"way/, n. Railroads. an opening, parallel to a rail, made through platforms, pavements, track structures, etc., to permit passage of wheel flanges. [FLANGE + WAY] * * *
/flangk/, n. 1. the side of an animal or a person between the ribs and hip. 2. the thin piece of flesh constituting this part. 3. a slice of meat from the flank of an animal. 4. ...
flank speed
the maximum possible speed of a ship. * * *
/flahng"keuhn/, n. 1. a strip of meat from the front end of the short ribs of beef. 2. Jewish Cookery. a dish of this meat boiled and often served with horseradish or a ...
/flang"keuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that flanks. 2. Mil. one of a body of soldiers placed on the flank of an army to guard a line of march. 3. Fort. a fortification projecting ...
flank·er·back (flăngʹkər-băk') n. Football A halfback stationed just behind the line of scrimmage and slightly wide of the formation, used chiefly as a pass receiver. * * *
Flannagan, John Bernard
▪ American sculptor born April 7, 1895, Fargo, North Dakota, U.S. died January 6, 1942, New York, New York       American sculptor notable for his technique of direct ...
/flan"l/, n., v., flanneled, flanneling or (esp. Brit.), flannelled, flannelling. n. 1. a soft, slightly napped fabric of wool or wool and another fiber, used for trousers, ...
flannel cake
Chiefly North Midland U.S. griddlecake; pancake. [1785-95] Regional Variation. See pancake. * * *
/flan"l leef'/, n. the common mullein, Verbascum thapsus. Also called flannel plant. [1815-25] * * *
flannel-mouthed [flan′əl mouthd΄, flan′əlmoutht΄] adj. 1. speaking thickly, as if one's mouth were full of flannel 2. garrulous, esp. in an insincere or deceptive way * * ...
/flan"l bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. a flannel-covered surface to which other flannel pieces, as letters of the alphabet, numbers, etc., adhere merely by contact, used mainly in schools ...
flannel bush n. Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Fremontodendron of California and northern Mexico, having downy, lobed leaves and showy yellow flowers. * * ...
flannel cake n. See pancake. * * *
/flan'l et"/, n. a warm, soft cotton fabric, plain or printed, napped on one side. Also, flannelette. [1880-85; FLANNEL + -ET] * * *
flannelette or flannelet [flan΄əl et′] n. a soft cotton cloth like cotton flannel but lighter in weight * * * flan·nel·ette (flăn'ə-lĕtʹ) n. A soft cotton fabric with ...
flannel leaf n. See mullein. * * *
/flan"l ee/, adj. 1. made of or resembling flannel. 2. thick or blurred, as speech. [1830-40; FLANNEL + -Y1] * * *
/flan"l mowth'/, n., pl. flannelmouths /-mowdhz'/. 1. a person whose speech is thick, slow, or halting. 2. a person whose speech is smoothly deceptive. [1880-85, Amer.; FLANNEL + ...
flannelmouth sucker
Ichthyol. a sucker, Catostomus latipinnis, of the Colorado River and its tributaries. * * *
/flan"l mowdhd", -mowtht"/, adj. 1. talking thickly, slowly, or haltingly. 2. characterized by deceptive or shifty speech. [1880-85, Amer.; FLANNEL + MOUTH + -ED3] * * *
Flanner, Janet
▪ American writer pseudonym  Genêt  born March 13, 1892, Indianapolis, Ind., U.S. died Nov. 7, 1978, New York, N.Y.       American writer who was the Paris ...
Flan·ner (flănʹər), Janet. Pen name Ge·nêt (zhə-nāʹ) 1892-1978. American journalist who was the Paris correspondent for the New Yorker (1925-1975) and published several ...
Flannery O’Connor
➡ O’Connor (I) * * *
Flannery, Tim
▪ 2008 Timothy Fridtjof Flannery  born Jan. 28, 1956, Melbourne, Australia  Zoologist Tim Flannery, who became an outspoken environmentalist, was named Australian of the ...
