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Food Standards Agency
(abbr the FSA) the British government organization responsible for food safety. It was set up in 2001. * * *
food vacuole
Cell Biol. a membrane-enclosed cell vacuole with a digestive function, containing material taken up in by the process of phagocytosis. See diag. under ameba. [1885-90] * * *
food vessel
Archaeol. an early Bronze Age grave vessel, 1600-1300 B.C., found in Ireland and northern Britain and intended for the use of the deceased in the afterlife. [1870-75] * * *
food web
Ecol. a series of organisms related by predator-prey and consumer-resource interactions; the entirety of interrelated food chains in an ecological community. Also called food ...
/foohd"gadh'euhr ing/, adj. procuring food by hunting or fishing or the gathering of seeds, berries, or roots, rather than by the cultivation of plants or the domestication of ...
/fooh'deuh haw"lik, -hol"ik/, n. a person having an excessive, often uncontrollable craving for food. [1960-65; FOOD + -AHOLIC] * * *
food chain aquatic food chain diagram Precision Graphics n. 1. A succession of organisms in an ecological community that constitutes a continuation of food energy from one ...
food court n. An area, such as a section of a mall or an alleyway, in which vendors sell food at stations about a common eating space. * * *
food cycle n. See food web. * * *
food fish n. A fish that may be used as food for humans. * * *
FoodGuide Pyramid
Food Guide Pyramid (fo͞od) Federal dietary guidelines recommend the following number of daily servings for the six food groups: A. fats, oils, and sweets: use sparingly B. ...
/fooh"dee/, n. Slang. a person keenly interested in food, esp. in eating or cooking. [FOOD + -IE, perh. in part extracted from JUNKIE] * * *
food poisoning n. 1. An acute, often severe gastrointestinal disorder characterized by vomiting and diarrhea and caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria, especially ...
food processor n. An appliance consisting of a container housing interchangeable rotating blades and used for preparing foods, as by shredding, slicing, chopping, or blending. * ...
food pyramid n. 1. A graphic representation of the structure of a food chain, depicted as a pyramid having a broad base formed by producers and tapering to a point formed by end ...
(as used in expressions) Del Monte Foods Co. General Foods Corp. Kraft Foods Inc. * * *
See food service. * * *
food service or food·ser·vice (fo͞odʹsûr'vĭs) n. The practice or business of making, transporting, and serving or dispensing prepared foods, as in a restaurant or ...
food stamp n. A stamp or coupon, issued by the government to persons with low incomes, that can be redeemed for food at stores. * * *
/foohd"stuf'/, n. a substance used or capable of being used as nutriment. [1870-75; FOOD + STUFF] * * *
food stylist n. One who arranges food to be professionally photographed, as for a magazine. * * *
food vacuole n. A vacuole in which phagocytized food is digested. * * *
food web n. A complex of interrelated food chains in an ecological community. Also called food cycle. * * *
/fooh"feuh raw'/, n. 1. a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant. 2. an excessive amount of decoration or ornamentation, as on a piece of clothing, a ...
fool1 /foohl/, n. 1. a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense. 2. a professional jester, formerly kept by a person of royal or noble rank for amusement: the ...
fool hen
any of various grouse, as the spruce grouse, that can be killed easily because of their relative tameness. [1750-60] * * *
fool's cap
1. a traditional jester's cap or hood, often multicolored and usually having several drooping peaks from which bells are hung. 2. See dunce cap. [1625-35] * * *
fool's errand
a completely absurd, pointless, or useless errand. * * *
fool's gold
iron or copper pyrites, sometimes mistaken for gold. [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
fool's literature
      allegorical satires popular throughout Europe from the 15th to the 17th century, featuring the fool (q.v.), or jester, who represented the weaknesses, vices, and ...
fool's paradise
a state of enjoyment based on false beliefs or hopes; a state of illusory happiness. [1425-75; late ME] * * *
/foohlz"pahrs'lee/, n. an Old World fetid, poisonous plant, Aethusa cynapium, resembling parsley. [1745-55] * * *
fool's cap (fo͞olz) n. 1. A gaily decorated cap, usually with a number of loose peaks tipped with bells, formerly worn by court jesters and clowns. 2. See dunce cap. * * *
fool's errand n. pl. fools' errands A fruitless mission or undertaking. * * *
fool's gold n. See pyrite. * * *
fool's paradise n. A state of delusive contentment or false hope. * * *
/fooh"leuh ree/, n., pl. fooleries. 1. foolish action or conduct. 2. a foolish action, performance, or thing. [1545-55; FOOL1 + -ERY] * * *
/foohl"fish'/, n., pl. foolfishes, (esp. collectively) foolfish. filefish (def. 1). [1835-45, Amer.; FOOL1 + FISH] * * *
See foolhardy. * * *
See foolhardily. * * *
—foolhardily, adv. —foolhardiness, n. /foohl"hahr'dee/, adj., foolhardier, foolhardiest. recklessly or thoughtlessly bold; foolishly rash or venturesome. [1175-1225; ME ...
