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/fawr"set ee/, n. Scand. Myth. the god of justice, the son of Balder and Nanna. [ < ON: lit., one who presides; cf. Fris Fositesland name for Helgoland] * * *
/fawr sook"/, v. a pt. of forsake. * * *
/fawr soohth"/, adv. Archaic. (now used in derision or to express disbelief) in truth; in fact; indeed. [bef. 900; ME forsothe, OE forsoth. See FOR, SOOTH] * * *
/fawr spent"/, adj. Archaic. worn out; exhausted. Also, forespent. [ptp. of ME forspenden, OE forspendan. See FOR-, SPEND] * * *
/fawrs"mahn, -meuhn, fohrs"-/; Ger. /fawrdds"mahn/, n. Werner Ger. /verdd"neuhrdd/ 1904-79, German surgeon: Nobel prize for medicine 1956. * * *
Forssmann, Werner
born Aug. 20, 1904, Berlin, Ger. died June 1, 1979, Schopfheim, W.Ger. German surgeon. He shared with Andre Cournand and Dickinson W. Richards (1895–1973) a 1956 Nobel Prize ...
/fawr"steuhr/, n. E(dward) M(organ), 1879-1970, English novelist. * * * ▪ New South Wales, Australia       town, eastern New South Wales, Australia, on Cape Hawke ...
Forster, E M
▪ British writer Introduction born Jan. 1, 1879, London died June 7, 1970, Coventry, Warwickshire, Eng.  British novelist, essayist, and social and literary critic. His fame ...
Forster, E(dward) M(organ)
For·ster (fôrʹstər), E(dward) M(organ). 1879-1970. British writer whose novels, such as A Room with a View (1908) and Howards End (1910), explore the emotional and moral ...
Forster, Georg
▪ German explorer and scientist in full  Johann Georg Adam Forster   born Nov. 26, 1754, Nassenhuben, near Danzig, Pol. died Jan. 12, 1794, Paris, France  explorer and ...
Forster, John
▪ British writer born April 2, 1812, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, Eng. died Feb. 2, 1876, London  writer and journalist, a notable figure in mid-19th-century literary ...
Förster, Josef Bohuslav
▪ Czech composer Förster also spelled  Foerster   born Dec. 30, 1859, Prague, Bohemia, Austrian Empire [now in Czech Republic] died May 29, 1951, Nový Vestec, ...
Forster, Margaret
▪ British author born May 25, 1938, Carlisle, Cumberland, Eng.       British novelist and biographer whose books are known for their detailed ...
Forster, Thomas
▪ English Jacobite born c. 1675 died Nov. 3, 1738, Boulogne, France       English Jacobite and leader of the 1715 uprising in Scotland and northern ...
Forster, William Edward
▪ British statesman born July 11, 1818, Bradpole, Dorset, Eng. died April 5, 1886, London  British statesman noted for his Education Act of 1870, which established in Great ...
Förster-Nietzsche, Elisabeth
▪ German editor born , July 10, 1846, Röcken, near Lützen, Prussia [Germany] died Nov. 8, 1935, Weimar, Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach [Germany]       sister of the German ...
/fawr"steuh ruyt'/, n. Mineral. the magnesium end member, Mg2SiO4, of the olivine group. [1815-25; named after J. R. Forster (1729-98), German naturalist; see -ITE1] * * *
forsterite-fayalite series
Most important minerals in the olivine family and possibly the most important constituents of the Earth's mantle. These minerals occur as green to yellow, glassy crystals in ...
Forstner bit
/fawrst"neuhr/, Carpentry. a bit for drilling blind holes, guided from the rim rather than from the center to permit it to enter the wood at an oblique angle. Also, Foerstner ...
—forswearer, n. /fawr swair"/, v., forswore, forsworn, forswearing. v.t. 1. to reject or renounce under oath: to forswear an injurious habit. 2. to deny vehemently or under ...
—forswornness, n. /fawr swawrn", -swohrn"/, v. 1. pp. of forswear. adj. 2. perjured. * * *
Forsyte Saga
a series of novels by John Galsworthy, written between 1906 and 1921. They tell the story of Soames Forsyte, a lawyer, and his family from the 1880s to the 1920s. At the ...
I. Bruce Forsyth (1928– ) an English comedian and television presenter. He is best known for presenting game shows in which members of the public play games and win prizes. He ...
Forsyth, Alexander John
▪ British inventor born Dec. 28, 1769, Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire, Scot. died June 11, 1843, Belhelvie       Scottish Presbyterian minister and inventor who between 1805 ...
Forsyth, Frederick
▪ British author born Aug. 25, 1938, Ashford, Kent, Eng.       British author of best-selling thriller novels noted for their journalistic style and their fast-paced ...
Forsyth, Peter Taylor
▪ British minister born May 12, 1848, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland died November 11, 1921, London, England       Scottish Congregational minister whose numerous ...
Forsythe, William
▪ 2006  In 2005 a new ballet ensemble, the Forsythe Company, made its debut in Frankfurt am Main, Ger. Led by William Forsythe, an internationally renowned choreographer of ...
