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Fletcherism
/flech"euh riz'euhm/, n. the practice of chewing food until it is reduced to a finely divided, liquefied mass: advocated by Horace Fletcher, 1849-1919, U.S. ...
Fletcherize
/flech"euh ruyz'/, v.i., v.t., Fletcherized, Fletcherizing. to chew (food) slowly and thoroughly. Also, esp. Brit., Fletcherise. [1900-05, Amer.; see FLETCHERISM, -IZE] * * *
fletching
fletch·ing (flĕchʹĭng) n. The feathers on an arrow. * * *
Fletschhorn
Fletsch·horn (flĕchʹhôrn') A peak, about 3,999 m (13,110 ft) high, in the Pennine Alps of southern Switzerland near the Italian border. * * *
Flettner control
/flet"neuhr/, Aeron. servocontrol (def. 3). [named after A. Flettner (1885-1961), German engineer and inventor] * * *
Flettner, Anton
▪ German inventor born Nov. 1, 1885, Eddersheim, Ger. died Dec. 29, 1961, New York City       German inventor of the rotor ship, a vessel propelled by revolving ...
Fleur
/flerr, floor/; Fr. /fluerdd/, n. a female given name. * * *
fleur-de-lis
/flerr'dl ee", -ees", floor'-/; Fr. /fluerdd deuh lees"/, n., pl. fleurs-de-lis /flerr'dl eez", floor'-/; Fr. /fluerdd deuh lees"/. 1. a heraldic device somewhat resembling three ...
fleur-de-lys
/flerr'dl ee", -ees", floor'-/; Fr. /fluerdd deuh lees"/, n., pl. fleurs-de-lys /flerr'dl eez", floor'-/; Fr. /fluerdd deuh lees"/. fleur-de-lis (defs. 1, 2). * * *
fleurette
/flerret", floo-/, n. an ornament formed like a small conventionalized flower. [1805-15; < F: lit., little flower] * * *
Fleurette
/flerret", floo-/; Fr. /flue rddet"/, n. a female given name. * * *
fleuron
/flerr"on, floor"-/, n. 1. a floral motif, as one used as a terminal point or in a decorative series on an object. 2. Print. flower (def. 6). [1350-1400; < F; OF floron, equiv. ...
Fleurus
▪ Belgium       municipality, Hainaut province, south central Belgium, between the industrial region of Charleroi and the hills sloping toward Waterloo. Built on the ...
Fleurus, Battle of
▪ European history       (June 26, 1794), the most significant battle in the First Coalition phase of the French Revolutionary Wars. Jean-Baptiste Jourdan (Jourdan, ...
fleury
/flerr"ee, floor"ee/, adj. Heraldry. 1. terminating in fleurs-de-lis: a cross fleury. 2. ornamented with fleurs-de-lis. Also, flory. [1375-1425; late ME flourre < MF fleure, ...
Fleury
/flue rddee"/, n. 1. André Hercule de /ahonn drdday" erdd kyuul" deuh/, 1653-1743, French cardinal and statesman. 2. Claude /klohd/, 1640-1723, French ecclesiastical ...
Fleury, André-Hercule de
born June 22, 1653, Lodève, France died Jan. 29, 1743, Paris French cardinal and chief minister of Louis XV (1726–43). A priest, he was made almoner (distributor of alms) ...
Fleury, AndréHercule de
Fleu·ry (flœ-rēʹ), André Hercule de. 1653-1743. French prelate and politician who became a cardinal in 1726 and served as prime minister (1726-1743) under Louis XV. * * *
Fleury, Claude
▪ French priest and historian born Dec. 6, 1640, Paris, France died July 14, 1723, Paris       French ecclesiastical historian and Cistercian abbot, who steered ...
Flevoland
Flevoland [flē′vō land΄] province of the WC Netherlands, on the IJsselmeer: 931 sq mi (2,411 sq km); pop. 262,000 * * * ▪ province, The ...
flew
flew1 /flooh/, v. a pt. of fly1. flew2 /flooh/, n. flue3. * * *
Flewelling, Ralph Tyler
▪ American philosopher born Nov. 23, 1871, De Witt, Mich., U.S. died March 31, 1960, Glendale, Calif.       American Idealist philosopher whose writings and teaching ...
flews
/floohz/, n.pl. the large, pendulous sides of the upper lip of certain dogs, as bloodhounds. See diag. under dog. [1565-75; orig. uncert.] * * *
flex
flex1 /fleks/, v.t. 1. to bend, as a part of the body: He flexed his arms to show off his muscles. 2. to tighten (a muscle) by contraction. v.i. 3. to bend. n. 4. the act of ...
flex point
Math. See inflection point. * * *
flex-
flex- pref. Variant of flexi-. * * *
flexagon
/flek"seuh gon'/, n. a three-dimensional figure having polygonal faces that is constructed from a folded sheet of paper in such a way that different faces are exposed when the ...
