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faculty Tweet Definition of faculty Like Definition of faculty on Facebook
noun (faculties)
  1. The scholarly staff at colleges or university, universities, as opposed to the students or support staff.
  2. A division of a university (e.g. a Faculty of Science or Faculty of Medicine).
  3. An ability, skill, or power.
He lived until he reached the age of 90 with most of his faculties intact.
Faith Tweet Definition of Faith Like Definition of Faith on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female)
faithless Tweet Definition of faithless Like Definition of faithless on Facebook
adjective
  1. Not believing; not giving credit.
  2. Not believing on God or religion; specifically, not believing in the Christian religion.
  3. Not observant of promises or covenants.
  4. Not true to allegiance, duty, or vows; perfidious; trecherous; disloyal; not of true fidelity; inconstant, as a husband or a wife.
  5. Serving to disappoint or deceive; delusive; unsatisfying.
fall Tweet Definition of fall Like Definition of fall on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of moving in gas or vacuum under the effect of gravity to a lower position.
  2. (chiefly North America, obsolete elsewhere; from the falling of leaves during this season) autumn, Autumn.
  3. A loss of greatness or status; as, the fall of Rome.
  4. (cricket) (of a wicket) The act of a batsman being out.
  5. (In plural only: falls) A waterfall.
  6. (curling) A defect in the ice which causes stones thrown in an area to drift in a given direction
verb (falls, falling, fell or (sense 7 only) (archaic) felled, fallen or (sense 7 ony) (archaic) felled)
  1. (intransitive) To move to a lower position under the effect of gravity
Thrown from a cliff, the stone fell 100 feet before hitting the ground.
  1. to come down, to drop or descend
The rain fell at dawn.
  1. to come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself
He fell to the floor and begged for mercy.
  1. to be brought to the ground; to collapse, to be overthrown or defeated; to die
Rome fell to the Goths in 410 AD.
  1. to be allotted to; to come to through chance or fate
And so it falls to me to make this important decision.
  1. (transitive) (followed by an adjective) To become; to change into the state described by the adjective that follows.
She has fallen ill.
    • Usage note: Now only used in certain set phrases and expressions (see "Derived terms" below).
      1. (transitive) (archaic) To cause something to fall (4); especially to cause a tree to fall (4) by cutting it down.
Father Tweet Definition of Father Like Definition of Father on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Christianity) God, the father of Creation
  2. A title given to priests.
Thomas was a good priest.
  1. One's father
I will only do what Father asks.
fatwa Tweet Definition of fatwa Like Definition of fatwa on Facebook
noun (pluralfatawaArabic orfatwas)
  1. (Islam) A legal opinion, decree or ruling issued by a mufti or other Islamic lawyer
feast Tweet Definition of feast Like Definition of feast on Facebook
noun
  1. A very large meal.
verb
  1. To partake in a feast (above).
feast day Tweet Definition of feast day Like Definition of feast day on Facebook
noun
  1. a day allocated to a particular saint.
feria Tweet Definition of feria Like Definition of feria on Facebook
noun
  1. A weekday on a Church calendar on which no feast is observed.
fiesta Tweet Definition of fiesta Like Definition of fiesta on Facebook
noun
  1. (In Spanish speaking countries): A religious festival.
  2. A festive occasion.
fold Tweet Definition of fold Like Definition of fold on Facebook
noun
  1. the act of folding
  2. a bend or crease.
  3. any correct move in origami.
verb (folds, folding, folded, folded or rarely folden)
  1. (transitive) to bend (any thin material, such as paper) over so that it comes in contact with itself.
  2. (transitive) to make the proper arrangement (in a thin material) by bending.
If you the sheets, they'll fit more easily in the drawer.
  1. (Informal) to fall over.
  2. (intransitive) to give way on a point or in an argument.
  3. (intransitive) (poker) To withdraw from betting.
  4. (transitive) To stir gently, with a folding action.
Fold the egg whites into the batter.
