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flatbed press
▪ printing  printing press employing a flat surface for the type or plates against which paper is pressed, either by another flat surface acting reciprocally against it or ...
flatbedpress
flatbed press n. A printing press in which the type, locked into a chase, is supported by a flat surface or bed and the paper is applied to the type either by a flat platen or by ...
flatbedscanner
flatbed scanner n. An optical scanner in which the scanning head moves across a stationary page. * * *
flatbill
▪ bird  any of six species of Central and South American birds belonging to the tyrant flycatcher family Tyrannidae (order Passeriformes). Flatbills, which constitute the ...
flatboat
/flat"boht'/, n. a large, flat-bottomed boat for use in shallow water, esp. on rivers. [1650-60; FLAT1 + BOAT] * * *
flatbottom
flat·bot·tom (flătʹbŏt'əm) or flat·bot·tomed (-bŏt'əmd) adj. Having a flat bottom: a flatbottom boat; a flatbottomed skillet. * * *
flatbread
/flat"bred'/, n. 1. Also, flatbrod /flat"brohd/. a thin, waferlike bread, usually rye, baked esp. in Scandinavian countries. 2. Also, flat bread. any of various often unleavened ...
flatcar
/flat"kahr'/, n. a railroad car consisting of a platform without sides or top. [1860-65, Amer.; FLAT1 + CAR1] * * *
flatfish
/flat"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) flatfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) flatfishes. any fish of the order Heterosomata (Pleuronectiformes), including ...
flatfoot
/flat"foot'/ or, for 1, /-foot"/, n., pl. flatfeet for 1, flatfoots for 2, 3. 1. Pathol. a. a condition in which the arch of the foot is flattened so that the entire sole rests ...
flatfooted
—flatfootedly, adv. —flatfootedness, n. /flat"foot"id/, adj. 1. having flatfeet. 2. taking or showing an uncompromising stand in a matter; firm and explicit: a flatfooted ...
Flatford Mill
a painting (1817) by John Constable of a water mill (= a building by a river that uses the water to turn a wheel and operate machinery) on the river Stour in south-east England. ...
flathead
/flat"hed'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) flathead, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) flatheads. any of several scorpaenoid fishes of the family Platycephalidae, ...
Flathead
/flat"hed'/, n. 1. a member of a tribe of Salishan Indians of northwest Montana. 2. a Chinook Indian. [1530-40; so called from their supposed practice of flattening their ...
flathead catfish
a yellow and brown catfish, Pylodictus olivaris, common in the central U.S., having a flattened head and a projecting lower jaw. Also called goujon, mudcat, shovelnose catfish, ...
Flathead Lake
▪ lake, Montana, United States       lake in the Flathead National Forest of northwestern Montana, U.S. Flathead Lake marks the southern limit of the Rocky Mountain ...
Flathead River
River, southeastern British Columbia, Canada, and western Montana, U.S. Rising in the MacDonald Range, it flows south for 240 mi (385 km) across the Canada-U.S. boundary into ...
flatheadcatfish
flat·head catfish (flătʹhĕd') n. A large American catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) having a yellowish body with brown markings and common in streams of the Mississippi Valley ...
flatheaded apple tree borer
/flat"hed'id/. See apple tree borer (def. 1). [1880-85] * * *
flatheaded borer
the larva of a metallic wood-boring beetle, having an expanded and flattened anterior end. Also called hammerhead. [1880-85] * * *
FlatheadRiver
Flathead River A river rising in southeast British Columbia, Canada, and flowing about 386 km (240 mi) generally southward across the Montana border to Flathead Lake then south ...
flatiron
/flat"uy'euhrn/, n. 1. a nonelectric iron with a flat bottom, heated for use in pressing clothes, cloth, etc. 2. Geol. (in the Western U.S.) a triangular hogback that resembles a ...
Flatiron Building
a tall, thin office building that was New York’s first skyscraper. It was built in 1902 on Fifth Avenue. The building has one thick end and one narrow, sharp end. It has 22 ...
flatland
—flatlander, n. /flat"land'/, n. a region that lacks appreciable topographic relief. [1725-35, Amer.; FLAT1 + -LAND] * * *
flatlander
See flatland. * * *
flatlet
/flat"lit/, n. Brit. a residential apartment with only one or two rooms. [1920-25; FLAT2 + -LET] * * *
Flatley, Michael
▪ 1998       At the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, held at the Point Theatre in Dublin, the most successful act was not even entered in the competition. An intermission ...
flatling
/flat"ling/, adv. Also, flatlings. Brit. Dial. 1. in a flat position; with the flat side, as of a sword. 2. flatly or positively. adj. 3. Obs. dealt with the flat side. [1325-75; ...
flatly
See flat1. * * *
flatness
See flatly. * * *
flatout
flat out adv. Informal 1. In a direct manner; bluntly: told me the truth flat out. 2. At top speed: running flat out. * * *
flatoyster
flat oyster n. See European oyster. * * *
flatpick
flat pick n. A flat, often triangular plectrum held between the finger and thumb, used in picking and strumming a guitar or similar stringed instrument.   flatʹ-pick' ...
