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facing Tweet Definition of facing Like Definition of facing on Facebook
noun
  1. The most external portion of exterior siding.
fair Tweet Definition of fair Like Definition of fair on Facebook
noun
  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.
adjective
  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.
faucet Tweet Definition of faucet Like Definition of faucet on Facebook
noun
  1. an exposed plumbing fitting, a tap or spigot, a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir; a tap
feather Tweet Definition of feather Like Definition of feather on Facebook
noun (plural: feathers)
  1. A branching, hair-like structure that grows on the wings of birds that allows their wings to create lift.
adjective or feathered
  1. In engineering or manufacturing a feather(ed) edge is a finely bevelled edge
fence Tweet Definition of fence Like Definition of fence on Facebook
noun
  1. A thin, human-constructed barrier which separates two pieces of land or a house perimeter.
    • 1865, w:Horatio Alger, Horatio Alger, s:Paul Prescott's Charge/Chapter XVII, Paul Prescott's Charge - Chapter XVII,
    • : There was a weak place in the separating the two inclosures
      1. A middleman for transactions of stolen goods.
      2. The place whence such a middleman operates.
      3. Skill in oral debate.
      4. The art or practice of fencing.
    • 1599, w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, s:The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merry Wives of Windsor,
    • : I bruised my shin th' other day with playing at sword and dagger with a master of
      1. A guard or guide on machinery.
verb (fenc, ing)
  1. (transitive) To enclose, contain or separate by building fence.
    • 1856, w:George A. Smith, George A. Smith, s:Journal of Discourses/Volume3/The Leaven of the Gospel, etc., The Saints Should Divest Themselves of Old Traditions,
    • :Here are twenty acres of land, and it is all you can properly farm, unless you have more help than yourself. Now and cultivate it, and you can make an abundant living.
      1. (transitive) To defend or guard.
      2. (transitive) To engage in the selling or buying of stolen goods.
      3. (intransitive) To engage in (the sport) fencing.
    • 1921, w:Rafael Sabatini, Rafael Sabatini, s:Scaramouche/Book III/Chapter VI, Scaramouche,
    • :Challenges are flying right and left between these bully-swordsmen, these spadassinicides, and poor devils of the robe who have never learnt to with anything but a quill.
      1. (intransitive) (italbrac, equestrian) To jump over a fence.
Fender Tweet Definition of Fender Like Definition of Fender on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A surname of German origin, a varient of Fenrich or Fendler
  2. A manufacturer of electric guitars
(wikipedia, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation)      
ferrule Tweet Definition of ferrule Like Definition of ferrule on Facebook
noun
  1. A metal band or cap placed around a shaft to reinforce it or to prevent splitting.
  2. A bushing for securing a pipe joint.
  3. In billiards, the plastic band attaching the tip to the cue.
  4. In painting, the pinched metal band which holds the bristles of a brush to the shaft.
  5. On an ice axe, the metal spike at the end of the shaft.
fiberboard Tweet Definition of fiberboard Like Definition of fiberboard on Facebook
noun
  1. A material made from wood chips or shavings, which are compressed and bonded with resin and formed into stiff sheets, and used in building or making furniture.
file Tweet Definition of file Like Definition of file on Facebook
noun
  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.
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
filleting Tweet Definition of filleting Like Definition of filleting on Facebook
verb
  1. Present participle of to fillet.
firebrick Tweet Definition of firebrick Like Definition of firebrick on Facebook
noun
  1. a brick capable of withstanding high temperatures without deforming.
fire door Tweet Definition of fire door Like Definition of fire door on Facebook
noun
  1. A fireproof door designed to stop fires spreading through buildings.
fire escape Tweet Definition of fire escape Like Definition of fire escape on Facebook
noun
  1. any of the series of emergency doors, ladders, or stairs, used to evacuate a building if a fire breaks out.
  2. the entire escape route viewed as a whole.
fireguard Tweet Definition of fireguard Like Definition of fireguard on Facebook
noun
  1. A mesh screen around a fire to prevent sparks or falling embers.
fireplace Tweet Definition of fireplace Like Definition of fireplace on Facebook
noun
  1. an open hearth for holding a fire at the base of a chimney
fishplate Tweet Definition of fishplate Like Definition of fishplate on Facebook
noun
  1. One of two iron plates used to fasten rails to a sleeper (on a railway track).
flag Tweet Definition of flag Like Definition of flag on Facebook
noun
  1. A piece of cloth, often decorated with an emblem, used as a visual signal or symbol.
  2. (context, nautical) A flag flown by a ship to show the presence on board of the admiral; the admiral himself, or his flagship.
  3. The use of a flag, especially to indicate the start of a race or other event.
  4. (context, computer science) A variable or memory location that stores a true-or-false, yes-or-no value, typically either recording the fact that a certain event has occurred or requesting that a certain optional action take place.
  5. (context, computer science) In a CLI, command line interface, a notation requesting optional behavior or otherwise modifying the action of the command being invoked.
verb (flag, g, ing)
  1. To mark with a flag, especially to indicate the importance of
  2. (often with down) To signal to, especially to stop a passing vehicle etc.
    • Please a taxi down for me.
      1. (intransitive) To weaken, become feeble.
    • ''His strength flagged toward the end of the race.
      1. (context, computing): To signal (an event).
    • The compiler flagged three errors.
      1. (context, computing): To set a program variable to true.
    • Flag the debug option before running the program.
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to an admiral, commodore, or general officer.