/flan"ing/, n. Archit. the splay of a sconcheon. [1840-50; dial. flan to splay + -ING1] * * *
—flapless, adj. /flap/, v., flapped, flapping, n. v.i. 1. to swing or sway back and forth loosely, esp. with noise: A loose shutter flapped outside the window. 2. to move up ...
flap door
1. Also called falling door. a door hinged at the bottom so as to fall downward and outward. 2. a door placed horizontally or on a shallow incline, as an exterior cellar ...
flap valve.
See clack valve. [1865-70] * * *
flap-footed lizard
▪ reptile       any of approximately 40 species of lizards (lizard) that make up the seven genera of the family Pygopodidae. Confined to Australia and southern New ...
/flap"doohd'l/, n. Informal. nonsense; bosh. [1820-30; orig. uncert.] * * *
/flap"drag'euhn/, n. 1. an old game in which the players snatch raisins, plums, etc., out of burning brandy, and eat them. 2. the object so caught and eaten. [1580-90; FLAP + ...
/flap"euh ron'/, n. Aeron. a control surface functioning both as a flap and as an aileron. [FLAP + (AIL)ERON] * * *
/flap"jak'/, n. 1. a pancake or griddlecake. 2. Brit. a small case for face powder; compact. [1590-1600; FLAP + JACK1] Regional Variation. 1. See pancake. * * *
/flap"euh beuhl/, adj. Informal. easily upset or confused, esp. under stress. [1965-70; back formation from UNFLAPPABLE] * * *
—flapperdom, n. —flapperish, adj. —flapperism, n. /flap"euhr/, n. 1. something broad and flat used for striking or for making a noise by striking. 2. a broad, flat, hinged ...
/flap"ee/, adj., flappier, flappiest. slack or loose, so as to flap readily. [1900-05; FLAP + -Y1; prob. re-formation and not continuous with obs. flappy FLABBY] * * *
/flaps/, n. (used with a sing. v.) Vet. Pathol. swelling of the lips of a horse. [FLAP (n.) + -S3] * * *
/flair/, v., flared, flaring, n. v.i. 1. to burn with an unsteady, swaying flame, as a torch or candle in the wind. 2. to blaze with a sudden burst of flame (often fol. by up): ...
flare star
Astron. a dwarf star that exhibits sudden increases of magnitude similar to solar flares. Also called UV Ceti star. [1950-55] * * * Star that varies in brightness repeatedly but ...
flare-up [flerup΄] n. 1. a sudden outburst of flame 2. a sudden, brief outburst of anger, trouble, etc. * * * flare-up (flârʹŭp') n. 1. A sudden outbreak of flame or ...
/flair"bak'/, n. 1. a blast of flame that sometimes issues from the breech of a large gun or cannon when it is opened after firing. 2. a brief, unexpected recurrence: a flareback ...
➡ jeans * * *
/flair"up'/, n. 1. a sudden flaring up of flame or light. 2. a sudden outburst or intensification, as of anger or tensions. 3. a sudden outbreak of violence, disease, or any ...
—flaringly, adv. /flair"ing/, adj. 1. blazing; flaming. 2. glaringly bright or showy. 3. spreading gradually outward in form: a flaring skirt. [1585-95; FLARE + -ING2] * * *
—flashingly, adv. /flash/, n. 1. a brief, sudden burst of bright light: a flash of lightning. 2. a sudden, brief outburst or display of joy, wit, etc. 3. a very brief moment; ...
/flash/, n. a precedence code for handling messages about initial enemy contact or operational combat messages of extreme urgency within the U.S. military. * * *
flash burn
a burn produced by brief exposure to intense, radiant heat, as from an explosion. [1945-50] * * *
flash butt welding.
