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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.
face powder Tweet Definition of face powder Like Definition of face powder on Facebook
  1. A cosmetic made from coloured talc, applied to the face
facing Tweet Definition of facing Like Definition of facing on Facebook
  1. The most external portion of exterior siding.
fall Tweet Definition of fall Like Definition of fall on Facebook
  1. The act of moving in gas or vacuum under the effect of gravity to a lower position.
  2. (chiefly North America, obsolete elsewhere; from the falling of leaves during this season) autumn, Autumn.
  3. A loss of greatness or status; as, the fall of Rome.
  4. (cricket) (of a wicket) The act of a batsman being out.
  5. (In plural only: falls) A waterfall.
  6. (curling) A defect in the ice which causes stones thrown in an area to drift in a given direction
verb (falls, falling, fell or (sense 7 only) (archaic) felled, fallen or (sense 7 ony) (archaic) felled)
  1. (intransitive) To move to a lower position under the effect of gravity
Thrown from a cliff, the stone fell 100 feet before hitting the ground.
  1. to come down, to drop or descend
The rain fell at dawn.
  1. to come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself
He fell to the floor and begged for mercy.
  1. to be brought to the ground; to collapse, to be overthrown or defeated; to die
Rome fell to the Goths in 410 AD.
  1. to be allotted to; to come to through chance or fate
And so it falls to me to make this important decision.
  1. (transitive) (followed by an adjective) To become; to change into the state described by the adjective that follows.
She has fallen ill.
    • Usage note: Now only used in certain set phrases and expressions (see "Derived terms" below).
      1. (transitive) (archaic) To cause something to fall (4); especially to cause a tree to fall (4) by cutting it down.
fascia Tweet Definition of fascia Like Definition of fascia on Facebook
  • pronounced: ' fa shÄ� É� ' (w:International Phonetic Alphabet for English, IPA: /fí¦Ê�ɪÉ�/)
    1. A wide band of material covering the ends of roof rafters in a building.
    2. A flat band or broad fillet; especially, one of the three bands which make up the architrave, in the Ionic order.
    3. A broad well-defined band of color.
    4. A band, sash, or fillet; especially, in surgery, a bandage or roller.
      • pronounced: ' fÄ� shÄ� É� ' (w:International Phonetic Alphabet for English, IPA: /fÉ�Ê�ɪÉ�/); plural: fasciae
    5. The layer of loose tissue, often containing fat, immediately beneath the skin; the stronger layer of connective tissue covering and investing all muscles; an aponeurosis.
fashioner Tweet Definition of fashioner Like Definition of fashioner on Facebook
  1. One who fashions something; the maker or designer.
fashion plate Tweet Definition of fashion plate Like Definition of fashion plate on Facebook
  1. A picture, usually an advertisement, showing the latest fashion in clothes.
  2. (idiom) A person who dresses in the most stylish fashions.
fedora Tweet Definition of fedora Like Definition of fedora on Facebook
  1. A felt hat with a fairly low, creased crown with a brim that can be turned up or down.
fell Tweet Definition of fell Like Definition of fell on Facebook
  1. That portion of a kilt, from the waist to the seat, where the pleats are stitched down
  2. An animal skin, hide
  1. (transitive) To make something fall; especially to chop down a tree.
  1. (archaic) fierce, savage (e.g., one fell swoop)
  2. (Scot) Pungent.
ferret Tweet Definition of ferret Like Definition of ferret on Facebook
  1. A mammal, Mustela putorius furo, rather like a weasel, but which was originally bred from the polecat and often trained to hunt rats or rabbits in England.
  1. To hunt game with ferrets.
  2. To uncover and bring to light by searching; usually to ferret out.
Fez Tweet Definition of Fez Like Definition of Fez on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A city in Morocco.
fichu Tweet Definition of fichu Like Definition of fichu on Facebook
  1. A woman's lightweight triangular scarf worn over the shoulders and tied in front
filler Tweet Definition of filler Like Definition of filler on Facebook
noun (rfc-level, Noun at L4+ not in L3 POS section)
  1. something added to fill a space or add weight or size
  2. any semisolid substance used to fill gaps, cracks or pores
  3. a short article in a newspaper or magazine
  4. a short piece of music or an announcement between radio or TV programmes
  5. cut tobacco used to make up the body of a cigar
  6. (computing) in COBOL, the description of an unnamed part of a record that may contain no data
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.
<!--Is this actually "fillet weld"?
