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forceable
See force. * * *
forced
—forcedly /fawr"sid lee, fohr"-/, adv. —forcedness, n. /fawrst, fohrst/, adj. 1. enforced or compulsory: forced labor. 2. strained, unnatural, or affected: a forced smile. 3. ...
forced coding
Computers. See minimum-access programming. * * *
forced labour
also called  Slave Labour,         labour performed involuntarily and under duress, usually by relatively large groups of people. Forced labour differs from slavery in ...
forced march
Mil. any march that is longer than troops are accustomed to and maintained at a faster pace than usual, generally undertaken for a particular objective under emergency ...
forced sale
Law. a sale held as a result of a judicial order. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
forced-draft
/fawrst"draft', -drahft', fohrst"-/, adj. 1. using a flow of air or air forced through a pipe or system of pipes by fans or blowers: a forced-draft central heating system. 2. ...
forcedmarch
forced march n. A march that is longer or faster than usual, as for a critical destination. * * *
forcefield
force field n. See field of force. * * *
forceful
—forcefully, adv. —forcefulness, n. /fawrs"feuhl, fohrs"-/, adj. 1. full of force; powerful; vigorous; effective: a forceful plea for peace. 2. acting or driven with ...
forcefully
See forceful. * * *
forcefulness
See forcefully. * * *
forcemajeure
force ma·jeure (fôrs' mä-zhûrʹ, fōrs') n. 1. Superior or overpowering force. 2. An unexpected or uncontrollable event.   [French : force, force + majeure, greater.] * * *
forcemeat
/fawrs"meet', fohrs"-/, n. Cookery. a mixture of finely chopped and seasoned foods, usually containing egg white, meat or fish, etc., used as a stuffing or served alone. Also, ...
forceof habit
force of habit n. Behavior that has become automatic through long practice or frequent repetition. * * *
forceplay
force play n. Baseball 1. A play in which a runner is put out when forced by the batter to move to the next base and a fielder holding the ball touches that base first. 2. The ...
forceps
—forcepslike, adj. —forcipial /fawr sip"ee euhl/, adj. /fawr"seuhps, -seps/, n., pl. forceps, forcipes /-seuh peez'/. 1. an instrument, as pincers or tongs, for seizing and ...
forcepump
force pump n. A pump with a solid piston and valves used to raise a liquid or expel it under pressure. * * *
forcer
forcer1 /fawr"seuhr, fohr"-/, n. a person or thing that forces. [1550-60; FORCE + -ER1] forcer2 /fawr"seuhr, fohr"-/, n. Archaic. a coffer or chest. [1300-50; ME < OF] * * *
Forché, Carolyn
▪ American poet in full  Carolyn Louise Forché , née  Sidlosky  born April 28, 1950, Detroit, Mich., U.S.       American poet whose concern for human rights is ...
Forchheimer, Philipp
▪ Austrian engineer born Aug. 7, 1852, Vienna [Austria] died Oct. 2, 1933, Vienna       Austrian hydraulic engineer, one of the most significant contributors to the ...
forcible
—forcibleness, forcibility, n. —forcibly, adv. /fawr"seuh beuhl, fohr"-/, adj. 1. done or effected by force: forcible entry into a house. 2. producing a powerful effect; ...
forcibleness
See forcible. * * *
forcibly
See forcibleness. * * *
forcipate
/fawr"seuh payt', fohr"-/, adj. having the shape of or resembling a forceps. [1660-70; < L forcip- (s. of forceps) FORCEPS + -ATE1] * * *
Forckenbeck, Maximilian Franz August von
▪ German politician born October 21, 1821, Münster, Westphalia [Germany] died May 26, 1892, Berlin, Germany       prominent leader of the 19th-century German National ...
ford
—fordable, adj. /fawrd, fohrd/, n. 1. a place where a river or other body of water is shallow enough to be crossed by wading. v.t. 2. to cross (a river, stream, etc.) at a ...
Ford
/fawrd, fohrd/, n. 1. Ford Madox /mad"euhks/, (Ford Madox Hueffer), 1873-1939, English novelist, poet, critic, and editor. 2. Gerald R(udolph, Jr.) (Leslie Lynch King, Jr.), born ...
Ford Foundation
one of the world’s largest public trusts (= organizations providing money for projects that help society). It was established in the US in 1936 by Henry Ford and his son Edsel ...
Ford Madox Brown
➡ Brown (IV) * * *
Ford Madox Ford
➡ Ford (I) * * *
Ford Motor Co.
U.S. automotive corporation. Founded in Detroit, Mich., in 1903 by Henry Ford and a group of investors, the company introduced the hugely successful Model T in 1908 and by 1923 ...
Ford Motor Company
a large US company that makes cars. It was established in Detroit in 1903 by Henry Ford and had a major influence on the way cars were made. It introduced the world’s first ...
Ford Transit
➡ Transit * * *
Ford, Alan Robert
▪ 2009       American swimmer born Dec. 7, 1923, Panama City, Panama Canal Zone [now Panama] died Nov. 3, 2008, Sarasota, Fla. was renowned for his lightning speed, ...
Ford, Betty
▪ American first lady née  Elizabeth Anne Bloomer  born April 8, 1918, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.       American first lady (1974–77), the wife of Gerald Ford (Ford, ...
