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Forest Hills
a residential area in New York City, on W Long Island, in SE New York: former site of international tennis tournament. * * * ▪ neighborhood, Queens, New York City, New York, ...
Forest Lawn
a large US cemetery in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles. Its full name is Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Many Hollywood stars are buried there. Copies of several famous British ...
Forest of Arden
➡ Arden. * * *
Forest of Dean
a royal forest in Gloucestershire, in W England. ab. 180 sq. mi. (475 sq. km). * * * ▪ district, England, United Kingdom       district, administrative county of ...
Forest Park
1. a city in NW Georgia. 18,782. 2. a town in SW Ohio. 18,675. 3. a town in NE Illinois; a suburb of Chicago. 15,177. * * *
forest ranger
any of the officers employed by the government to supervise the care and preservation of forests, esp. public forests. [1820-30] * * *
forest reserve
an area of forest set aside and preserved by the government as a wilderness, national park, or the like. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
Forest Service
a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, created in 1905, that protects and develops the national forests and grasslands. * * *
forest tent caterpillar.
See under tent caterpillar. [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
/fawr"staf', -stahf', fohr"-/, n., pl. forestaves, forestaffs. cross-staff. [1660-70; FORE- + STAFF1] * * *
/fawr"stayj', fohr"-/, n. the part of a stage in front of the proscenium or the closed curtain, as the apron or an extension of the apron. [1920-25; FORE- + STAGE] * * *
See forest. * * *
—forestaller, n. —forestallment, forestalment, n. /fohr stawl", fawr-/, v.t. 1. to prevent, hinder, or thwart by action in advance: to forestall a riot by deploying ...
See forestall. * * *
See forestaller. * * *
/fawr'euh stay"sheuhn, for'-/, n. the planting of forests. [1895-1900, Amer.; FOREST + -ATION] * * *
/fawr"stay', fohr"-/, n. 1. a stay leading aft and upward from the stem or knightheads of a vessel to the head of the fore lower mast; the lowermost stay of a foremast. 2. a stay ...
/fawr'stay"sayl', fohr'-/; Naut. /fawr'stay"seuhl, fohr'-/, n. a triangular sail set on a forestay; the innermost headsail of a vessel. See diag. under ship. [1735-45; FORESTAY + ...
forested [fôr′is təd, fär′is təd] adj. covered with a thick growth of trees and underbrush [a forested mountainside] * * *
/fawr"euh steuhr, for"-/, n. C(ecil) S(cott), 1899-1966, English novelist and journalist. * * *
forester moth
▪ insect       any of a group of moths in the family Zygaenidae (order Lepidoptera) that are closely related to the burnet moths. The adult forester moth has shining ...
Forester, C(ecil) S(cott)
For·est·er (fôrʹĭ-stər, fŏrʹ-), C(ecil) S(cott). 1899-1966. British writer known for his adventure novels set during the Napoleonic Wars and featuring Horatio ...
Forester, C.S.
▪ British author in full  Cecil Scott Forester  born Aug. 27, 1899, Cairo, Egypt died April 2, 1966, Fullerton, Calif., U.S.  British historical novelist and journalist, ...
See forestal. * * *
/fawr"stik', fohr"-/, n. the front log in a wood fire, as in a fireplace. [1785-95, Amer.; FORE- + STICK1] * * *
Forestier Peninsula
▪ peninsula, Tasmania, Australia       peninsula in southeastern Tasmania, Australia, measuring 12 by 9 miles (19 by 14 km) and bounded by the Tasman Sea (east) and by ...
/fawr"ist land', for"-/, n. land containing or covered with forests. [1640-50; FOREST + LAND] * * *
forest ranger n. An officer in charge of protecting or managing a section of a public forest. * * *
/fawr"euh stree, for"-/, n. 1. the science of planting and taking care of trees and forests. 2. the process of establishing and managing forests; forestation. 3. ...
Forestry Commission
a British government organization that manages the forests that are owned by the state. It is responsible for cutting down old trees, planting new ones, controlling diseases, and ...
/fawr"ist vil', for"-/, n. a city in central Maryland, near Washington, D.C. 16,401. * * *
/fawr swair", fohr-/, v.t., v.i., foreswore, foresworn, foreswearing. forswear. * * *
n. /fawr"tayst', fohr"-/; v. /fawr tayst", fohr-/, n., v., foretasted, foretasting. n. 1. a slight and partial experience, knowledge, or taste of something to come in the future; ...