flatrace
flat race n. A horserace run over level ground with no obstacles such as fences or hazards. * * *
flatscreen
flat screen n. See flat-panel display. * * *
flatsilver
flat silver n. Utensils, such as knives, forks, or spoons, made of silver or silver plate. * * *
Flatt, Lester (Raymond)
born June 19, 1914, Duncan's Chapel, near Sparta, Tenn., U.S. died May 11, 1979, Nashville, Tenn. U.S. bluegrass and country music guitarist and singer. He worked in textile ...
flattax
flat tax n. An income tax having a single rate for all taxpayers regardless of income level and type. * * *
flatten
—flattener, n. /flat"n/, v.t. 1. to make flat. 2. to knock down: The boxer flattened his opponent in the second round. v.i. 3. to become flat. 4. flatten in, Naut. See flat1 ...
flattener
See flatten. * * *
flatter
flatter1 —flatterable, adj. —flatterer, n. —flatteringly, adv. /flat"euhr/, v.t. 1. to try to please by complimentary remarks or attention. 2. to praise or compliment ...
flatterer
See flatter1. * * *
flatteringly
See flatterer. * * *
flattery
/flat"euh ree/, n., pl. flatteries. 1. the act of flattering. 2. a flattering compliment or speech; excessive, insincere praise. [1275-1325; ME flaterie < MF, equiv. to flat(er) ...
Flattery,Cape
Flat·ter·y (flătʹə-rē), Cape A headland of northwest Washington at the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was discovered by Capt. James Cook in 1778. * * *
flattish
/flat"ish/, adj. somewhat flat. [1605-15; FLAT1 + -ISH1] * * *
flattop
—flat-topped, adj. /flat"top'/, n. Informal. 1. an aircraft carrier. 2. a type of crew cut in which the hair is cropped in a flat plane across the top. Also, ...
flatulence
flat·u·lence (flăchʹə-ləns) n. 1. The presence of excessive gas in the digestive tract. 2. Self-importance; pomposity. * * * ▪ physiology       the presence of ...
flatulency
flat·u·len·cy (flăchʹə-lən-sē) n. Flatulence. * * *
flatulent
—flatulence, flatulency, n. —flatulently, adv. /flach"euh leuhnt/, adj. 1. generating gas in the alimentary canal, as food. 2. attended with, caused by, or suffering from ...
flatulently
See flatulent. * * *
flatus
/flay"teuhs/, n., pl. flatuses. intestinal gas produced by bacterial action on waste matter in the intestines and composed primarily of hydrogen sulfide and varying amounts of ...
flatware
/flat"wair'/, n. 1. utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food. 2. dishes or containers for the table that are more or less flat, as ...
flatwise
/flat"wuyz'/, adv. with the flat side, rather than the edge, foremost or in contact. Also, flatways /flat"wayz'/. [1595-1605; FLAT1 + -WISE] * * *
flatwoods
/flat"woodz'/, n. (used with a pl. v.) a woodland in a low-lying region having little drainage. [1835-45, Amer.; FLAT1 + WOODS] * * *
flatwork
/flat"werrk'/, n. sheets, tablecloths, etc., that are ordinarily ironed mechanically, as on a mangle, rather than by hand. Also called flat wash. [1920-25; FLAT1 + WORK] * * *
flatworm
/flat"werrm'/, n. any worm of the phylum Platyhelminthes, having bilateral symmetry and a soft, solid, usually flattened body, including the planarians, tapeworms, and ...
Flaubert
/floh bair"/; Fr. /floh berdd"/, n. Gustave /gyuus tannv"/, 1821-80, French novelist. * * *
Flaubert, Gustave
born Dec. 12, 1821, Rouen, France died May 8, 1880, Croisset French novelist. Flaubert abandoned law studies at age 22 for a life of writing. His masterpiece, Madame Bovary ...
Flaubert,Gustave
Flau·bert (flō-bârʹ), Gustave. 1821-1880. French writer considered a forerunner of naturalism and known for his precise literary style. His works include the novel Madame ...
Flaubertian
See Flaubert, Gustave. * * *
flaunt
—flaunter, n. —flauntingly, adv. /flawnt/, v.i. 1. to parade or display oneself conspicuously, defiantly, or boldly. 2. to wave conspicuously in the air. v.t. 3. to parade or ...
flaunter
See flaunt. * * *
flauntily
See flaunty. * * *
flauntiness
See flauntily. * * *
flauntingly
See flaunter. * * *
flaunty
—flauntily, adv. —flauntiness, n. /flawn"tee/, adj., flauntier, flauntiest. 1. (of persons) given to display; inclined to be ostentatious, showy, or vain. 2. (of things) ...
flauta
flauta [flou′tä] n. a Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla rolled tightly around a filling as of shredded chicken or beef and deep-fried * * * flau·ta (flouʹtä) n. A ...
flautist
/flaw"tist, flow"-/, n. flutist. [1855-60; < It flautista, equiv. to flaut(o) FLUTE + -ista -IST] * * *
flav-
var. of flavo- before a vowel: flavone. * * *
flav.