flexcash
flex·cash (flĕksʹcăsh') n. See flexdollars.   [flexible + cash.] * * *
flexdollars
/fleks"dol'euhrz/, n.pl. money given by an employer that an employee can apply to any of various employee benefits. [1990-95; FLEX2 + DOLLAR] * * *
flexed
/flekst/, adj. Heraldry. (of a human leg) depicted as bent at the knee. [1515-25; FLEX1 + -ED2] * * *
flexi-
flexi- or flex- pref. Flexible: flexitime.   [From flexible.] * * *
flexibility
See flexible. * * *
flexible
—flexibility, flexibleness, n. —flexibly, adv. /flek"seuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being bent, usually without breaking; easily bent: a flexible ruler. 2. susceptible of ...
flexible disk
Computers. See floppy disk. * * *
flexible friend
n (BrE infml ironic) a humorous way of referring to a credit card after the phrase was used in British television advertisements for the former Access card in the 1980s. * * *
flexible shaft
▪ mechanics       in practical mechanics, a number of superimposed, tightly wound, helical coil springs wrapped around a centre wire, or mandrel. Because of its ...
flexible-rate mortgage
/flek"seuh beuhl rayt'/. See adjustable-rate mortgage. * * *
flexibleness
See flexibility. * * *
flexibly
See flexibility. * * *
flexile
—flexility, n. /flek"sil/ or, esp. Brit., /-suyl/, adj. flexible; pliant; tractable; adaptable. [1625-35; < L flexilis pliant, pliable. See FLEX1, -ILE] * * *
flexion
—flexional, adj. —flexionless, adj. /flek"sheuhn/, n. 1. Anat. a. the act of bending a limb. b. the position that a limb assumes when it is bent. 2. Chiefly Brit. flection ...
flexitime
flex·i·time (flĕkʹsĭ-tīm') n. See flextime. * * *
Flexner
/fleks"neuhr/, n. 1. Abraham, 1866-1959, U.S. educator. 2. his brother Simon, 1863-1946, U.S. pathologist and bacteriologist. * * *
Flexner, Abraham
born Nov. 13, 1866, Louisville, Ky., U.S. died Sept. 21, 1959, Falls Church, Va. U.S. educator. He taught high school for almost 20 years. When the Carnegie Foundation asked ...
Flexner, Simon
▪ American pathologist and bacteriologist born March 25, 1863, Louisville, Ky., U.S. died May 2, 1946, New York, N.Y.       American pathologist and bacteriologist who ...
flexographer
See flexography. * * *
flexographic
See flexographer. * * *
flexographically
See flexographer. * * *
flexography
—flexographic /flek'seuh graf"ik/, adj. /flek sog"ra fee/, n. Print. a relief printing technique similar to letterpress that employs rubber or soft plastic plates, a simple ...
flexor
/flek"seuhr/, n. Anat. a muscle that serves to flex or bend a part of the body. [1605-15; < NL; see FLEX1, -TOR] * * *
flexor muscle
▪ anatomy       any of the muscles that decrease the angle between bones on two sides of a joint, as in bending the elbow or knee. Several of the muscles of the hands ...
flextime
—flextimer, flexitimer, n. /fleks"tuym'/, n. a system of working that allows an employee to choose, within limits, the hours for starting and leaving work each day. Also, ...
flexuosity
/flek'shooh os"i tee/, n. the quality or condition of being flexuous. [1605-15; < LL flexuositas. See FLEXUOUS, -ITY] * * *
flexuous
—flexuously, adv. —flexuousness, n. /flek"shooh euhs/, adj. full of bends or curves; sinuous. [1595-1605; < L flexuosus full of turns, winding, crooked, equiv. to flexu(s) ...
flexuously
See flexuosity. * * *
flexural
See flexure. * * *
flexure
—flexural, adj. /flek"sheuhr/, n. 1. the act of flexing or bending. 2. the state of being flexed or bent. 3. the part bent; bend; fold. [1585-95; < L flexura a bending, ...
fley
—fleyedly /flay"id lee/, adv. —fleyedness, n. /flay/, v., fleyed, fleying. Chiefly Scot. to frighten; terrify. [1175-1225; ME flaien, fleien, OE -fligan (in a-flygan); c. ON ...
flibbertigibbet
/flib"euhr tee jib'it/, n. 1. a chattering or flighty, light-headed person. 2. Archaic. a gossip. [1425-75; late ME flepergebet, flipergebet; reduplicative compound of obscure ...
flic
/flik/; Fr. /fleek/, n., pl. flics /fliks/; Fr. /fleek/. Slang. a police officer; cop. [1895-1900; < F (slang), perh. < G; Cf. flick boy, in early mod. G thieves' argot (of ...
flicflac
/flik"flak'/, n. a step in dancing in which the feet strike rapidly together. [1850-55; < F; imit.] * * *
flichter
/flikh"teuhrdd/, v.i. Scot. 1. (of birds) to fly feebly; flutter. 2. to tremble; quiver. Also, flighter. [1505-15; flicht FLIGHT + -ER6] * * *
flick
flick1 /flik/, n. 1. a sudden light blow or tap, as with a whip or the finger: She gave the horse a flick with her riding crop. 2. the sound made by such a blow or tap. 3. a ...