—foreteller, n. /fawr tel", fohr-/, v.t., foretold, foretelling. to tell of beforehand; predict; prophesy. [1250-1300; ME fortell. See FORE-, TELL1] Syn. forecast, augur, ...
See foretell. * * *
/fawr"thawt', fohr"-/, n. 1. thoughtful provision beforehand; provident care; prudence. 2. a thinking of something beforehand; previous consideration; anticipation. [1250-1300; ...
—forethoughtfully, adv. —forethoughtfulness, n. /fawr thawt"feuhl, fohr-/, adj. full of or having forethought; provident. [1800-10; FORETHOUGHT + -FUL] * * *
See forethoughtful. * * *
See forethoughtful. * * *
/fawr"tuym', fohr"-/, n. former or past time; the past. [1530-40; FORE- + TIME] * * *
n. /fawr"toh'keuhn, fohr"-/; v. /fawr toh"keuhn, fohr-/, n. 1. a sign of a future event; omen; forewarning. v.t. 2. to foreshadow. [bef. 900; ME fortokne, OE foretacn. See FORE-, ...
foretold [fôr tōld′] vt. pt. & pp. of FORETELL * * * fore·told (fôr-tōldʹ, fōr-) v. Past tense and past participle of foretell. * * *
/fawr"toohth', fohr"-/, n., pl. foreteeth /-teeth'/. a tooth in the front of the mouth; incisor. [bef. 1000; ME, OE for teth (pl.). See FORE-, TOOTH] * * *
/fawr"top', fohr"-/; for 1 also Naut. /fawr"teuhp, fohr"-/, n. 1. a platform at the head of a fore lower mast of a ship. 2. the forelock of an animal, esp. a horse. [1250-1300; ...
fore·top·gal·lant (fôrʹtŏp-găl'ənt, -təp-, fōrʹ-) adj. Nautical Of, relating to, or being the mast directly above the foremast. * * *
/fawr'top"meuhn, fohr'-/; Naut. /fawr"teuhp meuhn, fohr"-/, n., pl. foretopmen. a member of a ship's crew stationed on the foretop. [1810-20; FORETOP + -MAN] * * *
fore·top·mast (fôrʹtŏp'məst, -təp-măst', fōrʹ-) n. Nautical The mast that is above the foretop. * * *
fore·top·sail (fôrʹtŏp'səl, -təp-, fōrʹ-) n. Nautical The sail hung from the foretopmast. * * *
/fawr ev"euhr, feuhr-/, adv. 1. without ever ending; eternally: to last forever. 2. continually; incessantly; always: He's forever complaining. 3. forever and a day, eternally; ...
/fawr ev'euhr mawr", -mohr", feuhr-/, adv. forever hereafter. [1830-40; FOR + EVERMORE] * * *
/fawr ev"euhr nis, feuhr-/, n. permanence; eternity. [1940-45; FOREVER + -NESS] * * *
—forewarner, n. —forewarningly, adv. /fawr wawrn", fohr-/, v.t. to warn in advance. [1300-50; ME forwarnen. See FORE-, WARN] Syn. caution, admonish, alert, prewarn, tip ...
/fawr went", fohr-/, v. pt. of forego. * * *
/fawr"wing', fohr"-/, n. either of the anterior and usually smaller pair of wings of an insect having four wings. [1885-90; FORE- + WING] * * *
/fawr"woom'euhn, fohr"-/, n., pl. forewomen. 1. a woman in charge of a particular department or group of workers. 2. a woman on a jury selected to preside over and speak for all ...
/fawr"werrd', -weuhrd, fohr"-/, n. a short introductory statement in a published work, as a book, esp. when written by someone other than the author. Cf. afterword. [1835-45; ...
/fawr wohrn", fohr wawrn"/, adj. Archaic. forworn. * * *
/fawr"yahrd', fohr"-/, n. 1. a yard on the lower mast of a square-rigged foremast of a ship used to support the foresail. 2. a yard on the lowest spar of the foremast of a ...
▪ region, France also spelled  Fores or Forest         former region of France lying on the eastern side of the Massif Central and included within the modern ...
/fawr"feuhr, -fahr/, n. 1. a town in the Tayside region, in E Scotland. 10,500. 2. former name of Angus. * * * ▪ Scotland, United Kingdom       small burgh (town), ...
—forfeitable, adj. —forfeiter, n. /fawr"fit/, n. 1. a fine; penalty. 2. an act of forfeiting; forfeiture. 3. something to which the right is lost, as for commission of a ...