—foolishly, adv. —foolishness, n. /fooh"lish/, adj. 1. resulting from or showing a lack of sense; ill-considered; unwise: a foolish action, a foolish speech. 2. lacking ...
See foolish. * * *
See foolishly. * * *
/foohl"proohf'/, adj. 1. involving no risk or harm, even when tampered with. 2. never-failing: a foolproof method. [1900-05, Amer.; FOOL1 + -PROOF] * * *
Fools, Feast of
▪ medieval festival       popular festival during the Middle Ages, held on or about January 1, particularly in France, in which a mock bishop or pope was elected, ...
/foohlz"kap'/, n. 1. a type of inexpensive writing paper, esp. legal-size, lined, yellow sheets, bound in tablet form. 2. Chiefly Brit. a size of drawing or printing paper, 131/2 ...
/foot/, n., pl. feet for 1-4, 8-11, 16, 19, 21; foots for 20; v. n. 1. (in vertebrates) the terminal part of the leg, below the ankle joint, on which the body stands and ...
foot brake
a brake that is operated by pressure on a foot pedal, as in an automobile. * * *
foot doctor
a podiatrist. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
foot drop
Pathol. extension of the foot caused by paralysis of the flexor muscles of the leg. [1905-10] * * *
foot fault
Tennis. a fault consisting in the failure of the server to keep both feet behind the base line until the ball is hit or to keep at least one foot on the ground while hitting the ...
Foot Guards
(in Britain) an infantry unit forming part of the ceremonial guard of the monarch. Cf. Coldstream Guards, household troops. [1665-75] * * *
foot level
a foot rule, hinged in the middle, having a spirit level in one section and a graduated arc from which the angle made by the two sections can be read. [1720-30] * * *
foot line
1. Print. a line at the bottom of a page of type, esp. a black line or a line containing the folio. 2. Curling. See foot score. [1670-80] * * *
foot rail
Furniture. a stretcher connecting the legs of a piece of furniture, as a chair or table, upon which the feet may be rested. [1865-70] * * *
foot reflexology
reflexology (def. 1). * * *
foot rot
1. Also called fouls, stinkyfoot. Vet. Pathol. an infection of sheep, causing inflammatory changes in the area of the hoofs and lameness. 2. Plant Pathol. a stem rot at ground ...
foot rule
a ruler one foot (30.48 cm) in length. [1720-30] * * *
foot score
Curling. a line at each end of the rink that is at right angles to its length. Also called foot line. * * *
foot soldier
1. an infantryman. 2. a dedicated low-level follower. [1615-25] * * *
foot warmer
any of various devices, as a small stove, for keeping one's feet warm. [1805-15] * * *
foot washing
▪ religious rite also called  washing of feet        a religious rite practiced by the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church on Maundy Thursday of Holy Week ...
Foot, Hugh
▪ British diplomat in full  Hugh Mackintosh Foot, Baron Caradon Of St. Cleer   born Oct. 8, 1907, Plymouth, Devon, Eng. died Sept. 5, 1990, near ...
foot, metrical
Basic unit of verse metre. Any of various fixed combinations or groups of stressed and unstressed (or long and short) syllables comprise a foot. The prevailing kind and number ...
Foot, Michael
born July 23, 1913, Plymouth, Devon, Eng. Leader of Great Britain's Labour Party (1980–83). He worked as a newspaper editor and columnist (1937–74) and served in Parliament ...
Foot, Paul Mackintosh
▪ 2005       British investigative journalist and writer (b. Nov. 8, 1937, Haifa, Palestine [now in Israel]—d. July 18, 2004, Stansted, Essex, Eng.), was known and ...
foot-and-mouth disease
/foot"n mowth"/, Vet. Pathol. an acute, contagious, febrile disease of cattle, hogs, sheep, and other hoofed animals, caused by any of various rhinoviruses and characterized by ...
foot-and-mouth disease (FMD)
or hoof-and-mouth disease Highly contagious viral disease of cloven-footed mammals (including cattle), spread by ingestion and inhalation. The afflicted animal develops fever ...
foot-and-mouth disease (fo͝ot'n-mouthʹ) n. An acute, highly contagious degenerative viral disease of cattle and other cloven-hoofed animals, characterized by fever and the ...
/foot"buyn'ding/, n. (formerly in China) the act or practice of tightly binding the feet of infant girls to keep the feet as small as possible. * * *
/foot"kan"dl/, n. Optics. a unit of illuminance or illumination, equivalent to the illumination produced by a source of one candle at a distance of one foot and equal to one ...