  1. (intransitive) Of a company, to cease to trade.
font Tweet Definition of font Like Definition of font on Facebook
noun
  1. A receptacle in a church for holy water - especially one used in baptism
  2. A receptacle for oil in a lamp.
formalism Tweet Definition of formalism Like Definition of formalism on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, computing) One of several alternative computational paradigms for a given theory.
  2. (context, literature) An approach to interpretation and/or evaluation focused on the (usually linguistic) structure of a literary work rather than on the contexts of its origin or reception.
  3. (context, music) The tendency to elevate formal above expressive value in music, as in wikipedia:Serialism, Serial music.
formula Tweet Definition of formula Like Definition of formula on Facebook
noun (pluralformulaein scientific use, formulasin informal use)
  1. (mathematics) Any mathematical rule expressed symbolically.
<math>x = \frac {-b \pm \sqrt{b^2 - 4ac}}{2a}</math> is the formula for finding the roots of the quadratic equation y = ax2 + bx + c.
  1. (chemistry) A symbolic expression of the structure of a compound.
H2O is the formula for water (Dihydrogen monoxide)
  1. A plan of action intended to solve a problem.
  2. A formulation; a prescription; a mixture or solution made in a prescribed manner; the identity and quanties of ingredients of such a mixture.
The formula of the rocket fuel has not been revealed.
fraction Tweet Definition of fraction Like Definition of fraction on Facebook
noun
  1. a part of a whole, especially a comparatively small part.
  2. (arithmetic) a ratio of two integers, the numerator and the denominator, usually written one above the other and separated by a vinculum (horizontal bar)
  3. (chemistry) a component of a mixture, separated by fractionation.
  4. In a Eucharistic service, the breaking of the Host.
verb
  1. divide or break into fractions.
Franciscan Tweet Definition of Franciscan Like Definition of Franciscan on Facebook
noun
  1. A monk or nun belonging to the religious order founded by St Francis of Assisi.
adjective
  1. Pertaining to St Francis or to the Franciscans.
friar Tweet Definition of friar Like Definition of friar on Facebook
noun
  1. A member of certain Christian orders such as the Augustinians, Carmelites (white friars), Franciscans (grey friars) or the Dominicans (black friars).
friary Tweet Definition of friary Like Definition of friary on Facebook
noun , plural friaries
  1. house or dwelling where friars or members of certain religious communities live
friend Tweet Definition of friend Like Definition of friend on Facebook
noun
  1. A person other than a family member, spouse or lover whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection.
  2. A boyfriend or girlfriend.
  3. An associate who provides assistance.
The Automobile Association is every motorist"s .
The police is every law abiding citizen"s .
  1. A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted
a of a
  1. A person who backs something.
I"m not a of cheap wine.
  1. An object or idea that can be used for good.
Google is your .
  1. (colloquial, ironic, used only in the vocative) Used as a form of address when warning someone.
You"d better watch it, .
verb
  1. to act as the friend of
frock Tweet Definition of frock Like Definition of frock on Facebook
noun
  1. A dress, a piece of clothing for a female, which consists of a skirt and a cover for the upper body.
  2. An outer garment worn by priests and other clericals, a habit.
frontal Tweet Definition of frontal Like Definition of frontal on Facebook
noun
  1. A drapery covering the front of an altar.
  2. The faí§ade of a building.
adjective
  1. Of, relating to, directed toward, or situated at the front: a frontal attack.
  2. Anatomy
  1. Of or relating to the forehead or frontal bone.
  2. Of or relating to the frontal plane.
    1. Of or relating to a weather front.
fundamentalism Tweet Definition of fundamentalism Like Definition of fundamentalism on Facebook
noun
  1. (religion) The tendency to reduce a religion to its most fundamental tenets, based on strict interpretation of core texts.
  2. (finance) The belief that fundamental financial quantities are the best predictor of the price of an instrument.
    1. The beliefs held by those in this movement.
  3. Strict adherence to any set of basic ideas or principles.

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