See forfeit. * * *
See forfeitable. * * *
/fawr"fi cheuhr/, n. 1. an act of forfeiting. 2. something that is forfeited; fine; mulct. [1300-50; ME forfeiture, forfeture < OF. See FORFEIT, -URE] * * *
/fawr fend"/, v.t. 1. to defend, secure, or protect. 2. to fend off, avert, or prevent. 3. Archaic. forbid. Also, forefend. [1350-1400; ME forfenden. See FOR-, FEND] * * *
/fawr"fi kit, -kayt'/, adj. deeply forked, as the tail of a bird. [1810-20; < L forfic- (s. of forfex) pair of shears (cf. FORCEPS) + -ATE1] * * *
/feuhr gat"/, v. Archaic. a pt. of forget. * * *
/fawr gadh"euhr/, v.i. 1. to gather together; convene; assemble. 2. to encounter someone, esp. by chance. Also, foregather. [1505-15; FOR- + GATHER] * * *
/feuhr gayv"/, v. pt. of forgive. * * *
forge1 —forgeable, adj. —forger, n. /fawrj, fohrj/, v., forged, forging. n. v.t. 1. to form by heating and hammering; beat into shape. 2. to form or make, esp. by ...
forge welding
the welding of pieces of hot metal with pressure or blows. * * *
See forge1. * * *
See forgeability. * * *
forger [fôr′jər] n. a person who forges; specif., a) one who tells false stories b) one who forges metal c) one who commits forgery * * * See forgeability. * * *
/fawr"jeuh ree, fohr"-/, n., pl. forgeries. 1. the crime of falsely making or altering a writing by which the legal rights or obligations of another person are apparently ...
—forgettable, adj. —forgetter, n. /feuhr get"/, v., forgot or (Archaic) forgat; forgotten or forgot; forgetting. v.t. 1. to cease or fail to remember; be unable to recall: to ...
/feuhr get"mee not'/, n. 1. either of two small Old World plants, Myosotis sylvatica or M. scorpioides, of the borage family, having a light-blue flower commonly regarded as an ...
—forgetfully, adv. —forgetfulness, n. /feuhr get"feuhl/, adj. 1. apt to forget; that forgets: a forgetful person. 2. heedless or neglectful (often fol. by of): to be ...
See forgetful. * * *
See forgetfully. * * *
/fawr"ji tiv, fohr"-/, adj. Archaic. inventive; creative. [1590-1600; perh. b. FORGE1 and CREATIVE] * * *
for·get·ta·ble (fər-gĕtʹə-bəl, fôr-) adj. Fit or apt to be forgotten: a movie with very forgettable characters. * * *
See forget. * * *
/feuhr get"euh ree/, n. a faculty or facility for forgetting; faulty memory: a witness with a very convenient forgettery. [1860-65, Amer.; FORGET + -ERY] * * *
/fawr"jing, fohr"-/, n. 1. an act or instance of forging. 2. something forged; a piece of forged work in metal. [1350-1400; ME; see FORGE1, -ING1] * * * In metallurgy, the ...
See forgive. * * *
See forgivable. * * *
—forgivable, adj. —forgiver, n. /feuhr giv"/, v., forgave, forgiven, forgiving. v.t. 1. to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve. 2. to give up ...
/feuhr giv"nis/, n. 1. act of forgiving; state of being forgiven. 2. disposition or willingness to forgive. [bef. 900; ME forgifenesse, OE forgifennys. See FORGIVE, -NESS] * * *
See forgivable. * * *
—forgivingly, adv. —forgivingness, n. /feuhr giv"ing/, adj. 1. disposed to forgive; indicating forgiveness: a forgiving soul; a forgiving smile. 2. tolerant: The mountain is ...
See forgiving. * * *
See forgivingly. * * *
—forgoer, n. /fawr goh"/, v.t., forwent, forgone, forgoing. 1. to abstain or refrain from; do without. 2. to give up, renounce, or resign. 3. Archaic. to neglect or ...
See forgo. * * *
/feuhr got"/, v. a pt. and pp. of forget. * * *
/feuhr got"n/, v. a pp. of forget. * * *
forgotten man
1. a person no longer in the mind of the general public. 2. U.S. Politics. the average wage earner, regarded as economically deprived and forgotten or ignored by the federal ...
forgotten man n. A person or class of persons that is treated with undeserved neglect or disregard. * * *
/fawr"int/, n. an aluminum coin and the monetary unit of Hungary, equal to 100 fillér. Abbr.: F., Ft. [1945-50; < Hungarian < It fiorino. See FLORIN] * * * ▪ Hungarian ...
