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/floh kah"tee/, n., pl. flokatis. a thick, woolen rug with a shaggy pile, originally handwoven in Greece. [1965-70; < ModGk phlokáte a blanket or sleeveless cape of shaggy cloth ...
Flon, Suzanne
▪ 2006       French actress (b. Jan. 28, 1918, near Paris, France—d. June 15, 2005, Paris), appeared in more than 60 films during a career that spanned 60 years. Flon ...
/flong, flawng/, n. Print. the material of which a stereotype mold is made. [1875-80; alter. of F flan FLAN] * * *
—floodable, adj. —flooder, n. —floodless, adj. —floodlike, adj. /flud/, n. 1. a great flowing or overflowing of water, esp. over land not usually submerged. 2. any great ...
flood control
Civ. Engin. the act or technique of controlling river flow with dams, dikes, artificial channels, etc., so as to minimize the occurrence of floods. [1925-30, Amer.] * * *
flood insurance
insurance covering loss or damage to property arising from a flood, flood tide, or the like. * * *
flood lamp
a floodlight. [1915-20] * * *
flood plain
a nearly flat plain along the course of a stream or river that is naturally subject to flooding. Also, floodplain. [1870-75] * * *
flood tide
the inflow of the tide; rising tide. [1710-20] * * *
flood wall
Civ. Engin. a wall built along a shore or bank to prevent floods by giving a raised, uniform freeboard and by allowing unimpeded flow to water in a channel. [1950-55] * * *
Flood, Curt
▪ American athlete byname of  Curtis Charles Flood   born Jan. 18, 1938, Houston, Texas, U.S. died Jan. 20, 1997, Los Angeles, Calif.       American professional ...
Flood, Curtis Charles
▪ 1998       American baseball player (b. Jan. 18, 1938, Houston, Texas—d. Jan. 20, 1997, Los Angeles, Calif.), challenged the major league player reserve system in ...
Flood, Henry
▪ Anglo-Irish statesman born 1732 died Dec. 2, 1791, Farmley, County Kilkenny, Ire.  Anglo-Irish statesman, founder of the movement that in 1782 forced Great Britain to grant ...
/flud"euhrz/, n. (used with a pl. v.) Slang. See high waters. [FLOOD + -ER1 + -S3] * * *
/flud"gayt'/, n. 1. Civ. Engin. a gate designed to regulate the flow of water. 2. anything serving to control the indiscriminate flow or passage of something. [1175-1225; ME; see ...
/flud"ing/, n. a form of psychotherapy in which the patient receives abrupt and intense, rather than gradual, exposure to a fear-producing situation. [1665-75, for sense "flood"; ...
/flud"luyt'/, n., v., floodlighted or floodlit, floodlighting. n. 1. an artificial light so directed or diffused as to give a comparatively uniform illumination over a rather ...
floodlight projector
a powerful lamp having a reflector curved to produce a floodlight. [1920-25] * * *
flood·plain also flood plain (flŭdʹplān') n. A plain bordering a river and subject to flooding. * * * ▪ geology also called  Alluvial Plain,         flat land ...
flood tide also flood·tide (flŭdʹtīd') n. 1. The incoming or rising tide; the period between low water and the succeeding high water. 2. A climax or high point: a flood tide ...
flood·wall (flŭdʹwôl') n. A wall built along a shore or bank to protect an area from floods. * * *
/flud"waw'teuhr, -wot'euhr/, n. the water that overflows as the result of a flood. [1785-95; FLOOD + WATER] * * *
/flud"way'/, n. the channel and adjacent shore areas under water during a flood, esp. as determined for a flood of a given height. [1885-90; FLOOD + WAY] * * *
/flooh"ee/, adj. Slang. amiss or awry. Also, flooie. [of obscure orig.; cf. BLOOEY] * * *
—floorless, adj. /flawr, flohr/, n. 1. that part of a room, hallway, or the like, that forms its lower enclosing surface and upon which one walks. 2. a continuous, supporting ...
floor broker
a member of a stock or commodity exchange who executes orders on the floor of the exchange for other brokers. Cf. floor trader. [1910-15] * * *
floor covering
Finish material on floors, including wood strips, parquet, linoleum, vinyl, asphalt tile, rubber, cork, epoxy resins, ceramic tile, and carpeting. Wood-strip flooring, attached ...
floor exercise
Gymnastics. a competition in which each entrant performs a routine of acrobatic tumbling feats and balletic movements without any apparatus on a specifically designated floor ...