/fawr sith"ee euh, -suy"thee euh, feuhr-/, n. a shrub belonging to the genus Forsythia, of the olive family, native to China and southeastern Europe, species of which are ...
/fawrt, fohrt/, n. 1. a strong or fortified place occupied by troops and usually surrounded by walls, ditches, and other defensive works; a fortress; fortification. 2. any ...
Fort Belvoir
/bel"vawr/ a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in NE Virginia on the Potomac. * * *
Fort Benjamin Harrison
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in central Indiana, NE of Indianapolis. * * *
Fort Benning
/ben"ing/ a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in W Georgia, S of Columbus; the largest infantry post in the U.S. * * *
Fort Benton
▪ Montana, United States  city, seat (1865) of Chouteau county, north-central Montana, U.S., on the Missouri River. A well-known American Fur Company outpost, it was ...
Fort Bliss
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center NE of El Paso in W Texas. * * *
Fort Boise
a fort formerly near Boise, in SW Idaho: an important post on the Oregon Trail. * * *
Fort Bragg
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in S central North Carolina NW of Fayetteville. * * *
Fort Campbell
a military reservation in SW Kentucky and NW Tennessee, NW of Clarksville, Tenn., and SW of Hopkinsville, Ky. * * *
Fort Carson
a military reservation in E central Colorado, S of Colorado Springs. * * *
Fort Casper
a fort in central Wyoming, near Casper: an important post on the Oregon Trail. * * *
Fort Collins
a city in N Colorado. 64,632. * * * ▪ Colorado, United States       city, seat (1868) of Larimer county, northern Colorado, U.S. It lies along the Cache la Poudre ...
Fort Dearborn
a former U.S. fort on the site of Chicago, 1803-37. * * *
Fort Detrick
/dee"trik/ a military reservation in N Maryland, NW of Frederick. * * *
Fort Devens
/dev"euhnz/ a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in NE Massachusetts, SW of Ayer. * * *
Fort Dix
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in S central New Jersey, NNE of Mount Holly. * * *
Fort Dodge
a city in central Iowa, on the Des Moines River. 29,423. * * * ▪ Iowa, United States  city, seat (1856) of Webster county, north-central Iowa, U.S. It is situated on both ...
Fort Donelson
a Confederate fort in NW Tennessee, on the Cumberland River: captured by Union forces in 1862. * * *
Fort Donelson, Battle of
▪ American Civil War        American Civil War battle that collapsed Southern defenses in the Mid-South and forced the evacuations of Columbus, Kentucky, and Nashville, ...
Fort Drum
a military reservation in Watertown in N New York, approximately 10 mi. (16 km) E of Lake Ontario. * * *
Fort Duquesne
a French fort that stood on the site of Pittsburgh, Pa.: captured in 1758 by the British in the French and Indian War. * * *
Fort Erie
a town in SE Ontario, in S Canada, on Lake Erie, at the beginning of the Niagara River, next to Buffalo, N.Y. 24,096. * * * ▪ Ontario, Canada       town, regional ...
Fort Eustis
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in SE Virginia near the James River, NW of Newport News. * * *
Fort Frances
▪ Ontario, Canada       town, centre of the Rainy River district, western Ontario, Canada. It lies on the north bank of Rainy River (the Canada–U.S. boundary), ...
Fort George G. Meade
a military reservation in central Maryland, SW of Baltimore. * * *
Fort Gordon
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in N central Georgia, SW of Augusta. * * *
Fort Hays State University
▪ university, Kansas, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Hays, Kan., U.S. It is part of the Kansas Regents System. The ...
Fort Henry
a Confederate fort in NW Tennessee, on the Tennessee River: captured by Union forces in 1862. * * *
Fort Henry, Battle of
▪ American Civil War        American Civil War battle along the Tennessee River that helped the Union regain western and middle Tennessee as well as most of ...
Fort Hood
a military reservation in central Texas, N of Austin. * * *
Fort Huachuca
/weuh chooh"keuh, wah-/ a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in SE Arizona, SE of Tucson. * * *
Fort Irwin
a military reservation in SW California, NE of Barstow. * * *
Fort Jackson
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in N central South Carolina, NE of Columbia. * * *
Fort Jefferson
a national monument in Dry Tortugas, Fla.: a federal prison 1863-73; now a marine museum. * * *
Fort Jefferson National Monument
      site of a 19th-century U.S. fortification in the Gulf of Mexico near Key West. See Dry Tortugas. * * *
Fort Kearney
a former fort in S Nebraska, near Kearney: an important post on the Oregon Trail. * * *
Fort Kent
▪ Maine, United States       town, Aroostook county, northern Maine, U.S. It lies at the confluence of the St. John (Saint John River) and Fish rivers, 50 miles (80 km) ...
Fort Knox
a military reservation in N Kentucky, SSW of Louisville: location of U.S. federal gold depository since 1936. * * * U.S. military reservation, northern Kentucky, U.S., southwest ...
Fort Laramie
a former U.S. fort in SE Wyoming: important post on the Oregon Trail. * * *
Fort Lauderdale
/law"deuhr dayl'/ a city in SE Florida: seashore resort. 153,256. * * * City (pop., 2000: 152,397), southeastern Florida, U.S. It is located on the Atlantic Ocean, 25 mi (40 km) ...
