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fan Tweet Definition of fan Like Definition of fan on Facebook
  1. A hand-held device consisting of concertinaed material, or slats of material, gathered together at one end, that may be opened out into the shape of a sector of a circle and waved back and forth in order to move air towards oneself and cool oneself.
  2. An electrical device for moving air, used for cooling people, machinery, etc.
  3. Anything resembling a hand-held fan in shape, e.g., a peacock"s tail.
verb (fan, n, ing)
  1. (transitive) To blow air on (something) by means of a fan (hand-held, mechanical or electrical) or otherwise.
We enjoyed standing at the edge of the cliff, being fanned by the wind.
  1. (intransitive) (usually to fan out) To move or spread in multiple directions from one point, in the shape of a hand-held fan.
fauld Tweet Definition of fauld Like Definition of fauld on Facebook
  1. a piece of armor worn below a breastplate to protect the waist and hips.
fess Tweet Definition of fess Like Definition of fess on Facebook
  1. In heraldry a horizontal band across the middle of the shield.
  • 1892: Lord Robert Walsingham de Vere St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral"Hum! Arms: Azure, three caltrops in chief over a sable. " Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor" (Norton 2005 p.294)
field Tweet Definition of field Like Definition of field on Facebook
  1. A land area free of woodland, cities, and towns; open country.
  2. A wide, open space that is usually used to grow crops or to hold farm animals.
  3. The open country near or belonging to a city -- usually used in plural.
  4. (physics) A region affected by a particular force.
magnetic field
  1. A course of study or domain of knowledge or practice.
  2. (mathematics) A set having two operations called addition and multiplication under both of which all the elements of the set are commutative and associative; for which multiplication distributes over addition; and for both of which there exist an identity element and an inverse element.
The set of rational numbers, <math>\mathbb{Q}</math>, is the prototypical field.
  1. (sport) An area reserved for playing a game.
soccer field
  1. (geology) A region containing a particular mineral.
oil field or oilfield
gold field or goldfield
  1. (heraldry) The background of the shield
  2. (computing) An area of memory or storage reserved for a particular value.
  1. (context, transitive, sport) To intercept or catch (a ball) and play it.
  2. (context, transitive, sport) To place a team in (a game).
  3. (transitive) To answer, accept or address.
She will questions immediately after her presentation.
fimbriate Tweet Definition of fimbriate Like Definition of fimbriate on Facebook
  1. (botany) fringed, e.g. where the ends of a petal are split into two or more divisions.
foible Tweet Definition of foible Like Definition of foible on Facebook
  1. A quirk, idiosyncrasy, or mannerism; unusual habit or way (usage is typically plural), that is slightly strange or silly.
Try to look past his foibles and see the friendly fellow underneath.
  1. A weakness or failing of character.
  2. (fencing) Part of a sword between the middle and the point, weaker than the forte.
  1. (obsolete) weak.
forte Tweet Definition of forte Like Definition of forte on Facebook
  1. A strength or talent.
He writes respectably, but poetry is not his .
  1. The strong part of a sword blade, close to the hilt.
adjective (fortissimo, fortississimo)
  1. (music) loud, Loud. Used as a dynamic directive in sheet music in its abbreviated form, {f.}, to indicate raising the volume of the music. (abbreviated in musical notation with an f, unicode character 1D141)
This passage is , then there's a diminuendo to mezzo piano.
adverb (fortissimo, fortississimo)
  1. (music) loudly
The musicians played the passage .
fountain Tweet Definition of fountain Like Definition of fountain on Facebook
  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).
  1. To flow or gush as if from a fountain.
France Tweet Definition of France Like Definition of France on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Country in Western Europe having borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra and Spain. Member state of the European Union. Official name: French Republic (République Franí§aise). Population: 62 million inhabitants.
fret Tweet Definition of fret Like Definition of fret on Facebook
  1. (music) One of the pieces of metal/wood/plastic across the neck of a guitar or other musical instrument that marks note positions for fingering.
  2. An ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines (often in relief).
verb (frets, fretting, fretted or , fretted or fretten(usually in compounds))
  1. (context, transitive, obsolete/poetic) To devour, consume.
  2. (transitive, and, intransitive) To gnaw, consume, eat away.
  3. (transitive) To chafe or irritate; to worry.
  4. (intransitive) To worry or be anxious.
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.

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