Flick Group
▪ German company German  Flick Gruppe,  also called (after 1985)  Feldmuehle Nobel AG        former diversified industrial and manufacturing company founded in ...
Flick, Friedrich
born July 10, 1883, Ernsdorf, near Bonn, Ger. died July 20, 1972, near Lake Constance, Switzerland German industrialist. Before World War II he built an industrial empire that ...
flick-knife
/flik"nuyf'/, n. Chiefly Brit. switchblade. Also, flick knife. [1955-60] * * *
flickable
See flick1. * * *
flicker
flicker1 —flickeringly, adv. —flickery, adj. /flik"euhr/, v.i. 1. to burn unsteadily; shine with a wavering light: The candle flickered in the wind and went out. 2. to move ...
flickertail
/flik"euhr tayl'/, n. See Richardson ground squirrel. [1885-90, Amer.; FLICKER1 + TAIL1] * * *
Flickertail State
North Dakota (used as a nickname). * * *
Flickr.com
▪ Web site       photo-sharing Web site owned by Yahoo! Inc., and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.       Flickr is an ad-supported service, free to the general ...
flied
/fluyd/, v. a pt. and pp. of fly1. * * *
flier
/fluy"euhr/, n. 1. something that flies, as a bird or insect. 2. an aviator or pilot. 3. an airplane passenger, esp. one who travels regularly by air. 4. a person or thing that ...
flies
flies (flīz) v. Third person singular present tense of fly1. * * *
flight
flight1 /fluyt/, n. 1. the act, manner, or power of flying. 2. the distance covered or the course taken by a flying object: a 500-mile flight; the flight of the ball. 3. a trip ...
flight arrow
Archery. 1. an arrow having a conical or pyramidal head without barbs. 2. any long and light arrow for long-distance shooting; a shaft or arrow for the longbow, as distinguished ...
flight attendant
an airline employee who serves meals, attends to passengers' comfort, etc., during a flight. Also called cabin attendant. [1955-60] * * *
flight bag
a lightweight shoulder bag designed for carrying sundries aboard an aircraft. [1940-45] * * *
flight cap.
See overseas cap. * * *
flight control
1. the direction of airplane movements, esp. takeoffs and landings, by messages from the ground. 2. the system by which this direction is done. 3. the office from which this ...
flight crew
flight crew n. AIRCREW * * *
flight deck
1. Navy. the upper deck of an aircraft carrier, constructed and equipped for the landing andtakeoff of aircraft. 2. Aeron. (in certain aircraft) an elevated compartment ...
flight engineer
a member of an aircraft crew responsible for the mechanical systems, fueling, and servicing of the craft. [1935-40] * * *
flight feather
Ornith. one of the large, stiff feathers of the wing and tail of a bird that are essential to flight. [1725-35] * * *
flight formation
an arrangement of two or more airplanes flying together in a group, usually in a predetermined pattern. * * *
flight indicator
Aeron. See artificial horizon (def. 3). * * *
flight instrument
any instrument used to indicate the altitude, attitude, airspeed, drift, or direction of an aircraft. * * *
flight leader
a pilot who commands a flight of military airplanes. * * *
flight line
an area for the servicing and maintenance of airplanes that includes parking ramps and hangars. [1940-45] * * *
flight nurse
a nurse in the U.S. Air Force who tends patients being transported by airplane. * * *
flight of ideas
Psychiatry. a rapid flow of thought, manifested by accelerated speech with abrupt changes from topic to topic: a symptom of some mental illnesses, esp. manic disorder. * * *
flight path
the trajectory of a moving aircraft or spacecraft relative to a fixed reference. [1910-15] * * *
flight pay
a pay supplement allowed by the U.S. Air Force to certain crew members who attain a minimum flight time per month. [1925-30] * * *
flight plan
an oral or written report to an air traffic control facility describing the route of a projected flight. [1935-40] * * *
flight recorder
an electronic device aboard an aircraft that automatically records some aspects of the aircraft's performance in flight. [1945-50] * * * Instrument that records the performance ...
flight shooting
Archery. competitive shooting for distance only. [1795-1805] * * * ▪ archery  in archery, a form of competition in which shooting for maximum distance is the object, with ...
flight simulator
a device used in pilot and crew training that provides a cockpit environment and sensations of flight under actual conditions. [1945-50] * * * ▪ training ...
flight strip
1. Aeron. a. a strip of cleared land used as an emergency runway for aircraft. b. runway. 2. a series of continuous aerial reconnaissance photographs. [1935-40] * * *
flight suit
a long-sleeved jumpsuit made of fire-resistant material, worn typically by members of an aircraft crew. * * *
flight surgeon
a medical officer in the U.S. Air Force who is trained in aviation medicine. [1920-25] * * *
flight, history of
▪ aviation Introduction  development of heavier-than-air flying machines. Important landmarks and events along the way to the invention of the airplane include an ...