(in prescriptions) yellow. [ < L flavus] * * *
flavanone
flavanone [flā′və nōn΄] n. 〚 FLAV(
flavescent
/fleuh ves"euhnt/, adj. turning yellow; yellowish. [1850-55; < L flavescent-, s. of flavescens, prp. of flavescere to become yellow. See FLAV-, -ESCE, -ENT] * * *
Flavia
/flay"vee euh/, n. a female given name. * * *
Flavian dynasty
(AD 69–96) Ancient Roman imperial dynasty of Vespasian and his sons Titus and Domitian, members of the Flavia gens, or clan. Vespasian sought to give the office of emperor ...
Flavian I Of Antioch
▪ Syrian bishop born c. 320, , probably Antioch, Syria died 404       bishop of Antioch from 381 to 404, whose election perpetuated the schism originated by Meletius ...
Flavian II Of Antioch
▪ patriarch of Arabia died c. 518, , Petra, Arabia       patriarch of Antioch probably from 498 to 512. He was chosen patriarch by the emperor Anastasius I after he ...
Flavian, Saint
▪ patriarch of Constantinople died Aug. 11, 449, Hypaepa, Lydia; feast day February 18       patriarch of Constantinople from 446 to 449, who opposed the heretical ...
flavin
/flay"vin/, n. Biochem. 1. a complex heterocyclic ketone that is common to the nonprotein part of several important yellow enzymes, the flavoproteins. 2. quercetin. Also, ...
Flavin, Dan
▪ 1997       U.S. sculptor whose works featuring fluorescent lighting tubes made him one of the leading exponents of minimalist art and importantly influenced the ...
flavinadenine dinucleotide
flavin adenine dinucleotide n. Abbr. FAD A coenzyme, C27H33N9O15P2, that is a derivative of riboflavin and functions in certain oxidation-reduction reactions in the body. * * *
flavine
/flay"vin, -veen/, n. 1. Chem. See acriflavine hydrochloride. 2. Biochem. flavin. * * *
flavinmononucleotide
flavin mononucleotide n. Abbr. FMN A derivative of riboflavin, C17H21N4O9P, that functions as a coenzyme of various flavoproteins in certain oxidation-reduction reactions in the ...
Flavius
(as used in expressions) Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Flavius Gratianus Augustus Flavius Ricimer Titus Flavius Vespasianus Titus Flavius Clemens Flavius Valerius ...
Flavius, Gnaeus
▪ Roman law scholar born late 4th century BC       Roman legal writer and politician who made public the technical rules of legal procedure, which had been kept secret ...
flavo-
a combining form meaning "yellow," used in the formation of compound words (flavopurpurin); in some biochemical terms, specialized in meaning to indicate flavin ...
flavobacterium
/flay'voh bak tear"ee euhm/, n., pl. flavobacteria /-tear"ee euh/. Bacteriol. any of several rod-shaped, aerobic to facultatively anaerobic bacteria of the genus Flavobacterium, ...
flavone
/flay"vohn/, n. Chem. 1. a colorless, crystalline, water-insoluble compound, C15H10O2, the parent substance of a group of naturally occurring derivatives some of which have been ...
flavonoid
flavonoid [flā′və noid΄] n. any of a large group of aromatic compounds occurring naturally, chiefly as pigments in higher plants, as anthocyanin * * * fla·vo·noid ...
flavonol
/flay"veuh nawl', -nol'/, n. Chem. 1. the 3-hydroxy derivative of flavone, many of whose derivatives, as quercetin, are naturally occurring yellow dyes. 2. any derivative of this ...
flavoprotein
/flay'voh proh"teen, -tee euhn/, n. Biochem. an enzyme, containing riboflavin and linked chemically with a protein, active in the oxidation of foods in animal cells. [1930-35; ...
flavopurpurin
/flay'voh perr"pyeuh rin/, n. Chem. a yellow, crystalline anthraquinone dye, C14H8O5, isomeric with purpurin. [FLAVO- + PURPURIN] * * *
flavor
—flavorless, adj. /flay"veuhr/, n. 1. taste, esp. the distinctive taste of something as it is experienced in the mouth. 2. a substance or extract that provides a particular ...
flavor of the month
Informal. the subject of intense, usually temporary interest; the current fashion. [1975-80] * * *
flavor-of-the-month
See flavor of the month. * * *
flavorer
See flavor. * * *
flavorful
—flavorfully, adv. /flay"veuhr feuhl/, adj. full of flavor; tasty. [1925-30; FLAVOR + -FUL] * * *
flavorfully
See flavorful. * * *
flavoring
/flay"veuhr ing/, n. something that gives flavor; a substance or preparation used to give a particular flavor to food or drink: vanilla flavoring. [1835-45; FLAVOR + -ING1] * * *
flavorist
fla·vor·ist (flāʹvər-ĭst) n. One whose profession is blending artificially isolated chemicals to create the taste and smell of a particular food. * * *
flavorless
See flavorer. * * *
flavorof the month
flavor of the month n. Something currently popular; a trend or fashion.   flaʹvor-of-the-monthʹ (flāʹvər-əv-thə-mŭnthʹ) adj. * * *
flavorous
/flay"veuhr euhs/, adj. 1. full of flavor. 2. pleasant to the taste or smell. [1690-1700; FLAVOR + -OUS] * * *
flavorsome
/flay"veuhr seuhm/, adj. 1. of a full, rich, pleasant flavor; tasty. 2. having or giving a particular flavor. [1850-55; FLAVOR + -SOME1] * * *
flavory
/flay"veuh ree/, adj. rich in flavor, as a tea. [1720-30; FLAVOR + -Y1] * * *
flavour
/flay"veuhr/, n. Chiefly Brit. flavor. Usage. See -or1. * * * ▪ particle physics also spelled  flavor         in particle physics, property that distinguishes ...