▪ Italy       resort town and seaport on the western coast of the volcanic island of Ischia, Campania region, southern Italy. It is the centre of a productive ...
—forjudgment, n. /fawr juj"/, v.t., forjudged, forjudging. Law. to exclude, expel, dispossess, or deprive by a judgment. Also, forejudge. [1250-1300; ME forjugen < OF ...
—forkless, adj. —forklike, adj. /fawrk/, n. 1. an instrument having two or more prongs or tines, for holding, lifting, etc., as an implement for handling food or any of ...
fork luncheon.
See déjeuner à la fourchette. [1935-40] * * *
adj. (of food, esp. meat) cooked so that it can be cut or pierced easily with a fork. * * *
/fawrk"bawl'/, n. Baseball. a pitch thrown with the ball inserted between the index and middle fingers, causing it to dip sharply near home plate. [FORK + BALL1] * * *
See forkball. * * *
—forkedly /fawr"kid lee/, adv. —forkedness, n. /fawrkt, fawr"kid/, adj. 1. having a fork or fork-like branches. 2. zigzag, as lightning. 3. to speak with or have a forked ...
forked chain
Chem. See branched chain. * * *
forked tongue
☆ forked tongue n. 〚prob. transl. of AmInd expression〛 lying or deceitful talk [to speak with a forked tongue] * * *
Forkel, Johann Nikolaus
▪ German musicologist and writer born Feb. 22, 1749, Meeder, near Coburg, Saxony died March 20, 1818, Göttingen, Westphalia       one of the first great musicologists ...
See fork. * * *
/fawrk"fool/, n., pl. forkfuls. the amount a fork can hold. [1635-45; FORK + -FUL, prob. on the model of SPOONFUL] Usage. See -ful. * * *
/fawrk"lift'/, n. 1. Also called forklift truck, fork truck. a small vehicle with two power-operated prongs at the front that can be slid under heavy loads and then raised for ...
forklift truck
 specialized form of industrial truck (q.v.) for elevating or lowering a load. * * *
▪ bird  any of seven species of birds of the Asian, chiefly Himalayan, genus Enicurus. Forktails usually are placed among the Old World flycatchers Muscicapidae (order ...
—forkiness, n. /fawr"kee/, adj., forkier, forkiest. forked. [1500-10; FORK + -Y1] * * *
Forlandet National Park
▪ national park, Norway Norwegian  Forlandet Nasjonalpark,  formerly  Prins Karl's Forland National Park,         national park and bird sanctuary established in ...
/fawrdd lee"/, n. a city in N Italy, SE of Bologna. 109,758. * * * ▪ Italy Latin  Forum Livii         city, Emilia-Romagna regione, northern Italy, situated on the ...
—forlornly, adv. —forlornness, n. /fawr lawrn"/, adj. 1. desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable, as in feeling, condition, or appearance. 2. lonely and sad; forsaken. 3. ...
forlorn hope
1. a perilous or desperate enterprise. 2. a vain hope. 3. Obs. a group of soldiers assigned to perform some unusually dangerous service. [1530-40; folk-etymological alter. of D ...
forlorn hope n. 1. An arduous or nearly hopeless undertaking. 2. An advance guard of troops sent on a hazardous mission.   [By folk etymology from Dutch verloren hoop, advance ...
See forlorn. * * *
See forlornly. * * *
—formable, adj. —formably, adv. /fawrm/, n. 1. external appearance of a clearly defined area, as distinguished from color or material; configuration: a triangular form. 2. ...
form class
Gram. a class of words or forms in a given language that have one or more grammatical features in common, as, in Latin, all masculine nouns in the nominative singular, all ...
form critical
See formcritic. * * *
form criticism
—form-critical /fawrm"krit'i keuhl/, adj. a method of textual analysis, applied especially to the Bible, in which the origin and history of certain passages are traced by ...
form drag
Physics. the portion of the resisting force encountered by a body moving through a fluid that is due to the irregularity of shape of the body, reducible to a minimum by ...
form genus
Biol. an artificial taxonomic category including species, esp. of fossil forms, grouped together on the basis of morphological resemblance. [1870-75] * * *
form letter
a standardized letter that can be sent to any number of persons, occasionally personalized by inserting the name of each recipient in the salutation. [1905-10, Amer.] * * *
form nail.
See scaffold nail. * * *
form stop
(in poured-concrete construction) a board placed across a form to retain concrete until it sets. * * *
form word.