flight-test
/fluyt"test'/, v.t. to test (an airplane or the like) in flight. [1930-35] * * *
flightattendant
flight attendant n. A person who assists passengers in an aircraft. * * *
flightbag
flight bag n. A lightweight flexible piece of luggage with zippered outside pockets. * * *
flightdeck
flight deck n. 1. The upper deck of an aircraft carrier, used as a runway. 2. An elevated compartment in certain aircraft, used by the pilot, copilot, and flight engineer. * * *
flightengineer
flight engineer n. The crew member responsible for the mechanical performance of an aircraft in flight. * * *
flighter
/flikh"teuhrdd/, v.i. Scot. flichter. * * *
flightfeather
flight feather n. Any of the comparatively large, stiff feathers of a bird's wing or tail that are necessary for flight. * * *
flightily
See flighty. * * *
flightiness
See flightily. * * *
flightless
/fluyt"lis/, adj. incapable of flying: flightless birds such as the moa, rhea, and dodo. [1870-75; FLIGHT1 + -LESS] * * *
flightline
flight line n. The area of an airfield, specifically the parking area and the maintenance hangars, where aircraft are onloaded, offloaded, and serviced. * * *
flightpath
flight path n. The precise route taken or due to be taken through the air by an aircraft or spacecraft. * * *
flightplan
flight plan n. A detailed statement of the schedule and expected route of an aircraft or spacecraft. * * *
flightrecorder
flight recorder n. A crashworthy device that records data about an aircraft's flight, such as airspeed, heading, and the procedures of the pilot. Also called black box. * * *
flightsurgeon
flight surgeon n. An air force physician who specializes in aeromedicine. * * *
flightworthiness
See flightworthy. * * *
flightworthy
—flightworthiness, n. /fluyt"werr'dhee/, adj. being in proper physical or mechanical condition for safe flight; airworthy: a flightworthy spacecraft. [1965-70; FLIGHT1 + ...
flighty
—flightily, adv. —flightiness, n. /fluy"tee/, adj., flightier, flightiest. 1. given to flights of fancy; capricious; frivolous. 2. slightly delirious; light-headed; mildly ...
flimflam
—flimflammer, n. —flimflammery, n. /flim"flam'/, n., v., flimflammed, flimflamming. Informal. n. 1. a trick or deception, esp. a swindle or confidence game involving skillful ...
flimflammer
See flimflam. * * *
flimflammery
See flimflammer. * * *
flimsily
See flimsy. * * *
flimsiness
See flimsily. * * *
flimsy
—flimsily, adv. —flimsiness, n. /flim"zee/, adj., flimsier, flimsiest, n., pl. flimsies. adj. 1. without material strength or solidity: a flimsy fabric; a flimsy ...
Flin Flon
▪ Manitoba, Canada       city, western Manitoba, Canada, north of Athapapuskow Lake. A portion of Flin Flon lies in Saskatchewan and is jointly administered by both ...
flinch
flinch1 —flincher, n. —flinchingly, adv. /flinch/, v.i. 1. to draw back or shrink, as from what is dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant. 2. to shrink under pain; wince. 3. ...
flincher
See flinch. * * *
flinchingly
See flincher. * * *
Flinck, Govert
▪ Dutch painter born Jan. 25, 1615, Kleve, Brandenburg [now in Germany] died Feb. 2, 1660, Amsterdam, Dutch Republic [now in The Netherlands]       Baroque painter of ...
flinders
/flin"deuhrz/, n.pl. splinters; small pieces or fragments. [1400-50; late ME flendris, perh. < Scand; cf. Norw flindra splinter; perh. akin to FLINT] * * * (as used in ...
Flinders
/flin"deuhrz/, n. Matthew, 1774-1814, English navigator and explorer: surveyed coast of Australia. * * * (as used in expressions) Flinders Ranges Flinders River Flinders ...
Flinders bar
Navig. a bar of soft iron, mounted vertically beneath a compass to compensate for vertical magnetic currents. See diag. under binnacle. [1880-85; named after M. FLINDERS] * * *
Flinders grass
a drought-resistant pasture grass, Iseilema membranacea, native to inland regions of Australia and used as fodder. Also, flinders grass. * * *
Flinders Island
▪ island, Tasmania, Australia       northernmost and largest island of the Furneaux Group, northern Tasmania, southeastern Australia. It lies in eastern Bass Strait, ...
Flinders Range
a mountain range in S Australia. Highest peak, St. Mary Peak, 3900 ft. (1190 m). * * *
Flinders Ranges
Mountain region north of Adelaide, South Australia. Continuing the Mount Lofty Ranges from Gulf St. Vincent, it extends some 250 mi (400 km) to the northeast. The Flinders ...