Fort Leavenworth
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in E Kansas adjoining Leavenworth, one of the oldest (1827) military posts W of the Mississippi and site of federal ...
Fort Lee
1. a city in NE New Jersey. 32,449. 2. a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in SE Virginia, NE of Petersburg. * * * ▪ borough, New Jersey, United ...
Fort Leonard Wood
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in SW Missouri, SW of Rolla. * * *
Fort Lesley J. McNair
a military reservation in SW Washington, D.C., on the Potomac River, SW of the Capitol. * * *
Fort Lewis
a military reservation in W central Washington State, SW of Tacoma. * * *
Fort Madison
a city in SE Iowa, on the Mississippi. 13,520. * * *
Fort Matanzas National Monument
National reserve, northeastern Florida, U.S. Established in 1924 and covering 228 acres (92 hectares), it centres around a Spanish fort on Rattlesnake Island, 14 mi (23 km) south ...
Fort McClellan
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in NE Alabama, NE of Anniston. * * *
Fort McHenry
a fort in N Maryland, at the entrance to Baltimore harbor: during its bombardment by the British in 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote The Star-Spangled Banner. * * * Military fort ...
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
▪ national monument, Baltimore, Maryland, United States       site of the star-shaped fort that successfully defended Baltimore, Md., U.S., from a British attack during ...
Fort McMurray
/meuhk merr"ee, -mur"ee/ a town in NE Alberta, in W Canada, on the Athabaska River. 31,000. * * * ▪ Alberta, Canada formally  McMurray        city, northeastern ...
Fort Meigs
a former fort in NW Ohio: unsuccessfully attacked by the British in 1813. * * *
Fort Mims
a stockade in SW Alabama, near the junction of the Alabama and Tombigbee rivers: Indian massacre 1813. * * *
Fort Monmouth
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in E central New Jersey, SE of Red Bank; site of signal school. * * *
Fort Monroe
1. a fort at the entrance to Hampton Roads, in SE Virginia. 2. a military reservation in SE Virginia, SE of Hampton at Old Point Comfort. * * *
Fort Morgan
▪ Colorado, United States       city, seat (1889) of Morgan county, northeastern Colorado, U.S., on a low plateau overlooking the South Platte River, 70 miles (113 km) ...
Fort Moultrie
/moohl"tree/ a fort in the harbor of Charleston, S.C.: defended against British in the American Revolution by Col. William Moultrie (1730-1805); in the Civil War, played an ...
Fort Myer
/muy"euhr/ a military reservation in N Virginia, N of Alexandria. * * *
Fort Myers
/muy"euhrz/ a city on the W coast of Florida. 36,638. * * * ▪ Florida, United States  city, seat (1887) of Lee county, southwestern Florida, U.S. It lies on the broad ...
Fort Orange
a former Dutch fort on the site of Albany, N.Y. * * *
Fort Payne
a town in NE Alabama. 11,485. * * * ▪ Alabama, United States       city, seat (1876) of DeKalb county, northeastern Alabama, U.S. It is situated in Big Wills Valley ...
Fort Peck
/pek/ a dam on the Missouri River in NE Montana. * * *
Fort Peck Dam
▪ dam, Montana, United States  dam on the Missouri River, northeastern Montana, U.S. The dam is situated some 32 km (20 miles) southeast of Glasgow. A Public Works ...
Fort Pickens
a fort in NW Florida, at the entrance to Pensacola Bay: occupied by Union forces throughout the Civil War. * * *
Fort Pierce
a city on the E coast of Florida. 33,802. * * * ▪ Florida, United States       city, seat (1905) of St. Lucie county, east-central Florida, U.S. It is situated on the ...
Fort Pillow Massacre
▪ American Civil War       (April 12, 1864), in the American Civil War, Confederate slaughter of black Federal troops stationed at Fort Pillow, Tenn. The action stemmed ...
Fort Polk
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in W central Louisiana, SW of Alexandria. * * *
Fort Portal
▪ Uganda       town located in western Uganda. Fort Portal is situated at an elevation of about 5,000 feet (1,500 metres) and overlooks the mountains of the Ruwenzori ...
Fort Pulaski
a fort in E Georgia, at the mouth of the Savannah River: captured by Union forces in 1862; now a national monument. * * *
Fort Riley
a military reservation in NE Kansas, NE of Junction City. * * *
Fort Rixon
▪ Zimbabwe       village, south-central Zimbabwe. It was founded as a British military post in 1896 during the Ndebele uprisings near the site of the Dhlo-Dhlo ruins. ...
Fort Rucker
/ruk"euhr/ a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in SE Alabama, NW of Dothan. * * *
Fort Saint James
▪ British Columbia, Canada       village, central British Columbia, Canada, on the southeastern shore of Stuart Lake at the confluence of the Stuart and Necoslie ...
Fort Saint John
▪ British Columbia, Canada       city, northeastern British Columbia, Canada, just north of the Peace River, 45 miles (73 km) northwest of Dawson Creek. It originated ...