Ford, Charles Henri
▪ 2003 Charles Henry Ford        American poet, writer, and artist (b. Feb. 10, 1908, Hazlehurst, Miss.—d. Sept. 27, 2002, New York, N.Y.), lived and worked among the ...
Ford, Edmund Brisco
▪ British population geneticist born April 23, 1901, Papcastle, Cumberland, England died January 22, 1988, Oxford, Oxfordshire       British population geneticist who ...
Ford, Ford Madox
orig. Ford Hermann Hueffer born Dec. 17, 1873, Merton, Surrey, Eng. died June 26, 1939, Deauville, France English novelist, editor, and critic. Ford collaborated with Joseph ...
Ford, Francis Xavier
▪ American missionary born Jan. 11, 1892, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died Feb. 21, 1952, Guangzhou [Canton], China       martyred American Roman Catholic missionary (mission) ...
Ford, Gerald R.
in full Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. orig. Leslie Lynch King, Jr. born July 14, 1913, Omaha, Neb., U.S. 38th president of the U.S. (1974–77). While he was still an infant, his ...
Ford, Gerald Rudolph, Jr.
▪ 2007 Leslie Lynch King, Jr.   38th president (1974–77) of the United States (b. July 14, 1913, Omaha, Neb.—d. Dec. 26, 2006, Rancho Mirage, Calif.), as 40th vice ...
Ford, Glenn
▪ 2007 Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford        Canadian-born American actor (b. May 1, 1916, Sainte-Christine, Que.—d. Aug. 30, 2006, Beverly Hills, Calif.), portrayed ...
Ford, Harrison
born July 13, 1942, Chicago, Ill., U.S. U.S. film actor. He played minor roles on screen and television before achieving stardom in George Lucas's hit Star Wars (1977) and its ...
Ford, Henry
born July 30, 1863, Wayne county, Mich., U.S. died April 7, 1947, Dearborn, Mich. U.S. industrialist and pioneer automobile manufacturer. Ford worked his way up from a ...
Ford, Henry, II
▪ American industrialist born Sept. 4, 1917, Detroit, Mich., U.S. died Sept. 29, 1987, Detroit       American industrialist and head of Ford Motor Company for 34 years ...
Ford, John
I (baptized April 17, 1586, Ilsington, Devon, Eng. died 1639?) British dramatist. Early in his career he studied law and wrote collaboratively with several other playwrights, ...
Ford, Richard
born Feb. 16, 1944, Jackson, Miss., U.S. U.S. novelist and short-story writer. His first novel, A Piece of My Heart (1976), showed the influence of William Faulkner. The ...
Ford, Tennessee Ernie
orig. Ernest Jennings born Feb. 13, 1919, Bristol, Tenn., U.S. died Oct. 17, 1991, Reston, Va. U.S. country music singer. He studied music in Cincinnati. After World War II he ...
Ford, Tom
▪ 2000       Gucci's acquisition of Sanofi Beaute, owner of the French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent, for an estimated $1 billion in mid-November 1999—and then a ...
Ford, Whitey
▪ American baseball player byname of  Edward Charles Ford , also called  Chairman of the Board  born Oct. 21, 1928, Queens, N.Y., U.S.    American professional baseball ...
Ford,Elizabeth Bloomer
Ford (fôrd, fōrd), Elizabeth Bloomer. Known as “Betty.” Born 1918. First Lady of the United States (1974-1977) as the wife of President Gerald R. Ford. She supported the ...
Ford,Ford Madox
Ford, Ford Madox. Originally Ford Hermann Hueffer. 1873-1939. British writer and editor whose most important novels, The Good Soldier (1915) and the tetralogy Parade's End ...
Ford,Gerald Rudolph
Ford, Gerald Rudolph. Born 1913. The 38th President of the United States (1974-1977), who was appointed Vice President on the resignation of Spiro Agnew (1973) and became ...
Ford,Henry
Ford, Henry. 1863-1947. American automobile manufacturer who developed a gasoline-powered automobile (1893), founded the Ford Motor Company (1903), and mass-produced the Model T ...
Ford,John
I. Ford1, John. 1586-1639. English playwright whose works include 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1633) and collaborative efforts, notably with Thomas Dekker and John Webster.   II. ...
fordable
See ford. * * *
Forde, Francis Michael
▪ prime minister of Australia born July 18, 1890, Mitchell, Queensland, Australia died Jan. 28, 1983, Brisbane, Queensland  politician and, for a short time, prime minister ...
Fordham University
▪ university, New York, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in New York (New York City), New York, U.S. It is affiliated with the ...