Flinders River
River, Queensland, Australia. It rises on the southwestern slopes of the Gregory Range and flows west and then north to the Gulf of Carpentaria through two mouths, the second ...
Flinders, Matthew
born March 16, 1774, Donington, Lincolnshire, Eng. died July 19, 1814, London British mariner and hydrographer. In two expeditions (1795–99, 1801–03) he circumnavigated ...
Flinders,Sir Matthew
Flin·ders (flĭnʹdərz), Sir Matthew. 1774-1814. British explorer who sailed to New South Wales (1795) and subsequently made a thorough study of the Australian coast. * * *
FlindersRange
Flinders Range A mountain range of south-central Australia east of Lake Torrens. The highest peak is 1,189.5 m (3,900 ft). * * *
FlindersRiver
Flinders River An intermittent river of northeast Australia flowing about 837 km (520 mi) northwest to the Gulf of Carpentaria. * * *
fling
/fling/, v., flung, flinging, n. v.t. 1. to throw, cast, or hurl with force or violence: to fling a stone. 2. to move (oneself) violently with impatience, contempt, or the like: ...
flinger
/fling"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that flings. 2. Also called slinger, thrower. a device, mounted on a rotating shaft, for throwing lubricant onto a bearing or for keeping ...
flint
—flintlike, adj. /flint/, n. 1. a hard stone, a form of silica resembling chalcedony but more opaque, less pure, and less lustrous. 2. a piece of this, esp. as used for ...
Flint
/flint/, n. 1. Austin, 1812-86, U.S. physician: founder of Bellevue and Buffalo medical colleges. 2. his son Austin, 1836-1915, U.S. physiologist and physician. 3. a city in SE ...
flint corn
a variety of corn, Zea mays indurata, having very hard-skinned kernels not subject to shrinkage. [1695-1705, Amer.] * * *
flint glass
Optics. an optical glass of high dispersion and a relatively high index of refraction, composed of alkalis, lead oxide, and silica, with or without other bases, sometimes used as ...
Flint Island
▪ island, Kiribati  southernmost coral island in the Southern Line Islands, part of Kiribati, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, 400 miles (640 km) northwest of Tahiti. ...
Flint Ridge Cave System
▪ geological region, Kentucky, United States       complex of caves and underground rivers in west-central Kentucky, U.S. The surveyed areas of the system are entirely ...
Flint, Austin
▪ American physician born Oct. 20, 1812, Petersham, Mass., U.S. died March 13, 1886, New York, N.Y.       one of the most eminent of 19th-century physicians, and a ...
Flint, F.S.
▪ British poet in full  Frank Stuart Flint   born Dec. 19, 1885, London, Eng. died Feb. 28, 1960, Berkshire       English poet and translator, prominent in the ...
flintcorn
flint corn n. A variety of corn (Zea mays var. indurata) having small hard grains. See Regional Note at johnnycake. * * *
flintglass
flint glass n. A soft, fusible, lustrous, brilliant lead-oxide optical glass with high refraction and low dispersion. Also called lead glass. * * *
flinthead
/flint"hed'/, n. the wood stork, Mycteria americana. [1790-1800, for an earlier sense; FLINT + HEAD] * * *
flintily
See flinty. * * *
flintiness
See flintily. * * *
flintlock
/flint"lok'/, n. 1. an outmoded gunlock in which a piece of flint striking against steel produces sparks that ignite the priming. 2. a firearm with such a lock. [1675-85; FLINT + ...
FlintRiver
Flint River A river of western Georgia flowing about 531 km (330 mi) generally southward to join the Chattahoochee River and form the Apalachicola River at the Florida border. * ...
Flintshire
/flint"shear, -sheuhr/, n. a historic county in Clwyd, in NE Wales. Also called Flint. * * * ▪ county, Wales, United Kingdom also called  Flint , Welsh  Sir ...
Flintstones
a US comedy cartoon television series (1960–66) about a prehistoric family. The humour comes from the way they behave like modern Americans, using pieces of stone and wood as ...
flinty
—flintily, adv. —flintiness, n. /flin"tee/, adj., flintier, flintiest. 1. composed of, containing, or resembling flint, esp. in hardness. 2. unyielding; unmerciful; obdurate: ...
flip
flip1 /flip/, v., flipped, flipping, n. v.t. 1. to toss or put in motion with a sudden impulse, as with a snap of a finger and thumb, esp. so as to cause to turn over in the air: ...
flip chart
a set of sheets, as of cardboard or paper, hinged at the top so that they can be flipped over to show information or illustrations in sequence. [1960-65] * * *
flip side
Informal. 1. the reverse and usually less popular side of a phonograph record. 2. an opposite, reverse, or sharply contrasted side or aspect of something or someone: The flip ...
flip-flop
/flip"flop'/, n., adv., v., flip-flopped, flip-flopping. n. 1. Informal. a sudden or unexpected reversal, as of direction, belief, attitude, or policy. 2. a backward ...