Fort Sam Houston
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in San Antonio, Tex. * * *
Fort Scott
▪ Kansas, United States       city, seat (1855) of Bourbon county, southeastern Kansas, U.S. It lies on the Marmaton River near the Missouri border. The community grew ...
Fort Sheridan
a military reservation in NE Illinois, on W shore of Lake Michigan S of Lake Forest. * * *
Fort Sill
a military reservation and U.S. Army training center in SW Oklahoma, N of Lawton; field artillery school. * * *
Fort Smith
a city in W Arkansas, on the Arkansas River. 71,384. * * * ▪ Arkansas, United States  city, northern district seat (1852) of Sebastian county, western Arkansas, U.S., on ...
Fort Stanwix, Treaties of
(1768, 1784) Agreements by which the Iroquois Confederacy ceded land in what is now western Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, and New York, opening vast tracts to white ...
Fort Stewart
a military reservation in SE Georgia, SW of Savannah. * * *
Fort Sumter
a fort in SE South Carolina, in the harbor of Charleston: its bombardment by the Confederates opened the Civil War on April 12, 1861. * * *
Fort Sumter National Monument
National preserve, on Sullivan's Island at the entrance to the harbour of Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. Construction of the fort began in 1829 and was still in progress in ...
Fort Thomas
/tom"euhs/ a city in N Kentucky. 16,012. * * *
Fort Ticonderoga
an American fort built as Fort Carillon by the French in 1755 in north-east New York State. British forces captured it in 1759 in the French and Indian War, and named it Fort ...
Fort Union National Monument
▪ national monument, New Mexico, United States       site of three successive forts built (1851–63) by the U.S. Army near Watrous, N.M., about 60 miles (97 km) ...
Fort Valley
▪ Georgia, United States       city, seat (1924) of Peach county, central Georgia, U.S., about 30 miles (50 km) southwest of Macon. Settled about 1820, the community ...
Fort Valley State University
▪ university, Fort Valley, Georgia, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Fort Valley, Georgia, U.S. It is a historically black ...
Fort Victoria
a former name of Masvingo. * * *
Fort Walton Beach
a city in NW Florida. 20,829. * * * ▪ Florida, United States       city, Okaloosa county, northwestern Florida, U.S. It lies at the western end of Choctawhatchee Bay ...
Fort Wayne
a city in NE Indiana. 172,196. * * * City (pop., 2000: 205,727), northeastern Indiana, U.S. Once the chief town of the Miami Indians, it was the site of a French trading post in ...
Fort William
Fort William 〚after William McGillivray, a director of the North West Co.〛 see THUNDER BAY * * * a town in the southern Highlands of Scotland. It takes its name from a fort ...
Fort William.
See under Thunder Bay. * * *
Fort Worth
a city in N Texas. 385,141. * * * City (pop., 2000: 534,694), northern Texas, U.S. It lies on the Trinity River and constitutes the western part of the Dallas–Fort Worth urban ...
Fort Worth Zoological Park
▪ zoo, Fort Worth, Texas, United States       municipally owned zoo in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. Established in 1909, the 76-acre (31-hectare) zoo is managed by the Fort ...
Fort, Paul
▪ French poet born Feb. 1, 1872, Reims, France died April 20, 1960, Argenlieu  French poet and innovator of literary experiments, usually associated with the Symbolist ...
/fawrdd deuh frahonns"/, n. a seaport on and the capital of Martinique, in the French West Indies. 97,000. * * * City (pop., 1999: 94,049), capital of Martinique, West ...
Fr. /fawrdd lann mee"/, n. former name of N'Djamena. * * *
▪ Quebec, Canada formerly  Rupert House,  also called  Waskaganish,         village and trading post in Nord-du-Québec region, western Quebec province, Canada, ...
1. fortification. 2. fortified. * * *
/fawr'tl ay"zeuh/; Port. /fawrdd'teuh le"zeuh/, n. a seaport in NE Brazil. 1,338,733. Also called Ceará. * * * Port city (pop., 2002 est.: 2,219,800), northeastern Brazil. It ...
/fawr"tl is/, n. 1. a small fort; an outwork. 2. Archaic. a fortress. [1375-1425; late ME < ML fortalitia, fortalitium, deriv. of L fortis strong. See FORTRESS] * * *
/fawr"teuhs/, n. Abe, 1910-1982, U.S. lawyer, government official, and jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1965-69. * * *
Fortas, Abe
born June 19, 1910, Memphis, Tenn., U.S. died April 6, 1982, Washington, D.C. U.S. jurist. He graduated from Yale University Law School (1933), where he studied under William ...
For·tas (fôrʹtəs), Abraham. Known as “Abe.” 1910-1982. American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1965-1969) but resigned over a ...
Fort Col·lins (fôrt kŏlʹĭnz, fōrt) A city of northern Colorado north-northeast of Boulder. It is a trade, shipping, and processing center. Population: 87,758. * * *
forte1 /fawrt, fohrt/ or, for 1, /fawr"tay/, n. 1. a strong point, as of a person; that in which one excels: I don't know what her forte is, but it's not music. 2. the stronger ...