Fordham, Michael Scott Montague
▪ 1996       British analytical psychologist who applied Jungian analysis to the study of development in children (b. Aug. 4, 1905—d. April 14, 1995). * * *
fordless
/fawrd"lis, fohrd"-/, adj. 1. having no ford. 2. that cannot be crossed on foot: a fordless stream. [1640-50; FORD + -LESS] * * *
fordo
/fawr dooh"/, v.t., fordid, fordone, fordoing. Archaic. 1. to do away with; kill; destroy. 2. to ruin; undo. Also, foredo. [bef. 900; ME fordon, OE fordon (see FORE-, DO1); c. D ...
fordone
/fawr dun"/, adj. Archaic. exhausted with fatigue. Also, foredone. [1580-90; ptp. of FORDO] * * *
fore
fore1 /fawr, fohr/, adj. 1. situated at or toward the front, as compared with something else. 2. first in place, time, order, rank, etc.; forward; earlier. 3. Naut. a. of or ...
fore and aft
fore and aft Naut. n. 1. from the bow to the stern; lengthwise [sails rigged fore and aft] 2. at, in, or toward both the bow and the stern [lifeboats located fore and aft] * * *
fore clipping
a word formed by omitting the first part of the form from which it is derived. Cf. apheresis, back clipping, clipped form. * * *
fore edge
the front outer edge of a book, opposite the bound edge. [1655-65] * * *
fore plane
Carpentry. a plane, intermediate in size between a jack plane and a jointer plane, used for preliminary smoothing. [1695-1705] * * *
fore-
a prefix meaning "before" (in space, time, condition, etc.), "front," "superior," etc.: forehead; forecastle; forecast; foretell; foreman. [comb. form repr. ME, OE for(e)] * * *
fore-and-aft
/fawr"euhnd aft", -ahft", fohr"-/, Naut. adj. 1. located along or parallel to a line from the stem to the stern. adv. 2. fore1 (def. 7). [1610-20] * * *
fore-and-aft rig
—fore-and-aftrigged, adj. Naut. a rig in which the principal sails are fore-and-aft. [1825-35] * * *
fore-and-aft sail
any of various sails, as jib-headed sails, gaff sails, lugsails, lateen sails, spritsails, staysails, and jibs, that do not set on yards and whose normal position, when not ...
fore-and-aft topsail.
See gaff topsail (def. 1). * * *
fore-and-after
/fawr"euhnd af"teuhr, ahf"-, fohr"-/, n. 1. Naut. a. a sailing vessel with a fore-and-aft rig. b. a beam running fore and aft across a hatchway to support hatch covers laid ...
fore-and-aftrig
fore-and-aft rig n. A rig on a sailing ship that has quadrilateral and triangular sails set to the fore-and-aft line and that can be trimmed to leeward. * * *
fore-and-aftsail
fore-and-aft sail n. A sail set parallel with the keel of a vessel, having the foremost edge or luff attached to the mast with travelers and the upper edge set on a gaff or ...
fore-check
/fawr"chek', fohr"-/, v.i. Ice Hockey. to obstruct or impede the movement or progress of an attacking opponent in the opponent's own defensive zone. Cf. back-check, check1 (def. ...
fore-checker
See fore-check. * * *
fore-edge painting
/fawr"ej', fohr"-/ a technique of painting a picture on the fore edge of a book, often in such a manner that only when the pages are slightly fanned the picture is ...
fore-edgepainting
fore-edge painting (fôrʹĕj', fōrʹ-) n. A technique of painting a picture on the front outer edges of the leaves of a book, so that the picture is visible only when the ...
fore-topgallant
/fawr'top gal"euhnt, fohr'-/; Naut. /fawr'teuh gal"euhnt, fohr'-/, adj. being a sail, yard, or rigging belonging to a fore-topgallant mast. See diag. under ship. [1620-30] * * *
fore-topgallant mast
the spar or section of a spar forming the topgallant portion of a foremast on a ship. [1620-30] * * *
fore-topmast
/fawr'top"mast', -mahst', fohr'-/; Naut. /fawr'top"meuhst, fohr'-/, n. the spar or section of a pole mast serving as the topmast of a foremast on a ship. [1620-30] * * *
fore-topsail
/fohr'top"sayl', fawr'-/; Naut. /fohr'top"seuhl, fawr'-/, n. a topsail set on a foremast on a ship. See diag. under ship. [1575-85] * * *
foreand aft
fore and aft adv. 1. Nautical. a. From the bow of a ship to the stern; lengthwise. b. In, at, or toward both ends of a ship. 2. In or at the front and back. * * *
forearm
forearm1 /fawr"ahrm', fohr"-/, n. 1. Anat. the part of the arm between the elbow and the wrist. 2. Zool. the corresponding part of the foreleg between the elbow and the knee in ...
forebear
/fawr"bair', fohr"-/, n. Usually, forebears. ancestors; forefathers. Also, forbear. [1425-75; ME (Scots), equiv. to fore- FORE- + -bear being, var. of beer; see BE, -ER1] * * *
forebearer
forebearer [fôr′bər΄ər] n. disputed var. of FOREBEAR * * *
forebode
—foreboder, n. /fawr bohd", fohr-/, v., foreboded, foreboding. v.t. 1. to foretell or predict; be an omen of; indicate beforehand; portend: clouds that forebode a storm. 2. to ...
foreboder
See forebode. * * *
foreboding
—forebodingly, adv. —forebodingness, n. /fawr boh"ding, fohr-/, n. 1. a prediction; portent. 2. a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.; ...
forebodingly
See foreboding. * * *
forebodingness
See forebodingly. * * *
forebody
/fawr"bod'ee, fohr"-/, n., pl. forebodies. Naut. the part of a ship's hull forward of the middle body. [1605-15; FORE- + BODY] * * *
forebrain
/fawr"brayn', fohr"-/, n. Anat. 1. Also called prosencephalon. the anterior of the three primary divisions of the brain in the embryo of a vertebrate, or the part of the adult ...