Flip-Top
/flip"top'/, Trademark. 1. a brand name for a cigarette box having a hinged upper lid or cover. adj. 2. (l.c.) pop-top (def. 1). n. 3. (l.c.) pop-top (defs. 2, 3). * * *
flip-up
/flip"up'/, adj. 1. having a movable part hinged so as to be capable of being flipped upward when necessary: a flip-up visor. n. 2. a flip-up device. [adj., n. use of v. phrase ...
flipbook
flip·book (flĭpʹbo͝ok') n. A small book consisting of a series of images that give the illusion of continuous movement when the edges of the pages are flipped quickly. * * *
flipchart
flip chart n. A chart consisting of sheets hinged at the top that can be flipped over to present information sequentially. * * *
flippancy
flippancy [flip′ən sē] n. 1. the quality or state of being flippant 2. pl. flippancies a flippant act or remark * * * See flippant. * * *
flippant
—flippancy, flippantness, n. —flippantly, adv. /flip"euhnt/, adj. 1. frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity: The audience was ...
flippantly
See flippancy. * * *
flipper
/flip"euhr/, n. 1. a broad, flat limb, as of a seal or whale, especially adapted for swimming. 2. Also called fin. one of a pair of paddlelike devices, usually of rubber, worn on ...
flipping
/flip"ing/, adj., adv. Chiefly Brit. Slang. (used as an intensifier): I'm flipping tired of your excuses. [1910-15; FLIP1 + -ING2; perh. euphemistically echoing fucking] * * *
flipside
flip side n. Informal 1. The reverse side, as of a phonograph record. 2. The opposite side: “The flip side of retrospectively savaging the loser is beatifying... the winner” ...
FLIR
FLIR or flir [flir] n. 〚f(orward) l(ooking) i(nfra)r(ed)〛 an electronic heat sensor able to detect and display on a TV-like screen a distant scene despite darkness, smoke, ...
flirt
—flirtingly, adv. /flerrt/, v.i. 1. to court triflingly or act amorously without serious intentions; play at love; coquet. 2. to trifle or toy, as with an idea: She flirted ...
flirtable
—flirtability, n. /flerr"teuh beuhl/, adj. ready or willing to flirt. [1855-60; FLIRT + -ABLE] * * *
flirtation
—flirtational, adj. —flirtationless, adj. /flerr tay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or practice of flirting; coquetry. 2. a love affair that is not serious. [1710-20; FLIRT + ...
flirtatious
—flirtatiously, adv. —flirtatiousness, n. /flerr tay"sheuhs/, adj. 1. given or inclined to flirtation. 2. pertaining to or suggesting flirtation. Also, flirty. [1825-35; ...
flirtatiously
See flirtatious. * * *
flirtatiousness
See flirtatiously. * * *
flirty
See flirt. * * *
flit
—flittingly, adv. /flit/, v., flitted, flitting, n. v.i. 1. to move lightly and swiftly; fly, dart, or skim along: bees flitting from flower to flower. 2. to flutter, as a ...
flit gun
a hand-held, pump action sprayer for liquid insecticide. [1925-30] * * *
flitch
/flich/, n. 1. the side of a hog (or, formerly, some other animal) salted and cured: a flitch of bacon. 2. a steak cut from a halibut. 3. Carpentry. a. a piece, as a board, ...
flitch beam
Carpentry. a beam composed of planks bolted together side by side and often reinforced with a plate of iron or steel. Also called flitch girder, sandwich beam, sandwich ...
flitchplate
/flich"playt'/, n. Carpentry. an iron or steel plate for reinforcing a flitch beam. [1885-90; FLITCH + PLATE1] * * *
flite
/fluyt/, v., flited, fliting, n. Scot. and North Eng. v.i. 1. to dispute; wrangle; scold; jeer. n. 2. a dispute or wrangle; scolding. Also, flyte. [bef. 900; (v.) ME fliten, OE ...
fliting
/fluy"ting/, n. 1. contention. 2. a literary war of words, in versified dialogue. [1150-1200; ME; see FLITE, -ING1] * * *
flitter
flitter1 /flit"euhr/, v.i., v.t. to flutter. [1535-45; FLIT + -ER6] flitter2 /flit"euhr/, n. a person or thing that flits. [1535-45; FLIT + -ER1] flitter3 /flit"euhr/, n. fine ...
flittermouse
/flit"euhr mows'/, n., pl. flittermice /-muys'/. bat2 (def. 1). [1540-50; FLITTER1 + MOUSE; calque of G Fledermaus] * * *
flivver
/fliv"euhr/, n. 1. Older Slang. an automobile, esp. one that is small, inexpensive, and old. 2. Slang. something of unsatisfactory quality or inferior grade. [1905-10, Amer.; ...