  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.
fine-tooth comb Tweet Definition of fine-tooth comb Like Definition of fine-tooth comb on Facebook
  1. A comb with fine, closely-spaced teeth.
  1. To go over or through with a fine-tooth comb
  2. To search meticulously.
fisherman Tweet Definition of fisherman Like Definition of fisherman on Facebook
  1. A person who attempts to catch fish.
The cast his line.
  1. A person whose profession is catching fish.
He is a , out on a trawler for days at a time.
fishnet Tweet Definition of fishnet Like Definition of fishnet on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, fishnet (material))
(fishnets, -)
  1. (uncountable) netting, Netting used to catch fish
  2. (uncountable) A fabric with an open diamond-shaped structure; normally used for stockings etc
  3. (countable) Stockings made of fishnet fabric.
flannel Tweet Definition of flannel Like Definition of flannel on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) A soft cloth material woven from wool, possibly combined with cotton or synthetic fibers.
With the weather turning colder, it was time to dig out our flannel sheets and nightclothes.
  1. A washcloth.
flip-flop Tweet Definition of flip-flop Like Definition of flip-flop on Facebook
noun (plural: flip-flops)
  1. An item of footwear, usually of rubber, secured by two straps mounted between the big toe and its neighbour.
  2. An instance of flip-flopping, of repeatedly changing one's stated opinion about a matter.
verb (inf=to flip-flop, flip-flops, flip-flopping, flip-flopped)
  1. To alternate back and forth between directly opposite opinions, ideas, or decisions.
float Tweet Definition of float Like Definition of float on Facebook
  1. A buoyant device used to support something in water or another liquid.
Attach the and the weight to the fishing line, above the hook.
  1. A sort of trowel used for finishing concrete surfaces.
When pouring a new driveway, you can use a two-by-four as a .
  1. An elaborately decorated trailer or vehicle, intended for display in a parade or pageant.
That covered in roses is very pretty.
  1. (finance) Funds committed to be paid but not yet paid.
Our bank does a nightly sweep of accounts, to adjust the so we stay within our reserves limit.
  1. (context, finance, AU, and other Commonwealth countries?) An offering of shares in a company (or units in a trust) to members of the public, normally followed by a listing on a stock exchange.
2006, You don't actually need a broker to buy shares in a when a company is about to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. &mdash; w:Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Australian Securities and Investments Commission financial tips article, Buying shares in a float
  1. (banking) The total amount of checks/cheques or other drafts written against a bank account but not yet cleared and charged against the account.
No sir, your current is not taken into account, when assets are legally garnished.
  1. (insurance) Premiums taken in but not yet paid out.
We make a lot of interest from our nightly .
  1. (programming) Short form of floating-point number.
That routine should not have used an int, it should be a .
  1. A soft beverage with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream floating in it.
It's true - I don't consider anything other than root-beer with vanilla ice-cream to be a "real" .
  1. A small sum of money put in a cashier's till at the start of business to enable change to be made.
flounce Tweet Definition of flounce Like Definition of flounce on Facebook
verb (flounc, ing)
  1. (archaic): To flounder; to make spastic motions.
FOB Tweet Definition of FOB Like Definition of FOB on Facebook
  1. A recent immigrant (from "fresh off the boat")
fool's cap Tweet Definition of fool Like Definition of fool
noun fool"s cap
  1. A cap, usually brightly coloured with bells and tassels, as worn by a court jester or fool.
foot Tweet Definition of foot Like Definition of foot on Facebook
noun (feet)
  1. (countable, Anatomy) The part of a human"s body below the ankle. Used to stand and walk.
  2. (countable, Zoology) The equivalent part of an animal"s body.
  3. (countable) The bottom of anything; as, the foot of the stairs, the foot of a printed page.
  4. (countable) A short projection on the bottom of a piece of equipment to support it.
  5. (countable) A unit of measure equal to twelve inches and one third of a yard, equal to exactly 30.48 centimetres.
  6. (context, countable, prosody) The basic measure of rhythm in a poem.
  7. (countable, nautical) The bottom edge of a sail.
To make the mainsail fuller in shape, the outhaul is eased to reduce the tension on the of the sail.
  1. Printing. the bottommost part of a type page or printed page
  2. (used with the plural verb) foot soldiers; infantry.
  1. (transitive) To use the foot to kick (usually a ball).
