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facer Tweet Definition of facer Like Definition of facer on Facebook
  1. An unexpected and stunning blow or defeat
fag Tweet Definition of fag Like Definition of fag on Facebook
  1. (context, UK, and, AU, slang) A cigarette.
  2. (context, UK, slang) A chore; an arduous and tiresome task.
  3. (context, US, UK, AU, slang, pejorative) A male homosexual.
Note: Sometimes used jocularly between homosexuals.
  1. (context, US, slang, pejorative) A jerk, an asshole.
Why did you do that, you ?
  1. (context, UK, archaic) Term used in UK public schools for a younger student acting as a servant for senior students.
  2. (context, US, technical) In textile inspections, a rough or coarse defect in the woven fabric.
  3. (context, US, technical) A pv cell that is no longer in use.
verb (fags, fagging, fagged, fagged)
  1. (context, slang, used mainly in passive form) To make exhausted, tired out.
  2. (context, UK, archaic) For a younger student to act as a servant for senior students in UK public schools.
faggot Tweet Definition of faggot Like Definition of faggot on Facebook
  1. (context, rare, _, in, _, US) A burning or smouldering piece of firewood.
  2. (context, UK, _, only) A bundle of sticks tied together.
  3. (context, UK, _, only) A meatball made from pork.
  4. (context, pejorative, US, slang) A male homosexual.
fair Tweet Definition of fair Like Definition of fair on Facebook
  1. a community gathering to celebrate and exhibit local achievements
  2. an event for public entertainment and trade, a market
  3. an event for professionals in a trade to learn of new products and do business.
  1. (dated) beautiful, Beautiful, pleasing to the eye.
Monday's child is of face.
  1. light, Light in color, pale, particularly as regards skin tone but also refers to blond hair.
She had hair and blue eyes.
  1. just, Just, equitable.
He must be given a trial.
  1. adequate, Adequate, reasonable, or decent.
The patient was in a condition after some treatment.
  1. (baseball) Between the baselines.
family Tweet Definition of family Like Definition of family on Facebook
noun (famil, ies, -)
  1. (countable) a father, mother and their sons and daughters; also called nuclear family
"Her nuclear family was very small."
  1. (countable) a group of people related by blood, marriage, law, or custom
  2. (countable) a kin, tribe; also called extended family
  3. (context, countable, biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below order and above genus; a taxon at that rank
Magnolias belong to the Magnoliaceae.
  1. (countable) a group of people who live together
"This is my fraternity family at the university."
  1. (countable) a group of people similar to (2)
"Our company is one big happy family."
  1. (uncountable) collectively, people who are members of one's intimate social group
They treated me like family.
  1. (countable) music: a group of instrument having the same basic method of tone production "the brass family" "the violin family"
  2. (countable) linguistics: a group of languages believed to have descended from the same ancestral language "the Indo-European language family" "the Ural-Altaic language family"
  1. related to the family
The dog was kept as a pet.
For Apocynaceae, this type of flower is a family characteristic.
Fang Tweet Definition of Fang Like Definition of Fang on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (italbrac, collective) A people of western Africa.
  2. The Bantu language of these people.
farina Tweet Definition of farina Like Definition of farina on Facebook
  1. A fine flour or meal made from cereal grains or from the starch or fecula of vegetables, extracted by various processes, and used in cookery.
farrier Tweet Definition of farrier Like Definition of farrier on Facebook
  1. A person who maintains the health and balance of the horse's feet through the trimming of the hoof and placement of horseshoes.
Father Tweet Definition of Father Like Definition of Father on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (Christianity) God, the father of Creation
  2. A title given to priests.
Thomas was a good priest.
  1. One's father
I will only do what Father asks.
Father Christmas Tweet Definition of Father Christmas Like Definition of Father Christmas on Facebook
  1. Santa Claus
favour Tweet Definition of favour Like Definition of favour on Facebook
  1. A piece of help.
I need a . Could you lend me 5 dollars til tomorrow, please?
  1. To look upon fondly; to prefer.
    • Most Favoured Nation status
    • "And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." —Wikisource:Bible, English, King_James, Luke
    • Chapter 1, Luke 1:28, King James version, 1611
      1. To do a favour (noun sense 1) for; to show beneficence toward.
    • "Would you favour us with a poetry reading?"
fencer Tweet Definition of fencer Like Definition of fencer on Facebook
  1. A participant in the sport of fencing
fey Tweet Definition of fey Like Definition of fey on Facebook
  1. magical, Magical or fairylike.