flavouring
▪ food Introduction also spelled  Flavoring,         any of the liquid extracts, essences, and flavours that are added to foods to enhance their taste and aroma. ...
flaw
flaw1 —flawless, adj. —flawlessly, adv. —flawlessness, n. /flaw/, n. 1. a feature that mars the perfection of something; defect; fault: beauty without flaw; the flaws in ...
flawed
—flawedness, n. /flawd/, adj. characterized by flaws; having imperfections: a flawed gem; a seriously flawed piece of work. [1595-1605; FLAW1 + -ED3] * * *
flawless
flaw·less (flôʹlĭs) adj. Being entirely without flaw or imperfection. See Synonyms at perfect.   flawʹless·ly adv. flawʹless·ness n. * * *
flawlessly
See flawless. * * *
flawlessness
See flawlessly. * * *
flawy
See flaw2. * * *
flax
/flaks/, n. 1. any plant of the genus Linum, esp. L. usitatissimum, a slender, erect, annual plant having narrow, lance-shaped leaves and blue flowers, cultivated for its fiber ...
flax family
Family Linaceae (order Linales), composed of about 14 genera of herbaceous plants and shrubs found throughout the world. The genus Linum includes flax, perhaps the most ...
flax lily.
See New Zealand flax. * * *
flaxen
/flak"seuhn/, adj. 1. made of flax. 2. pertaining to flax. 3. resembling flax. 4. of the pale yellowish color of dressed flax. Also, flaxy. [1510-20; FLAX + -EN2] * * *
Flaxman
/flaks"meuhn/, n. John, 1755-1826, English sculptor and draftsman. * * *
Flaxman, John
born July 6, 1755, York, Eng. died Dec. 7, 1826, London British sculptor, illustrator, and designer. In 1770 he entered the Royal Academy schools. After 1775 he worked for ...
flaxseed
/flaks"seed'/, n. the seed of flax, yielding linseed oil; linseed. [1555-65; FLAX + SEED] * * *
flaxy
flaxy [flak′sē] adj. like flax; flaxen * * * flax·y (flăkʹsē) adj. flax·i·er, flax·i·est Resembling flax, as in texture. * * *
flay
—flayer, n. /flay/, v.t. 1. to strip off the skin or outer covering of. 2. to criticize or scold with scathing severity. 3. to deprive or strip of money or property. [bef. 900; ...
flayer
See flay. * * *
Flayer
F layer n. 1. The highest region of the ionosphere, extending at night from about 190 to 400 kilometers (120 to 250 miles) and during the day from about 145 to 400 kilometers (90 ...
fld.
1. field. 2. fluid. * * *
fldxt
(in prescriptions) fluidextract. [ < L fluidextractum] * * *
flea
/flee/, n. 1. any of numerous small, wingless bloodsucking insects of the order Siphonaptera, parasitic upon mammals and birds and noted for their ability to leap. 2. either of ...
flea beetle
any leaf beetle of the genera Haltica, Epitrix, etc., the various species of which have the rear legs adapted for jumping. [1835-45] * * * Any member of the beetle subfamily ...
flea circus
☆ flea circus n. a number of fleas trained to perform tricks, as for a carnival sideshow * * *
flea collar
a dog or cat collar impregnated with a chemical for repelling or killing fleas. [1965-70] * * *
flea market
—flea-marketer, flea-marketeer, n. a market, often outdoors, consisting of a number of individual stalls selling old or used articles, curios and antiques, cut-rate ...
flea markets
➡ antiques * * *
flea-bitten
/flee"bit'n/, adj. 1. bitten by a flea or fleas. 2. infested with fleas. 3. shabby; dilapidated; wretched. 4. (of a horse) having a light-colored coat with small, dark spots or ...
flea-flicker
flea-flicker [flē′flik΄ər] n. Football any of various deceptive plays involving both a lateral pass and a forward pass, esp. one in which the quarterback, after handing the ...
fleabag
/flee"bag'/, n. Slang. 1. a cheap, run-down hotel or rooming house. 2. any shabby or low-grade public establishment. 3. a worthless racehorse. 4. a dog, esp. one that is ...
fleabane
/flee"bayn'/, n. any of various composite plants, as Pulicaria dysenterica, of Europe, or Erigeron philadelphicus, of the U.S., reputed to destroy or drive away fleas. [1540-50; ...
fleabeetle
flea beetle n. Any of various small beetles of the subfamily Alticinae that have hind legs adapted for jumping and feed on the foliage of certain plants. * * *
fleabite
/flee"buyt'/, n. 1. the bite of a flea. 2. the red spot caused by the bite of a flea. 3. any petty annoyance or irritation, as a trifling wound. [1400-50; late ME flee byte. See ...