  2. (transitive) To pay (a bill).
footwear Tweet Definition of footwear Like Definition of footwear on Facebook
  1. An item of clothing that is worn on the foot; such as shoes, sandals, winklepickers etc.
formal Tweet Definition of formal Like Definition of formal on Facebook
  1. formalin
  1. being in accord with established forms
  2. official
  3. relating to the form or structure of something
  4. ceremonial
foundation Tweet Definition of foundation Like Definition of foundation on Facebook
  1. The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
The of his institute has been wrought with difficulty.
  1. That upon which anything is founded; that on which anything stands, and by which it is supported; the lowest and supporting layer of a superstructure; groundwork; basis.
  2. The lowest and supporting part or member of a wall, including the base course (see Base course (a), under Base, n.) and footing courses; in a frame house, the whole substructure of masonry.
The foundations of this construction have been laid out.
  1. A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.
  2. That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.
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fourchette Tweet Definition of fourchette Like Definition of fourchette on Facebook
  1. (anatomy) A fork-shaped structure, specifically the fold of skin where the labia minora meet above the perineum (the frenulum labiorum pudendi).
  2. A fork-shaped instrument or device, specifically the forked structure between two fingers of a glove.
fox Tweet Definition of fox Like Definition of fox on Facebook
  1. A small carnivore (Vulpes vulpes), related to dogs and wolves, with red or silver fur and a bushy tail.
  2. Any of numerous species of small wild canids similar to the red fox, this term describing members of at least five genera (see the w:Fox, Wikipedia article on the fox).
  3. A fox terrier.
  4. A cunning person.
  5. (slang) An attractive woman.
verb (fox, es)
  1. (transitive) To trick, fool or outwit (someone) by cunning or ingenuity.
  2. (transitive) To confuse or baffle (someone).
This crossword puzzle has completely foxed me.
  1. (intransitive) To act slyly or craftily.
  2. (intransitive). To discolour paper. Fox marks are spots on paper caused by humidity.
The pages of the book show distinct foxing.
frill Tweet Definition of frill Like Definition of frill on Facebook
  1. A strip of pleated material used as decoration or trim; a ruffle.
  2. (photography) A wrinkled edge to a film.
  3. A luxury.
  1. To make something into a frill.
  2. To become wrinkled.
frock Tweet Definition of frock Like Definition of frock on Facebook
  1. A dress, a piece of clothing for a female, which consists of a skirt and a cover for the upper body.
  2. An outer garment worn by priests and other clericals, a habit.
frontal Tweet Definition of frontal Like Definition of frontal on Facebook
  1. A drapery covering the front of an altar.
  2. The faí§ade 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.
full Tweet Definition of full Like Definition of full on Facebook
  1. To make cloth denser and firmer by soaking, beating and pressing, to waulk, walk
  1. Containing the maximum possible amount of that which can fit in the space available.
The jugs were to the point of overflowing.
  1. Complete; with nothing omitted.
Our book gives treatment to the subject of angling.
  1. Total, entire.
She had tattoos the length of her arms.
He was prosecuted to the extent of the law.
  1. (informal) satisfied, especially in relation to eating.
"I'm ", he said, pushing back from the table.
  1. Of a garment, of a size that is ample, wide, or having ample folds or pleats to be comfortable.
She needed her clothing during her pregnancy.
  1. Having depth and body; rich.
fuller's earth Tweet Definition of fuller Like Definition of fuller
noun fuller's, "s earth
  1. A fine clay used in fulling cloth.
  • 1785, On Lord Sunderland's estate, in the county of Westmeath, there is a fine strata of fuller"s earth, a commodity of which our woollen manufacturers stand much in need: yet this bed lies unnoticed to all, except the peasantry on the soil. " The Times, 17 Oct 1785, p.3 col. D
  • 1892, You are probably aware that fuller"s earth is a valuable product, and that it is only found in one or two places in England? " Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" (Norton 2005 p.273)
    fur Tweet Definition of fur Like Definition of fur on Facebook
    1. hairy, Hairy skin of an animal processed to be a suitable wear to cover human nakedness and to protect humans from the cold.
    2. A pelt used to make, trim, or line clothing apparel.
    3. Hairy coat of a mammal, especially: when fine, soft, and thick.
    4. A coating resembling fur.
    1. A thick pile of fabric.
    2. Layer of epithelial debris on a tongue.
    verb (furs, furring, furred)
    1. To cover with fur.
    furbelow Tweet Definition of furbelow Like Definition of furbelow on Facebook
    1. a ruffle, frill or flounce on clothing
    2. a small, showy ornamentation

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