See flash welding. * * *
flash flood
a sudden and destructive rush of water down a narrow gully or over a sloping surface, caused by heavy rainfall. [1935-40] Syn. See flood. * * *
flash gun
☆ flash gun n. a device that sets off a flashbulb simultaneously with the opening of the camera shutter * * *
flash lamp
Photog. a lamp for providing momentary illumination of the subject of a photograph. Also, flashlamp. Also called flash. [1885-90] * * * ▪ lighting       any of several ...
flash memory
Computers. a type of reprogrammable memory that retains information even with the power turned off. * * *
flash photography
photography using a momentary flash of artificial light as a source of illumination. * * *
flash photolysis
Chem. the study of photochemical reaction mechanisms in gases by analyzing spectroscopically the reaction products in a gas mixture irradiated with a powerful light ...
flash picture
a photograph made using flash photography. * * *
flash point
1. Also, flashing point. Physical Chem. the lowest temperature at which a liquid in a specified apparatus will give off sufficient vapor to ignite momentarily on application of a ...
flash spectrum
Astron. the emission spectrum of the chromosphere of the sun, which dominates the solar spectrum in the seconds just before and after a total solar eclipse. [1895-1900] * * ...
flash tube
flash tube n. a gaseous discharge tube designed to emit extremely short bursts of very intense light * * *
flash welding
a method of welding metal edge-to-edge with a powerful electric flash followed by the application of pressure. Also called flash butt welding. * * *
/flash"fawr"weuhrd/, n. 1. a device in the narrative of a motion picture, novel, etc., by which a future event or scene is inserted into the chronological structure of the ...
/flash"freez"/, v.t., flash-froze, flash-frozen, flash-freezing. quick-freeze. * * *
/flash"lok'/, n. stanch1 (def. 5). * * *
/flash"bak'/, n. 1. a device in the narrative of a motion picture, novel, etc., by which an event or scene taking place before the present time in the narrative is inserted into ...
/flash"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. Civ. Engin. a board, or one of a series of boards, as on a milldam, used to increase the depth of the impounded water. [1760-70; FLASH + BOARD] * * *
/flash"bulb'/, n. Photog. a glass bulb, filled with oxygen and aluminum or zirconium wire or foil, which, when ignited electrically, burns with a brilliant flash to provide ...
flash burn n. A burn resulting from brief exposure to intense radiation. * * *
flashbutt welding
flash butt welding n. A technique for joining segments of metal rail or pipe in which segments aligned end to end are electronically charged, producing an electric arc that melts ...
/flash"kahrd'/, n. a card having words, numerals, or pictures on it, designed for gaining a rapid response from pupils when held up briefly by a teacher, used esp. in reading, ...
/flash"kyoohb'/, n. a cube, for attaching to a camera, that contains a flashbulb in each vertical side and rotates automatically for taking four flash pictures in ...
flashed glass
clear glass flashed with a thin layer of colored glass or a coating of metallic oxide. [1875-80] * * *
/flash"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that flashes. 2. a flashing light operated by a switching device that automatically turns it on and off alternately. 3. a signal light on an ...
flash flood also flash·flood (flăshʹflŭdʹ) n. A sudden flood of great volume, usually caused by a heavy rain. * * *
/flash"gun'/, n. Photog. a device that simultaneously discharges a flashbulb and operates a camera shutter. [1925-30; FLASH + GUN1] * * *
See flashy. * * *
See flashily. * * *
/flash"ing/, n. 1. Building Trades. pieces of sheet metal or the like used to cover and protect certain joints and angles, as where a roof comes in contact with a wall or ...
flashing point
Physical Chem. See flash point (def. 1). [1875-80] * * *
flash lamp n. An electric lamp for producing a high-intensity light of very short duration for use in photography. * * *
/flash"luyt'/, n. 1. Also called, esp. Brit., torch. a small, portable electric lamp powered by dry batteries or a tiny generator. 2. a light that flashes, as a lighthouse ...
flashlight fish
any of several fishes, esp. Photoblepharon palpebratus, inhabiting deep, dark waters and having light organs that can be closed with a lid. [1970-75] * * * also called ...
a character in Tom Brown’s Schooldays. He is a cruel older boy who is unkind to Tom and the other young boys. In the 20th century George MacDonald Fraser wrote a series of ...
flash memory n. A computer chip with a read-only memory that retains its data when the power is turned off and that can be electronically erased and reprogrammed without being ...