See function word. [1870-75] * * *
form-fitting [fôrm′fit΄iŋ] adj. fitting closely the contours of the body: said esp. of clothing: also written formfitting * * *
/fawr'meuh bil"i tee/, n. the capacity of a material, as sheet steel, to be readily bent, stamped, shaped, etc. [1815-25; FORM + -ABILITY] * * *
See formability. * * *
formal1 —formalness, n. /fawr"meuhl/, adj. 1. being in accordance with the usual requirements, customs, etc.; conventional: to pay one's formal respects. 2. marked by form or ...
formal and informal dress
In general, people in Britain and the US dress fairly informally. Many wear casual clothes most of the time, not just when they are at home or on holiday. Men and women wear ...
formal cause
/fawr"meuhl/, Aristotelianism. See under cause (def. 8b). [1350-1400; ME] * * *
formal logic
the branch of logic concerned exclusively with the principles of deductive reasoning and with the form rather than the content of propositions. [1855-60] * * ...
formal system
In logic, a formal language together with a deductive apparatus by which some well-formed formulas can be derived from others. Each formal system has a formal language composed ...
/fawr mal"deuh huyd', feuhr-/, n. Chem. a colorless, toxic, potentially carcinogenic, water-soluble gas, CH2O, having a suffocating odor, usually derived from methyl alcohol by ...
/fawr"meuh lin/, n. Chem. a clear, colorless, aqueous solution of 40 percent formaldehyde. Also called formol. [1890-95; formerly a trademark] * * *       aqueous ...
—formalist, n., adj. —formalistic, adj. —formalistically, adv. /fawr"meuh liz'euhm/, n. 1. strict adherence to, or observance of, prescribed or traditional forms, as in ...
See formalism. * * *
See formalist. * * *
See formalist. * * *
/fawr mal"i tee/, n., pl. formalities. 1. condition or quality of being formal; accordance with required or traditional rules, procedures, etc.; conventionality. 2. rigorously ...
See formalize. * * *
See formalizable. * * *
—formalization, n. —formalizer, n. /fawr"meuh luyz'/, v.t., formalized, formalizing. 1. to make formal, esp. for the sake of official or authorized acceptance: to formalize ...
See formalizable. * * *
formal logic n. The study of the properties of propositions and deductive reasoning by abstraction and analysis of the form rather than the content of propositions under ...
/fawr"meuh lee/, adv. 1. in a formal manner: The store was formally opened on Tuesday. 2. as regards form; in form: It may be formally correct, but it is substantively ...
See formally. * * *
/fawr"meuhl wair'/, n. clothing designed for or customarily worn on formal occasions, as tuxedos and evening gowns. Cf. evening dress. [FORMAL1 + WEAR] * * *
(1932– ) a US film director who was born in Czechoslovakia and moved to America in 1968. He won Oscars for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1983). His ...
Forman, Andrew
▪ Scottish diplomat born c. 1465 died March 11, 1521       Scottish prelate and diplomat during the reigns of James IV and James V.       He was educated at the ...
Forman, James
▪ 2006 James Rufus        American civil rights activist (b. Oct. 4, 1928, Chicago, Ill.—d. Jan. 10, 2005, Washington, D.C.), served as executive secretary of the ...
Forman, Miloš
born Feb. 18, 1932, Cáslav, Czech. Czech-U.S. film director. He began his career as a scriptwriter, then directed his first feature film in 1964. Success followed with the ...
For·man (fôrʹmən, fōrʹ-), Milos. Born 1932. Czech-born American filmmaker who won an Academy Award for his direction of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Amadeus ...
/fawr"meuhnt/, n. 1. Music. the range and number of partials present in a tone of a specific instrument, representing its timbre. 2. Acoustic Phonet. one of the regions of ...
—formatter, n. /fawr"mat/, n., v., formatted, formatting. n. 1. the shape and size of a book as determined by the number of times the original sheet has been folded to form the ...
/fawr"mayt/, n. Chem. a salt or ester of formic acid. [1800-10; FORM(IC) + -ATE2] * * *
—formational, adj. /fawr may"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of forming or the state of being formed: the formation of ice. 2. the manner in which a thing is formed; ...
formation flying
▪ aviation       two or more aircraft traveling and maneuvering together in a disciplined, synchronized, predetermined manner. In a tight formation, such as is typically ...
