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face Tweet Definition of face Like Definition of face on Facebook
  1. (anatomy) The front part of the head, featuring the eyes, nose, and mouth and the surrounding area.
She has a pretty .
  1. One's facial expression.
Why the sad ?
  1. The public image.
The of this company.
  1. (geometry) Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron.
  2. The numbered dial of a clock or watch.
  3. (cricket) The front surface of a bat.
  4. (slang) The mouth.
Shut your !
He's always stuffing his with chips.
  1. (slang) Makeup.
I'll be out in a sec, just let me put on my .
  1. (slang, professional wrestling) The good guy; a wrestler embodying heroic or virtuous traits.
The fans cheered on the as he made his comeback.
  1. Any surface; especially a front or outer one.
Put a big sign on each of the building that can be seen from the road.
They climbed the north of the mountain.
  1. (cards) the side of the card that shows its value (as opposed to the back side, which looks the same on all cards of the deck)
verb (fac, es)
  1. (transitive, of a person or animal) to position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).
Face the sun.
  1. (transitive, of an object) to have its front closest to (something else).
Turn the chair so it faces the table.
  1. (transitive) To deal with (a difficult situation or person).
I'm going to have to this sooner or later.
  1. (intransitive) To have the front in a certain direction.
The bunkers faced north and east, toward Germany.
  1. (intransitive) (cricket) To be the striking batsman.
  1. (slang, professional wrestling) (rfd-sense) Describing the good guy wrestler.
fascicle Tweet Definition of fascicle Like Definition of fascicle on Facebook
  1. A bundle or cluster.
  2. (anatomy): A bundle of skeletal muscle fibers surrounded by connective tissue.
  3. (botany): A cluster of flowers or leaves, such as the bundles of the thin leaves (or needles) of pines.
  4. (botany): A discrete bundle of vascular tissue.
  5. A discrete section of a book issued or published separately.
    • 2005: Cynthia Joanne Brokaw & Kai-wing Chow, Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China, <span style="font-variant:small-caps">essay ten:</span> Visual Hermeneutics and the Act of Turning the Leaf: A Genealogy of Liu Yuan"s Lingyan ge, by Anne Burkus-Chasson, p371 (The University of California Press; ISBN 0520231260 (10), ISBN 978-0520231269 (13))
    • : The printed book appeared in a variety of forms during the course of its history in China. These included, among others, the "whirlwind" binding (xuanfeng zhuang), sometimes called the "dragon scales" binding (longlin zhuang), to describe the overlapping sheets of paper within the book; the "fold" binding (zhezhuang), also known as the "folding sūtra" binding (jingzhe zhuang) or "Sanskrit" binding (fanjia zhuang), given its common use in the presentation of Buddhist texts; the "butterfly" binding (hudie zhuang), whose appellation derives from the effect of fluttering papers that accompanies the opening of the book; and the "thread" binding (xianzhuang), a technical designation that refers to the silken or cotton laments used to stitch together folded sheets of paper into fascicles. (For diagrams of these fabrications, see Fig. 30.)
fasciculus Tweet Definition of fasciculus Like Definition of fasciculus on Facebook
noun (plural: fasciculi)
  1. (anatomy) A small bundle of nerve, muscle or tendon fibers.
fat Tweet Definition of fat Like Definition of fat on Facebook
noun (uncountable and countable; pluralfats)
  1. (uncountable) A specialized animal tissue with a high oil content, used for long-term storage of energy.
  2. (countable) A refined substance chemically resembling the oils in animal fat.
  3. That part of an organization deemed wasteful.
We need to trim the fat in this company
  1. (context, countable, obsolete) A large tub, cistern, or vessel; a vat.
  2. A person or animal that is overweight or obese.
adjective (fatt, er)
  1. Carrying a larger than normal amount of fat on one's body.
The man had trouble getting through the door.
  1. thick, Thick.
The wallets of the men from the city brought joy to the peddlers.
  1. bountiful, Bountiful.
  2. Variant form of phat.
  3. (rfv-sense) (sports) A poorly played golf shot where the ball is struck by the top part of the club head. (See Thin,Shank,Toe)
feet Tweet Definition of feet Like Definition of feet on Facebook
  1. (irregular plural of, foot)
femoral Tweet Definition of femoral Like Definition of femoral on Facebook
  1. Of, pertaining to, or near the femur or thigh
femur Tweet Definition of femur Like Definition of femur on Facebook
noun (pl1=femurs, pl2=femora)
  1. (context, anatomy) A thighbone.