/flash"oh'veuhr/, n. 1. Elect. a disruptive discharge around or over the surface of a solid or liquid insulator. 2. the moment of conflagration or complete incineration caused by ...
flash photolysis n. A method of investigating fast photochemical reactions in gases in which a gas is exposed to very brief, intense flashes of light and the resulting products ...
flash point also flash·point (flăshʹpoint') n. 1. The lowest temperature at which the vapor of a combustible liquid can be made to ignite momentarily in air. 2. The point at ...
/flash"toohb', -tyoohb'/, n. Photog. See electronic flash. Also, flash tube. Also called flash. [1940-45; FLASH + TUBE] * * *       electric discharge lamp giving a very ...
flash unit n. 1. An electronic flash system containing both a power supply and a flashtube in a single compact unit. 2. a. See flashgun. b. A flashgun and reflector. * * *
flash welding n. See flash butt welding. * * *
—flashily, adv. —flashiness, n. /flash"ee/, adj., flashier, flashiest. 1. sparkling or brilliant, esp. in a superficial way or for the moment: a flashy performance. 2. ...
flask1 /flask, flahsk/, n. 1. a bottle, usually of glass, having a rounded body and a narrow neck, used esp. in laboratory experimentation. 2. a flat metal or glass bottle for ...
/flas"kit, flah"skit/, n. 1. a small flask. 2. a long, shallow basket. [1425-75; late ME flaskett < OF flasquet, dim. of flasque FLASK1] * * *
flat1 —flatly, adv. —flatness, n. /flat/, adj., flatter, flattest, n., v., flatted, flatting, adv. adj. 1. horizontally level: a flat roof. 2. level, even, or without ...
flat and round characters
▪ literature       characters as described by the course of their development in a work of literature. Flat characters are two-dimensional in that they are relatively ...
flat arch
Archit. an arch having a more or less flat intrados and extrados with voussoirs radiating from a center below the arch. See illus. under arch. Also called jack arch. [1705-15] * ...
flat back
1. a book spine presenting a completely flat surface. 2. a book bound with such a spine. [1900-05] * * *
flat bark beetle
▪ insect also called  cucujid  or   flat grain beetle         any of approximately 500 species of beetles (beetle) (insect order Coleoptera (coleopteran)) that are ...
flat bond
a bond that is traded without accrued interest as part of the price. * * *
flat bug
any of numerous flattened bugs of the family Aradidae, inhabiting the underside of bark and feeding on fungi. Also called fungus bug. [1890-95] * * * ▪ insect also called ...
flat character
an easily recognized character type in fiction who may not be fully delineated but is useful in carrying out some narrative purpose of the author. Cf. round character, stock ...
Flat Earth Society
an organization whose members claim that the Earth is flat, and refuse to believe in modern science. The society was established in America and has branches in Britain. Its ...
flat foot
flat foot n. a foot having a flattened instep arch * * *
flat grain beetle
▪ insect       any member of the insect family Silvanidae (order Coleoptera), closely related to and sometimes included in the flat bark beetle (q.v.) family Cucujidae. ...