forecaddie
/fawr"kad'ee, fohr"-/, n. Golf. a caddie positioned on the course at a distance from the tee or a given lie, to locate balls after they are hit. [1785-95; FORE- + CADDIE] * * *
forecast
—forecastable, adj. —forecaster, n. /fawr"kast', -kahst', fohr"-/, v., forecast or forecasted, forecasting, n. v.t. 1. to predict (a future condition or occurrence); ...
forecastable
See forecast. * * *
forecaster
See forecastable. * * *
forecastle
/fohk"seuhl, fawr"kas'euhl, -kah'seuhl, fohr"-/, n. Naut. 1. a superstructure at or immediately aft of the bow of a vessel, used as a shelter for stores, machinery, etc., or as ...
forecastle deck
Naut. a partial weather deck on top of a forecastle superstructure; topgallant forecastle. [1850-55] * * *
forecastle head
Naut. 1. the extreme fore part of a forecastle superstructure. 2. the extreme fore part of the main weather deck of a vessel that has no forecastle superstructure. * * *
forecheck
forecheck [fôr′chek΄] vt. Hockey to check (an opponent) in the area around the opponent's goal, usually in an effort to prevent an offensive play from developing: cf. ...
forechoir
/fawr"kwuyeur', fohr"-/, n. antechoir. [FORE- + CHOIR] * * *
forecited
/fawr"suy'tid, fohr"-/, adj. previously cited. [1570-80; FORE- + CITED] * * *
foreclosable
See foreclose. * * *
foreclose
—foreclosable, adj. /fawr klohz", fohr-/, v., foreclosed, foreclosing. v.t. 1. Law. a. to deprive (a mortgagor or pledgor) of the right to redeem his or her property, esp. on ...
foreclosure
/fawr kloh"zheuhr, fohr-/, n. Law. the act of foreclosing a mortgage or pledge. [1720-30; FORECLOSE + -URE] * * * Legal proceeding by which a borrower's rights to a mortgaged ...
foreconscious
/fawr"kon'sheuhs, fohr"-/, n. Psychol. the preconscious. [1920-25; FORE- + CONSCIOUS] * * *
forecourse
/fawr"kawrs', fohr"kohrs'/, n. the lowermost sail on a square-rigged foremast; a square foresail. See diag. under ship. [1620-30; FORE- + COURSE] * * *
forecourt
/fawr"kawrt', fohr"kohrt'/, n. 1. Tennis. the part of either half of a tennis court that lies between the net and the line that marks the inbounds limit of a service. Cf. ...
foredate
/fawr dayt", fohr-/, v.t., foredated, foredating. to antedate. [1855-60; FORE- + DATE1] * * *
foredeck
/fawr"dek', fohr"-/, n. Naut. the fore part of a weather deck, esp. between a bridge house or superstructure and a forecastle superstructure. [1555-65; FORE- + DECK1] * * *
foredeep
/fawr"deep', fohr"-/, n. Geol. an elongate sediment-filled sea-floor depression bordering an island arc or other orogenic belt. [1905-10; FORE- + DEEP] * * *
foredo
/fawr dooh", fohr-/, v.t., foredid, foredone, foredoing. fordo. * * *
foredone
/fawr dun", fohr-/, adj. fordone. * * *
foredoom
v. /fawr doohm", fohr-/; n. /fawr"doohm', fohr"-/, v.t. 1. to doom beforehand; destine. n. 2. Archaic. a doom ordained beforehand; destiny. [1555-65; FORE- + DOOM] * * *
foreface
/fawr"fays', fohr"-/, n. the area of the head that is in front of the eyes: applied esp. to four-legged mammals. [1535-45, for an earlier sense; FORE- + FACE] * * *
forefather
—forefatherly, adj. /fawr"fah'dheuhr, fohr"-/, n. an ancestor. [1250-1300; ME forefader. See FORE-, FATHER] Syn. forebear, progenitor, patriarch, forerunner. * * *
Forefathers' Day
the anniversary of the day (December 21, 1620, in Old Style December 11) on which the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Mass. Owing to an error in changing the date from the Old Style ...
forefeel
v. /fawr feel", fohr-/; n. /fawr"feel', fohr"-/, v., forefelt, forefeeling, n. v.t. 1. to feel or perceive beforehand; have a presentiment of. n. 2. a feeling ...
forefend
/fawr fend", fohr-/, v.t. forfend. * * *
forefinger
/fawr"fing'geuhr, fohr"-/, n. the first finger next to the thumb. Also called index finger. [1400-50; late ME forefyngure. See FORE-, FINGER] * * *
forefoot
/fawr"foot', fohr"-/, n., pl. forefeet. 1. Zool. one of the front feet of a quadruped, an insect, etc. 2. Naut. a. the point at which the stem of a hull joins the keel; the ...
forefront
/fawr"frunt', fohr"-/, n. 1. the foremost part or place. 2. the position of greatest importance or prominence: in the forefront of today's writers. [1425-75; late ME forfrount, ...