  2. A segment of an insect's leg.
fenestra Tweet Definition of fenestra Like Definition of fenestra on Facebook
  1. an opening in a body, sometimes with a membrane
fibula Tweet Definition of fibula Like Definition of fibula on Facebook
noun (fibulae, pl2=fibulas)
  1. (anatomy) The smaller of the two bones in the lower leg, the calf bone.
fillet Tweet Definition of fillet Like Definition of fillet on Facebook
  1. (also filet) A strip or compact piece of meat or fish from which any bones have been removed.
  2. (architecture) A thin flat moulding/molding used as separation between larger mouldings.
  3. (clothing) A flat piece of cloth used as a headband esp. with a wimple.
  4. (context, engineering, drafting, CAD) A rounded relief or cut at an edge, especially an inside edge, added for a finished appearance and to break sharp edges.
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  1. A type of weld that creates a rounded bead at an inside corner.
Place a weld at the joint.
  1. (transitive) To slice, bone or make into fillets.
  2. (transitive) To apply, create, or specify a rounded or filled corner to.
fingernail Tweet Definition of fingernail Like Definition of fingernail on Facebook
  1. The hard, flat translucent covering near the tip of a human finger and toe, useful for scratching and fine manipulation
fingertip Tweet Definition of fingertip Like Definition of fingertip on Facebook
  1. The end of the finger.
fissure Tweet Definition of fissure Like Definition of fissure on Facebook
  1. a crack or opening, as in a rock
flection Tweet Definition of flection Like Definition of flection on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, flexion)
  2. The state of being bent or flexed.
  3. deviation, Deviation from straightness.
flesh Tweet Definition of flesh Like Definition of flesh on Facebook
  1. the soft tissue of the body, especially muscle and fat.
  2. animal tissue, especially animal tissue used as food.
  3. the human body as a physical entity.
  4. the skin of a human or animal.
  5. the soft, often edible, parts of fruits or vegetables.
  6. a yellowish pink colour; the colour of some human skin.
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  1. to put flesh on; to fatten.
flexor Tweet Definition of flexor Like Definition of flexor on Facebook
noun (pluralflexors)
  1. (anatomy) A muscle whose contraction acts to bend a joint or limb.
fold Tweet Definition of fold Like Definition of fold on Facebook
  1. the act of folding
  2. a bend or crease.
  3. any correct move in origami.
verb (folds, folding, folded, folded or rarely folden)
  1. (transitive) to bend (any thin material, such as paper) over so that it comes in contact with itself.
  2. (transitive) to make the proper arrangement (in a thin material) by bending.
If you the sheets, they'll fit more easily in the drawer.
  1. (Informal) to fall over.
  2. (intransitive) to give way on a point or in an argument.
  3. (intransitive) (poker) To withdraw from betting.
  4. (transitive) To stir gently, with a folding action.
Fold the egg whites into the batter.
  1. (intransitive) Of a company, to cease to trade.
fontanel Tweet Definition of fontanel Like Definition of fontanel on Facebook
  1. alternative spelling of fontanelle
forefinger Tweet Definition of forefinger Like Definition of forefinger on Facebook
  1. The first finger next to the thumb.
forehead Tweet Definition of forehead Like Definition of forehead on Facebook
  1. (anatomy) The part of the face above the eyebrows and below the hairline.
foreskin Tweet Definition of foreskin Like Definition of foreskin on Facebook
  1. A nontechnical name for prepuce
And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.&nbsp; &mdash; Genesis 17:14.
fovea Tweet Definition of fovea Like Definition of fovea on Facebook
noun (pl=foveae)
  1. (anatomy) A slight depression or pit in a bone or organ.
  2. (anatomy) The retinal fovea, or fovea centralis, responsible for sharp central vision.
frame Tweet Definition of frame Like Definition of frame on Facebook
  1. The structural elements of a building or other constructed object.
  • Now that the is complete, we can start on the walls.''
    1. The structure of a person's body.
His starved flesh hung loosely on his once imposing .
  1. A rigid, generally rectangular mounting for paper, canvas or other flexible material.
The painting was housed in a beautifully carved .
  1. A piece of photographic film containing an image.
A film projector shows many frames in a single second.