    • Captains park in the second row, officers next to the building. =
flagging Tweet Definition of flagging Like Definition of flagging on Facebook
verb
  1. (present participle of, flag)
flagstone Tweet Definition of flagstone Like Definition of flagstone on Facebook
noun
  1. A flat, rectangular piece of rock or stone used for paving or roofing.
  2. One of several types of rock easily split and suitable for making flagstones.
flange Tweet Definition of flange Like Definition of flange on Facebook
noun
  1. An external or internal rib or rim, used either to add strength or to hold something in place.
  2. An ability in a role-play game which is not commonly available, overpowered or arbitarily imposed by the referees.
flashing Tweet Definition of flashing Like Definition of flashing on Facebook
noun
  1. The weatherproofing, weatherproofed shielding put around objects which protrude from the roof of a building, such as pipes, chimneys, or the edges of other roofs to deflect water away from the seams.
  2. The process of getting rid of gaps on shelves by bringing products from the back of the shelf to the front to create a 'fuller' shelf.
  3. The blinking of a light source, such as a light bulb or computer's cursor.
The incessant of the neon sign kept the neighborhood awake.
  1. An incidence of indecent exposure.
verb
  1. (present participle of, flash)
Flemish bond Tweet Definition of Flemish bond Like Definition of Flemish bond on Facebook
noun
  1. In bricklaying, an arrangement of bricks such that each course consists of alternate bricks having their short sides (headers) and long sides (stretchers) facing outwards, with alternate courses being offset.
float Tweet Definition of float Like Definition of float on Facebook
noun
  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. — w:Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Australian Securities and Investments Commission financial tips article, Buying shares in a floathttp://www.fido.asic.gov.au/fido/fido.nsf/print/Buying+shares+in+a+float?opendocument
  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.
flooring Tweet Definition of flooring Like Definition of flooring on Facebook
noun
  1. A floor.
  2. A material used to make floors.
verb
  1. Present participle of to floor.
flue Tweet Definition of flue Like Definition of flue on Facebook
noun
  1. A pipe or duct that carries gaseous combustion products away from the point of combustion (such as a furnace).
  2. An enclosed passageway in which to direct air or other gaseous current along.
footage Tweet Definition of footage Like Definition of footage on Facebook
noun (footage)
  1. (usually only singular) an amount of film or tape that has been used to record something
  • The we shot of the riot yesterday got ruined.
footstone Tweet Definition of footstone Like Definition of footstone on Facebook
noun
  1. A gravestone placed at the foot of a grave; typically smaller than a headstone, and frequently resembling a large cobblestone.
foundation Tweet Definition of foundation Like Definition of foundation on Facebook
noun
  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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fountain Tweet Definition of fountain Like Definition of fountain on Facebook
noun
  1. An ornamental water feature (usually in a garden or public place) consisting of one or more streams of water originating from a statue or other structure.
  2. The structure from which a fountain issues.
  3. A spring.
  4. A source (especially of knowledge).
verb
  1. To flow or gush as if from a fountain.
frame Tweet Definition of frame Like Definition of frame on Facebook
noun
  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.
  • frame house Tweet Definition of frame house Like Definition of frame house on Facebook
    noun
    1. A house constructed on a light wooden framework.
    freeze Tweet Definition of freeze Like Definition of freeze on Facebook
    noun
    1. A period of intensely cold weather.
    2. (curling) A precise draw weight shot where a delivered stone comes to a stand-still against a stationary stone, making it nearly impossible to knock out.
    3. (finance) A block on pay rises
    verb (freezes, freezing, froze or rarely frore, frozen or rarely froren)
    1. (intransitive) To drop to a temperature below zero degrees celsius, where water turns to ice.
      • It didn't this winter, but last winter was very harsh.
        1. (context, intransitive, informal) To be very cold.
      • It's freezing in here!
        1. (intransitive) Especially of a liquid, to become solid due to low temperature.
      • The pond has frozen over.
      • Vodka won't in there, but beer will.
        1. (transitive) To lower something's temperature to the point that it freezes or becomes hard.
      • Don't meat twice.
        1. (intransitive) To become motionless.
      • The squirrel froze when it saw the hawk overhead.
    froe Tweet Definition of froe Like Definition of froe on Facebook
    noun
    1. a cleaving tool for splitting cask staves and shingles from the block
    frog Tweet Definition of frog Like Definition of frog on Facebook
    noun
    1. A small hopping amphibian.
    2. A fastener for clothing consisting of a button that fits through a loop.
    3. The end of a violin bow (or that of other similar string instruments such as the viola, cello and contrabass) held by the player.
    4. (Cockney rhyming slang) road, Road. Shorter, more common form of frog and toad.
    5. (context, UK, pejorative, racial slur) A French person.
    6. (context, Canadian English, pejorative) A French-speaking person from Quebec.
    7. The depression in the upper face of a pressed or handmade clay brick.
    8. An organ on the bottom of a horse"s hoof that assists in the circulation of blood.
    9. The part of a railway switch or turnout where the tracks cross (from the resemblance to the frog in a horse's hoof).
    verb (frog, g, ed)
    1. To unravel a knitted garment.
    2. To ornament or fasten a coat, etc. with trogs.
    front door Tweet Definition of front door Like Definition of front door on Facebook
    noun
    1. The main entrance to a building or house, normally fronts onto a street
    2. (computing) The normal portal page to a website.
    adjective
    1. (baseball) The path of a pitch which starts inside and then slides over the plate.
    His slider is hard to handle.
    frow Tweet Definition of frow Like Definition of frow on Facebook
    noun
    1. alternative spelling of froe
    fur Tweet Definition of fur Like Definition of fur on Facebook
    noun
    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.

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