foregather
/fawr gadh"euhr, fohr-/, v.i. forgather. * * *
foregift
/fawr"gift', fohr"-/, n. Brit. an advance payment or premium paid by a tenant on taking or renewing a lease. [1735-45; FORE- + GIFT] * * *
foreglimpse
/fawr"glimps', fohr"-/, n. a revelation or glimpse of the future. [1890-95; FORE- + GLIMPSE] * * *
forego
forego1 —foregoer, n. /fawr goh", fohr-/, v.t., v.i., forewent, foregone, foregoing. to go before; precede. [bef. 900; ME forgon, forgan, OE foregan. See FORE-, ...
foregoer
See forego1. * * *
foregoing
/fawr goh"ing, fohr-/, adj. previously stated, written, or occurring; preceding: The foregoing paragraph presents the problem. [1400-50; late ME; see FOREGO1, -ING2] Syn. ...
foregone
—foregoneness, n. /fawr gawn", -gon", fohr-; fawr"gawn', -gon', fohr"-/, adj. 1. that has gone before; previous; past. 2. determined in advance; inevitable. [1590-1600; FORE- + ...
foregone conclusion
1. an inevitable conclusion or result. 2. a conclusion, opinion, or decision formed in advance of proper consideration of evidence, arguments, etc. [1595-1605] * * *
foregoneconclusion
foregone conclusion n. 1. An end or a result regarded as inevitable: The victory was a foregone conclusion. See Usage Note at foregone. 2. A conclusion formed in advance of ...
foreground
/fawr"grownd', fohr"-/, n. 1. the ground or parts situated, or represented as situated, in the front; the portion of a scene nearest to the viewer (opposed to background). 2. a ...
foregut
/fawr"gut', fohr"-/, n. 1. Zool. a. the first portion of the vertebrate alimentary canal, extending from the pharynx and esophagus to the end of the stomach or gizzard and, in ...
forehand
/fawr"hand', fohr"-/, adj. 1. (in tennis, squash, etc.) of, pertaining to, or noting a stroke made from the same side of the body as that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, ...
forehanded
—forehandedly, adv. —forehandedness, n. /fawr"han"did, fohr"-/, adj. 1. forehand (def. 1). 2. capable of dealing or coping with unexpected problems. 3. providing for the ...
forehandedly
See forehanded. * * *
forehandedness
See forehandedly. * * *
forehead
/fawr"id, for"-; fawr"hed', for"-/, n. 1. the part of the face above the eyebrows; brow. 2. the fore or front part of anything. [bef. 1000; ME forehe(v)ed, OE forheafod. See ...
forehearth
/fawr"hahrth', fohr"-/, n. (in a blast furnace or cupola) a reservoir for iron or slag, accessible through a door at hearth level. [1880-85; FORE- + HEARTH] * * *
forehoof
/fawr"hoof', -hoohf', fohr"-/, n., pl. forehoofs, forehooves. the hoof of a front leg. [1760-70; FORE- + HOOF] * * *
foreign affairs
activities of a nation in its relationships with other nations; international relations. [1605-15] * * * ▪ journal       journal of international relations, published ...
foreign aid
—foreign-aid, adj. economic, technical, or military aid given by one nation to another for purposes of relief and rehabilitation, for economic stabilization, or for mutual ...
foreign bill
a bill of exchange drawn on a payer in one country by a maker in another. Cf. inland bill. [1675-85] * * *
foreign bill (of exchange)
foreign bill (of exchange) or foreign bill n. a bill of exchange drawn in one state or country and payable in another, as one arising from foreign trade operations * * *
foreign commerce.
See under commerce (def. 1). * * *
foreign correspondent
a correspondent, as for a periodical, assigned to send back articles and news dispatches from a foreign country for publication. * * *
foreign exchange
1. commercial paper drawn on a person or corporation in a foreign nation. 2. the process of balancing accounts in commercial transactions between business organizations of ...
foreign language
➡ World English * * *
foreign legion
1. a military unit consisting of foreign volunteers in the service of a state. 2. (caps.) a specialized military unit of the French army, consisting of volunteers of all ...
Foreign Legion, French
▪ military organization Introduction French  Légion étrangère    an elite military force originally consisting of foreign volunteers in the pay of France but now ...
foreign minister
—foreign ministry. (in countries other than the U.S.) a cabinet minister who conducts and supervises foreign and diplomatic relations with other states. Also called, esp. ...
Foreign Ministers, Council of
Organization of the foreign ministers of the U.S., Britain, France, and the Soviet Union the World War II Allied Powers. In meetings between 1945 and 1972, they attempted to ...
foreign mission
1. mission (def. 6). 2. mission (def. 3). [1800-10] * * *
foreign policy
a policy pursued by a nation in its dealings with other nations, designed to achieve national objectives. [1905-10] * * * General objectives that guide the activities and ...
foreign relations
1. the dealings and relationships between nations. 2. the field of foreign affairs: an expert in foreign relations. 3. the quality or character of foreign affairs as a ...
