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F Tweet Definition of F Like Definition of F on Facebook
noun
  1. The sixth letter of the Appendix:Roman script, English alphabet, preceded by E and followed by G.
  2. A failing grade in a class or course. The next best grade is a D. Some institutions issue Es instead of Fs.
FA Tweet Definition of FA Like Definition of FA on Facebook
initialism
  1. (football) Football Association esp English Football Asscociation see also Scottish FA and Welsh FA.
  2. (context, Vulgarities): fuck all
  3. (euphemism) Fanny Adams
  4. (Wikipedia) Featured Article
  5. Felonious Assault
  6. Fee Agreement
falsetto Tweet Definition of falsetto Like Definition of falsetto on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable or uncountable) The "false" (singing) voice in any human, usually airy and lacking a purity of vowels; created by utilizing the next highest vocal folds above those used for speech and normal range singing. It is commonly confused with the Head Voice register.
fandango Tweet Definition of fandango Like Definition of fandango on Facebook
noun
  1. A form of flamenco music and dance
  2. An unknown entity or contraption
What"s that fandango you"re using?
fantasy Tweet Definition of fantasy Like Definition of fantasy on Facebook
noun (fantas, ies)
  1. That which comes from one's imagination
  2. The literary genre generally dealing with themes of magic and fictive medieval technology.
Faust Tweet Definition of Faust Like Definition of Faust on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a magician and alchemist of German lore who sold his soul to the Devil for knowledge
FF Tweet Definition of FF Like Definition of FF on Facebook
initialism
  1. Fast forward
  2. Form feed (printing character, ASCII decimal value 12.)
  3. Fianna Fí¡il
  4. (vulgar, slang) Fist-fucking
Fi Tweet Definition of Fi Like Definition of Fi on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Short form of the female given name Fiona.
abbreviation
  1. fidelity, as in sound hi-fi
    1. abbr. for the Latin fidelus - as in Semper fi
  2. fiction
fiddle Tweet Definition of fiddle Like Definition of fiddle on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, music) The violin when played in any of various traditional styles, as opposed to classical violin.
When I play it like this, it's a fiddle; when I play it like that, it's a violin.
  1. An adjustment intended to cover up a basic flaw.
That parameter setting is just a fiddle to make the lighting look right.
  1. fraud
  2. (context, nautical) On board a ship or boat, a rail or batten around the edge of a table or stove to prevent objects falling off at sea. (Also fiddle rail)
verb (fiddl, ing)
  1. To play aimlessly.
You're fiddling your life away.
  1. To adjust in order to cover a basic flaw or fraud etc.
I needed to fiddle the lighting parameters to get the image to look right.
Fred was sacked when the auditors caught him fiddling the books.
  1. (context, music) To play traditional tunes on a violin using the aforementioned styles.
fiddler Tweet Definition of fiddler Like Definition of fiddler on Facebook
noun
  1. One who plays the fiddle.
Fife Tweet Definition of Fife Like Definition of Fife on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A traditional county of Scotland now a Unitary Authority, situated between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth, with landward boundaries to Perth and Kinross and Clackmannanshire.
fine Tweet Definition of fine Like Definition of fine on Facebook
noun
  1. (usually plural) something that is fine; fine particles
    • They filtered silt and fines out of the oil. =
verb (fin, ing)
  1. (transitive) to make finer, purer, or cleaner
  2. (intransitive) to become finer, purer, or cleaner
  3. (transitive) To clarify (wine and beer) by filtration.
adjective (finer, finest)
  1. Of superior quality.
    • The tree frog that they encountered was truly a specimen.
    • Only a really wine could fully complement Lucí­a's hand-made pasta.
      1. Of a particular grade of quality, usually between very good and very fine, and below mint.
    • The small scratch meant that his copy of X-Men
    • 2 was merely when it otherwise would have been near mint.
      1. (context, of weather) Sunny and not raining.
      2. Being acceptable, adequate, passable, or satisfactory.
    • "How are you today?" "Fine."
    • "Will this one do? It's got a dent in it" "Yeah, it'll be , I guess."
    • "It's with me if you stay out late, so long as you're back by three."
      1. Good-looking, attractive.
    • "That man is so that I'd jump into his pants without a moment's hesitation."
      1. Consisting of especially minute particulate; made up of particularly small pieces.
    • Grind it into a powder.
    • When she touched the artifact, it collapsed into a heap of dust.
      1. Particularly slender; especially thin, narrow, or of small girth.
    • The threads were so that you had to look through a magnifying glass to see them.
      1. Made of slender or thin filaments.
    • They protected themselves from the small parasites with a wire mesh.