floor furnace
a small self-contained furnace placed just below the floor of the space to be heated. [1950-55] * * *
floor lamp
a tall lamp designed to stand on the floor. [1890-95] * * *
floor leader
U.S. Govt. the majority leader or minority leader in either the Senate or the House of Representatives. [1895-1900; Amer.] * * *
floor loom
a loom in which the harnesses are moved by treadles, leaving the weaver's hands free to operate the shuttle. Also called treadle loom. * * *
floor manager
1. a person assigned to direct the proceedings on the floor of an assembly, as at a political convention. 2. the stage manager of a television program. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
floor model
a radio, television set, or other furnishing or appliance intended to stand on the floor rather than on a table; console. * * *
floor pan
a solid bottom, found in some types of automobiles, that adds rigidity to the structure and serves as the base for the seats. * * *
floor plan
a diagram of one room, apartment, or entire floor of a building, usually drawn to scale. [1865-70] * * *
floor planning
a system of financing that permits a dealer to borrow money to buy goods, which become the security for the loan that is repaid when the merchandise is sold. Also called floor ...
floor pocket
Theat. See under stage pocket. * * *
floor price
a minimum price required of an item being auctioned. Also called reserve price. [1950-55] * * *
floor sample
an appliance, piece of furniture, or other article of merchandise that has been used for display or demonstration and is usually offered at a reduced price. [1955-60] * * *
floor show
a nightclub entertainment typically consisting of a series of singing, dancing, and often comedy acts. [1925-30] * * *
floor trader
a member of a stock or commodity exchange who executes orders on the floor of the exchange for his or her own account. Cf. floor broker. * * *
/flawr"lengkth', -length', flohr"-/, adj. extending to the floor: a floor-length skirt. Cf. full-length. [1935-40] * * *
/flawr"man'ij, flohr"-/, v.t., floor-managed, floor-managing. to act as or in the manner of a floor manager. * * *
/flawr"throoh', flohr"-/, adj. 1. occupying the entire depth of a building: a floor-through apartment. n. 2. a floor-through dwelling. [1965-70] * * *
/flawr"werrk', flohr"-/, n. Dance. a sequence of exercises done at the beginning of a class or before a performance in sitting and supine positions on the floor in order to ...
/flawr"ij, flohr"-/, n. floor space. [1725-35; FLOOR + -AGE] * * *
/flawr"bawrd', flohr"bohrd'/, n. 1. any of the boards composing a floor. 2. the floor of an automotive vehicle. v.t. 3. floor (def. 21). [1880-85; FLOOR + BOARD] * * *
/flawr"klawth', -kloth', flohr"-/, n., pl. floorcloths /-klawdhz', -klodhz', -klawths', -kloths'/. 1. a cloth for washing or wiping floors. 2. a piece of cloth or the like, as ...
/flawr"kuv'euhr, flohr"-/, n. material, esp. a nonfabric material, as linoleum, vinyl tile, or ceramic tile, used to cover a floor. Also called floor covering. [FLOOR + COVER] * ...
/flawr"euhr, flohr"-/, n. 1. a person who lays floors. 2. a person, blow, etc., that knocks someone or something to the floor. 3. Informal. something that beats, overwhelms, or ...
floor exercise n. An event in competitive gymnastics that consists of various tumbling maneuvers performed on a mat. * * *
/flawr"ing, flohr"-/, n. 1. a floor. 2. floors collectively. 3. materials for making floors. [1615-25; FLOOR + -ING1] * * *
flooring brad
a brad having a very small head, made in lengths from 2 to 4 in. (5 to 10 cm). * * *
flooring saw
Carpentry. a saw having a curved edge. * * *
floor lamp n. A tall lamp with a base that stands on the floor. * * *
floor leader n. The member of a legislature chosen by fellow party members to be in charge of the party's activities on the floor. * * *
/flawr"meuhn, flohr"-/, n., pl. floormen. 1. a floor manager. 2. any person who represents a management, as in assisting customers or maintaining a smooth business operation. 3. ...
floor manager n. 1. See floorwalker. 2. A person who directs something, such as activities at a political convention, from the floor. * * *
floor plan n. A scale diagram of a room or building drawn as if seen from above. * * *
floor sample n. Merchandise sold at a reduced price because it has been a display or demonstration model. * * *
/flawr"shift', flohr"-/, n. a gearshift set into the floor of an automotive vehicle. [FLOOR + SHIFT] * * *
floor·show (flôrʹshō', flōrʹ-) n. A series of entertainments presented in a nightclub. * * *
/flawr"waw'keuhr, flohr"-/, n. a person employed in a store to direct customers and supervise salespeople. [1875-80, Amer.; FLOOR + WALKER] * * *
/flooh"zee/, n., pl. floozies. Slang. a gaudily dressed, usually immoral woman, esp. a prostitute. Also, floosie, floosy, floozie. [1905-10; orig. uncert.] * * *
—flopper, n. /flop/, v., flopped, flopping, n. v.i. 1. to fall or plump down suddenly, esp. with noise; drop or turn with a sudden bump or thud (sometimes fol. by down): The ...