See foot-dragging. * * *
/foot"drag'ing/, n. reluctance or failure to proceed or act promptly. Also, footdragging. [1945-50; from the v. phrase drag one's feet] * * *
/foot"n mowth"/, adj. (of a statement) inappropriate, insensitive, or imprudent. [1965-70; from idiomatic phrase put one's foot in one's mouth] * * *
foot-in-mouth disease
Informal (facetious). the habit of making inappropriate, insensitive, or imprudent statements. [1965-70; pun on FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE, with allusion to FOOT-IN-MOUTH] * * *
/foot"lam'beuhrt/, n. Optics. a unit of luminance or photometric brightness, equal to the luminance of a surface emitting a luminous flux of one lumen per square foot, the ...
/foot"pownd"/, n. Physics. a foot-pound-second unit of work or energy, equal to the work done by a force of one pound when its point of application moves through a distance of ...
/foot"pownd"sek"euhnd/, adj. Physics. of or pertaining to the system of units in which the foot, pound, and second are the principal units of length, mass, and time. Abbr.: fps, ...
/foot"pown"dl/, n. Physics. a foot-pound-second unit of work or energy equal to the work done by a force of one poundal when its point of application moves through a distance of ...
/foot"tun"/, n. Physics. a foot-pound-second unit of work or energy, equivalent to 2240 foot-pounds and equal to the energy expended in raising a ton of 2240 pounds a distance of ...
/foot"ij/, n. 1. length or extent in feet: the footage of lumber. 2. Mining. a. payment by the running foot of work done. b. the amount so paid. 3. a motion-picture scene or ...
foot·bag (fo͝otʹbăg') n. 1. A small round bag filled with plastic pellets or other material and used in games that require its being kept aloft with the feet. 2. Any of the ...
/foot"bawl'/, n. 1. a game in which two opposing teams of 11 players each defend goals at opposite ends of a field having goal posts at each end, with points being scored chiefly ...
football (soccer)
▪ soccer Introduction also called  association football  or  soccer    game in which two teams of 11 players, using any part of their bodies except their hands and arms, ...
Football Association
(abbr the FA) a British organization that was established in 1863 to decide the rules of the game of football. It controls the way game is played in England and is responsible ...
football hooliganism
➡ football – British style * * *
Football League
a British football competition in which each team in a particular division plays every other team twice. At the end of the season, the team with the most points is the champion ...
football pools
➡ pools * * *
football – American style
Football is one of the major sports in the US. In Britain and elsewhere the game is often called American football to distinguish it from soccer. American football developed from ...
football – British style
Football is the most popular sport in Britain, particularly amongst men. It is played by boys in most schools. Most towns have an amateur football team which plays in a minor ...
football, gridiron
Game played, predominantly in the U.S. and Canada, on a rectangular field having two goalposts at each end. In the U.S. it is played between two teams of 11 players each. The ...
▪ 1995       Brazil became the first country to win the World Cup four times, defeating Italy 3-2 on penalty kicks in overtime in the final match at Pasadena, Calif., on ...
/foot"baw'leuhr/, n. 1. a football player, esp. a member of a college or professional team. 2. Chiefly Brit. a soccer player. [1875-80; FOOTBALL + -ER1] * * *
/foot"bath', -bahth'/, n., pl. footbaths /-badhz', -bahdhz', -baths', -bahths'/. 1. a bath for soothing or cleaning the feet. 2. a shallow receptacle containing chemically ...
/foot"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. 1. a board or small platform on which to support the foot or feet. 2. an upright piece across the foot of a bedstead. 3. a treadle. [1755-65, Amer.; ...
/foot"boy'/, n. a boy in livery employed as a servant; page. [1580-90; FOOT + BOY, modeled on footman] * * *
foot brake n. A brake operated by pressure of the foot on a pedal, as in an automobile. * * *
/foot"brij'/, n. a bridge intended for pedestrians only. [1325-75; ME fotbrigge. See FOOT, BRIDGE1] * * *
/foot"kair'/, adj. of or pertaining to the care of one's feet: a footcare specialist. [FOOT + CARE] * * *
/foot"klawth', -kloth"/, n., pl. footcloths /-klawdhz', -klodhz', -klawths', -kloths'/. 1. a carpet or rug. 2. a richly ornamented caparison for a horse, hanging to the ...
/foot/, n. 1. Andrew Hull, 1806-63, U.S. naval officer. 2. Arthur William, 1853-1937, U.S. organist. 3. Shelby, born 1916, U.S. novelist and historian. * * *
Foote, (Albert) Horton
born March 14, 1916, Wharton, Texas, U.S. U.S. dramatist. He studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse in California and in New York City. He is probably best known for his ...
Foote, Andrew
▪ American naval officer original name  Andrew Hull Foot   born Sept. 12, 1806, New Haven, Conn., U.S. died June 26, 1863, New York, N.Y.       American naval officer ...