fleacollar
flea collar n. A collar, as for a cat or dog, containing a substance that repels or kills fleas. * * *
fleahopper
☆ fleahopper [flēhäp΄ər ] n. any of several small jumping hemipterous bugs (family Miridae), many of which damage cotton and other cultivated plants * * *
fleam
/fleem/, n. 1. Surg. a kind of lancet, as for opening veins. 2. the beveled leading edge of a sawtooth. [1375-1425; late ME fleme, fleom < MF flieme
fleamarket
flea market n. A market, usually held outdoors, where antiques, used household goods, and curios are sold.   [Translation of French marché aux puces, market with fleas.] * * *
fleapit
/flee"pit'/, n. Brit. Slang. a shabby public place, esp. a run-down motion-picture theater. [1935-40; FLEA + PIT1] * * *
fleawort
/flee"werrt', -wawrt'/, n. a European plantain, Plantago psyllium, having seeds that are used in medicine. Also called psyllium. [bef. 1000; ME flewort, OE fleawyrt. See FLEA, ...
flèche
/flaysh/; Fr. /flesh/, n., pl. flèches /flay"shiz/; Fr. /flesh/. 1. Archit. a steeple or spire, esp. one in the Gothic style, emerging from the ridge of a roof. 2. Fort. a ...
flèches d'amour
/flesh dann moohrdd"/, French. See love arrows. * * *
fléchette
/flay shet"/, n., pl. fléchettes /flay shets"/; Fr. /flay shet"/. 1. Mil. a small, dartlike metal projectile used as shrapnel in antipersonnel bombs and shells. 2. a bullet with ...
fleck
—fleckless, adj. —flecklessly, adv. —flecky, adj. /flek/, n. 1. a speck; a small bit: a fleck of dirt. 2. a spot or small patch of color, light, etc.: the dapple mare with ...
Flecknoe, Richard
▪ English author born c. 1600 died c. 1678       English poet, dramatist, and traveller, whose writings are notable for both the praise and the ridicule they ...
flection
—flectional, adj. —flectionless, adj. /flek"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of bending. 2. the state of being bent. 3. a bend; bent part. 4. Anat. flexion. 5. Gram. inflection (def. ...
flectional
See flection. * * *
fled
/fled/, v. pt. and pp. of flee. * * *
Fledermaus, Die
Ger. /dee flay"deuhrdd mows'/; Eng. /dee flay"deuhr mows'/ an opera (1874) by Johann Strauss, Jr. * * *
fledge
—fledgeless, adj. /flej/, v., fledged, fledging, adj. v.t. 1. to bring up (a young bird) until it is able to fly. 2. to furnish with or as if with feathers or plumage. 3. to ...
fledged
/flejd/, adj. 1. having the plumage or feathers necessary for flight. 2. having the characteristics of maturity. [1570-80; FLEDGE + -ED2] * * *
fledgling
/flej"ling/, n. 1. a young bird just fledged. 2. an inexperienced person. adj. 3. young, new, or inexperienced: a fledgling diver. Also, esp. Brit., fledgeling. [1820-30; FLEDGE ...
fledgy
/flej"ee/, adj., fledgier, fledgiest. feathered or feathery. [1575-85; FLEDGE + -Y1] * * *
flee
/flee/, v., fled, fleeing. v.i. 1. to run away, as from danger or pursuers; take flight. 2. to move swiftly; fly; speed. v.t. 3. to run away from (a place, person, etc.). [bef. ...
fleece
—fleeceable, adj. —fleeceless, adj. —fleecelike, adj. —fleecer, n. /flees/, n., v., fleeced, fleecing. n. 1. the coat of wool that covers a sheep or a similar animal. 2. ...
fleece-vine
/flees"vuyn'/, n. See silver-lace vine. * * *
fleeced
/fleest/, adj. 1. having a fleece of a specified kind (usually used in combination): a thick-fleeced animal. 2. covered with fleece or a fleecelike material. 3. (of a fabric) ...
fleecer
See fleece. * * *
fleecily
See fleecy. * * *
fleeciness
See fleecily. * * *
fleecy
—fleecily, adv. —fleeciness, n. /flee"see/, adj., fleecier, fleeciest. covered with, consisting of, or resembling a fleece or wool: soft, fleecy clouds. [1560-70; FLEECE + ...
fleer
fleer1 —fleeringly, adv. /flear/, v.i. 1. to grin or laugh coarsely or mockingly. v.t. 2. to mock or deride. n. 3. a fleering look; a jeer or gibe. [1350-1400; ME flerien (v.) ...
fleeringly
See fleer. * * *
fleet
fleet1 /fleet/, n. 1. the largest organized unit of naval ships grouped for tactical or other purposes. 2. the largest organization of warships under the command of a single ...
fleet admiral
U.S. Navy. the highest ranking naval officer, ranking next above admiral. [1945-50] * * *
Fleet Air Arm
the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for aircraft. Most of its planes are based on aircraft carriers, but some are also based on land. Compare RAF. * * *
fleet ballistic missile submarine
a nuclear submarine fitted with launchers to fire ballistic missiles either underwater or from the surface. Cf. SSBN * * *
Fleet Street
a street in central London, England: location of many newspaper offices; often used figuratively to mean the entire British newspaper world. [1375-1425; late ME Flete Strete, ...