flop forging
Metalworking. forging of both sides of a piece from the same die, the sides being identical. * * *
flop sweat
☆ flop sweat n. Slang sweat that an actor or other performer gives forth when afraid of failing before an audience * * *
/flop"eard'/, adj. having long, drooping ears, as a hound. [1840-50] * * *
/flop"hows'/, n., pl. flophouses /-how'ziz/. a cheap, run-down hotel or rooming house. [1890-95; FLOP + HOUSE] * * *
/flop"oh'veuhr/, n. a continuous, vertical movement of a television image picture caused by interference in reception or by improper tuning. [1950-55; n. use of v. phrase flop ...
See flop. * * *
/flop'euh rooh"/, n., pl. flopperoos. Slang. flop (def. 11). [1935-40; FLOP + -EROO] * * *
/flop"euhrz/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) See air plant (def. 2). [FLOP + -ER1 + -S3] * * *
See floppy. * * *
See floppily. * * *
—floppily, adv. —floppiness, n. /flop"ee/, adj., floppier, floppiest, n. adj. 1. tending to flop. n. 2. See floppy disk. [1855-60; FLOP + -Y1] * * *
floppy disk
Computers. a thin, flexible plastic disk coated with magnetic material, on which data and programs can be stored for later retrieval: used mainly with microcomputers. Also, ...
floppy disk n. A flexible plastic disk coated with magnetic material and covered by a protective jacket, used primarily by computers to store data magnetically. Also called ...
/flops/, n. a measure of computer speed, equal to the number of floating-point operations the computer can perform per second (used esp. in combination with mega-, giga-, ...
Floptical disk
/flop"ti keuhl/, Trademark. a small, high-capacity, removable disk for storing computer data that combines magnetic floppy disk and optical disc technologies. * * *
Floquet, Charles
▪ French politician born Oct. 2, 1828, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Fr. died Jan. 18, 1896, Paris  French politician whose deep attachment to the republic led him to become an ...
Flor, Roger de
▪ Spanish mercenary born 1280, Brindisi, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies died April 30, 1305, Adrianople, Byzantine Empire       Sicilian-born military adventurer and ...
var. of flori-: florist. * * *
flourished. [ < L floruit] * * *
/flawr"euh, flohr"euh/, n., pl. floras, florae /flawr"ee, flohr"ee/ for 2. 1. the plants of a particular region or period, listed by species and considered as a whole. 2. a work ...
/flawr"euh, flohr"euh/, n. a female given name. * * * Roman goddess of flowering plants. Her cult was supposedly introduced into Rome during its earliest years by the Sabine ...
Flora Macdonald
➡ Macdonald (I) * * *
Flora Robson
➡ Robson (II) * * *
—florally, adv. /flawr"euhl, flohr"-/, adj. 1. pertaining to or consisting of flowers: floral decoration. 2. of or pertaining to floras or a flora. n. 3. something, as a ...
Floral Dance
➡ folk dancing * * *
floral decoration
Art of arranging living or dried plant material for adornment of the body or home, for public and religious ceremonies, or for festivals. Line, form, colour, texture, balance, ...
floral emblem
a flower or plant serving as the emblem of a city, state, nation, etc. * * *
floral envelope
Bot. the calyx and corolla of a flower. [1820-30] * * *
floral leaf
Bot. one of the modified leaves forming the perianth of a flower, as a sepal or petal. [1745-55] * * *
Floral Park
a city on W Long Island, in SE New York. 16,805. * * *
floral cup n. A tubular or cup-shaped structure of a flower, bearing on its rim the sepals, petals, and stamens. * * *
floral envelope n. The perianth of a flower. * * *
See floral. * * *
floral tube n. A tube usually formed by the basal fusion of the perianth and stamens, as in the flowers of the daffodil. * * *
n [U] a British make of margarine (= a substance like butter, but usually made from vegetable oil). Flora is advertised as a healthy type of margarine. * * *
/flaw rdday annl"/, n. (in the French Revolutionary calendar) the eighth month of the year, extending from April 20 to May 19. [1795-1805; < F < L flore(us) of flowers (flor-, s. ...
flo·re·at·ed (flôrʹē-ā'tĭd, flōrʹ-) adj. Variant of floriated. * * *
/flawr"euhns, flor"-/, n. 1. Italian, Firenze. a city in central Italy, on the Arno River: capital of the former grand duchy of Tuscany. 464,425. 2. a city in NW Alabama, on the ...