  2. strange, Strange or otherworldly.
  3. spellbound, Spellbound.
  4. (archaic) doomed, Doomed to die.
fibre Tweet Definition of fibre Like Definition of fibre on Facebook
  1. (countable) A single piece of a given material, elongated and roughly round in cross-section, often twisted with other fibres to form thread.
The microscope showed several different fibres stuck to the sole of the shoe.
  1. (uncountable) Material in the form of fibres.
The cloth was made from strange, somewhat rough .
  1. Dietary fibre.
''Fresh vegetables are a good source of .
  1. Moral strength and resolve.
The ordeal was a test of everyone"s .
  1. (mathematics) The preimage of a given point in the range of a map.
Under this map, any two values in the fibre of a given point on the circle differ by 2π
file Tweet Definition of file Like Definition of file on Facebook
  1. A collection of papers collated and archived together.
  2. In computers, an aggregation of data on a storage device.
verb (fil, ing)
  1. (transitive) To commit official papers to some office
  2. (transitive) To place in an archive in a logical place and order
  3. (transitive) To store a file (1) on a storage medium such as a disc or another computer.
fishmonger Tweet Definition of fishmonger Like Definition of fishmonger on Facebook
  1. A shop that sells fish
  2. A person who sells fish
  3. Archaic, a pimp.
"Excellent well; you are a fishmonger." - William Shakespeare, said by Hamlet to Polonius. (Act 2, Scene 2)
fish slice Tweet Definition of fish slice Like Definition of fish slice on Facebook
  1. A kitchen utensil used to turn foodstuffs in a frying pan. Commonly, burgers and omelettes.
Would you pass me that , please; I'm making a mess trying to turn this omelette.
fixture Tweet Definition of fixture Like Definition of fixture on Facebook
  1. Something that is fixed in place, especially a permanent appliance or other item of personal property that is considered part of a house and is sold with it
  2. a regular patron of a place or institution
  3. a lighting unit; a luminaire
  4. (sports) a scheduled match
fizz Tweet Definition of fizz Like Definition of fizz on Facebook
  1. An emission of a rapid stream of bubbles.
I poured a cola and waited for the to settle down before topping off the glass.
  1. The sound of such an emission.
Evan sat back in the hot tub and listened to the relaxing and pops produced by the eruption of bubbles.
  1. A carbonated beverage.
Nathan ordered an orange from the soda jerk at the counter.
verb (fizzes, fizzing, fizzed)
  1. To emit bubbles.
  2. To make a rapid bubbling sound.
Flag Day Tweet Definition of Flag Day Like Definition of Flag Day on Facebook
proper noun flag, Flag day, Day
  1. June 14th, commemorating the adoption of the US flag in 1777
  2. a similar commemoration in some other countries
flat Tweet Definition of flat Like Definition of flat on Facebook
  1. (music) A note played a semitone lower than a natural, denoted by the symbol � sign placed after the letter representing the note (e.g., B�) or in front of the note symbol (e.g. ��)
  2. (British) An apartment.
  3. (colloquial) A flat tyre/tire.
  4. (in plural) A type of ladies' shoes with very low heels.
She liked to walk in her flats more than in her high heels.
  1. (context, painting) A thin, broad brush used in oil and watercolor/watercolour painting.
  2. An area of level ground
adjective (flatter, flattest)
  1. Having no variations in altitude.
The land around here is .
  1. (context, of a tire or other inflated object) Deflated, especially because of a puncture.
  2. (italbrac, music, note) Lowered by one semitone.
  3. (music) Of a note or voice, lower in pitch than it should be.
  4. (italbrac, music, voice) Without variations in pitch.
  5. Of a carbonated drink, with all or most of its carbon dioxide having come out of solution so that the drink no longer fizzes or contains any bubbles.
  6. Uninteresting.
The party was a bit .
  1. (context, wine) Lacking acidity without being sweet.
  1. So as to be flat.
Spread the tablecloth over the table.
  1. Bluntly.
I asked him if he wanted to marry me and he turned me down .
  1. (italbrac, with units of time, distance, etc) Not exceeding.
He can run a mile in four minutes .
