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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.
fail-safe Tweet Definition of fail-safe Like Definition of fail-safe on Facebook
  1. A fail-safe device or mechanism.
verb (fail-saf, ing)
  1. To compensate automatically in the event of a failure.
  1. Which does not cause undue damage, in the event of failure.
''The system is failsafe, because everything is backed up automatically.
falcon Tweet Definition of falcon Like Definition of falcon on Facebook
  1. Any bird of the genus Falco, all of them bird of prey, birds of prey.
  1. To hunt with a falcon or falcons.
fatigue Tweet Definition of fatigue Like Definition of fatigue on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) weariness caused by exertion; exhaustion
  2. (countable) military menial labour
  3. (uncountable) material failure due to cyclic loading;
verb (fatigu, ing)
  1. (transitive) to tire or make weary by physical or mental exertion
  2. (intransitive) to lose so much strength or energy that one becomes tired, weary, feeble or exhausted
Fat Man Tweet Definition of Fat Man Like Definition of Fat Man on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The nickname given to the nuclear bomb dropped over w:Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945.
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.
field day Tweet Definition of field day Like Definition of field day on Facebook
noun a
  1. (military) A parade day. In the Navy, "field day" refers to a thorough cleaning of the ship's spaces.
  2. A school day for athletic events; a sports day.
  3. A day of class taken away from school for a field trip.
  4. (idiom) A great time or a great deal to do.
They went to the park and had a playing on the swings.
  1. (idiom) A great time or a great deal to do, at somebody else's expense.
The reporters will have a with a comment like that.
The scandal was a for the press.
field marshal Tweet Definition of field marshal Like Definition of field marshal on Facebook
  1. (military) In certain nations (but never in the United States) the highest military rank, coming after only the commander in chief; now essentially disused. German: Feldmarshal; French: Maréchel de France.
field of honor Tweet Definition of field of honor Like Definition of field of honor on Facebook
noun (fields of honor)
  1. Any place a duel was fought.
fighter Tweet Definition of fighter Like Definition of fighter on Facebook
  1. A person who fights.
  2. A warrior.
  3. A class of fixed-wing aircraft whose primary purpose is that of shooting down other aircraft. Some of these (Fighter-Attack or Attack aircraft) also have a secondary purpose of attacking ground targets.
fighter-bomber Tweet Definition of fighter-bomber Like Definition of fighter-bomber on Facebook
  1. A military aircraft designed to operate in combined roles of attacking enemy aircraft and bombing targets. Usually faster and more maneuverable than a traditional bomber.
firebomb Tweet Definition of firebomb Like Definition of firebomb on Facebook
noun (Plural: firebombs)
  1. A weapon that causes fire, an incendiary weapon.
    A molotov cocktail is a simple .
  1. To use a firebomb as a weapon.
    The rioters firebombed the parked car.
flack Tweet Definition of flack Like Definition of flack on Facebook
  1. a publicist, a publicity agent
= verb 
  1. to publicise, to promote
  • 1997: he told funny stories about his early days in the theater district, flacking shows up and down the street, but Klara wasn"t listening. " Don DeLillo?, Underworld
flak Tweet Definition of flak Like Definition of flak on Facebook
noun (countable and uncountable; plural flaks)
  1. Ground-based anti-aircraft guns firing explosive shells.
  2. Anti-aircraft shell fire.
  3. (figurative, informal; also flack) Adverse criticism.
  4. (informal; also flack) A public-relations spokesperson.
flank Tweet Definition of flank Like Definition of flank on Facebook
  1. The flesh between the last rib and the hip; the side.
  2. A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
  3. The side of a military formation.
  4. A side of something.
  5. The outermost strip of a road.
  1. (transitive) To attack the flank(s) of something.
  2. (transitive) To defend the flank(s) of something.
  3. (transitive) To place to the side(s) of something.
  4. To be placed to the side(s) of something (usually in terms of two objects, one on each side.)
  1. Nautical: Maximum (of speed). Historically faster than full speed (the most a vessel can sustain without excessive engine wear or risk of damage), now frequently used interchangeably. Typically used in an emergency or during an attack (All ahead flank!).
flash Tweet Definition of flash Like Definition of flash on Facebook
noun (flashes)
  1. A sudden, short, temporary burst of light.
  2. (linguistics) A language, created by a repressed minority to maintain cultural identity, that cannot be understood by the ruling class; for example, Ebonics, ebonics.