      1. Being dismissive, a way to keep to yourself when asked, "How are you?" "Fine"
adverb
  1. expression of agreement
fingered Tweet Definition of fingered Like Definition of fingered on Facebook
verb
  1. (past of, finger)
fire Tweet Definition of fire Like Definition of fire on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) A (usually self-sustaining) chemical reaction involving the bonding of oxygen with carbon or other fuel, with the production of heat and the presence of flame or smolder, smouldering.
  2. (countable) Something that has produced or is capable of producing this chemical reaction, such as a campfire.
We sat around the singing songs and telling stories.
  1. (countable) The, often accidental, occurrence of fire in a certain place leading to its full or partial destruction.
There was a at the school last night and the whole place burned down.
During hot and dry summers many fires in forests are caused by regardlessly discarded cigarette butts.
  1. (uncountable, alchemy) One of the four basic elements.
  2. (context, India and Japan) One of the five basic elements (see w:Classical_element, Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
  3. (countable, UK) A heater or stove used in place of a real fire (such as an electric fire).
  4. (countable) The elements necessary to start a fire.
The was laid and needed to be lit.
  1. (uncountable) The in-flight bullets or other projectiles shoot, shot from a gun.
The from the enemy guns kept us from attacking.
verb (fir, ing)
  1. (transitive) To set (something) on fire.
    • (rfdate, author) 1898 "Then I slipped up again with a box of matches, fired my heap of paper and rubbish, put the chairs and bedding thereby, led the gas to the affair, by means of an india-rubber tube, and waving a farewell to the room left it for the last time.
    • (rfdate) "You fired the house!" exclaimed Kemp.
    • (RQ:Wells Invisible) Chapter 20,
    • : "Fired the house. It was the only way to cover my trail"and no doubt it was insured."
      1. (transitive) To shoot (a gun or other explosive propelled device).
      We will our guns at the enemy.
      1. (transitive) To terminate the employment contract of (an employee), usually because of the misconduct or poor performance of the employee (as opposed to "make redundant" or "lay off", where the employee"s actions are not the reason for the termination).
      She should the employee that stole from the company.
      1. (transitive) To heat (pottery, ceramic, etc.), usually in a kiln to make the clay nonsoluble or to affix a glaze.
      If you the pottery at too high a temperature, it may crack.
      1. (intransitive) To shoot a gun, a cannon or a similar weapon.
      Don't until you see the whites of their eyes.
      1. (intransitive, physiology) To cause an action potential in a cell.
      When a neuron fires, it transmits information.
first Tweet Definition of first Like Definition of first on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) The person or thing in the first position.
  2. (uncountable) The first gear of an engine.
  3. (countable) something that has never happened before; a new occurrence
This is a . For once he has nothing to say.
  1. (context, countable, British, colloquial) A first-class honours degree.
  2. (context, countable, baseball) first base
There was a close play at .
adjective
  1. Having no predecessor. The ordinal number corresponding to one.
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. =
flam Tweet Definition of flam Like Definition of flam on Facebook
noun
  1. A freak or whim; also, a falsehood; a lie; an illusory pretext; deception; delusion.
flamenco Tweet Definition of flamenco Like Definition of flamenco on Facebook
noun
  1. a Spanish dance
flautist Tweet Definition of flautist Like Definition of flautist on Facebook
noun
  1. One who plays the flute.
fling Tweet Definition of fling Like Definition of fling on Facebook
noun
  1. short, Short, often sexual relationship.
verb (flings, flinging, flung)
  1. To throw with violence or quick movement; to hurl.
flourish Tweet Definition of flourish Like Definition of flourish on Facebook
noun
  1. A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.
    • With many flourishes of the captured banner, they marched down the avenue.
      1. An ornamentation.
    • His signature ended with a .
      1. (music) A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.
    • The trumpets blew a as they entered the church.
verb (flourish, es)
  1. (intransitive) To thrive or grow well.
    • The barley flourished in the warm weather.
      1. (intransitive) To prosper or fare well.
    • The town flourished with the coming of the railway.
      1. (intransitive) To be in a period of greatest influence.
    • His writing flourished before the war.
      1. (transitive) To make bold, sweeping movements.
    • They flourished the banner as they stormed the palace.
flute Tweet Definition of flute Like Definition of flute on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, musical instruments) A woodwind instrument consisting of a metal, wood or bamboo tube with a row of circular holes and played by blowing across a hole in the side of one end or through a narrow channel at one end against a sharp edge, while covering none, some or all of the holes with the fingers to vary the note played.
  2. A glass with a long, narrow bowl and a long stem, used for drinking wine, especially champagne.
  3. A helical groove going up a drill bit which allows the drilled out material to come up out of the hole as it's drilled.