See formation. * * *
—formatively, adv. —formativeness, n. /fawr"meuh tiv/, adj. 1. giving form or shape; forming; shaping; fashioning; molding: a formative process in manufacturing. 2. ...
formative element
Gram. 1. a morpheme that serves as an affix, not as a base, or root, in word formation. 2. any noninflectional morpheme, whether base or affix. [1870-75] * * *
See formative. * * *
/fawrm"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. a board or slab serving as a form for poured concrete. [1955-60; FORM + BOARD] * * *
(1904–61) an English singer and comedy actor from Lancashire. He began his career in music-hall(1) and later made many successful films. He always played a slightly silly ...
form class n. A set of words that have one or more grammatical or syntactic characteristics in common, such as the class of transitive verbs in English. * * *
See form criticism. * * *
form criticism n. A method of textual criticism, applied especially to the Bible, for tracing the origin and history of certain passages through systematic study of the writings ...
/fawrm/, n. Brit. form (def. 30). [ < F] * * *
/fawr may"/, adj. paty. [1600-10; < F, fem. ptp. of former to FORM] * * *
Forment, Damián
▪ Spanish sculptor born c. 1480, Valencia, kingdom of Aragon [Spain] died c. 1541, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Castile       sculptor, recognized as perhaps the most ...
former1 /fawr"meuhr/, adj. 1. preceding in time; prior or earlier: during a former stage in the proceedings. 2. past, long past, or ancient: in former times. 3. preceding in ...
/fawr"meuhr lee/, adv. 1. in time past; in an earlier period or age; previously: a custom formerly observed. 2. Obs. in time just past; just now. [1580-90; FORMER1 + -LY] * * *
formes fixes
Principal forms of music and poetry in 14th-and 15th-century France. Three forms predominated. The rondeau followed the pattern ABaAabAB; A (a) and B (b) represent repeated ...
/fawrm"fit'ing/, adj. designed to fit snugly around a given shape; close-fitting: a formfitting blouse. [1895-1900; FORM + FITTING] * * *
/fawrm"feuhl/, adj. displaying excellent form, esp. in performing a sport. [1720-30; FORM + -FUL] * * *
form genus n. A genus of fossil plants or imperfect fungi classified according to their asexual organs. * * *
▪ Italy formerly  Mola di Gaeta,  Latin  Formiae        town, Lazio (Latium) region, south central Italy, on the Golfo (gulf) di Gaeta between the mouth of the ...
/fawr"mik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to ants. 2. Chem. of or derived from formic acid. [1785-95; irreg. < L formica ant. Cf. F formique] * * *
formic acid
Chem., Pharm. a colorless, irritating, fuming, water-soluble liquid, CH2O2, originally obtained from ants and now manufactured synthetically, used in dyeing and tanning and in ...
/fawr muy"keuh/, Trademark. a brand of thermosetting plastic, usually used in transparent or printed sheets as a chemicalproof and heatproof covering for furniture, wall panels, ...
formic acid n. A colorless caustic fuming liquid, HCOOH, used in dyeing and finishing textiles and paper and in the manufacture of fumigants, insecticides, and ...
/fawr'mi kair"ee euhm/, n., pl. formicaria /-kair"ee euh/. formicary. [1825-35] * * *
/fawr"mi ker'ee/, n., pl. formicaries. an ant nest. [1810-20; < ML formicarium ant hill, n. use of neut. of *formicarius of, pertaining to ants. See FORMIC, -ARIUM] * * *
/fawr'mi kay"sheuhn/, n. a tactile hallucination involving the belief that something is crawling on the body or under the skin. [1700-10; < L (Pliny) formication-, s. of ...
for·mi·civ·o·rous (fôr'mĭ-sĭvʹər-əs) adj. Feeding on ants.   [Latin formīca, ant + -vorous.] * * *
See formidable. * * *
—formidableness, formidability, n. —formidably, adv. /fawr"mi deuh beuhl/, adj. 1. causing fear, apprehension, or dread: a formidable opponent. 2. of discouraging or awesome ...
See formidability. * * *
See formidability. * * *
—formlessly, adv. —formlessness, n. /fawrm"lis/, adj. lacking a definite or regular form or shape; shapeless. [1585-95; FORM + -LESS] * * *
See formless. * * *
See formlessly. * * *
form letter n. A usually impersonal letter in a standardized format that may be sent to different people or to large numbers of recipients. * * *
/fawr"mawl, -mohl/, n. Chem. formalin. [1890-95; formerly trademark] * * *
/fawr moh"seuh/, n. Taiwan. * * * ▪ Argentina  city, capital of Formosa provincia (province), northeastern Argentina, on the western bank of the Paraguay River, southwest ...