Flo
/floh/, n. a female given name, form of Florence. * * *
Flo-Jo
the popular name for the US runner Florence Griffith Joyner. * * *
float
/floht/, v.i. 1. to rest or remain on the surface of a liquid; be buoyant: The hollow ball floated. 2. to move gently on the surface of a liquid; drift along: The canoe floated ...
float bowl
Auto. the bowl-shaped section of a carburetor in which a reserve of fuel is maintained, the fuel level being regulated by a float. Also called float chamber. * * *
float bridge
a bridge, as from a pier to a boat, floating at one end and hinged at the other to permit loading and unloading at any level of water. [1685-95] * * *
float glass
extremely smooth, nearly distortion-free plate glass manufactured by pouring molten glass onto a surface of molten tin. [1955-60] * * *
float switch
an electric switch controlled by a conductor floating in a liquid. * * *
float valve
a valve admitting or discharging a liquid to or from a tank and regulated by a float on the surface of the liquid within the tank to maintain a nearly constant height of ...
float-feed
/floht"feed'/, adj. Mach. equipped with a float to control the feed. [1900-05] * * *
floatable
—floatability, n. /floh"teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of floating; that can be floated. 2. that can be floated on, as a river. [1820-30; FLOAT + -ABLE] * * *
floatage
/floh"tij/, n. flotage. [1620-30] * * *
floatation
/floh tay"sheuhn/, n. flotation. [1800-10] * * *
floatboard
/floht"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. paddle1 (def. 6). [1710-20; FLOAT + BOARD] * * *
floatel
/floh tel"/, n. a boat or ship that serves as a hotel, sometimes permanently moored to a dock. [b. FLOAT and HOTEL] * * *
floater
/floh"teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that floats. 2. Informal. a person who is continually changing his or her place of abode, employment, etc. 3. U.S. Politics. a voter not ...
floating
—floatingly, adv. /floh"ting/, adj. 1. being buoyed up on water or other liquid. 2. having little or no attachment to a particular place; moving from one place to another: a ...
floating (dry) dock
floating (dry) dock or floating dock n. a dock that floats and can be lowered in the water for the entrance of a ship, and then raised for use as a dry dock * * *
Floating Cloud, The.
See Drifting Cloud, The. * * *
floating dock
a submersible, floating structure used as a dry dock, having a floor that is submerged, slipped under a floating vessel, and then raised so as to raise the vessel entirely out of ...
floating foundation
a foundation used in yielding soil, having for its footing a raft tending to displace a weight greater than that of the building. * * *
floating gang
a group of railroad workers who service or repair the track but are not assigned to a particular section. Cf. section gang. [1860-65, Amer.] * * *
floating heart
1. any of certain aquatic plants belonging to the genus Nymphoides, of the gentian family, esp. N. aquatica, having floating, more or less heart-shaped leaves and a cluster of ...
Floating Instrument Platform
      oceanographic study platform developed in the United States. It combines the advantages of extreme stability while floating on site and ease of movement to new ...
floating island
1. a dessert consisting of boiled custard with portions of meringue, whipped cream, or whipped egg whites and sometimes jelly floating upon it or around it. 2. a floating mass of ...
floating partition
Carpentry. a partition running parallel to and between two joists and resting on blocking between them. * * *
floating point
a decimal point whose location is not fixed, used esp. in computer operations. * * *
floating policy
1. (in marine insurance) a policy that provides protection of a broad nature for shipments of merchandise and that is valid continuously until canceled. 2. floater (def. ...
floating rib
Anat. one member of the two lowest pairs of ribs, which are attached neither to the sternum nor to the cartilages of other ribs. [1825-35] * * *
floating ribs
floating ribs n. the eleventh and twelfth pairs of ribs, not attached to the breastbone or to other ribs but only to the vertebrae * * *
floating screed
Building Trades. screed (def. 3). [1835-45] * * *
floating stock
stock not held for permanent investment and hence available for speculation; stock held by brokers and speculators rather than investors. * * *
floating supply
the aggregate supply of ready-to-market goods or securities. * * *
floating vote
—floating voter. those voters collectively who are not permanently attached to any political party. [1840-50] * * *
floating-point
floating-point [flōt′iŋ point΄] adj. designating or of a system of arithmetic, used esp. in computer science, having its numbers expressed in scientific notation (Ex.: ...
floatingisland
floating island n. A dessert of soft custard with mounds of beaten egg whites or whipped cream floating on its surface. * * *
floatingrib
floating rib n. A false rib whose anterior end is unattached. The lowest two pairs of human ribs are floating ribs. * * *
floatplane
/floht"playn'/, n. Aeron. a seaplane having landing gear consisting of one or more floats. Also, float plane. Cf. flying boat. [1920-25; FLOAT + PLANE1] * * *
floatstone
/floht"stohn'/, n. Masonry. a stone for rubbing bricks to be gauged. [1695-1705; FLOAT + STONE] * * *
floaty
/floh"tee/, adj., floatier, floatiest. 1. able to float; buoyant. 2. (of a boat) requiring little water to float. [1300-50; ME floty. See FLOAT, -Y1] * * *
floc
/flok/, n., v., flocced, floccing. n. 1. Also, flock. a tuftlike mass, as in a chemical precipitate. v.t., v.i. 2. to amass or collect into flocs. [1920-25; < L floccus ...