Foote, Mary Anna Hallock
▪ American writer and artist née  Mary Anna Hallock  born Nov. 19, 1847, Milton, N.Y., U.S. died June 25, 1938, Hingham, Mass.       American novelist and ...
Foote, Robert Bruce
▪ British geologist and archaeologist born 1834 died 1912       British geologist and archaeologist, often considered to be the founder of the study of the prehistory ...
Foote, Samuel
▪ British actor baptized Jan. 27, 1720, Truro, Cornwall, Eng. died Oct. 21, 1777, Dover, Kent       English actor, wit, and playwright whose gift for mimicry, often ...
Foote, Shelby
▪ 2006       American novelist and historian (b. Nov. 17, 1916, Greenville, Miss.—d. June 27, 2005, Memphis, Tenn.), wrote a masterly history of the American Civil War ...
/foot"id/, adj. having a foot or feet (often used in combination): a four-footed animal. [1425-75; late ME; see FOOT, -ED3] * * *
/foot"euhr/, n. 1. Brit. Informal. a. Rugby (def. 3). b. soccer. 2. Archaic. a person who walks; walker; pedestrian. 3. Computers. a line of information placed at the end of a ...
/foot"fawl'/, n. 1. a footstep. 2. the sound of footsteps: She heard a footfall on the stairs. [1600-10; FOOT + FALL] * * *
/foot"fawlt'/, v.i. Tennis. to commit a foot fault. [v. use of FOOT FAULT] * * *
foot·frame (fo͝otʹfrām') n. A structural component in a shoe or boot consisting of a stiff midsole that extends back around the heel, designed to provide stability for the ...
/foot"gear'/, n. covering for the feet, as shoes, boots, etc. [1830-40; FOOT + GEAR] * * *
/foot"hil'/, n. a low hill at the base of a mountain or mountain range. [1840-50, Amer.; FOOT + HILL] * * *
/foot"hohld'/, n. 1. a place or support for the feet; a place where a person may stand or walk securely. 2. a secure position, esp. a firm basis for further progress or ...
/foot"ee/, n. Informal. footsie. * * *
/foot"ing/, n. 1. the basis or foundation on which anything is established. 2. the act of one who moves on foot, as in walking or dancing. 3. a secure and established ...
footing piece
Building Trades. one of a series of horizontal transverse timbers supporting a platform or staging. * * *
/foot"l/, v., footled, footling, n. Informal. v.i. 1. to act or talk in a foolish or silly way. n. 2. nonsense; foolishness; silliness. [1890-95; orig. uncert.; cf. FOOTY] * * *
See footle. * * *
/foot"lis/, adj. 1. lacking a foot or feet. 2. having no support or basis; unsubstantial: footless dreams of glory. 3. awkward, helpless, or inefficient. [1350-1400; ME; see ...
See footless. * * *
See footlessly. * * *
/foot"lit/, n. a low sock for women covering either the whole foot below the ankle or only the toes, worn for protection or warmth. [FOOT + -LET] * * *
/foot"luyt'/, n. 1. Usually, footlights. Theat. the lights at the front of a stage that are nearly on a level with the feet of the performers. 2. the footlights, the stage; ...
footlights [foot′līts΄] pl.n. a row of lights along the front of a stage at the actors' foot level, formerly common in stage lighting —————— the footlights the ...
/foot"ling/, adj. Informal. 1. foolish; silly: ridiculous, footling remarks. 2. trifling or useless. [1895-1900; FOOTLE + -ING2] * * *
/foot"lok'euhr/, n. a small trunk designed to be kept at the foot of a bed, esp. to contain a soldier's personal effects. [1940-45, Amer.; FOOT + LOCKER] * * *
foot·long (fo͝otʹlông', -lŏng') adj. Being about one foot in length: a footlong hot dog. * * *
/foot"loohs'/, adj. free to go or travel about; not confined by responsibilities. [1690-1700; FOOT + LOOSE] Syn. unencumbered, carefree, fancy-free, unattached. * * *
/foot"meuhn/, n., pl. footmen. 1. a liveried servant who attends the door or carriage, waits on table, etc. 2. a metal stand before a fire, to keep something hot. 3. Archaic. an ...
footman moth
▪ insect       any of a group of insects in the tiger moth family, Arctiidae (order Lepidoptera), for which the common name footman is probably derived from the stiff, ...
/foot"mahrk'/, n. a footprint. [1635-45; FOOT + MARK1] * * *
footmen's gallery
the rearmost section of seats in the balcony of an English theater, esp. in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. * * *
/foot"noht'/, n., v., footnoted, footnoting. n. 1. an explanatory or documenting note or comment at the bottom of a page, referring to a specific part of the text on the page. 2. ...