Florence fennel
a variety of fennel, Foeniculum vulgare azoricum, having enlarged leaf bases, which are blanched and used esp. as an ingredient in salads. Also called finocchio. * * *
Florence flask
a round bottle having a flat bottom and long neck, for use in laboratories. [1735-45] * * *
Florence Griffith Joyner
➡ Joyner * * *
Florence Nightingale
➡ Nightingale * * *
Florence Nightingale: Notes on Nursing
▪ Primary Source       During the Crimean War (1853–56), when Florence Nightingale and about three dozen trained nurses arrived in Scutari, near Constantinople (now ...
Florence Of Worcester
▪ British historian died 1118       English monk, usually accepted as the author of Chronicon ex chronicis, which is valuable for late Anglo-Saxon and early ...
Florence, University of
▪ university, Florence, Italy Italian  Università Degli Studi Di Firenze,         university that originated in Florence in 1321 and became later in the century, ...
Florence, William Jermyn
▪ American actor original name  Bernard Conlin   born July 26, 1831, Albany, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 19, 1891, Philadelphia       U.S. actor, songwriter, and popular ...
Florence fennel n. See finocchio. * * *
Florence flask n. A round flatbottom flask with a long neck, used in laboratory work.   [AfterFlorence, from the use of similar flasks for certain Italian wines.] * * *
▪ Colombia       city, southeastern Colombia, in the eastern slopes of the Andean Cordillera Oriental, on the Orteguaza River, a tributary of the Caquetá. It was ...
Florencio Varela
▪ county, Argentina       partido (county), at the southeastern limits of Gran (Greater) Buenos Aires, eastern Argentina, in Buenos Aires provincia (province). Founded ...
Flo·ren·ci·o Va·re·la (flō-rĕnʹsyō vä-rĕʹlä) A city of eastern Argentina, an industrial suburb of Buenos Aires. Population: 253,554. * * *
Florensky, Pavel Alexandrovich
▪ Russian theologian born Jan. 21 [Jan. 9, old style], 1882, Yevlakh, Yelizavetpolskaya Province, Russian Empire died Dec. 15, 1943, Siberia       Russian Orthodox ...
/flawr"euhn teen', -tuyn', flor"-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Florence, Italy: the Florentine poets of the 14th century. 2. pertaining to or designating the style of art ...
Florentine diamond
▪ gem       clear, pale-yellow stone weighing 137 carats; of Indian origin, it was cut as a double rose with 126 facets. Once owned by Charles the Bold, duke of ...
Florentine stitch.
See under bargello (def. 2). * * *
Florenz Ziegfeld
➡ Ziegfeld * * *
/flawr"eez, flohr"-/, n. (used with a pl. v.) Chem. flower (def. 11). [1655-65; < L flores pl. of flos FLOWER] * * * ▪ Guatemala  city, northern Guatemala. It is located on ...
Sp. /flaw"rddes/ for 1; /flawr"is, -eez, flohr"-/ for 2; Port. /flaw"rddish/ for 3, n. 1. Juan José /hwahn haw se"/, 1800-64, Ecuadorian general and statesman: president ...
Flores Island
▪ island, Portugal Portuguese  Ilha das Flores         westernmost island of the Portuguese Azores archipelago, in the North Atlantic. It forms, together with the ...
Flores Sea
/flawr"is, -eez, flohr"-/ a sea between Sulawesi and the Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia. ab. 180 mi. (290 km) wide. * * * ▪ sea, Pacific Ocean Bahasa Indonesia  Laut ...
Flores, Juan José
Flo·res (flôʹrĕs), Juan José. 1800-1864. Ecuadorian general and politician who was active in his country's struggle for independence. He was appointed Ecuador's first ...
Flores, Lola
▪ 1996       (DOLORES FLORES RUIZ), Spanish flamenco performer and motion-picture actress (b. Jan. 21, 1923, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain—d. May 16, 1995, Madrid, ...
—florescent, adj. /flaw res"euhns, floh-, fleuh-/, n. the act, state, or period of flowering; bloom. [1785-95; < L floresc(ens) (prp. of florescere to begin blooming, ...
See florescence. * * *
/flawr"it, flohr"-/, n. 1. a small flower. 2. Bot. one of the closely clustered small flowers that make up the flower head of a composite flower, as the daisy. 3. one of the ...
/flawr"ee, flohr"ee/, n. Sir Howard Walter, 1898-1968, Australian pathologist in England: Nobel prize for medicine 1945. * * *
Florey, Howard Walter Florey, Baron
▪ Australian pathologist born Sept. 24, 1898, Adelaide, Australia died Feb. 21, 1968, Oxford, Eng.  Australian pathologist who, with Ernst Boris Chain (Chain, Sir Ernst ...