floccillation
/flok'seuh lay"sheuhn/, n. Pathol. a delirious picking of the bedclothes by the patient, as in certain fevers. Also called carphology. [1835-45; < L flocc(us) FLOCCUS + -ill(us) ...
floccinaucinihilipilification
/flok'seuh naw'seuh nuy'hil euh pil'euh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. Rare. the estimation of something as valueless (encountered mainly as an example of one of the longest words in the ...
floccose
/flok"ohs/, adj. 1. Bot. consisting of or bearing woolly tufts or long soft hairs. 2. flocculent. [1745-55; < LL floccosus full of tufts of wool. See FLOCCUS, -OSE1] * * *
flocculant
/flok"yeuh leuhnt/, n. a chemical for producing flocculation of suspended particles, as to improve the plasticity of clay for ceramic purposes. [FLOCCULE + -ANT] * * *
flocculate
—flocculable /flok"yeuh leuh beuhl/, adj. —flocculation, n. —flocculator, n. /flok"yeuh layt'/, v., flocculated, flocculating. v.t. 1. to form into flocculent ...
flocculation
See flocculate. * * * ▪ physical chemistry       in physical chemistry, separation of solid particles from a liquid to form loose aggregations or soft flakes. These ...
floccule
/flok"yoohl/, n. 1. something resembling a small flock or tuft of wool. 2. a bit of flocculent matter, as in a liquid. [1835-45; < NL flocculus. See FLOCCUS, -ULE] * * *
flocculence
See flocculent. * * *
flocculent
—flocculence, flocculency, n. —flocculently, adv. /flok"yeuh leuhnt/, adj. 1. like a clump or tuft of wool. 2. covered with a soft, woolly substance. 3. consisting of or ...
flocculent precipitate
Chem. a woolly-looking precipitate, as aluminum hydroxide formed by the addition of ammonia to an aluminum-salt solution. [1790-1800] * * *
flocculently
See flocculence. * * *
flocculus
/flok"yeuh leuhs/, n., pl. flocculi /-luy'/. 1. floccule. 2. Astron. one of the bright or dark patches on the sun's surface, visible in a spectroheliogram. [1790-1800; < NL; see ...
floccus
/flok"euhs/, n., pl. flocci /flok"suy, -see/, adj. n. 1. a small tuft of woolly hairs. adj. 2. Meteorol. (of a cloud) having elements in the form of small, rounded ...
flock
flock1 —flockless, adj. /flok/, n. 1. a number of animals of one kind, esp. sheep, goats, or birds, that keep or feed together or are herded together. 2. a large number of ...
flock dot
a pattern of dots or figures that are not woven but attached to cloth with adhesive. * * *
flock paper
a wallpaper treated with flock to emphasize a design or effect. [1740-50] * * *
Flock, Timothy
▪ 1999       American stock-car racing driver who counted the 1952 and 1955 National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Winston Cup series championships among his ...
flockbed
/flok"bed'/, n. a bed with a mattress stuffed with wool refuse, shearings of cloth, or the like. [1300-50; ME; see FLOCK2, BED] * * *
flocking
/flok"ing/, n. 1. a velvetlike pattern produced on wallpaper or cloth decorated with flock. 2. flock2 (def. 3). [1870-75; FLOCK + -ING1] * * *
flocky
/flok"ee/, adj., flockier, flockiest. like or characterized by flocks or tufts; flocculent. [1590-1600; FLOCK2 + -Y1] * * *
Flodden
/flod"n/, n. a hill in NE England, in Northumberland county: the invading Scots were disastrously defeated here by the English, 1513. * * *
Flodden, Battle of
(Sept. 9, 1513) English victory over the Scots, fought in Flodden Field, near Branxton, Northumberland, Eng. To honour his alliance with France and divert troops from the main ...
Flodoard
▪ Frankish chronicler born 893 or 894, probably at Épernay, Champagne [France] died March 28 or May 17, 966, probably at Reims       chronicler whose two major works, ...
floe
/floh/, n. 1. Also called ice floe. a sheet of floating ice, chiefly on the surface of the sea, smaller than an ice field. 2. a detached floating portion of such a ...
floeberg
/floh"berrg/, n. a mass of ice floes resembling an iceberg. [1875-80; FLOE + BERG; modeled on iceberg] * * *
flog
—floggable, adj. —flogger, n. /flog, flawg/, v.t., flogged, flogging. 1. to beat with a whip, stick, etc., esp. as punishment; whip; scourge. 2. Slang. a. to sell, esp. ...
flogger
See flog. * * *
flogging
▪ punishment also called  whipping  or  caning         a beating administered with a whip or rod, with blows commonly directed to the person's back. It was imposed ...
Floire et Blancheflor
▪ French romantic tale       French metrical romance known in two versions from the 12th and 13th centuries and thought to be of Greco-Byzantine or Moorish origin. Its ...


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