/foot"pays'/, n. 1. walking pace. 2. a raised portion of a floor; platform. 3. a landing or resting place at the end of a short flight of steps. [1530-40; FOOT + PACE1] * * *
/foot"pad'/, n., v., footpadded, footpadding. n. 1. a highwayman or robber who goes on foot. v.i. 2. to proceed stealthily on foot. [1675-85; FOOT + PAD2] * * *
/foot"path', -pahth'/, n., pl. footpaths /-padhz', -pahdhz', -paths', -pahths'/. 1. a path for people going on foot. 2. Brit. footway (def. 2). [1520-30; FOOT + PATH] * * *
/foot"playt'/, n. 1. Carpentry. a plate running beneath and supporting a row of studs; mudsill. 2. a platform or special floor area on which workers stand to operate a ...
/foot"print'/, n. 1. a mark left by the shod or unshod foot, as in earth or sand. 2. an impression of the sole of a person's foot, esp. one taken for purposes of ...
/foot"rays'/, n. a race run by contestants on foot. [1655-65; FOOT + RACE1] * * *
See footrace. * * *
/foot"rest'/, n. a support for a person's feet, as an attachment to a barber's chair or a dentist's chair. [1860-65; FOOT + REST1] * * *
/foot"rohp'/, n. Naut. 1. the portion of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewn. 2. a rope suspended a few feet beneath a yard, bowsprit, jib boom, or spanker ...
foot rot n. 1. A degenerative bacterial infection of the feet in certain hoofed animals, especially cattle or sheep, often resulting in loss of the hoof. 2. A disease of plants ...
/foot"skray'peuhr/, n. a metal bar, set in a small frame and attached to a doorstep, used in cleaning mud from the bottoms of the shoes before entering a house. [1870-75, Amer.; ...
/foot"see/, n. Informal. 1. Sometimes, footsies. the act of flirting or sharing a surreptitious intimacy. 2. play footsie or footsies with, a. to flirt with, esp. by ...
—footslogger, n. /foot"slog'/, v.i., footslogged, footslogging. to go on foot through or as if through mud. [1895-1900; FOOT + SLOG] * * *
See footslog. * * *
foot soldier n. 1. A soldier who fights on foot; an infantry trooper. 2. One who performs necessary but basic, often mundane tasks. * * *
—footsoreness, n. /foot"sawr', -sohr'/, adj. having sore or tender feet, as from much walking. [1710-20; FOOT + SORE] * * *
See footsore. * * *
/foot"stawk'/, n. Bot., Zool. a pedicel; peduncle. [1555-65; FOOT + STALK1] * * *
/foot"stawl'/, n. 1. the stirrup of a woman's sidesaddle. 2. Archit. a pedestal, plinth, or base, as of a statue, column, or pier. [1575-85; FOOT + STALL1] * * *
/foot"step'/, n. 1. the setting down of a foot, or the sound so produced; footfall; tread. 2. the distance covered by a step in walking; pace. 3. a footprint. 4. a step by which ...
footstock [foot′stäk΄] n. TAILSTOCK * * *
/foot"stohn'/, n. 1. a stone placed at the foot of a grave. 2. Masonry. a kneeler at the foot of a gable. [1875-80; FOOT + STONE. Cf. HEADSTONE] * * *
/foot"stoohl'/, n. a low stool upon which to rest one's feet when seated. [1520-30; FOOT + STOOL] * * *
☆ footsy [foot′sē ] n. pl. footsies alt. sp. of FOOTSIE * * * foot·sy (fo͝otʹsē) n. Informal Variant of footsie. * * *
/foot"wawl'/, n. 1. Mining. the top of the rock stratum underlying a vein or bed of ore. Cf. hanging wall (def. 1). 2. Geol. a mass of rock lying beneath a fault plane. [1640-50; ...
/foot"way'/, n. 1. a way or path for people going on foot. 2. Also called footpath. Brit. a sidewalk. [1425-75; late ME fotewey. See FOOT, WAY] * * *
/foot"wair'/, n. articles to be worn on the feet, as shoes, slippers, or boots. [1880-85, Amer.; FOOT + WEAR] * * *
/foot"wel'/, n. a recessed compartment in front of the seats of a vehicle. [1970-75; FOOT + WELL2] * * *
/foot"werrk'/, n. 1. the use of the feet, as in tennis, boxing, or dancing. 2. travel by foot from one place to another, as in gathering facts or fulfilling an assignment; ...
/foot"wawrn', -wohrn'/, adj. 1. worn down by the feet: a footworn pavement. 2. footsore. [1785-95; FOOT + WORN] * * *
/fooh"tee/, adj., footier, footiest. N. Brit. Dial. poor; worthless; paltry. [1740-50; var. of foughty musty; cf. OE fuht moist, damp (c. G feucht); see -Y1] * * *
/fooh"zeuhl/, v., foozled, foozling, n. v.t., v.i. 1. to bungle; play clumsily: to foozle a stroke in golf; to foozle on the last hole. n. 2. act of foozling, esp. a bad stroke ...