Forte of Ripley, Charles Forte, Baron
▪ 2008 Carmine Monforte        Italian-born British entrepreneur born Nov. 26, 1908 , Mortale [later renamed Monforte], Italy died Feb. 28, 2007 , London, ...
/fawr'tay pee ah"noh/; It. /fawrdd'te pyah"naw/, adj., adv. Music. loud and immediately soft. [1760-70] * * *
/fawr'teuh pyah"noh/, n. a piano of the late 18th and early 19th centuries with greater clarity but less volume, resonance, and dynamic range than a modern grand, revived in the ...
Fortes, Meyer
▪ British anthropologist born April 25, 1906, Britstown, Cape Province, S.Af. died Jan. 27, 1983, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Eng.       British social anthropologist ...
Fortescue, Sir John
born с 1385, Norris, Somerset, Eng. died с 1479, Ebrington, Gloucestershire English jurist. He served as chief justice of the King's Bench from 1442. He was the first to ...
/fawrth, fohrth/, adv. 1. onward or outward in place or space; forward: to come forth; go forth. 2. onward in time, in order, or in a series: from that day forth. 3. out, as from ...
/fawrth, fohrth/, n. 1. Firth of, an arm of the North Sea, in SE Scotland: estuary of Forth River. 48 mi. (77 km) long. 2. a river in S central Scotland, flowing E into the Firth ...
Forth Bridge
1. a railway bridge over the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh. It was built in 1890 and is considered one of the greatest engineering achievements of its period. Most British people ...
Forth River
▪ river, Tasmania, Australia       river in northern Tasmania, Australia, rising in the lakes district near Mount Pelion West in the Central Plateau. Fed by its ...
Forth, Patrick Ruthven, Earl of, Earl Of Brentford, Lord Ruthven Of Ettrick
▪ English army commander born , c. 1573 died Feb. 2, 1651, Dundee, Scot.       supreme commander of the Royalist forces of Charles I during the early phases of the ...
Forth, River
River, south-central Scotland. It flows east for 116 mi (187 km) from its headwaters on the slopes of Ben Lomond to enter the Firth of Forth, an estuary extending inland from ...
—forthcomingness, n. /fawrth"kum"ing, fohrth"-/, adj. 1. coming forth, or about to come forth; about to appear; approaching in time: the forthcoming concert. 2. ready or ...
—forthrightness, n. adj., n. /fawrth"ruyt', fohrth"-/; adv. /fawrth'ruyt", fohrth'-, fawrth"ruyt', fohrth"-/, adj. 1. going straight to the point; frank; direct; outspoken: ...
See forthright. * * *
See forthrightly. * * *
/fawrth'with", -widh", fohrth'-/, adv. immediately; at once; without delay: Any official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith. [1250-1300; ME; see FORTH, WITH] * * ...
/fawr"tee ith/, adj. 1. next after the thirty-ninth; being the ordinal number for 40. 2. being one of 40 equal parts. n. 3. a fortieth part, esp. of one (1/40). 4. the fortieth ...
See fortify. * * *
/fawr'teuh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of fortifying or strengthening. 2. something that fortifies or protects. 3. the art or science of constructing defensive military ...
fortification agate
an agate, used as a gem, having polygonal banding such that it suggests the plan of a bastion. [1880-85] * * *
➡ castles * * *
fortified wine
a wine, as port or sherry, to which brandy has been added in order to arrest fermentation or to increase the alcoholic content. [1905-10] * * *
for·ti·fied wine (fôrʹtə-fīd') n. Wine, such as sherry, to which alcohol, usually in the form of grape brandy, has been added. * * *
See fortifiable. * * *
—fortifiable, adj. —fortifier, n. —fortifyingly, adv. /fawr"teuh fuy'/, v., fortified, fortifying. v.t. 1. to protect or strengthen against attack; surround or provide with ...
See fortifiable. * * *
Fortin barometer
/fawr"tan/; Fr. /fawrdd taonn"/ an adjustable cistern barometer, the most common of those employing mercury. [1870-75; named after J. Fortin (1750-1831), French physicist who ...
/fawr"tis/, adj., n., pl. fortes /-teez/. Phonet. adj. 1. pronounced with considerable muscular tension and breath pressure, resulting in a strong fricative or explosive sound. ...
Fortis, Alessandro
▪ Italian statesman born 1842, Forlì, Papal States [Italy] died Dec. 4, 1909, Rome       statesman, of strong republican views during the Risorgimento, the ...
/fawr tis"euh moh'/; It. /fawrdd tees"see maw'/, Music. adj. 1. (a direction) very loud. adv. 2. (a direction) very loudly. [1715-25; < It; superl. of forte FORTE2] * * *
/fawr tish"euhn/, n. 1. Phonet. a phonological process that strengthens consonant articulation at the beginnings of syllables, causing devoicing or the formation of stops. 2. ...
/fawr"ti toohd', -tyoohd'/, n. mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously: Never once did her fortitude waver during that ...