Formosa Strait
Formosa Strait former name for TAIWAN STRAIT * * *
Formosa Strait.
See Taiwan Strait. * * *
Formosan languages
      aboriginal languages of Formosa (Taiwan). They are now chiefly spoken only in small communities in remote areas.       The Formosan languages belong to the ...
Formosa Strait See Taiwan Strait. * * *
/fawr moh"seuhs/, n. A.D. c816-896, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 891-896. * * * ▪ pope born c. 816, Rome? died April 4, 896, Rome       pope from 891 to 896, whose ...
Formstecher, Solomon
▪ German philosopher born July 28, 1808, Offenbach, Hesse [Germany] died April 24, 1889, Offenbach       Jewish idealist philosopher who was rabbi at Offenbach from ...
/fawr"myeuh leuh/, n., pl. formulas, formulae /-lee'/. 1. a set form of words, as for stating or declaring something definitely or authoritatively, for indicating procedure to be ...
formula unit
Chem. (of an ionic compound that does not form molecules, as most salts) the chemical formula with the least number of elements out of the set of empirical formulas having the ...
formula weight
Chem. 1. (of a molecule) See molecular weight. 2. (of an ionic compound that does not form molecules) the sum of the atomic weights of the atoms of the formula unit. * * * Sum ...
—formulaically, adv. /fawr'myeuh lay"ik/, adj. 1. made according to a formula; composed of formulas: a formulaic plot. 2. being or constituting a formula: formulaic ...
See formulaic. * * *
See formularize. * * *
—formularization, n. —formularizer, n. /fawr"myeuh leuh ruyz'/, v.t., formularized, formularizing. formulate. Also, esp. Brit., formularise. [1850-55; FORMULAR(Y) + -IZE] * * ...
See formularization. * * *
/fawr"myeuh ler'ee/, n., pl. formularies, adj. n. 1. a collection or system of formulas. 2. a set form of words; formula. 3. Pharm. a book listing pharmaceutical substances and ...
—formulable /fawr"myeuh leuh beuhl/, adj. —formulation, n. —formulator, n. /fawr"myeuh layt'/, v.t., formulated, formulating. 1. to express in precise form; state ...
See formulate. * * *
See formulation. * * *
formula weight n. See molecular weight. * * *
—formulist, n. —formulistic, adj. /fawr"myeuh liz'euhm/, n. adherence to or reliance on formulas. [1830-40; FORMUL(A) + -ISM] * * *
See formulize. * * *
—formulization, n. —formulizer, n. /fawr"myeuh luyz'/, v.t., formulized, formulizing. formulate. Also, esp. Brit., formulise. [1850-55; FORMUL(A) + -IZE] * * *
See formulization. * * *
form word n. See function word. * * *
/fawrm"werrk'/, n. the structure of boards, bolts, etc., composing a form for poured-concrete or rammed-earth construction. [1915-20; FORM + WORK] * * *
/fawr"mil/, adj. Chem. containing the formyl group. [1875-80; FORM(IC) + -YL] * * *
formyl group
Chem. the univalent group HCO-, derived from formic acid. Also, formyl radical. * * *
—formylation, n. /fawr"meuh layt'/, v.t., formylated, formylating. Chem. to introduce the formyl group into (an organic compound). [1930-35; FORMYL + -ATE1] * * *
▪ Scandinavian literature Old Norse“sagas of antiquity”       class of Icelandic sagas dealing with the ancient myths and hero legends of Germania, with the ...
/fawr"naks/, n., gen. Fornacis /fawr nas"is, -nay"sis/. Astron. the Furnace, a small southern constellation south of Cetus and Eridanus. [ < L: lit., FURNACE, kiln, oven] * * *
/feuhr nent"/, prep. Brit. dial. 1. in front of; facing. 2. close to; next to. [1515-25; FORE1 + (A)NENT] * * *
Forner, Juan Pablo
▪ Spanish writer born Feb. 23, 1756, Mérida, Spain died March 17, 1797, Madrid       the foremost literary polemicist of the 18th century in Spain. His brilliant wit ...
Fornés, Maria Irene
born May 14, 1930, Havana, Cuba Cuban-born U.S. dramatist. Her family moved to the U.S. in 1945, and she became a painter before beginning to write plays in the early 1960s. ...
/fawr"nee, fohr"-/, n., pl. Forneys. a steam locomotive having no front truck, four driving wheels, and a four-wheeled rear truck. See table under Whyte classification. [named ...
fornicate1 —fornicator, n. /fawr"ni kayt'/, v.i., fornicated, fornicating. to commit fornication. [1545-55; < LL fornicatus (ptp. of fornicari to consort with prostitutes), ...