Florey, Howard Walter, Baron
born Sept. 24, 1898, Adelaide, S.Aus., Austl. died Feb. 21, 1968, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Eng. Australian pathologist. Educated in Britain and the U.S., Florey taught at the ...
Florey,Sir Howard Walter
Flo·rey (flôrʹē, flōrʹē), Sir Howard Walter. Baron Florey of Adelaide. 1898-1968. Australian-born British pathologist. He shared a 1945 Nobel Prize for isolating and ...
Flórez, Enrique
▪ Spanish historian in full  Enrique de Setién y Huidobro Flórez   born July 21, 1702, Villadiego, Spain died May 5, 1773, Madrid       Spanish historian and ...
Florez, Juan Diego
▪ 2009 born Jan. 13, 1973, Lima, Peru  Singing in Gaetano Donizetti's La Fille du régiment at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in April 2008, the Peruvian tenor Juan ...
a combining form meaning "flower," used in the formation of compound words: floriferous. Also, flor-. [ < L flori-, equiv. to flor- (s. of flos) flower + -i- -I-] * * *
Floriade, a Fusion of Nature and Art
▪ 2003        Floriade, the “world's fair” of horticulture, was held in Haarlemmermeer, Neth., in 2002. Occurring only once every 10 years, Floriade celebrated all ...
▪ Roman emperor Latin in full  Marcus Annius Florianus   born Aug. 19, 232 died Sept. 9, 276       Roman emperor from June to September 276. The brother, by a ...
▪ Brazil       city and river port, west central Piauí estado (state), northeastern Brazil, on the Rio Parnaíba, at 280 feet (85 metres) above sea level. Floriano was ...
/flawr'ee euh nop"euh lis, flohr'-/; Port. /flaw'rddyeuh naw"poo lees'/, n. a seaport in and the capital of Santa Catarina state, on an island off the S coast of Brazil. 196,055. ...
/flawr"ee ay'tid, flohr"-/, adj. made of or decorated with floral ornamentation: floriated design; floriated china. Also, floriate /flawr"ee it, -ayt', flohr"-/. [1835-45; FLORI- ...
/flawr'euh bun"deuh, flohr'-/, n. any of a class of roses characterized by a long blooming period and the production of large flowers often in thick clusters. [1895-1900; < NL, ...
/flawr"i keuhn, flohr"-/, n. any of various smaller species of bustards. [orig. uncert.] * * *
flo·ri·cane (flôrʹĭ-kān', flōrʹ-) n. The flowering and fruiting stem of a biennial plant, especially of a bramble.   [Latin flōs, flōr-, flower; see flower + cane.] * ...
See floriculture. * * *
See floricultural. * * *
—floricultural, adj. —floriculturally, adv. —floriculturist, n. /flawr"i kul'cheuhr, flohr"-/, n. the cultivation of flowers or flowering plants, esp. for ornamental ...
See floricultural. * * *
—floridity /flaw rid"i tee, fleuh-/, floridness, n. —floridly, adv. /flawr"id, flor"-/, adj. 1. reddish; ruddy; rosy: a florid complexion. 2. flowery; excessively ornate; ...
—Floridian /fleuh rid"ee euhn/, Floridan, adj., n. /flawr"i deuh, flor"-/, n. a state in the SE United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. 9,739,992. 58,560 sq. ...
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
▪ university, Florida, United States byname  Florida A&M University        public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Tallahassee, Florida, U.S. It is a ...
Florida Atlantic University
▪ university, Florida, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Boca Raton, Florida, U.S. Part of the State University System of ...
Florida Bay
▪ bay, Florida, United States       triangular-shaped shallow body of water between the Gulf of Mexico (Mexico, Gulf of) and Biscayne Bay at the southern end of ...
Florida Current
the part of the Gulf Stream which extends from the Florida Strait to Cape Hatteras. * * * ▪ ocean current       swift surface oceanic current flowing northward, ...
Florida Keys
a chain of small islands and reefs off the coast of S Florida. ab. 225 mi. (362 km) long. * * * ▪ island chain, Florida, United States       island chain, Monroe and ...
Florida moss.
See Spanish moss. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
Florida room
a sunroom. * * *
Florida State University
▪ university, Tallahassee, Florida, United States  public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Tallahassee, Florida, U.S. It is part of the State University ...
Florida Strait
a strait between Florida, Cuba, and the Bahamas, connecting the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. * * *
Florida velvet bean
a tropical vine, Mucuna deeringiana, of the legume family, having showy, purple flowers in drooping clusters and black, hairy pods: grown as an ornamental. * * *
Florida worm lizard
▪ reptile       pale or pinkish wormlike lizard characterized by the absence of limbs, external eyes, or ear openings, representing the only living member of the ...