flat head
a flat screw head. See illus. under screw. * * *
flat knitting
a knitting process in which the yarn is knitted horizontally on needles set in a straight line. Cf. circular knitting. [1935-40] * * *
flat knot
Naut. See reef knot. [1950-55] * * *
flat light
Photog. even front lighting of a subject, producing little contrast, no shadows, and no modeling. * * *
flat race
—flat racing. Track, Horse Racing. a race run on a level track having no hurdles, water jumps, hedges, or the like to hinder the speed of the entrants. [1840-50] * * *
flat races
➡ racing * * *
flat racing
➡ racing * * *
flat sennit
a rope made of three or more yarns or strands plaited together. Also called common sennit, English sennit. * * *
flat silver
silver table utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons. [1925-30, Amer.] * * *
flat sour
1. fermentation occurring in canned foods after sealing. 2. canned food so fermented. [1925-30] * * *
flat tire
1. a pneumatic tire that has lost all or most of its air through leakage, puncture, or the like. 2. Older Slang. a dull or socially inept person. [1920-25] * * *
flat-bed plotter
a mechanized drafting device, usually computer driven, incorporating a moving pen whose horizontal and vertical range in two dimensions is limited only by the size of the bed of ...
flat-bed press.
See cylinder press. * * *
/flat"bot"euhmd/, adj. (of boats) having a flat bottom. [1575-85] * * *
flat-coated retriever
/flat"koh'tid/ one of an English breed of large sporting dogs having a flat, dense, shiny black or liver-colored coat, small ears, and long jaws, used for retrieving game from ...
See flat-earther. * * *
/flat"err"theuhr/, n. 1. a person who adheres to the idea that the earth is flat. 2. a person who clings to an idea or theory that has long been proved wrong. [1930-35; flat ...
➡ Flat Earth Society * * *
flat-felled seam
/flat"feld'/ a seam on the face of a garment, as on the outside of the legs of blue jeans, made by overlapping or interlocking one seam allowance with the other and top-stitching ...
/flat"fuyl"/, adj. of or pertaining to a database system in which each database consists of a single file not linked to any other file. [1980-85] * * *
flat-file database (flătʹfīl') n. A database system in which each database contains only one file, which is not linked to any other file. * * *
flat-footed [flat′foot΄id] adj. 1. having flatfoot 2. designating a manner of walking, with the toes pointed outward, as by people with flatfoot ☆ 3. Informal downright and ...
See flat-footed. * * *
See flat-footedly. * * *
/flat"graynd'/, adj. (of sawed lumber) having the annual rings at an angle of less than 45° with the broader surfaces. * * *
flat-hat (flătʹhăt') intr.v. flat-·hat·ted, flat-·hat·ting, flat-·hats To fly an airplane close to the ground and at a high or dangerous speed. * * *
flat-headed cat
▪ mammal       (Felis planiceps), extremely rare Asian cat found in the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo. One of the smallest members of the cat family, Felidae, the ...
flat-joint pointing
/flat"joynt"/, Masonry. pointing having flush joints of common mortar. [1815-25] * * *
/flat"nit'/, adj. (of a fabric) made by flat knitting. Cf. circular-knit. [1955-60] * * *
/flat"owt"/, adj. Informal. 1. moving or working at top speed or with maximum effort; all-out: a flat-out effort by all contestants. 2. downright; thoroughgoing: Many of the ...
flat-pan·el display (flătʹpănʹəl) n. A thin lightweight video display used in laptop and notebook computers and employing liquid crystals, electroluminescence, or a similar ...
See flat pick. * * *
See flat-pick. * * *
flat-plate collector
/flat"playt'/ a type of solar collector consisting of a series of flat glass or plastic plates with black metal surfaces that absorb solar energy. [1975-80] * * *
/flat"rohld'/, adj. (of steel or other metal) rolled into flat sheets, strips, etc. [1930-35] * * *
/flat"saw'/, v.t., flat-sawed, flat-sawed or flat-sawn, flat-sawing. plain-saw. [1880-85] * * *
flat-wa·ter (flătʹwô'tər, -wŏt'ər) adj. Of or on a level or slow-moving watercourse: flat-water canoeing; a flat-water race. * * *
/flat"bed'/, n. a truck or trailer having an open body in the form of a platform without sides or stakes. Also called flatbed trailer, flatbed truck. Cf. stake truck. [1870-75, ...

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