fleet-footed
/fleet"foot"id/, adj. able to run fast. [1585-95] * * *
FleetAdmiral
Fleet Admiral (flēt) n. See Admiral of the Fleet. * * *
fleeting
—fleetingly, adv. —fleetingness, n. /flee"ting/, adj. passing swiftly; vanishing quickly; transient; transitory: fleeting beauty; a fleeting glance. [1325-75; ME; see FLEET2, ...
fleetingly
See fleeting. * * *
fleetly
See fleet2. * * *
fleetness
See fleetly. * * *
FleetStreet
Fleet Street n. British journalism.   [After Fleet Street in central London, long the headquarters for many British newspaper publishers.] * * *
Fleetwood Mac
a British pop group, formed in 1967, which plays a mixture of rock and blues. The group’s best-known songs include Don’t Stop (1977) and Little Lies (1987). Its recent album ...
Fleetwood, Charles
▪ English general born c. 1618, , Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire, Eng. died Oct. 4, 1692, Stoke Newington, Middlesex       English Parliamentary general, son-in-law and ...
Fleetwood, Susan Maureen
▪ 1996       British actress who was a mainstay of the British classical theatre for almost 30 years, particularly in dozens of acclaimed roles with the Royal ...
Flegel, Eduard Robert
▪ German explorer born Oct. 13, 1855, Vilna, Lithuania, Russian Empire died Sept. 11, 1886, Brass, Nigeria  German explorer in Africa who was the first European to reach the ...
Flegenheimer
/flay"geuhn huy'meuhr/, n. Arthur ("Dutch Schultz"), 1902-35, U.S. gangster. * * *
flehmen
/flay"meuhn/, n. Animal Behav. a behavioral response of many male mammals, esp. deer, antelope, and other artiodactyls, consisting of lip curling and head raising after sniffing ...
Fleischer brothers
▪ American animators       American brothers, producers of animated cartoons featuring such characters as Betty Boop and Popeye. Producer Max Fleischer (b. July 19, ...
Fleischer, Max and Dave
born July 19, 1883, Vienna, Austria died Sept. 11, 1972, Woodland Hills, Calif., U.S. born July 14, 1894, New York, N.Y., U.S. died June 25, 1979, Hollywood, Calif. U.S. ...
Fleischer, Nat
▪ American sports journalist byname of  Nathaniel Stanley Fleischer  born November 3, 1887, New York, New York, U.S. died June 25, 1972, Atlantic Beach, New ...
Fleisher, Leon
▪ 2008 born July 23, 1928, San Francisco, Calif.       In December 2007 American pianist Leon Fleisher reached a high point in a remarkable career when he was awarded a ...
fleishig
/flay"shig, -shik/, adj. Judaism. (in the dietary laws) consisting of, made from, or used only for meat or meat products: a fleishig set of dishes; a fleishig meal. Cf. milchig, ...
Flem.
Flemish. Also, Flem. * * *
Flémalle, Bertholet
▪ Flemish painter Bertholet also spelled  Bertholot , Flémalle also spelled  Flemal  or  Flemael   born May 23, 1614, Liège [now in Belgium] died July 10, 1675, ...
Flémalle, Master of
▪ Flemish painter flourished c. 1430    an unknown Flemish painter and leading artist of the northern Renaissance, whose work is characterized by naturalistic and ...
Fleming
/flem"ing/, n. 1. a native of Flanders. 2. a Flemish-speaking Belgian. [1350-1400; ME < MD Vlaeminc, equiv. to Vlaem- (see FLEMISH) + -ing -ING3; late OE Flaeming perh. < ...
Fleming and Walloon
▪ people       members of the two predominant cultural and linguistic groups of modern Belgium. The Flemings, who constitute more than half of the Belgian population, ...
Fleming valve
Electronics. (formerly) a diode. [named after Sir John Ambrose Fleming (1849-1945), English inventor and electrical engineer] * * *
Fleming, Ian
▪ British author in full  Ian Lancaster Fleming   born May 28, 1908, London, England died August 12, 1964, Canterbury, Kent  suspense-fiction novelist whose character ...
Fleming, Ian (Lancaster)
born May 28, 1908, London, Eng. died Aug. 12, 1964, Canterbury, Kent British suspense novelist. He worked as a Moscow journalist, banker, stockbroker, naval intelligence ...
Fleming, Paul
▪ German poet born Oct. 5, 1609, Hartenstein, Saxony [now in Germany] died April 2, 1640, Hamburg       outstanding lyrical poet of 17th-century Germany. He brought a ...
Fleming, Peggy
▪ American athlete in full  Peggy Gale Fleming  born July 27, 1948, San Jose, California, U.S.       American figure skater (figure skating) who dominated world-level ...
Fleming, Peggy (Gale)
born July 27, 1948, San Jose, Calif., U.S. U.S. figure skater. She won the first of five consecutive U.S. women's championships when she was 15. She finished first in the world ...
Fleming, Renee
▪ 2001       American soprano Renée Fleming continued to command the heights of the opera world in 2000, winning wide acclaim with the recording Strauss Heroines, which ...