Foreign Relations Committee
(full title Senate Committee on Foreign Relations) a committee of the US Senate that studies the American government’s policy towards other countries, and offers advice and ...
foreign secretary
Chiefly Brit. See foreign minister. [1650-60] * * *
foreign service
(often caps.) a division of the U.S. Department of State or of a foreign office that maintains diplomatic and consular posts and personnel in other countries. [1925-30] * * * or ...
foreign workers
Those who work in a foreign country without initially intending to settle there and without the benefits of citizenship in the host country. Some are recruited to supplement the ...
foreign-born
/fawr"in bawrn", for"-/, adj. born in a country other than that in which one resides. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
foreign-flag
/fawr"in flag', for"-/, adj. 1. (of a vessel or aircraft) having a registry under a nationality other than one's own: rivalry between U.S.-flag freighters and foreign-flag ...
foreign-trade zone
/fawr"in trayd", for"-/. See free port (def. 1). * * *
foreignaffairs
foreign affairs pl.n. Affairs concerning international relations and national interests in foreign countries. * * *
foreignaid
foreign aid n. Aid, such as economic or military assistance, offered by one nation to another. * * *
foreignbill
foreign bill n. A draft for a sum of money to be paid in another country. * * *
foreigncorrespondent
foreign correspondent n. A correspondent who sends news reports or commentary from a foreign country for broadcast or publication. * * *
foreigner
/fawr"euh neuhr, for"-/, n. 1. a person not native to or naturalized in the country or jurisdiction under consideration; alien. 2. a person from outside one's community. 3. a ...
foreignexchange
foreign exchange n. Abbr. FX 1. Transaction of international monetary business, as between governments or businesses of different countries. 2. Negotiable bills drawn in one ...
foreignism
/fawr"euh niz'euhm, for"-/, n. 1. a foreign custom, mannerism, etc. 2. any trait, deviating from accepted speech standards, derived from a foreign language. 3. imitation of ...
foreignlegion
foreign legion n. A unit of a nation's army consisting primarily of foreign volunteers, often tasked with fighting wars in colonies. * * *
foreignminister
foreign minister n. A cabinet minister in charge of a nation's foreign affairs. * * *
foreignmission
foreign mission n. 1. A permanent diplomatic legation established in a foreign country. 2. A religious group especially of Christians sent to a foreign country for missionary ...
foreignness
See foreign. * * *
foreignpolicy
foreign policy n. The diplomatic policy of a nation in its interactions with other nations. * * *
ForeignService
For·eign Service (fôrʹĭn, fŏrʹ-) n. 1. The diplomatic and consular staff of the United States. 2. foreign service The diplomatic and consular personnel of a nation's ...
forejudge
forejudge1 —forejudger, n. /fawr juj", fohr-/, v.t., forejudged, forejudging. to judge beforehand; prejudge. [1555-65; FORE- + JUDGE] forejudge2 /fawr juj", fohr-/, v.t., ...
forejudgment
See forejudge. * * *
foreknow
—foreknowable, adj. —foreknower, n. —foreknowingly, adv. /fawr noh", fohr-/, v.t., foreknew, foreknown, foreknowing. to know beforehand. [1400-50; late ME foreknowen. See ...
foreknowledge
/fawr"nol'ij, fohr"-, fawr nol"ij, fohr-/, n. knowledge of something before it exists or happens; prescience: Did you have any foreknowledge of the scheme? [1525-35; FORE- + ...
foreknown
fore·known (fôr-nōnʹ, fōr-) v. Past participle of foreknow. * * *
forel
/fawr"euhl, for"-/, n. 1. a slipcase for a book. 2. parchment of poor quality, used in its natural color for making book covers. Also, forrel. [1250-1300; ME forel case, sheath < ...
Forel, Auguste-Henri
▪ Swiss psychiatrist born Sept. 1, 1848, LaGracieuse, near Morges, Switz. died July 27, 1931, Yvorne       Swiss neuroanatomist, psychiatrist, and entomologist known ...
Forel, François-Alphonse
▪ French physician and scientist born Feb. 2, 1841, Morges, Switz. died Aug. 7, 1912, Morges       Swiss physician, scientist, and founder of limnology, the study of ...
forelady
/fawr"lay'dee, fohr"-/, n., pl. foreladies. a forewoman. [1885-90, Amer.; FORE- + LADY] Usage. See lady. * * *
foreland
/fawr"land', fohr"-/, n. 1. a cape, headland, or promontory. 2. land or territory lying in front. [1300-50; ME forlonde. See FORE-, LAND] * * *
foreleg
/fawr"leg', fohr"-/, n. one of the front legs of a quadruped, an insect, etc. [1375-1425; late ME forlegge. See FORE-, LEG] * * *
forelimb
/fawr"lim', fohr"-/, n. a front limb of an animal. [1785-95; FORE- + LIMB] * * *
forelock
forelock1 /fawr"lok', fohr"-/, n. 1. the lock of hair that grows from the fore part of the head. 2. (of a horse) a tuft of hair above or on the forehead. See diag. under ...
foreman
—foremanship, n. /fawr"meuhn, fohr"-/, n., pl. foremen. 1. a person in charge of a particular department, group of workers, etc., as in a factory or the like. 2. the member of ...