/fawr'ti toohd"n euhs, -tyoohd"-/, adj. having or showing fortitude; marked by bravery or courage. [1745-55; < L fortitudin- (s. of fortitudo) FORTITUDE + -OUS] * * *
Fort Lau·der·dale (lôʹdər-dāl') A city of southeast Florida on the Atlantic coast north of Miami Beach. It is a yachting and fishing resort and has long been a favorite ...
Fort Lee A borough of northeast New Jersey on the Hudson River opposite Manhattan. Settled around 1700, it was an early center of the motion-picture industry. Population: ...
Fort Mc·Mur·ray (mĭk-mûrʹē, -mŭrʹē) A city of northeast Alberta, Canada, at the conjunction of the Athabasca and Clearwater rivers. Population: 34,706. * * *
Fort My·ers (mīʹərz) A city of southwest Florida on an estuary of the Caloosahatchee River north-northeast of Cape Coral. It is a shipping and tourist center. Population: ...
Fort Nelson A river, about 418 km (260 mi) long, of northeast British Columbia, Canada. * * *
Fortner, Wolfgang
▪ German composer born Oct. 12, 1907, Leipzig, Ger. died Sept. 11?, 1987, Heidelberg, W.Ger.       progressive composer and influential music teacher in ...
/fawrt"nuyt', -nit/, n. the space of fourteen nights and days; two weeks. [bef. 1000; ME fourtenight, contr. of OE feowertene niht. See FOURTEEN, NIGHT] * * *
/fawrt"nuyt'lee/, adj., adv., n., pl. fortnightlies. adj. 1. occurring or appearing once a fortnight. adv. 2. once a fortnight. n. 3. a periodical issued every two ...
Fortnum & Mason
▪ store, London, United Kingdom in full  Fortnum & Mason, PLC        in London, department store famous for the variety and high quality of its food products. It is ...
Fortnum and Mason
a large shop in Piccadilly, London, which also contains a restaurant. It began in 1707 and is famous for selling expensive and unusual food, and for its hampers, large boxes or ...
Fort Pierce A city of east-central Florida on the Indian River lagoon north-northwest of Palm Beach. It is a distribution center in a cattle and farming region. Population: ...
/fawr"tran/, n. Computers. a high-level programming language used mainly for solving problems in science and engineering. [1955-60; for(mula) tran(slation)] * * * Procedural ...
/fawr"tris/, n. 1. a large fortified place; a fort or group of forts, often including a town; citadel. 2. any place of exceptional security; stronghold. [1300-50; ME forteresse < ...
Fort Smith 1. A region of southwest Northwest Territories, Canada, including Great Slave Lake and most of Great Bear Lake. 2. A city of western Arkansas on the Oklahoma border ...
—fortuitously, adv. —fortuitousness, n. /fawr tooh"i teuhs, -tyooh"-/, adj. 1. happening or produced by chance; accidental: a fortuitous encounter. 2. lucky; fortunate: a ...
See fortuitous. * * *
See fortuitously. * * *
/fawr tooh"i tee, -tyooh"-/, n., pl. fortuities for 2, 3. 1. the state or quality of being fortuitous; fortuitous character. 2. an accidental occurrence. 3. an instance of great ...
/fawr tooh"neuh, -tyooh"-/, n. the ancient Roman goddess of fortune, identified with the Greek goddess Tyche. * * * ▪ Roman goddess       in Roman religion, goddess of ...
—fortunately, adv. —fortunateness, n. /fawr"cheuh nit/, adj. 1. having good fortune; receiving good from uncertain or unexpected sources; lucky: a fortunate young actor who ...
See fortunate. * * *
See fortunately. * * *
Fortunatus, Venantius
▪ French poet and bishop in full  Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus   born c. 540, , Treviso, near Venice [Italy] died c. 600, , Poitiers, Aquitaine ...
—fortuneless, adj. /fawr"cheuhn/, n., v., fortuned, fortuning. n. 1. position in life as determined by wealth: to make one's fortune. 2. wealth or riches: to lose a small ...
Fortune 500
☆ Fortune 500 (or 1000 100, etc.) n. 〚from annual listings in Fortune, a U.S. business magazine〛 the 500 (or 1000, 100, etc.) largest U.S. industrial corporations as ranked ...
Fortune 500 company
➡ Fortune 500 * * *
fortune cookie
a thin folded wafer containing a prediction or maxim printed on a slip of paper: often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants. [1960-65] * * *
fortune hunter
—fortune-hunting, adj., n. a person who hopes to prosper, esp. through marriage to someone of wealth. [1680-90] * * *
Fortune Theatre
▪ historical theatre, London, United Kingdom  Elizabethan public playhouse on the northern edge of London, built in 1600 by Philip Henslowe (Henslowe, Philip) to compete with ...
Fortune, Robert
▪ Scottish botanist and traveler born Sept. 16, 1813, Kelloe, Berwickshire, Scot. died April 13, 1880, London, Eng.       Scottish botanist and traveler. He was ...
Fortune, T. Thomas
▪ American journalist in full  Timothy Thomas Fortune  born Oct. 3, 1856, Marianna, Fla., U.S. died June 2, 1928, Philadelphia, Pa.       the leading black American ...