See foozle. * * *
/fop/, n. a man who is excessively vain and concerned about his dress, appearance, and manners. [1400-50; late ME foppe, fop; akin to FOB2] Syn. dandy, coxcomb, popinjay, ...
Foppa, Vincenzo
▪ Italian painter born 1427/30, Brescia, Republic of Venice [now in Italy] died 1515/16       Italian painter, leading figure in 15th-century Lombard art, and an artist ...
/fop"euh ree/, n., pl. fopperies. 1. the clothes, manners, actions, etc., of a fop. 2. something foppish. [1540-50; FOP + -ERY] * * *
—foppishly, adv. —foppishness, n. /fop"ish/, adj. resembling or befitting a fop; excessively refined and fastidious in taste and manner. [1595-1605; FOP + -ISH1] * * *
See foppish. * * *
See foppishly. * * *
/fawr/; unstressed /feuhr/, prep. 1. with the object or purpose of: to run for exercise. 2. intended to belong to, or be used in connection with: equipment for the army; a closet ...
For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow
a song that people sing to praise somebody who has done something that they admire. If the person is a woman, they sing For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow. The song is usually sung ...
For Nursing, New Responsibilities, New Respect
▪ 1997 by Margretta Madden Styles       In remote villages around the world—whether in southern Africa, Latin America, or southwestern Asia—the community's mobilizer ...
For Whom the Bell Tolls
a novel (1940) by Ernest Hemingway. * * *
a prefix meaning "away," "off," "to the uttermost," "extremely," "wrongly," or imparting a negative or privative force, occurring in verbs and nouns formed from verbs of Old or ...
/feuhr in"steuhns/, n. an instance or example: Give me a for-instance of what you mean. * * *
/feuhr prof"it/, adj. (of a business or institution) initiated or operated for the purpose of making a profit: for-profit hospitals. * * *
Forester. * * *
1. foreign. 2. forester. 3. forestry. * * *
/fawr"euh, fohr"euh/, n. a pl. of forum. * * *
—forager, n. /fawr"ij, for"-/, n., v., foraged, foraging. n. 1. food for horses or cattle; fodder; provender. 2. the seeking or obtaining of such food. 3. the act of searching ...
forage acre
forage acre n. a measure of the vegetation available for grazing on a range or pasture, equal to the total area multiplied by the percentage of surface covered by usable ...
forage cap
Mil. (formerly) a small, low, undress cap. [1820-30] * * *
See forage. * * *
/fawr"i jing, for"-/, n. 1. the acquisition of food by hunting, fishing, or the gathering of plant matter. adj. 2. characterized by or dependent upon the acquisition of food by ...
foraging ant
any of several ants, as army ants, that forage as part of a large group. * * *
/fawr"euh keuhr, for"-/, n. Mount, a mountain in central Alaska, in the Alaska Range, near Mt. McKinley. 17,280 ft. (5267 m). * * *
For·a·ker (fôrʹə-kər, fŏrʹ-), Mount A peak, 5,307 m (17,400 ft) high, in the Alaska Range of south-central Alaska. * * *
/fawr"euhm/, n. foraminifer. [by shortening] * * *
—foraminal /feuh ram"euh nl/, adj. /feuh ray"meuhn/, n., pl. foramina /-ram"euh neuh/. an opening, orifice, or short passage, as in a bone or in the integument of the ovule of ...
foramen magnum
/mag"neuhm/, Anat. the large opening in the base of the skull forming the passage from the cranial cavity to the spinal canal. [1880-85; < NL: lit., great hole] * * *
foramen ovale
foramen ovale [ō vā′lē] n. the small, oval opening in the wall that separates the atria of the heart in a normal fetus: it allows blood to bypass the nonfunctioning fetal ...
foramen magnum n. The large orifice in the base of the skull through which the spinal cord passes to the cranial cavity and becomes continuous with the medulla oblongata.   [New ...
foramen o·val·e (ō-vălʹē, -vāʹlē, -väʹ-) n. An opening in the septum between the right and left atria of the heart, present in the fetus but usually closed soon after ...
fo·ram·i·na (fə-rămʹə-nə) n. A plural of foramen. * * *
See foramen. * * *
—foramination, n. /feuh ram"euh nit/, adj. full of holes or foramina. Also, foraminous. [1590-1600; < LL foraminatus bored, pierced, equiv. to foramin- (s. of foramen) FORAMEN ...
—foraminiferal, foraminiferous, adj. /fawr'euh min"euh feuhr, for'-/, n., pl. foraminifers, foraminifera /feuh ram'euh nif"euhr euh/. any chiefly marine protozoan of the ...
