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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.
fade Tweet Definition of fade Like Definition of fade on Facebook
  1. (golf) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves intentionally to the right. See slice, hook, draw.
verb (fad, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To become fade; to grow weak; to lose strength; to decay; to perish gradually; to wither, as a plant.
  2. (intransitive) To lose freshness, color, or brightness; to become faint in hue or tint; hence, to be wanting in color.
  3. (intransitive) To sink away; to disappear gradually; to grow dim; to vanish.
adjective (fad, er)
  1. weak, Weak; insipid; tasteless; commonplace.
fair ball Tweet Definition of fair ball Like Definition of fair ball on Facebook
  1. (baseball) A ball which has been hit between the first base and third base lines
    It's a ... ; it rolls into the corner; Jones is stretching for two; the throw -- safe!
fall Tweet Definition of fall Like Definition of fall on Facebook
  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.
fall line Tweet Definition of fall line Like Definition of fall line on Facebook
  1. (geography) A line marking a boundary between an upland region and a plane; sometimes marked by a series of waterfalls on rivers that cross it.
  2. (snowboarding) The imaginary line downhill that something falling downhill would naturally follow.
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.
farm Tweet Definition of farm Like Definition of farm on Facebook
  1. A place where agricultural activities take place.
  1. (intransitive) To work on a farm.
  2. (transitive) To grow a particular crop.
fartlek Tweet Definition of fartlek Like Definition of fartlek on Facebook
  1. An athletic training technique, used especially in running, in which periods of intense effort alternate with periods of less strenuous effort in a continuous workout
fast break Tweet Definition of fast break Like Definition of fast break on Facebook
  1. (basketball) An offensive play in which a team, having won possession of the ball, moves the ball downcourt as quickly as possible, attempting to get an easy shot before the defense can set up.
Their pressure defense gives them a lot of fast breaks off of steals.
fault Tweet Definition of fault Like Definition of fault on Facebook
  1. A defect; something that detracts from perfection
  2. A mistake or error
  3. A weakness of character
  4. A minor offense
  5. Blame; the responsibility for a mistake
  6. (Geology) A fracture in a rock formation causing a discontinuity
  7. (Tennis) An illegal serve
  8. (electrical) An abnormal connection in a circuit.
  1. (transitive) To criticize, blame or find fault with something or someone.
  2. (context, intransitive, geology) To fracture.
  3. (intransitive) To commit a mistake or error.
favorite Tweet Definition of favorite Like Definition of favorite on Facebook
  1. Preferred one, one with special favor
The teacher's always went first.
  1. Expected or most probable to win.
He's the , he'll probably be elected.
  1. Preferred.
That is my flavor of ice cream, I'd eat it daily if I could.
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
fence Tweet Definition of fence Like Definition of fence on Facebook
  1. A thin, human-constructed barrier which separates two pieces of land or a house perimeter.
    • 1865, w:Horatio Alger, Horatio Alger, s:Paul Prescott's Charge/Chapter XVII, Paul Prescott's Charge - Chapter XVII,
    • : There was a weak place in the separating the two inclosures
      1. A middleman for transactions of stolen goods.
      2. The place whence such a middleman operates.
      3. Skill in oral debate.
      4. The art or practice of fencing.
    • 1599, w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, s:The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merry Wives of Windsor,
    • : I bruised my shin th' other day with playing at sword and dagger with a master of
      1. A guard or guide on machinery.
verb (fenc, ing)
  1. (transitive) To enclose, contain or separate by building fence.
    • 1856, w:George A. Smith, George A. Smith, s:Journal of Discourses/Volume3/The Leaven of the Gospel, etc., The Saints Should Divest Themselves of Old Traditions,
    • :Here are twenty acres of land, and it is all you can properly farm, unless you have more help than yourself. Now and cultivate it, and you can make an abundant living.
      1. (transitive) To defend or guard.
      2. (transitive) To engage in the selling or buying of stolen goods.
      3. (intransitive) To engage in (the sport) fencing.
    • 1921, w:Rafael Sabatini, Rafael Sabatini, s:Scaramouche/Book III/Chapter VI, Scaramouche,
    • :Challenges are flying right and left between these bully-swordsmen, these spadassinicides, and poor devils of the robe who have never learnt to with anything but a quill.
      1. (intransitive) (italbrac, equestrian) To jump over a fence.
fencer Tweet Definition of fencer Like Definition of fencer on Facebook
  1. A participant in the sport of fencing
fencing Tweet Definition of fencing Like Definition of fencing on Facebook
noun (uncountable)
  1. The art or sport of duelling with swords, especially the style that originated in Europe.
  2. Material used to make fences.
  3. Fences used as barriers or an enclosure.
Fencing was erected around the field to keep the horses in.
fetch Tweet Definition of fetch Like Definition of fetch on Facebook
  1. The object of fetching; the source and origin of attraction; a force, quality or propensity which is attracting eg., in a given attribute of person, place, object, principle, etc.