Florida, flag of
▪ Flag History       U.S. state flag consisting of a white field (background) with a red saltire (diagonal cross) and, in the centre, the state seal.       The ...
Florida, Straits of
Passage connecting the Gulf of Mexico with the Atlantic Ocean. Extending for about 110 mi (180 km) between the Florida Keys on the north and Cuba and the Bahamas on the south, ...
Florida, University of
▪ university, Florida, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Gainesville, Florida, U.S. It is a comprehensive research university ...
Florida,Straits of
Florida, Straits of also Florida Strait A sea passage between Cuba and the Florida Keys, linking the Gulf of Mexico with the Atlantic Ocean. * * *
Florida arrowroot n. See coontie. * * *
Floridablanca, José Moñino y Redondo, conde de
▪ Spanish statesman born October 21, 1728, Murcia, Spain died December 28?, 1808, Sevilla       Spanish statesman and minister who became identified with the reform ...
Florida Keys A chain of small coral and limestone islands and reefs extending about 241 km (150 mi) in a southwestward arc from south of Miami to Key West. The Keys are popular ...
See Floridian. * * *
flo·rid·e·an starch (flə-rĭdʹē-ən) n. Botany The storage carbohydrate of the red algae.   [From New Latin Flōrideae, subclass of red algae, from Latin flōridus, ...
Floridian [flôr′ə dənflô rid′ē ən] adj. of Florida: usually used in the predicate n. a person born or living in Florida: Also Floridan [flôr′ə dən] * * * See ...
See florid. * * *
See floridity. * * *
See floridity. * * *
▪ French actor original name  Josias De Soulas, Sieur (lord) De Prinefosse   born 1608?, the Brie district, Fr. died August 1671, Paris       French leading actor who ...
—floriferously, adv. —floriferousness, n. /flaw rif"euhr euhs, floh-/, adj. flower-bearing. [1650-60; < L florifer (see FLORI-, -FER) + -OUS] * * *
See floriferous. * * *
See floriferously. * * *
☆ florigen [flôr′ə jən, flôr′əjen΄ ] n. 〚< L flos (gen. floris), FLOWER + -GEN: so named at California Institute of Technology〛 a plant hormone thought to ...
See florigen. * * *
/flawr'euh lee"jee euhm, flohr'-/, n., pl. florilegia /-jee euh/. a collection of literary pieces; anthology. [1640-50; < NL florilegium, equiv. to L flori- FLORI- + leg(ere) to ...
/flawr"in, flor"-/, n. 1. a cupronickel coin of Great Britain, formerly equal to two shillings or the tenth part of a pound and retained in circulation equal to 10 new pence ...
/flawr"in, flor"-/, n. a town in central California, near Sacramento. 16,523. * * *
▪ Greece also spelled  Phlórina , historically  Chloros        city, capital of the nomós (department) of Flórina, western Macedonia, northwestern Greece. ...
/flawr"ee oh', flohr"-/, n. John, 1553?-1625, English lexicographer and translator. * * *
Florio, John
▪ English lexicographer also called  Giovanni Florio   born c. 1553, London died c. 1625, Fulham, near London  English lexicographer and translator of ...
Flo·ri·o (flôrʹē-ō', flōrʹ-), John. 1553?-1625. English lexicographer noted for his Italian-English dictionary (1598) and his translations of Montaigne's essays ...
Floris V
▪ count of Holland byname  Floris The God Of The Commoners,  Dutch  Floris Der Keerlen God  born July 1254, Leiden, Holland died June 27, 1296, ...
Floris, Cornelis II
▪ Flemish artist born 1513/14, Antwerp [now in Belgium] died Oct. 20, 1575, Antwerp  Flemish sculptor, engraver, and medalist whose Antwerp workshop contributed significantly ...
Floris, Frans I
▪ Flemish artist born 1519/20, Antwerp [now in Belgium] died Oct. 1, 1570, Antwerp  Flemish painter, draftsman, and etcher who helped spread 16th-century Italian art styles ...
/flawr"euh seuhnt/, n. a city in E Missouri, near St. Louis. 55,372. * * * ▪ Missouri, United States       city, St. Louis county, east-central Missouri, U.S. A ...
Florissant Formation
▪ geology       division of middle and upper Oligocene (Oligocene Epoch) rocks in central Colorado, U.S. (The Oligocene Epoch lasted from 33.7 to 23.8 million years ...
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
▪ monument, Colorado, United States       fossil-rich mountain valley in central Colorado, U.S. It is located in the Rocky Mountains west of Pikes Peak and Colorado ...