Foreman, George
born Jan. 10, 1949, Marshall, Texas, U.S. U.S. boxer. Foreman grew up in Houston, Texas, and learned to box in a U.S. Job Corps camp in Oregon. He won the Olympic gold medal in ...
foremanship
See foreman. * * *
foremast
/fawr"mast', -mahst', fohr"-/; Naut. /fawr"meuhst, fohr"-/, n. Naut. the mast nearest the bow in all vessels having two or more masts. [1575-85; FORE- + MAST1] * * *
foremilk
/fawr"milk', fohr"-/, n. colostrum. [1900-05; FORE- + MILK] * * *
foremost
/fawr"mohst', -meuhst, fohr"-/, adj., adv. first in place, order, rank, etc.: the foremost surgeons. [bef. 1000; FORE1 + -MOST; r. ME, OE formest, equiv. to form(a) first, var. ...
foremother
/fawr"mudh'euhr, fohr"-/, n. a female ancestor. [1575-85; FORE- + MOTHER1 on the model of FOREFATHER] * * *
forename
/fawr"naym', fohr"-/, n. a name that precedes the family name or surname; first name. [1525-35; FORE- + NAME] * * *
forenamed
/fawr"naymd", fohr"-/, adj. named before; mentioned before in the same writing or speech; aforementioned. [1150-1200; ME. See FORE-, NAMED] * * *
forenoon
n. /fawr'noohn", fohr'-/; adj. /fawr"noohn', fohr"-/, n. 1. the period of daylight before noon. 2. the latter part of the morning. adj. 3. of or pertaining to the ...
forenoon watch
Naut. the watch from 8 A.M. until noon. [1825-35] * * *
forensic
—forensicality /feuh ren'si kal"i tee/, n. —forensically, adv. /feuh ren"sik/, adj. 1. pertaining to, connected with, or used in courts of law or public discussion and ...
forensic anthropology
the branch of physical anthropology in which anthropological data, criteria, and techniques are used to determine the sex, age, genetic population, or parentage of skeletal or ...
forensic chemistry
the application of facts concerning chemistry to questions of civil and criminal law. Also called legal chemistry. * * *
forensic medicine
the application of medical knowledge to questions of civil and criminal law, esp. in court proceedings. Also called forensic jurisprudence, legal medicine, medical ...
forensic psychiatry
the use of psychiatric knowledge and techniques in questions of law, as in determining legal insanity. * * *
forensic psychology
Application of psychology to legal issues, often for the purpose of offering expert testimony in a courtroom. In civil and criminal cases, forensic psychologists may evaluate ...
forensically
See forensic. * * *
forensicmedicine
forensic medicine n. The branch of medicine that interprets or establishes the facts in civil or criminal law cases. Also called medical jurisprudence. * * *
forensics
fo·ren·sics (fə-rĕnʹsĭks, -zĭks) n. (used with a sing. verb) 1. The art or study of formal debate; argumentation. 2. The use of science and technology to investigate and ...
foreordain
—foreordainment, n. /fawr'awr dayn", fohr'-/, v.t. 1. to ordain or appoint beforehand. 2. to predestine; predetermine. [1400-50; late ME forordeinen. See FORE-, ORDAIN] * * *
foreordainment
See foreordain. * * *
foreordinate
/fawr awr"dn ayt", fohr-/, v.t., foreordinated, foreordinating. foreordain. [1855-60; back formation from FOREORDINATION] * * *
foreordination
/fawr'awr dn ay"sheuhn, fohr'-/, n. 1. previous ordination or appointment. 2. predestination. [1620-30; FORE- + ORDINATION] * * *
forepart
/fawr"pahrt', fohr"-/, n. the first, front, or early part. [1350-1400; ME forpart. See FORE-, PART] * * *
forepassed
/fawr past", -pahst", fohr-/, adj. already in the past; bygone. Also, forepast. [1550-60; FORE- + PASSED] * * *
forepaw
/fawr"paw', fohr"-/, n. the paw of a foreleg. [1815-25; FORE- + PAW] * * *
forepeak
/fawr"peek', fohr"-/, n. Naut. the extreme forward part of the interior of a hull (opposed to afterpeak). [1685-95; FORE- + PEAK1] * * *
foreperson
/fawr"perr'seuhn, fohr"-/, n. a foreman or forewoman. [FORE(MAN) + -PERSON] Usage. See -person. * * *
foreplay
/fawr"play', fohr"-/, n. sexual stimulation, usually as a prelude to sexual intercourse. [1925-30; FORE- + PLAY] * * *
forepleasure
/fawr"plezh'euhr, fohr"-/, n. the aggregate of pleasurable sensations that lead to a heightened physical or emotional response, as of those aroused in sexual intercourse that ...
forepole
n. /fawr"pohl', fohr"-/; v. /fawr pohl", fohr-/, n., v., forepoled, forepoling. Mining. n. 1. Also called spile, spill. any of a number of boards or timbers driven forward on top ...
forequarter
/fawr"kwawr'teuhr, -kwaw'-, fohr"-/, n. the forward end of half of a carcass, as of beef or lamb. [1490-1500; FORE- + QUARTER] * * *
foreran
fore·ran (fôr-rănʹ, fōr-) v. Past tense of forerun. * * *
forereach
/fawr reech", fohr-/, v.i. 1. to gain, as one ship on another. 2. to maintain headway, as when coming about or drifting after taking in sail or stopping engines. v.t. 3. to gain ...