/fawr"cheuhn tel'euhr/, n. a person who claims the ability to predict the future. Also, fortuneteller. [1580-90; FORTUNE + TELLER1] * * *
➡ gypsies * * *       the forecasting of future events or the delineation of character by methods not ordinarily considered to have a rational basis. Evidence indicates ...
fortune cookie n. A cookie made from a thin layer of dough folded and baked around a slip of paper bearing a prediction of fortune or a maxim. * * *
fortune hunter n. A person who seeks wealth, especially through marriage. * * *
fortuneteller or fortune-teller [fôr′chən tel΄ər] n. a person who professes to foretell events, esp. events in other people's lives fortunetelling n., ...
/fawr"cheuhn tel'ing/, n. 1. the act or practice of predicting the future. adj. 2. engaged in or used for fortunetelling. Also, fortune-telling. [1550-60; FORTUNE + TELL + ...
Fortuny, Mariano
▪ Spanish painter [1838-74] in full  Mariano José María Bernardo Fortuny Y Marsal   born June 11, 1838, Reus, Spain died Nov. 21, 1874, Rome, Italy       Spanish ...
Fortuyn, Wilhelmus Simon Petrus
▪ 2003 “Pim”        Dutch sociologist and politician (b. Feb. 19, 1948, Velsen, Neth.—d. May 6, 2002, Hilversum, Neth.), was the headline-grabbing leader of the ...
Fort Wayne A city of northeast Indiana northeast of Indianapolis. A French trading post and fort were built on the site in the late 17th century, and an American fort was ...
Fort Worth A city of northeast Texas west of Dallas. Built on the site of a military post established in the 1840s, it is a major industrial center and distribution point. ...
/fawr"tee/, n., pl. forties, adj. n. 1. a cardinal number, ten times four. 2. a symbol for this number, as 40 or XL or XXXX. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. forties, ...
Forty Hours
a Roman Catholic devotion in which the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for veneration for 40 hours by the churches of a diocese sequentially for two-day periods. * * *
Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
      group of Roman Catholic martyrs executed by English authorities during the Reformation, most during the reign of Elizabeth I. An act of Parliament in 1571 made it ...
forty winks
Informal. a short nap. [1815-25] * * *
/fawr"tee ayt"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 40 plus 8. 2. a symbol for this number, as 48 or XLVIII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. the forty-eight, the 48 contiguous ...
/fawr"tee aytth", -ayth"/, adj. 1. next after the forty-seventh; being the ordinal number for 48. 2. being one of 48 equal parts. n. 3. a forty-eighth part, esp. of one ...
/fawr"tee ayt"moh/, n., pl. forty-eightmos for 2, adj. n. 1. a book size of about 21/2 × 4 in. (6 × 10 cm), determined by printing on sheets folded to form 48 leaves or 96 ...
/fawr"tee fifth"/ or, often, /-fith"/, adj. 1. next after the forty-fourth; being the ordinal number for 45. 2. being one of 45 equal parts. n. 3. a forty-fifth part, esp. of one ...
/fawr"tee ferrst"/, adj. 1. next after the fortieth; being the ordinal number for 41. 2. being one of 41 equal parts. n. 3. a forty-first part, esp. of one (1/41). 4. the ...
/fawr"tee fuyv"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 40 plus 5. 2. a symbol for this number, as 45 or XLV. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 45 in number. * * *
/fawr"tee fawr", -fohr"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 40 plus 4. 2. a symbol for this number, as 44 or XLIV. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 44 in ...
/fawr"tee fawrth", -fohrth"/, adj. 1. next after the forty-third; being the ordinal number for 44. 2. being one of 44 equal parts. n. 3. a forty-fourth part, esp. of one ...
/fawr"tee nuyn"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 40 plus 9. 2. a symbol for this number, as 49 or XLIX. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 49 in number. * * *
/fawr'tee nuy"neuhr/, n. a person, esp. a prospector, who went to California in 1849 during the gold rush. [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
/fawr"tee nuynth"/, adj. 1. next after the forty-eighth; being the ordinal number for 49. 2. being one of 49 equal parts. n. 3. a forty-ninth part, esp. of one (1/49). 4. the ...
/fawr"tee wun"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 40 plus 1. 2. a symbol for this number, as 41 or XLI. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 41 in number. * * *
/fawr"tee sek"euhnd/, adj. 1. next after the forty-first; being the ordinal number for 42. 2. being one of 42 equal parts. n. 3. a forty-second part, esp. of one (1/42). 4. the ...
/fawr"tee sev"euhn/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 40 plus 7. 2. a symbol for this number, as 47 or XLVII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 47 in ...
/fawr"tee sev"euhnth/, adj. 1. next after the forty-sixth; being the ordinal number for 47. 2. being one of 47 equal parts. n. 3. a forty-seventh part, esp. of one (1/47). 4. the ...
/fawr"tee siks"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 40 plus 6. 2. a symbol for this number, as 46 or XLVI. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 46 in number. * * *
/fawr"tee siksth"/, adj. 1. next after the forty-fifth; being the ordinal number for 46. 2. being one of 46 equal parts. n. 3. a forty-sixth part, esp. of one (1/46). 4. the ...