/flawr"ist, flohr"-, flor"-/, n. 1. a retailer of flowers, ornamental plants, etc. 2. a grower of flowers. [1615-25; FLOR- + -IST] * * *
—floristically, adv. /flaw ris"tik, floh-/, adj. pertaining to flowers or a flora. [1895-1900; FLOR- + -ISTIC] * * *
floristic region
▪ ecological area also called  Floristic Kingdom, or Floral Kingdom,         any of six areas of the world recognized by plant geographers for their distinctive plant ...
floristics [flō ris′tiks, flô ris′tiks, flə ris′tiks] n. 〚 FLORIST + -ICS〛 the branch of botany dealing with the kinds and number of plant species in particular ...
See florist. * * *
florists' foam
a rigid, deformable, spongelike plastic used in floral arrangements to secure the stems of flowers. * * *
/floh"rddooh it/; Eng. /flawr"yooh it, flohr"-, flor"-/, n. Latin. he (or she) flourished: used to indicate the period during which a person flourished, esp. when the exact birth ...
Florus, Publius Annius
▪ Roman historian flourished 2nd century AD, Africa died Rome?       historian of Rome and poet, important as the first of a number of African writers who exercised ...
/flawr"ee, flohr"ee/, adj. Heraldry. fleury. * * *
/flawr"ee, flohr"ee/, n. Paul John, 1910-85, U.S. chemist: pioneer in research on polymers; Nobel prize 1974. * * *
Flory, Paul J.
▪ American chemist Introduction in full  Paul John Flory  born June 19, 1910, Sterling, Ill., U.S. died Sept. 8, 1985, Big Sur, Calif.       American polymer chemist ...
Flory,Paul John
Flo·ry (flôrʹē, flōrʹē), Paul John. 1910-1985. American chemist. He won a 1974 Nobel Prize for developing methods of studying long-chain molecules. * * *
—flosser, n. /flaws, flos/, n. 1. the cottony fiber yielded by the silk-cotton tree. 2. silk filaments with little or no twist, used in weaving as brocade or in embroidery. 3. ...
floss hole
Metall. a hole in a puddling furnace for the removal of ash or slag. [1830-40; floss slag < G Flosz in same sense] * * *
floss-silk tree
      thorny flowering tree of the mallow family ( Malvaceae), native to South America but cultivated as an ornamental in other regions. It grows to a height of about 15 ...
▪ concentration camp, Germany       Nazi (Nazi Party) German concentration camp, established in 1937 in the market town of Flossenbürg, near the Czech border in ...
See floss. * * *
/flaw"see, flos"ee/, n. a female given name, form of Florence. * * *
See flossy. * * *
See flossily. * * *
—flossily, adv. —flossiness, n. /flaw"see, flos"ee/, adj., flossier, flossiest. 1. made of or resembling floss; downy. 2. showily stylish; excessively ornamented or ...
/floh"tij/, n. 1. an act of floating. 2. the state of floating. 3. floating power; buoyancy. 4. anything that floats; flotsam. 5. the part of a ship above the water line. Also, ...
/floh tay"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or state of floating. 2. the launching of a commercial venture, bond issue, loan, etc. 3. Metall. a process for separating the different minerals ...
flotation device n. A life preserver. * * *
/floh til"euh/, n. 1. a group of small naval vessels, esp. a naval unit containing two or more squadrons. 2. a group moving together: The governor was followed by a whole ...
/floh"toh/, n. Friedrich von /frddee"drddikh feuhn/, 1812-83, German composer. * * *
Flotow, Friedrich, Freiherr von
▪ French composer born April 26, 1812, Teutendorf, near Lübeck, French Empire [now in Germany] died Jan. 24, 1883, Darmstadt, Ger.       German composer, active mainly ...
/flot"seuhm/, n. 1. the part of the wreckage of a ship and its cargo found floating on the water. Cf. jetsam, lagan. 2. material or refuse floating on water. 3. useless or ...
flounce1 /flowns/, v., flounced, flouncing, n. v.i. 1. to go with impatient or impetuous, exaggerated movements: The star flounced out of the studio in a rage. 2. to throw the ...
/flown"sing/, n. 1. material used in making flounces. 2. trimming consisting of a flounce. [1760-70; FLOUNCE2 + -ING1] * * *
flouncy1 /flown"see/, adj., flouncier, flounciest. marked by flouncing movement: an affected, flouncy walk. [FLOUNCE1 + -Y1] flouncy2 /flown"see/, adj., flouncier, ...
flounder1 —flounderingly, adv. /flown"deuhr/, v.i. 1. to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements (usually fol. by about, along, on, through, etc.): He saw the child ...