  4. (architecture) A semicylindrical vertical groove in a pillar.
verb s]]
(
flutes, fluting, fluted)
  1. To cut a semicylindrical vertical groove in a pillar.
flutist Tweet Definition of flutist Like Definition of flutist on Facebook
noun
  1. One who plays the flute.
folk music Tweet Definition of folk music Like Definition of folk music on Facebook
noun
  1. any genre of music originating from the ethnic community of a specific region; often not recorded, but passed down orally
  2. contemporary music in the style of traditional folk music
folk song Tweet Definition of folk song Like Definition of folk song on Facebook
noun
  1. a song originating among the working people of urban and rural areas, and handed by oral tradition.
  2. a song in this style which may have been written in recent times.
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.
verb
  1. (transitive) To use the foot to kick (usually a ball).
  2. (transitive) To pay (a bill).
fork Tweet Definition of fork Like Definition of fork on Facebook
noun
  1. A pronged tool having a long straight handle, used for digging, lifting, throwing etc.
  2. (obsolete) A gallows.
  3. A utensil with spikes used to put solid food into the mouth, or to hold food down while cutting.
  4. A tuning-fork.
  5. An intersection in a road or path where one road is split into two.
  6. A point where a waterway, such as a river, splits and goes two (or more) different directions (see image).
  7. (chess) The simultaneous attack of two adversary pieces with one single attacking piece (especially a knight).
  8. (computer science) A splitting-up of an existing process into itself and a child process execute, executing parts of the same program.
  9. (computer science) An event where development of some free software or open-source software is split into two or more separate projects.
  10. crotch, Crotch (British usage).
verb
  1. To use a fork to move food to the mouth.
  2. (context, computer science) To spawn a new child process in some sense duplicate, duplicating the existing process.
  3. (context, computer science) To split a (software) project into several projects.
  4. To kick someone in the crotch.
forte Tweet Definition of forte Like Definition of forte on Facebook
noun
  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 .
fortissimo Tweet Definition of fortissimo Like Definition of fortissimo on Facebook
noun
  1. (music) The dynamic sign indicating that the piece should be played fortissimo. Abbreviation: ff.
adjective
  1. (comparative of, forte)
adverb
  1. (comparative of, forte, POS=adverb)
  2. (music) The musical term indicating that the piece is played very loud.
frappe Tweet Definition of frappe Like Definition of frappe on Facebook
noun
  1. Liqueur poured over shaved ice.
  1. (context, New England) Thick milkshake containing ice cream.
French horn Tweet Definition of French horn Like Definition of French horn on Facebook
noun
  1. (musici) The American name for a coiled brass musical instrument derived from the French hunting horn, having rotary valves.
fret Tweet Definition of fret Like Definition of fret on Facebook
noun
  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.
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 Tweet Definition of front Like Definition of front on Facebook
noun
  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.
verb
  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.
adjective
  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.
frug Tweet Definition of frug Like Definition of frug on Facebook
proper noun(the) frug
  1. a novelty dance of 1960s America fame
  2. a Wikipedia:Rilo Kiley, Rilo Kiley song from their Wikipedia:The Initial Friend E.P., The Initial Friend E.P.
fugal Tweet Definition of fugal Like Definition of fugal on Facebook
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or composed using a fugue
fugue Tweet Definition of fugue Like Definition of fugue on Facebook
noun
  1. A contrapuntal piece of music wherein a particular melody is played in a number of Voice, voices. At the beginning of the piece, each voice is introduced in turn by playing the melody, after which it consists of a mix of Counter-melody, counter-melodies, accompaniment passages, periods of rest, and returns to the main melody (often Transform, transformed in some way). Melody can be diminution and/or augmentation of the original melody.
  2. Anything in literature, poetry, film, painting, etc., that resembles a fugue in structure or in its elaborate complexity and formality.
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verb
  1. To make cloth denser and firmer by soaking, beating and pressing, to waulk, walk
adjective
  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.
fundamental Tweet Definition of fundamental Like Definition of fundamental on Facebook
noun
  1. A leading or primary principle, rule, law, or article, which serves as the groundwork of a system; essential part, as, the fundamentals of the Christian faith.
adjective
  1. Pertaining to the foundation or basis; serving for the foundation. Hence: Essential, as an element, principle, or law; important; original; elementary; as, a fundamental truth; a fundamental axiom.
funky Tweet Definition of funky Like Definition of funky on Facebook
adjective
  1. (US, slang) Not quite right; offbeat, unconventional or eccentric.
  2. Of or pertaining to the smell of funk (semen.)

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