  1. A context for understanding or interpretation.
In this , it's easy to ask the question that the investigators missed.
  1. (snooker) A complete game of snooker, from break-off until all the balls (or as many as necessary to win) have been potted.
  2. (computing) An independent chunk of data sent over the wires of a network.
  3. (context, bowling) A set of balls whose results are added together for scoring purposes. Usually two balls, but only one ball in the case of a strike, and three balls in the case of a strike or a spare in the last frame of a game.
  4. (philately) The outer decorated portion of a stamp's image, often repeated on several issues although the inner picture may change.
  5. (context, animation) A division of time on a multimedia timeline, such as 1/30th of a second.
verb (fram, ing)
  1. (transitive) Of a constructed object such as a building, to put together the structural elements.
  • Once we finish framing the house, we'll hang tin on the roof.
    1. (transitive) Of a picture such as a painting or photograph, to add a decorative border.
    2. (transitive) To position visually within a fixed boundary.
The director frames the fishing scene very well.
  1. (transitive) To construct in words so as to establish a context for understanding or interpretation.
  • How would you your accomplishments?
  • The way the opposition has framed the argument makes it hard for us to win.
    1. (transitive) Of a presumably innocent person, to cause to appear guilty.
  • The gun had obviously been placed in her car in an effort to her.
  • freckle Tweet Definition of freckle Like Definition of freckle on Facebook
    noun (plural:freckles)
    1. A small brownish or reddish pigmentation spot on the surface of the skin.
    verb (freckl, es)
    1. (transitive) To cover with freckles.
    2. (intransitive) To become covered with freckles.
    front Tweet Definition of front Like Definition of front on Facebook
    1. The side or end of something that faces the direction it normally moves
    2. The side of a building with the building's main entrance
    3. (Military) an area where armies are engaged in conflict
    4. (context, meteorology) The interface or transition zone between two airmasses of different density. Since the temperature distribution is the most important regulator of atmospheric density, a front almost invariably separates airmasses of different temperature. Fronts receive their names from the movement of the air masses involved.
    5. (context, meteorology) An area where masses of warm and cold air meet, often resulting in precipitation.
    6. A person or institution acting as the public face of some other, covert group
    7. A major military subdivision of the Soviet Army.
    8. (Military) The lateral space occupied by an element measured from the extremity of one flank to the extremity of the other flank.
    9. (Military) The direction of the enemy.
    10. (Military) The line of contact of two opposing forces.
    11. (Military) When a combat situation does not exist or is not assumed, the direction toward which the command is faced.
    1. To lead or be the spokesperson of a group.
    2. (intransitive) To provide money or financial assistance in advance.
    If you can't afford to buy it, I will you the money.
    1. Located at or near the front.
    The runner was thirty meters ahead of her nearest competitor.
    1. (context, phonetics) Of a vowel pronounced near the tip of the tongue.
    frontal Tweet Definition of frontal Like Definition of frontal on Facebook
    1. A drapery covering the front of an altar.
    2. The faade of a building.
    1. Of, relating to, directed toward, or situated at the front: a frontal attack.
    2. Anatomy
    1. Of or relating to the forehead or frontal bone.
    2. Of or relating to the frontal plane.
      1. Of or relating to a weather front.
    frontal bone Tweet Definition of frontal bone Like Definition of frontal bone on Facebook
    1. The bone of the forehead.
    frontal lobe Tweet Definition of frontal lobe Like Definition of frontal lobe on Facebook
    1. (anatomy) one of the four major divisions of the cerebrum of the brain, located behind the forehead
    fundament Tweet Definition of fundament Like Definition of fundament on Facebook
    1. foundation
    2. The part of the body upon which one sits; the buttocks; specifically, the anus.
    3. underlying basis or principle for a theoretical or mathematical system
    fundus Tweet Definition of fundus Like Definition of fundus on Facebook
    noun (pluralfundi)
    1. (anatomy) the large, hollow part of an organ farthest from an opening; especially
    2. the top, hollow portion of the uterus and
    3. the back, interior part of the eye: the retina and associated blood vessels, etc.
    4. the uppermost curve of the stomach
    funny bone Tweet Definition of funny bone Like Definition of funny bone on Facebook
    1. Technically, the ulnar nerve, referred as such because a hit to the elbow causes a tingly sensation.
    Ouch, I just hit my .
    1. (figurative) One's sense of humor.

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