  1. Completely.
I am broke this month.
fleet Tweet Definition of fleet Like Definition of fleet on Facebook
  1. A group of vessels or vehicles.
  2. A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.
  3. A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; -- obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in London.
  4. A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the Fleet (now filled up).
  5. A location, as on a navigable river, where barges are secured.
  1. To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of
a ship that fleets the gulf
  1. To hasten over; to cause to pass away lightly, or in mirth and joy
And so through this dark world they fleet / Divided, till in death they meet; -- Percy Shelley, Rosalind and Helen.
  1. To draw apart the blocks of; -- said of a tackle.
  2. To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.
  3. To take the cream from; to skim.
  1. Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble.
  2. Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.
flexion Tweet Definition of flexion Like Definition of flexion on Facebook
  1. The act of bending a joint, esp. a bone joint. The counteraction of extension.
  2. (alternative spelling of, flection)
fly Tweet Definition of fly Like Definition of fly on Facebook
noun (commons)
(fl, ies)
  1. (context, Zoology) Any insect of the order Diptera; characterized by having two wings, also called true fly, true flies.
  2. (context, non-technical) Especially, any of the insects of the family Muscidae, such as the common housefly (other families of Diptera include mosquitoes and midges).
  3. Any similar, but unrelated insect such as dragonfly or butterfly.
  4. A piece of canvas that covers the opening at the front of a tent.
  5. A strip of material hiding the zipper, buttons etc. at the front of a pair of trousers, pants, or underpants.
  6. The free edge of a flag.
  7. The horizontal length of a flag.
  8. (context, fishing) A lightweight fishing lure resemble, resembling an insect.
  9. (baseball) A fly ball.
  10. (weightlifting) A chest exercise performed by moving extended arms from the sides to in front of the chest. (also flye)
verb (flies, flying, flew, flown, )
  1. (intransitive) To travel through the air.
Birds of passage to warmer regions as it gets colder in winter.
The Concorde flew from Paris to New York faster than any other passenger airplane.
It takes about eleven hours to from Frankfurt to Hongkong.
The little fairy flew home on the back of her friend, the giant eagle.
  1. (intransitive) To flee, to escape.
Fly, my lord! The enemy are upon us!
  1. (transitive) (ergative) To cause to move through the air, to transport by air.
Charles Lindbergh flew his airplane The Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic ocean.
Why don"t you go outside and kites, kids? The wind is just perfect.
Birds their prey to their nest to feed it to their young.
Each day the post flies thousands of letters around the globe.
  1. (intransitive) (colloquial) Of a proposal: to be accepted.
Let's see if that idea flies.
adjective (fli, er)
  1. (slang) quick-witted, Quick-witted, mentally sharp, smart (in a mental sense).
  2. (slang) Well dressed, smart in appearance.
follower Tweet Definition of follower Like Definition of follower on Facebook
  1. One who follows.
  2. The thing that comes after another thing.
  3. Pursuer.
  4. One who is a part of another's group, such as a servant or retainer.
  5. One who adheres to the opinions, ideas, or teachings of another.
  6. A man courting a maidservant.
  7. Young cattle.
footpath Tweet Definition of footpath Like Definition of footpath on Facebook
  1. A path for pedestrians.
footy Tweet Definition of footy Like Definition of footy on Facebook
  1. football (American soccer)
  2. (Australia) football usually Australian rules football (Not soccer)
fossick Tweet Definition of fossick Like Definition of fossick on Facebook
verb (fossicks, fossicking, fossicked)
  1. (intransitive, British) To ferret out, or to rummage.
    • 1936, John Kirwan, wikisource:My_Life%27s_Adventure, My Life's Adventure - "Several days were spent by us fossicking, getting a little gold here and there, as gold could be got almost anywhere."
found Tweet Definition of found Like Definition of found on Facebook
  1. (past of, find)
freight Tweet Definition of freight Like Definition of freight on Facebook
  1. Goods or items in transport
  1. (transitive) to transport (goods)
fresher Tweet Definition of fresher Like Definition of fresher on Facebook
noun (plural freshers)
  1. A freshman.
  1. (compare) of fresh.
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.
fruiterer Tweet Definition of fruiterer Like Definition of fruiterer on Facebook
  1. One who sells fruit.
flapjack Tweet Definition of flapjack Like Definition of flapjack on Facebook
  1. A pancake.
Sven ordered a stack of flapjacks with maple syrup, two strips of bacon, and an egg, sunny side up.

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