Fleming, Richard H(owell)
▪ Canadian-American oceanographer born Sept. 21, 1909, Victoria, B.C., Can. died Oct. 25, 1989, Seattle, Wash., U.S.       Canadian-born U.S. oceanographer who ...
Fleming, Sir Alexander
born Aug. 6, 1881, Lochfield, Ayr, Scot. died March 11, 1955, London, Eng. Scottish bacteriologist. While serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps in World War I, he conducted ...
Fleming, Sir Arthur Percy Morris
▪ British engineer born Jan. 16, 1881, Newport, Isle of Wight, Eng. died Sept. 14, 1960, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight       English engineer who was a major figure in ...
Fleming, Sir John Ambrose
▪ British engineer born Nov. 29, 1849, Lancaster, Lancashire, Eng. died April 18, 1945, Sidmouth, Devon       English engineer who made numerous contributions to ...
Fleming, Sir Sandford
▪ Canadian engineer and scientist born Jan. 7, 1827, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scot. died July 22, 1915, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Can.       civil engineer and scientist who was ...
Fleming, Victor
▪ American director born Feb. 23, 1883, Pasadena, Calif., U.S. died Jan. 6, 1949, near Cottonwood, Ariz.       one of Hollywood's most popular motion-picture directors ...
Fleming, Williamina Paton Stevens
▪ American astronomer née  Williamina Paton Stevens , byname  Mina  born May 15, 1857, Dundee, Tayside [now in Dundee], Scotland died May 21, 1911, Boston, Massachusetts, ...
Fleming,Ian Lancaster
Fleming, Ian Lancaster. 1908-1964. British writer noted for his spy novels featuring the secret agent James Bond. * * *
Fleming,Peggy Gale
Fleming, Peggy Gale. Born 1948. American figure skater who won the women's title at the U.S. championship (1964-1968), the world championship (1966-1968), and the 1968 ...
Fleming,Sir Alexander
Fleming, Sir Alexander. 1881-1955. British bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928, for which he shared a Nobel Prize in 1945. * * *
Flemish
/flem"ish/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Flanders, its people, or their language. 2. pertaining to or designating the style of art, esp. painting, as developed principally in ...
Flemish art
Art of the 15th to early 17th century in Flanders. The precursors of the Flemish school were located in Dijon, the first capital of the dukes of Burgundy, who established a ...
Flemish bond
Masonry. a brickwork bond having alternate stretchers and headers in each course, each header being centered above and below a stretcher. See illus. under bond. [1765-75] * * ...
Flemish giant
one of a breed of large domestic rabbits of Belgian origin, having a solid gray, white, or black coat, and raised for its meat and fur. [1895-1900] * * *
Flemish literature
Introduction       the body of written works in the Flemish- (Dutch-) language produced by Belgians. The other literatures of Belgium are discussed in Belgian ...
Flemish movement
▪ Belgian political movement       the 19th- and 20th-century nationalist movement of Flemish-speaking people in Belgium. It has sought political and cultural equality ...
Flemish scroll
a scroll, as on a chair leg, having the form of two intersecting and oppositely curved C-scrolls. * * *
Flemming
/flem"ing/, n. Walther /vahl"teuhrdd/, 1843-1905, German cell biologist. * * *
Flemming, Walther
▪ German biologist born April 21, 1843, Sachsenberg, Mecklenburg [now in Germany] died Aug. 4, 1905, Kiel, Ger.       German anatomist, a founder of the science of ...
Flensburg
Flens·burg (flĕnzʹbûrg, flĕnsʹbo͝ork') A city of northern Germany on Flensburg Fjord, an arm of the Baltic Sea at the Danish border. Founded c. 1200, the city is a port ...
flense
—flenser, n. /flens/, v.t., flensed, flensing. 1. to strip the blubber or the skin from (a whale, seal, etc.). 2. to strip off (blubber or skin). Also, flench /flench/, ...
flenser
See flense. * * *
Flesch, Károly
▪ Hungarian violinist and teacher Hungarian form  Flesch Károly  born Oct. 9, 1873, Moson [now Mosonmagyaróvár], Hung. died Nov. 15, 1944, Lucerne, ...
flesh
—fleshless, adj. /flesh/, n. 1. the soft substance of a human or other animal body, consisting of muscle and fat. 2. muscular and fatty tissue. 3. this substance or tissue in ...
flesh and blood
1. offspring or relatives: one's own flesh and blood. 2. the human body or nature: more than flesh and blood can endure. [1200-50; ME] * * *
flesh color
—flesh-colored, adj. the color of a white person's skin; yellowish pink; pinkish cream. [1605-15] * * *
flesh fly
any fly of the family Sarcophagidae, comprising species that deposit their eggs or larvae in carrion or in the flesh of living animals. [1275-1325; ME] * * * ▪ insect  any ...