forerun
/fawr run", fohr-/, v.t., foreran, forerun, forerunning. 1. to run in front of; come before; precede. 2. to be the precursor or harbinger of; prefigure. 3. to anticipate or ...
forerunner
/fawr"run'euhr, fohr"-, fawr run"euhr, fohr-/, n. 1. predecessor; ancestor; forebear; precursor. 2. an omen, sign, or indication of something to follow; portent: The warm ...
foresaddle
/fawr"sad'l, fohr"-/, n. the forepart of a saddle of veal, mutton, lamb, or venison. [1920-25; FORE- + SADDLE] * * *
foresaid
/fawr"sed', fohr"-/, adj. aforementioned; aforesaid. [bef. 1000; ME forsaid, OE foresaed. See FORE-, SAID] * * *
foresail
/fawr"sayl', fohr"-/; Naut. /fawr"seuhl, fohr"-/, n. Naut. 1. the lowermost sail on a foremast. See diag. under ship. 2. the staysail or jib, set immediately forward of the ...
foresee
—foreseeable, adj. —foreseeability, n. —foreseer, n. /fawr see", fohr-/, v., foresaw, foreseen, foreseeing. v.t. 1. to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow. 2. ...
foreseeable
See foresee. * * *
foreseer
See foreseeable. * * *
foreshadow
—foreshadower, n. /fawr shad"oh, fohr-/, v.t. to show or indicate beforehand; prefigure: Political upheavals foreshadowed war. [1570-80; FORE- + SHADOW] * * *
foreshadower
See foreshadow. * * *
foreshadowing
▪ literature       the organization and presentation of events and scenes in a work of fiction or drama so that the reader or observer is prepared to some degree for ...
foreshank
/fawr"shangk', fohr"-/, n. 1. shin1 (def. 2). 2. See under shank (def. 4). [1920-25; FORE- + SHANK] * * *
foresheet
/fawr"sheet', fohr"-/, n. Naut. 1. the sheet of a headsail. 2. foresheets, (used with a pl. v.) the space, in an open boat, in front of the foremost rower's seat. Also called ...
foreshock
/fawr"shok', fohr"-/, n. Geol. a relatively small earthquake that precedes a greater one by a few days or weeks and originates at or near the focus of the larger ...
foreshore
/fawr"shawr', fohr"shohr'/, n. 1. the ground between the water's edge and cultivated land; land along the edge of a body of water. 2. the part of the shore between the high-water ...
foreshorten
/fawr shawr"tn, fohr-/, v.t. 1. Fine Arts. to reduce or distort (parts of a represented object that are not parallel to the picture plane) in order to convey the illusion of ...
foreshortening
▪ art  method of rendering a specific object or figure in a picture in depth. The artist records, in varying degrees, the distortion that is seen by the eye when an object or ...
foreshots
/fawr"shots', fohr"-/, n.pl. the weak spirits that come over in the initial phase in distilling whiskey. Cf. faints. [1830-40; FORE- + SHOT1 + -S3] * * *
foreshow
/fawr shoh", fohr-/, v.t., foreshowed, foreshown, showing. 1. to show beforehand. 2. foretell; foreshadow. [bef. 1000; ME forescewen, OE foresceawian. See FORE-, SHOW] * * *
foreside
/fawr"suyd', fohr"-/, n. the front side or part. [1350-1400; ME; see FORE-, SIDE1] * * *
foresight
—foresighted, adj. —foresightedly, adv. —foresightedly, adv. —foresightedness, n. —foresightful, adj. /fawr"suyt', fohr"-/, n. 1. care or provision for the future; ...
foresighted
See foresight. * * *
foresightedly
See foresighted. * * *
foresightedness
See foresighted. * * *
foresightful
See foresighted. * * *
foreskin
/fawr"skin', fohr"-/, n. the prepuce of the penis. [1525-35; FORE- + SKIN; prob. on the model of G Vorhaut (Luther); cf. PREPUCE] * * *
foresleeve
/fawr"sleev', fohr"-/, n. 1. the part of the sleeve covering the forearm. 2. a detachable sleeve or part of a sleeve, often having an ornamental function. [1350-1400; ME; see ...
forespeak
/fawr speek", fohr-/, v.t., forespoke or (Archaic) forespake; forespoken or (Archaic) forespoke; forespeaking. 1. to predict; foretell. 2. to ask for or claim in ...
forespent
/fawr spent", fohr-/, adj. forspent. * * *
forest
—forestal, forestial /feuh res"cheuhl/, adj. —forested, adj. —forestless, adj. —forestlike, adj. /fawr"ist, for"-/, n. 1. a large tract of land covered with trees and ...
forest fire
      uncontrolled fire occurring in vegetation more than 6 feet (1.8 m) in height. These fires often reach the proportions of a major conflagration and are sometimes ...
forest green.
—forest-green, adj. See Lincoln green. [1800-10] * * *
Forest Grove
a town in NW Oregon. 11,499. * * *
Forest Heath
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       district, administrative and historic county of Suffolk, England. It takes its name from the vegetation of the area, which is a ...
Forest Hill
a town in N Texas. 11,684. * * *


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