  3. A very short amount of time.
    • 1876, w:Mark Twain, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    • :Quick"something must be done! done in a , too! But the very imminence of the emergency paralyzed his invention.
      1. material, Material left around the edge of a mould, moulded part at the parting line of the mould.
      2. (Cockney) The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders.
verb (flash, es)
  1. To briefly illuminate a scene.
He flashed the light at the water, trying to see what made the noise.
  1. To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently.
The light flashed on and off.
  1. To be visible briefly.
The scenery flashed by quickly.
  1. To make visible briefly.
A number will be flashed on the screen.
  1. (computing) To write to the memory of an updatable component such as a BIOS chip or games cartridge.
  2. (colloquial) To expose one's naked body in public briefly.
  3. (metallurgy) To release the pressure from a pressurized vessel.
  1. (context, UK, and, NZ, slang) expensive, Expensive looking and attention worthy.
:(compare flashy)      
flying column Tweet Definition of flying column Like Definition of flying column on Facebook
  1. A mobile band of IRA rebels during the War of Independence 1919 - 1922, operating against the British military using guerilla tactics.
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).
footman Tweet Definition of footman Like Definition of footman on Facebook
noun (foot, men)
  1. A soldier who marches and fights on foot; a foot soldier.
  2. A man in waiting; a male servant whose duties are to attend the door, the carriage, the table, etc.
  3. Formerly, a servant who ran in front of his master's carriage; a runner.
  4. A metallic stand with four feet, for keeping anything warm before a fire.
  5. (Zoí¶l.) A moth of the family Lithosidí¦; -- so called from its livery-like colors.
foot soldier Tweet Definition of foot soldier Like Definition of foot soldier on Facebook
  1. A soldier who fights on foot; an infantryman
forced march Tweet Definition of forced march Like Definition of forced march on Facebook
noun (forced marches)
  1. (military) Soldiers, especially infantry, being made to move at a speed that would normally tire them excessively, to meet a military necessity.
1885 I did not believe this possible because of the distance and the condition of the roads, which was bad; besides, troops after a of twenty miles are not in a good condition for fighting the moment they get through. " Ulysses S. Grant, Personal memoirs of U.S. Grant'',+Ulysses+S.+(Ulysses+Simpson),+1822-1885.:+Personal+memoirs+of+U.S.+Grant,+Volume+I,+1885&query=forced+march&id=GraPers Chapter 28.
fort Tweet Definition of fort Like Definition of fort on Facebook
  1. A fortify, fortified defensive structure stationed with troops
  2. Any permanent army post
fortify Tweet Definition of fortify Like Definition of fortify on Facebook
verb (fortif, i, ed)
  1. To increase the defenses of.
  2. To impart strength or vigor to.
  3. To increase the effectiveness of,as by additional ingredients.
  4. To strengthen mentally or morally.
foxhole Tweet Definition of foxhole Like Definition of foxhole on Facebook
  1. (military) A small pit dug into the ground as a shelter for protection against enemy fire.
frag Tweet Definition of frag Like Definition of frag on Facebook
  1. (italbrac, gameplaying) A successful kill in a deathmatch game.
I'd been fighting him for ages, and then you stole my !
verb (frag, g, ing)
  1. (italbrac, US military slang) To deliberately kill (one's superior officer) with a fragmentation grenade.
  2. (italbrac, gameplaying) To kill (another player) in a deathmatch computer game.
I fragged him but he fell off the ledge afterwards.
fragmentation Tweet Definition of fragmentation Like Definition of fragmentation on Facebook
  1. The act of fragmenting or something fragmented; disintegration.
  2. The process by which fragments of an exploding bomb scatter.
  1. (computing) The breaking up and dispersal of a file into non-contiguous areas of a disk.
  2. (computing) The breaking up of a data packet when larger than the transmission unit of a network.
friendly fire Tweet Definition of friendly fire Like Definition of friendly fire on Facebook
  1. Fire from allied or friendly forces, as opposed to fire coming from enemy forces or enemy fire.
furlough Tweet Definition of furlough Like Definition of furlough on Facebook
  1. A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces, or to a prisoner.
  2. The documents authorizing such leave.

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