flesh meat
flesh meat n. the meat of birds or of animals other than fish, clams, etc., used as food * * *
flesh peddler
Slang. 1. an employment agent or agency, esp. one that recruits executives. 2. a theatrical agent. 3. a pimp. 4. a prostitute. [1930-35] * * *
flesh wound
/woohnd/ a wound that does not penetrate beyond the flesh; a slight or superficial wound. [1665-75] * * *
flesh-and-blood
flesh-and-blood [flesh′ən blud′] adj. 1. alive; living 2. real; actual; true 3. actually present; in person * * *
flesh-colored
flesh-colored [flesh′kul΄ərd] adj. having the typical color of a person's skin, esp. a white person's skin * * *
flesh-eating
flesh-eating [flesh′ēt΄iŋ] adj. habitually eating flesh; carnivorous * * *
fleshand blood
flesh and blood n. 1. Human nature or physical existence, together with its weaknesses. 2. A person's blood relatives; kin. 3. Substance and depth in artistic portrayal; ...
fleshed
/flesht/, adj. having flesh, esp. of a specified type (usually used in combination): dark-fleshed game birds. [1375-1425; late ME; see FLESH, -ED3] * * *
flesher
/flesh"euhr/, n. 1. a person who fleshes hides. 2. a tool for fleshing hides. [1325-75; ME fleshour. See FLESH, -ER1] * * *
fleshfly
flesh fly n. Any of various flies of the family Sarcophagidae whose larvae are parasitic in animal tissue or feed on carrion. * * *
fleshhook
/flesh"hook'/, n. 1. a hook for use in lifting meat, as from a pot. 2. a hook to hang meat on. [1275-1325; ME; see FLESH, HOOK] * * *
fleshiness
See fleshy. * * *
fleshings
/flesh"ingz/, n. (used with a pl. v.) flesh-colored tights. [1830-40; FLESH + (STOCK)INGS] * * *
fleshless
See flesh. * * *
fleshliness
See fleshly. * * *
fleshly
—fleshliness, n. /flesh"lee/, adj., fleshlier, fleshliest. 1. of or pertaining to the flesh or body; bodily, corporeal, or physical. 2. carnal; sensual: fleshly pleasures. 3. ...
fleshly school of poetry
▪ English group       a group of late 19th-century English poets associated with Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Rossetti, Dante Gabriel). The term was invented by the Scottish ...
fleshment
/flesh"meuhnt/, n. Obs. the state of being stimulated, as by a successful first attempt at something. [1595-1605; FLESH (defs. 17, 18) + -MENT] * * *
fleshpot
/flesh"pot'/, n. 1. fleshpots, a. places offering luxurious and unrestrained pleasure or amusement: the fleshpots of Las Vegas. b. luxurious and unrestrained living. 2. a pot or ...
fleshwound
flesh wound (wo͞ond) n. A wound that penetrates the flesh but does not damage underlying bones or vital organs. * * *
fleshy
—fleshily, adj. —fleshiness, n. /flesh"ee/, adj., fleshier, fleshiest. 1. having much flesh; plump; fat. 2. consisting of or resembling flesh. 3. Bot. consisting of fleshlike ...
fleshyfruit
fleshy fruit n. A fruit, such as the grape, cucumber, or cherry, that has a soft and pulpy wall. * * *
FLETC
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. * * *
fletch
/flech/, v.t. to provide (an arrow) with a feather. [1625-35; back formation from FLETCHER] * * *
fletcher
/flech"euhr/, n. a person who makes arrows. [1350-1400; ME fleccher < OF flechier. See FLÈCHE, -ER2] * * *
Fletcher
/flech"euhr/, n. 1. John, 1579-1625, English dramatist: collaborated with Francis Beaumont 1606?-16; with Philip Massinger 1613-25. 2. John Gould, 1886-1950, U.S. poet. 3. a male ...
Fletcher Christian
➡ Christian (II) * * *
Fletcher, Alice Cunningham
▪ American anthropologist born March 15, 1838, Havana, Cuba died April 6, 1923, Washington, D.C., U.S.       American anthropologist whose stature as a social ...
Fletcher, Cyril
▪ 2006  British entertainer (b. June 25, 1913, Watford, Hertfordshire, Eng.—d. Jan. 2, 2005, St. Peter Port, Guernsey), appeared regularly on BBC radio and television for ...
Fletcher, Giles, the Elder
▪ English author born c. November 1546, Cranbrook, Kent, Eng. died March 11, 1611, London       English poet and author, and father of the poets Phineas Fletcher ...
Fletcher, Giles, the Younger
▪ English poet born c. 1585, London died 1623, Alderton, Suffolk, Eng.       English poet principally known for his great Baroque devotional poem Christs ...
Fletcher, Harvey
▪ American physicist born Sept. 11, 1884, Provo, Utah, U.S. died July 23, 1981, Provo  U.S. physicist, a leading authority in the fields of psychoacoustics and acoustical ...
Fletcher, John
▪ English dramatist Introduction baptized December 20, 1579, Rye, Sussex, England died August 29, 1625, London       English Jacobean dramatist who collaborated with ...
Fletcher, Phineas
▪ English poet baptized April 8, 1582, Cranbrook, Kent, England died 1650, Hilgay, Norfolk       English poet best known for his religious and scientific poem The ...
Fletcher,John
Fletch·er (flĕchʹər), John. 1579-1625. English playwright who collaborated with Francis Beaumont on romantic tragicomedies, including Philaster (1610) and The Maid's Tragedy ...


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