  2. a type of guardian angel, guardian spirit, totemic being or tutelary entity, which was held to follow each person or family and the relationship being affixed or bound at the process or ceremony of naming (and in this usage is conceptually cognate with fylgja).
  3. A stratagem by which a thing is indirectly brought to pass, or by which one thing seems intended and another is done; a trick; an artifice.
"Every little of wit and criticism." -South.
  1. The apparation of a living person; a wraith.
"The very and ghost of Mrs. Gamp." -Dickens.
verb (fetches, fetching, fetched, or archaic, fetcht)
  1. To retrieve; to bear towards; to get.
  2. To obtain as price or equivalent; to sell for.
  3. (nautical) To bring or get within reach by going; to reach; to arrive at; to attain; to reach by sailing.
  4. (intransitive) To bring one's self; to make headway; to veer; as, to fetch about; to fetch to windward.
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.
fielder Tweet Definition of fielder Like Definition of fielder on Facebook
  1. (cricket) A player of the fielding side, whose task is to gather the ball after the batsman has hit it, to catch the batsman out, or to prevent him from scoring.
field goal Tweet Definition of field goal Like Definition of field goal on Facebook
noun (pl.field goals)
  1. When the ball is kicked through the uprights and over the crossbar (not after a touchdown) for 3 points
He kicked a 33 yard just before the half
  1. (basketball) A made shot that was not a free throw
He got six field goals in the first half, two from three point land.
fight Tweet Definition of fight Like Definition of fight on Facebook
noun (WikiSaurus?-link, fight)
  1. An occasion of fighting.
  2. (archaic) A battle between opposing armies.
  3. A physical confrontation or combat between two or more people or groups.
    • Watch your language, are you looking for a ?
      1. (context, Sports) A boxing or martial arts match.
    • I'm going to Nick"s to watch the big tomorrow night.
      1. A conflict, possibly nonphysical, with opposing ideas or forces; strife.
    • I'll put up a to save this company.
      1. The will or ability to fight
    • As soon as he saw the size of his opponent, all the went out of him.
verb (fights, fighting, fought, fought or foughten)
  1. (intransitive) To contend in physical conflict, either singly or in war, battle etc.
    • The two boxers have been fighting for more than half an hour.
    • A wounded animal will like a maniac.
      1. (intransitive) To strive for; to campaign or contend for success.
    • He fought for the Democrats in the last election.
      1. (transitive) To conduct or engage in (battle, warfare etc.).
    • The battle was fought just over that hill.
      1. (transitive) To engage in combat with; to oppose physically, to contest with.
    • My grandfather fought the Nazis in the Second World War.
      1. (transitive) To try to overpower; to fiercely counteract.
    • The government pledged to corruption.
figure skating Tweet Definition of figure skating Like Definition of figure skating on Facebook
  1. A sport where people perform spins, jumps and other moves on ice.
find Tweet Definition of find Like Definition of find on Facebook
  1. Anything that is found, especially by good fortune.
verb (finds, finding, found, found or archaic founden)
  1. (transitive) To encounter, to discover.
Project Gutenberg finds that Find is the 190th most important word in the English language.
I found my car keys -- they were under the couch.''
  1. (transitive) To point out.
He kept finding faults with my work.
  1. (transitive) To decide that, to form the opinion that.
I find your argument unsatisfactory.
  1. (transitive) To determine or judge.
The jury finds for the defendant
fireman Tweet Definition of fireman Like Definition of fireman on Facebook
noun (firemen)
  1. (firefighting) A person who is skilled in the work of fighting fire.
    1. (firefighting) A fireman that is of the male sex (see usage note).
  2. (railroading) A man who keeps the fire going underneath a steam boiler (originally, shoveling coal by hand), particularly on a railroad locomotive.
  3. (railroading) By extension of the above, an assistant on any locomotive, whether steam-powered or not.
  4. (baseball) A relief pitcher.
first Tweet Definition of first Like Definition of first on Facebook
  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 .
  1. Having no predecessor. The ordinal number corresponding to one.
first baseman Tweet Definition of first baseman Like Definition of first baseman on Facebook
noun (first basemen, sg=first baseman)
  1. (baseball) The infield defensive player that stands near first base.
    First basemen are usually left-handed.
fixture Tweet Definition of fixture Like Definition of fixture on Facebook
  1. Something that is fixed in place, especially a permanent appliance or other item of personal property that is considered part of a house and is sold with it
  2. a regular patron of a place or institution
  3. a lighting unit; a luminaire
  4. (sports) a scheduled match
FL Tweet Definition of FL Like Definition of FL on Facebook
  1. Florida, a state of the United States of America.
  2. foreign language
flag Tweet Definition of flag Like Definition of flag on Facebook
  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.