See foraminiferous. * * *
▪ protozoan       any unicellular organism of the rhizopodan order Foraminiferida (formerly Foraminifera), characterized by long, fine pseudopodia that extend from a ...
See foraminifer. * * *
See foraminal. * * *
Foran, Thomas Aquinas
▪ 2001       American lawyer (b. Jan. 11, 1924, Chicago, Ill.—d. Aug. 6, 2000, Lake Forest, Ill.), served as the combative chief prosecutor in the sensational case of ...
forasmuch [fôr΄az much′] conj. inasmuch (as) * * *
/fawr'euhz much" az', euhz, feuhr-/, Chiefly Law. in view of the fact that; seeing that; since. [1250-1300; ME; see FOR, AS1, MUCH] * * *
—forayer, n. /fawr"ay, for"ay/, n. 1. a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder: Vikings made a foray on the port. 2. a quick, sudden attack: The defenders made a ...
/fawrb/, n. any herb that is not a grass or grasslike. [1920-25; < Gk phorbé food, fodder, deriv. of phérbein to feed; akin to OE beorgan, birgan to taste, eat, ON bergja to ...
▪ France       town, Moselle département, Lorraine région, northeastern France, just southwest of Saarbrücken, Ger. The town, which has an important cokery and ...
for·bad (fər-bădʹ, fôr-) v. A past tense of forbid. * * *
/feuhr bad", -bayd", fawr-/, v. a pt. of forbid. Also, forbad /feuhr bad", fawr-/, forbid. * * *
forbear1 —forbearer, n. —forbearingly, adv. /fawr bair"/, v., forbore, forborne, forbearing. v.t. 1. to refrain or abstain from; desist from. 2. to keep back; withhold. 3. ...
/fawr bair"euhns/, n. 1. the act of forbearing; a refraining from something. 2. forbearing conduct or quality; patient endurance; self-control. 3. an abstaining from the ...
See forbear1. * * *
Forberg, Friedrich Karl
▪ German philosopher born Aug. 30, 1770, Meuselwitz, Saxe-Gotha died 1848, Hildburghausen, Saxe-Coburg       German philosopher and educator.       An exponent ...
/fawrbz/, n. 1. Esther, 1894?-1967, U.S. novelist. 2. George William, 1869-1947, New Zealand statesman: prime minister 1930-35. * * * (as used in expressions) Forbes ...
Forbes family
U.S. publishing family. Bertie Charles Forbes (1880–1954) emigrated from Scotland to the U.S. in 1904. He founded Forbes magazine, a business and finance magazine, in 1916. He ...
Forbes' disease
▪ pathology also called  Cori's disease , or  glycogenosis type III        rare hereditary disease in which the the metabolic breakdown of glycogen to the simple ...
Forbes, B(ertie) C(harles)
Forbes (fôrbz), B(ertie) C(harles). 1880-1954. American publisher and businessman who founded and edited (1916-1954) Forbes magazine. His son Malcolm Stevenson Forbes ...
Forbes, Duncan
▪ Scottish statesman born Nov. 10, 1685, near Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scot. died Dec. 10, 1747, Edinburgh  Scottish statesman whose loyalty to the Hanoverian king ...
Forbes, Edward
born Feb. 12, 1815, Douglas, Isle of Man died Nov. 18, 1854, near Edinburgh, Scot. British naturalist. After studying medicine, he left the field to devote himself to natural ...
Forbes, George William
▪ prime minister of New Zealand born May 12, 1869, Lyttelton, N.Z. died May 17, 1947, Cheviot       farmer and politician who served as prime minister of New Zealand ...
Forbes, James David
▪ Scottish physicist born April 20, 1809, Edinburgh died Dec. 31, 1868, Edinburgh       Scottish physicist noted for his research on heat conduction and ...
Forbes, Malcolm S.
▪ American businessman in full  Malcolm Stevenson Forbes  born Aug. 19, 1919, New York City, N.Y., U.S. died Feb. 24, 1990, Far Hills, N.Y.       American business ...
Forbes, Steve
▪ American publisher and politician in full  Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Jr.  born July 18, 1947, Morristown, N.J., U.S.    American publishing executive who was twice a ...
/fawrbz"rob"euhrt seuhn/, n. Sir Johnston, 1853-1937, English actor and theatrical manager. * * *
Forbes-Robertson, Sir Johnston
▪ British actor born Jan. 16, 1853, London, Eng. died Nov. 6, 1937, St. Margaret's Bay, near Dover   English actor who was considered the finest Hamlet of his time, noted ...
—forbidder, n. /feuhr bid", fawr-/, v.t., forbade or forbad or forbid, forbidden or forbid, forbidding. 1. to command (a person) not to do something, have something, etc., or ...