—fornicatory /fawr"ni keuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /fawr'ni kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons or two persons not married to each ...
See fornicate. * * *
/fawr'ni kay"triks/, n., pl. fornicatrices /-keuh truy"seez/. a woman who commits fornication. [1580-90; < LL: prostitute; see FORNICATE, -TRIX] Usage. See -trix. * * *
/fawr nis"euh fawrm'/, adj. having the form of a vault. [1855-60; < L fornic- (s. of fornix) vault + -I- + -FORM] * * *
—fornical, adj. /fawr"niks/, n., pl. fornices /-neuh seez'/. Anat. any of various arched or vaulted structures, as an arching fibrous formation in the brain. [1675-85; < L: ...
/fawr"euhl, for"-/, n. Bookbinding. forel. * * *
Forrer, Ludwig
▪ Swiss statesman born Feb. 9, 1845, Islikon, Switz. died Sept. 28, 1921, Bern       Swiss statesman, twice elected federal president, who was a noted proponent of ...
▪ Scotland, United Kingdom       small royal burgh (town) in the council area and historic county of Moray, northeastern Scotland, 12 miles (19 km) west-southwest of ...
/fawr"ist, for"-/, n. 1. Edwin, 1806-72, U.S. actor. 2. John, 1st Baron, 1847-1918, Australian explorer and statesman. 3. Nathan Bedford, 1821-77, Confederate cavalry general in ...
Forrest City
a city in E Arkansas. 13,803. * * * ▪ Arkansas, United States       city and seat (1874) of St. Francis county, east-central Arkansas, U.S., on the west slope of ...
Forrest Gump
a US comedy film (1994), directed by Robert Zemeckis, which won several Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. In its first year, it earned the third ...
Forrest, Edwin
born March 9, 1806, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died Dec. 12, 1872, Philadelphia U.S. actor. He made his stage debut in Philadelphia in 1820. He played Othello in New York (1826) ...
Forrest, George
▪ 2000 George Forrest Chichester, Jr.        American songwriter who enjoyed a fruitful 72-year partnership with Robert Wright; the two composed songs for such Broadway ...
Forrest, Helen
▪ 2000       American jazz singer who performed with a number of prominent big bands during the late 1930s and early '40s, including those led by Artie Shaw, Benny ...
Forrest, Leon
▪ 1998       U.S. novelist, journalist, and educator (b. Jan. 8, 1937, Chicago, Ill.—d. Nov. 6, 1997, Evanston, Ill.), used folklore, history, legend, and realism to ...
Forrest, Nathan Bedford
▪ Confederate general born July 13, 1821, near Chapel Hill, Tenn., U.S. died Oct. 29, 1877, Memphis, Tenn.  Confederate general in the American Civil War (1861–65) who ...
Forrest, Sir John
▪ Australian explorer and statesman also called (1918)  Baron Forrest Of Bunbury  born Aug. 22, 1847, Preston Point, near Bunbury, Western Australia died Sept. 3, 1918, at ...
Forrest,Nathan Bedford
For·rest (fôrʹĭst, fŏrʹ-), Nathan Bedford. 1821-1877. American Confederate general who was active at the battles of Shiloh (1862) and Chickamauga (1863). He was a founder ...
/fawr"euh stl, -stawl', for"-/, n. James Vincent, 1892-1949, U.S. financier, secretary of Defense 1947-49. * * *
Forrestal, James V
▪ United States secretary of defense born Feb. 15, 1892, Beacon, N.Y., U.S. died May 22, 1949, Bethesda, Md.       first U.S. secretary of defense (1947–49); earlier, ...
Forrestal, James V(incent)
born Feb. 15, 1892, Beacon, N.Y., U.S. died May 22, 1949, Bethesda, Md. U.S. secretary of defense (1947–49). After serving in naval aviation in World War I, he resumed his ...
Forrester, Jay Wright
born July 14, 1918, Anselmo, Neb., U.S. U.S. electrical engineer and management expert. He taught and conducted research at MIT, where in 1945 he founded the Digital Computer ...
—forsaker, n. /fawr sayk"/, v.t., forsook, forsaken, forsaking. 1. to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert: She has forsaken her country for an island in the South ...
—forsakenly, adv. —forsakenness, n. /fawr say"keuhn/, v. 1. pp. of forsake. adj. 2. deserted; abandoned; forlorn: an old, forsaken farmhouse. * * *

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