—flourless, adj. /floweur, flow"euhr/, n. 1. the finely ground meal of grain, esp. the finer meal separated by bolting. 2. the finely ground and bolted meal of wheat, as that ...
flour beetle
any of several brown darkling beetles, esp. of the genus Tribolium, that infest, breed in, feed on, and often pollute flour, stored grain, and other stored produce. [1885-90] * * ...
flour mill
a mill for grinding grain into flour. [1800-10] * * *
flour moth
▪ insect also called  Mediterranean Flour Moth        species of moth in the subfamily Phycitinae (family Pyralidae, order Lepidoptera) that is a cosmopolitan pest of ...
Flourens, Gustave
▪ French revolutionary born Aug. 4, 1838, Paris, France died April 3, 1871, Chatou       French radical intellectual and a leader of the Paris Commune revolt of ...
Flourens, Marie-Jean-Pierre
▪ French physiologist born , April 15, 1794, Maureilhan, France died Dec. 6, 1867, Montgeron       French physiologist who was the first to demonstrate experimentally ...
—flourisher, n. /flerr"ish, flur"-/, v.i. 1. to be in a vigorous state; thrive: a period in which art flourished. 2. to be in its or in one's prime; be at the height of fame, ...
See flourish. * * *
—flourishingly, adv. /flerr"i shing, flur"-/, adj. growing vigorously; thriving; prosperous: a flourishing little business. [1250-1300; ME; see FLOURISH, -ING2] * * *
/floweur"ee, flow"euh ree/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or resembling flour. 2. white with flour. [1585-95; FLOUR + -Y1] * * *
—flouter, n. —floutingly, adv. /flowt/, v.t. 1. to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock: to flout the rules of propriety. v.i. 2. to show disdain, scorn, or ...
See flout. * * *
See flouter. * * *
—flowable, adj. —flowability, n. /floh/, v.i. 1. to move along in a stream: The river flowed slowly to the sea. 2. to circulate: blood flowing through one's veins. 3. to ...
flow breccia
Petrol. a volcanic breccia that has solidified from a lava flow. * * *
flow chart
1. Also called flow sheet. a detailed diagram or chart of the operations and equipment through which material passes, as in a manufacturing process. 2. a graphic representation, ...
flow cleavage
Petrol. cleavage resulting from the parallel alignment of the mineral constituents of a rock when in a plastic condition. * * *
flow meter
Device that measures the velocity of a gas or liquid. It has applications in medicine as well as in chemical engineering, aeronautics, and meteorology. Examples include pitot ...
flow sheet
flow sheet n. FLOWCHART * * *
flow sheet.
See flow chart (def. 1). [1910-15] * * *
flow-chart (flōʹchärt') tr.v. flow-·chart·ed, flow-·chart·ing, flow-·charts To design a flow chart for: “Carson put away the papers on which he had been flow-charting ...
See flow-chart. * * *
/floh"ij/, n. 1. an act of flowing; flow. 2. the state of being flooded. 3. flowing or overflowing water, or other liquid. 4. Mech. gradual internal motion or ...
/floh"bak'/, n. return or redistribution of something that has been received or acquired. * * *
☆ flowchart [flōchärt΄ ] n. a diagram, often using geometric symbols, showing steps in a sequence of operations, as in manufacturing or in a computer program * * * flow ...
flower beetle
1. any of numerous, usually brightly colored beetles, as of the families Malachiidae and Dasytidae, that live on flowers and are predaceous on other insects. 2. any of certain ...
flower box
a box used for growing decorative plants in or around the home, often attached to a window ledge. [1875-80] * * *
flower bud
flower bud n. a bud from which only flowers develop: cf. LEAF BUD, MIXED BUD * * *
flower bud.
See under bud1 (def. 1a). [1870-75] * * *
flower bug
any of several bugs of the family Anthocoridae that live on flowers and are predaceous on aphids and other small insects. [1885-90] * * * ▪ insect also called  minute pirate ...
flower chafer
▪ insect also called  flower beetle,    any of a group of beetles in the family Scarabaeidae (insect order Coleoptera) that are distributed worldwide and are brilliantly ...
flower child
(esp. in the 1960s) a young person, esp. a hippie, rejecting conventional society and advocating love, peace, and simple, idealistic values. [1965-70, Amer.; from the ...
flower children
(also flower people) n [pl] young people in many countries in the 1960s who believed in peace and love, and were against war. They carried flowers or wore them in their hair as a ...
flower fly.
See syrphid fly. [1835-45] * * *
flower girl
1. a young girl at a wedding ceremony who precedes the bride and carries or scatters flowers in her path. 2. Brit. a woman who sells flowers in the street. [1780-90] * * *
flower head
Bot. an inflorescence consisting of a dense cluster of small, stalkless flowers; capitulum. [1835-45] * * *
Flower of Scotland
a song that was performed in the 1960s by the Corries, a Scottish pop group. In the 1980s it became the traditional song sung by Scottish supporters at international football and ...

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