/feuhr bid"ns, fawr-/, n. 1. the act of forbidding. 2. the state of being forbidden. [1600-10; FORBID + -ANCE] * * *
—forbiddenly, adv. —forbiddenness, n. /feuhr bid"n, fawr-/, v. 1. a pp. of forbid. adj. 2. not allowed; prohibited: a forbidden food in his religion. 3. Physics. involving a ...
Forbidden City
a walled section of Peking, built in the 15th century, containing the imperial palace and other buildings of the imperial government of China. * * * Imperial Palace complex in ...
forbidden fruit
1. the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, tasted by Adam and Eve against God's prohibition. Gen. 2:17; 3:3. 2. any unlawful pleasure, esp. illicit sexual ...
forbidden lines
▪ physics       in astronomical spectroscopy, bright emission lines in the spectra of certain nebulae (H II regions (H II region)), not observed in the laboratory ...
For·bid·den City (fər-bĭdʹn, fôr-) A walled enclosure of central Beijing, China, containing the palaces of 24 emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Formerly closed to ...
forbidden fruit n. An indulgence or a pleasure that is illegal or is believed to be immoral.   [From the story of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, forbidden ...
See forbiddance. * * *
—forbiddingly, adv. —forbiddingness, n. /feuhr bid"ing, fawr-/, adj. 1. grim; unfriendly; hostile; sinister: his forbidding countenance. 2. dangerous; threatening: forbidding ...
See forbidding. * * *
Forbin, Claude de
▪ French military officer born Aug. 6, 1656, Gardanne, Fr. died March 4, 1733, Saint-Marcel  French naval officer notable for his daring exploits in Louis XIV's wars. These ...
/fawr bawr", -bohr"/, v. pt. of forbear1. * * *
/fawr bawrn", -bohrn"/, v. pp. of forbear1. * * *
Forbush decrease
/fawr"boosh/, Astron. the sudden decrease in the intensity of cosmic rays after an increase in solar activity. Also called Forbush effect. [after Scott E. Forbush (b. 1904), U.S. ...
Forbush effect
▪ astronomy       in astronomy, an occasional decrease in the intensity of cosmic rays as observed on Earth, attributed to magnetic effects produced by solar flares ...
/fawr buy"/, prep., adv. Chiefly Scot. 1. close by; near. 2. besides. Also, forbye. [1200-50; ME; see FOR-, BY] * * *
Forcados River
River, southern Nigeria. A navigable channel of the Niger River, it leaves the main course of the Niger about 20 mi (32 km) downstream from Aboh and flows 123 mi (198 km) ...
—forceable, adj. —forceless, adj. —forcer, n. —forcingly, adv. /fawrs, fohrs/, n., v., forced, forcing. n. 1. physical power or strength possessed by a living being: He ...
Force Acts
Series of four acts passed by the U.S. Congress (1870–75) to protect the rights guaranteed to blacks by the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution of the United ...
force cup
plunger (def. 3). [1905-10] * * *
force feed
lubrication under pressure, as from a pump, used esp. in internal-combustion engines. [1915-20] * * *
force fit
Mach. See press fit. * * *
force majeure
Fr. /fawrdds mann zhuerdd"/, pl. forces majeures Fr. /fawrdds mann zhuerdd"/. Law. an unexpected and disruptive event that may operate to excuse a party from a ...
force of habit
behavior occurring without thought and by virtue of constant repetition; habit. [1920-25] * * *
force play
Baseball. a situation in which a base runner is forced to advance to a base or to home plate as a result of the batter becoming a base runner or to make room for another base ...
force pump
a pump that delivers a liquid under pressure, so as to eject it forcibly. Cf. lift pump. [1650-60] * * *
Force, Juliana Rieser
▪ American art administrator Rieser also spelled  Reiser  born Dec. 25, 1876, Doylestown, Pa., U.S. died Aug. 28, 1948, New York, N.Y.       American art ...
force, line of
▪ physics       in physics, path followed by an electric charge free to move in an electric field or a mass free to move in a gravitational field, or generally any ...
/fawrs"draft", -drahft", fohrs"-/, v.t. 1. to draft (a law, proposal, or the like) quickly or under extreme pressure: The committee must force-draft a code of ethics to present ...
/fawrs"feed", fohrs"-/, v.t., force-fed, force-feeding. 1. to compel to take food, esp. by means of a tube inserted into the throat: They force-fed the prisoners in the hunger ...
force-march (fôrsʹmärch', fōrsʹ-) intr. & tr.v. force-·marched, force-·march·ing, force-·march·es To undertake or subject to a forced march.   [Back-formation from ...
/fawrs"owt', fohrs"-/, n. Baseball. a put-out of a base runner on a force play. [1895-1900, Amer.; n. use of v. phrase force out] * * *

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