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falcon Tweet Definition of falcon Like Definition of falcon on Facebook
noun
  1. Any bird of the genus Falco, all of them bird of prey, birds of prey.
verb
  1. To hunt with a falcon or falcons.
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
fieldfare Tweet Definition of fieldfare Like Definition of fieldfare on Facebook
noun
  1. A large thrush, Turdus pilaris, of Eurasia.
    • 2007: Paul seemed relaxed, scanning the fields on either side of the muddy lane for fieldfares " Diana Athill, "Somewhere Towards the End", Granta 98, p. 20
filament Tweet Definition of filament Like Definition of filament on Facebook
noun
  1. a fine thread or wire
  2. such a wire, heated to glowing, in an incandescent light bulb or a thermionic valve
  3. (botany) The stalk of a stamen in a flower, supporting the anther.
  4. In textiles, a continuous object, limited in length only by its spool, and not cut to length
finch Tweet Definition of finch Like Definition of finch on Facebook
noun (pluralfinches)
  1. Any bird of the family Fringillidae, seed-eating passerine birds, native chiefly to the northern hemisphere and usually having a conical beak.
verb
  1. To hunt for finches, to go finching.
firecrest Tweet Definition of firecrest Like Definition of firecrest on Facebook
noun (pluralfirecrests)
  1. A very small passerine bird, Regulus ignicapillus, that breeds in Eurasia.
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. =
flamingo Tweet Definition of flamingo Like Definition of flamingo on Facebook
noun (pl2=flamingoes)
  1. A wade, wading bird of the family Phoenicopteridae.
  2. (colour) A deep pink color tinged with orange, like that of a flamingo.
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adjective
  1. (colour) of a deep pink color tinged with orange, like that of a flamingo..
fledge Tweet Definition of fledge Like Definition of fledge on Facebook
verbto fledge (transitive and intransitive)
  1. to care for a young bird until it is capable of flight
  2. to grow, cover or be covered with feathers
  3. to decorate with feathers
fledged Tweet Definition of fledged Like Definition of fledged on Facebook
adjective
  1. able to fly
fledgling Tweet Definition of fledgling Like Definition of fledgling on Facebook
noun
  1. (literally) A young bird which has just developed its flight feathers (notably wings).
  2. (metaphorically) An immature, naí¯ve and/or inexperienced person
adjective
  1. untried or inexperienced
flicker Tweet Definition of flicker Like Definition of flicker on Facebook
noun
  1. An unsteady flash of light.
  2. A short moment.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To burn or shine unsteadily. To burn or shine with a wavering light.
  2. (intransitive) To keep going on and off; to appear and disappear for short moments; to flutter.
flyway Tweet Definition of flyway Like Definition of flyway on Facebook
noun
  1. A migratory route used by birds between breeding areas.
fowl Tweet Definition of fowl Like Definition of fowl on Facebook
noun
  1. (archaic) A bird.
  2. A bird of the order Galliformes, including chickens, turkeys, pheasant, partridges and quail.
  3. Birds which are hunted or kept for food, including Galliformes and also waterfowl of the order Anseriformes such as ducks, goose, geese and swans.
verb
  1. To hunt fowl.
foxed Tweet Definition of foxed Like Definition of foxed on Facebook
verb
  1. Simple past and past participle of fox; baffled; outwitted.
adjective
  1. Of paper, having yellowish brown stains.
francolin Tweet Definition of francolin Like Definition of francolin on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various terrestrial partridges of the genus Francolinus, found chiefly in Africa.

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