/fawr"tee therrd"/, adj. 1. next after the forty-second; being the ordinal number for 43. 2. being one of 43 equal parts. n. 3. a forty-third part, esp. of one (1/43). 4. the ...
/fawr"tee three"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 40 plus 3. 2. a symbol for this number, as 43 or XLIII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 43 in number. * ...
/fawr"tee tooh"/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 40 plus 2. 2. a symbol for this number, as 42 or XLII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. a game for two persons or two ...
/fawr"tee ish/, adj. 1. approaching or around the age of 40 years. 2. around the number 40 or a quantity of 40. [1815-25; FORTY + -ISH1] * * *
/fawr"tee pen'ee/, adj. being 5 in. (13 cm) long: a fortypenny nail. Symbol: 40d [1760-70; FORTY + -PENNY] * * *
forty winks pl.n. Informal (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A short nap. * * *
/fawr"euhm, fohr"euhm/, n., pl. forums, fora /fawr"euh, fohr"euh/. 1. the marketplace or public square of an ancient Roman city, the center of judicial and business affairs and a ...
—forwardable, adj. —forwardly, adv. /fawr"weuhrd/, adv. Also, forwards. 1. toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead: to move forward; from this day ...
forward delivery
Com. delivery at a future date. [1925-30] * * *
forward dive.
See front dive. * * *
forward echelon
(in a military operation) the troops and officers in a combat zone or in a position to engage the enemy. Cf. rear echelon. * * *
forward exchange
a foreign bill purchased at a stipulated price and payable at a future date. [1925-30] * * *
forward pass
Football. a pass in which the ball is thrown in the direction of advance toward the opponent's goal. [1900-05] * * *
forward quotation
the price quoted on a forward delivery. * * *
Forward, Robert Lull
▪ 2003       American physicist and science-fiction writer (b. Aug. 15, 1932, Geneva, N.Y.—d. Sept. 21, 2002, Seattle, Wash.), utilized his knowledge of gravitational ...
/fawr"weuhrd look'ing/, adj. planning for or anticipating possible future events, conditions, etc.; progressive. [1790-1800] * * *
/fawr"weuhrd thing'king/, adj. planning or tending to plan for the future; forward-looking. * * *
/fawr"weuhr deuhr/, n. 1. a person who forwards. 2. See freight forwarder. [1540-50; FORWARD + -ER1] * * *
/fawr"weuhr ding/, n. 1. Bookbinding. a stage in which sections of a book are stitched, fitted with a back, pasted, etc., before being placed in the completed cover. 2. ...
forwarding agent.
See freight forwarder. [1890-95] * * *
forwardly [fôr′wərd lē] adv. 1. boldly; presumptuously ☆ 2. Now Rare at or toward the front 3. Archaic readily; eagerly * * * See forward. * * *
for·ward·most (fôrʹwərd-mōst') adj. Closest to the front; first. * * *
/fawr"weuhrd nis/, n. 1. overreadiness to push oneself forward; lack of appropriate modesty; presumption; boldness. 2. cheerful readiness; promptness; eagerness. 3. condition of ...
forward pass n. Football A pass thrown from behind the line of scrimmage to a receiver who is closer to the opponent's end line than the passer. * * *
/fawr"weuhrdz/, adv. forward. [1350-1400; FORWARD + -S1] * * *
/fawr went"/, v. pt. of forgo. * * *
/fawr hwuy", -wuy"/, Archaic. adv. 1. why; wherefore. conj. 2. because. [bef. 1000; ME; OE for hwi. See FOR, WHY] * * *
/fawr wawrn", -wohrn"/, adj. Archaic. worn-out; exhausted. Also, foreworn. [1500-10; ptp. of obs. forwear, ME forweren. See FOR-, WEAR] * * *
/fawrt sahn"doh/; It. /fawrdd tsahn"daw/, adj., adv. Music. sforzando. [1820-30] * * *
FOS abbr. free on steamer. * * * ▪ France in full  Fos-sur-Mer,         port town, Bouches-du-Rhône département, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur (Provence-Alpes-Côte ...
Fos·a·max (fŏsʹə-măks') A trademark used for the drug alendronate. * * *
Fosbury flop
(in sport) a way of doing the high jump. The person jumps backwards over the bar with the legs following the upper body. It is named after the US athlete Dick Fosbury (1947– ) ...
Fosbury, Dick
▪ American athlete byname of  Richard Douglas Fosbury  born March 6, 1947, Portland, Oregon, U.S.    American high jumper (high jump) who revolutionized the sport by ...
Fosbury,Richard D.
Fos·bur·y (fŏzʹbə-rē), Richard D. Known as “Dick.” Born 1947. American athlete. He won a gold medal in the high jump at the 1968 Olympics, revolutionizing the event by ...
Foscari, Francesco
▪ doge of Venice born c. 1373 died Oct. 31/, Nov. 1, 1457, Venice [Italy]  doge of Venice who led the city in a long and ruinous series of wars against Milan. His life ...

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