  1. Of or pertaining to an admiral, commodore, or general officer.
    • Captains park in the second row, officers next to the building. =
flair Tweet Definition of flair Like Definition of flair on Facebook
  1. a natural or innate talent or aptitude; a knack
  2. distinctive style or elegance; panache or elan
flesh Tweet Definition of flesh Like Definition of flesh on Facebook
  1. the soft tissue of the body, especially muscle and fat.
  2. animal tissue, especially animal tissue used as food.
  3. the human body as a physical entity.
  4. the skin of a human or animal.
  5. the soft, often edible, parts of fruits or vegetables.
  6. a yellowish pink colour; the colour of some human skin.
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  1. to put flesh on; to fatten.
flinch Tweet Definition of flinch Like Definition of flinch on Facebook
  1. To make a sudden, involuntary movement in response to a (usually negative) stimulus.
float Tweet Definition of float Like Definition of float on Facebook
  1. A buoyant device used to support something in water or another liquid.
Attach the and the weight to the fishing line, above the hook.
  1. A sort of trowel used for finishing concrete surfaces.
When pouring a new driveway, you can use a two-by-four as a .
  1. An elaborately decorated trailer or vehicle, intended for display in a parade or pageant.
That covered in roses is very pretty.
  1. (finance) Funds committed to be paid but not yet paid.
Our bank does a nightly sweep of accounts, to adjust the so we stay within our reserves limit.
  1. (context, finance, AU, and other Commonwealth countries?) An offering of shares in a company (or units in a trust) to members of the public, normally followed by a listing on a stock exchange.
2006, You don't actually need a broker to buy shares in a when a company is about to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. &mdash; w:Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Australian Securities and Investments Commission financial tips article, Buying shares in a float
  1. (banking) The total amount of checks/cheques or other drafts written against a bank account but not yet cleared and charged against the account.
No sir, your current is not taken into account, when assets are legally garnished.
  1. (insurance) Premiums taken in but not yet paid out.
We make a lot of interest from our nightly .
  1. (programming) Short form of floating-point number.
That routine should not have used an int, it should be a .
  1. A soft beverage with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream floating in it.
It's true - I don't consider anything other than root-beer with vanilla ice-cream to be a "real" .
  1. A small sum of money put in a cashier's till at the start of business to enable change to be made.
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noun (plural:flushes)
  1. A cleansing with plenty of fluid.
  2. Particularly, such a cleansing of a toilet.
  3. (poker) A hand consisting of all cards with the same suit.
  1. smooth, even, aligned; not sticking out.
Sand down the excess until it is with the surface.
  1. wealthy or well off.
flutter Tweet Definition of flutter Like Definition of flutter on Facebook
  1. the act of fluttering
  2. a state of agitation
  3. an abnormal rapid pulsation of the heart
  4. a small bet
  1. (intransitive) To flap or wave quickly but irregularly; as, flags fluttering in the wind.
  2. (intransitive) Of a winged animal: to flap the wings without flying; to fly with a light flapping of the wings.
  3. (transitive) To cause something to flutter.
fly ball Tweet Definition of fly ball Like Definition of fly ball on Facebook
  1. (baseball) A batted ball that has been hit into the air above the outfield; a fly.
  2. (slang) A geek; beatnik.
FOIL Tweet Definition of FOIL Like Definition of FOIL on Facebook
  1. First Outer Inner Last, the abbreviation for one algorithm for processing the multiplication of multiple binomials
Example: (2x + 4) &times; (4x + 3y)
football Tweet Definition of football Like Definition of football on Facebook
  1. (context, UK, uncountable) A game in which two teams of eleven players each contend to get a round ball into the other team's goal primarily by kicking the ball with their foot, feet. In amateur games it may be a team of five or six, or indeed any number.
Each team scored three goals when they played .
  1. (context, US, fb, uncountable) A game similar to rugby football in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory.
Each team scored two touchdowns when they played .
  1. (context, Canada, uncountable) Canadian football. A game played on a wide field in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory.
They played in the snow.
  1. (context, Australia, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, uncountable) Australian rules football.
  2. (context, Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, uncountable) Rugby League.
  3. (context, Australia, uncountable) Term occasionally used to refer to the same game as the British definition (association football), though the official name in Australia is "soccer".
  4. (countable) The ball used in any game called "football".
''The player kicked the .
  1. Practise of these particular games, or techniques used in them.
  2. (context, metaphorical) An item of discussion, particularly in a back-and-forth manner
That budget item became a political .
  1. (context, Ireland) A field game played with similar rules to hurling, but using hands and feet rather than a stick, and a ball, similar to, yet smaller than a soccer ball.
  2. (slang) The nickname of the leather briefcase containing classified nuclear war plans, which is always near the US President.
foot fault Tweet Definition of foot fault Like Definition of foot fault on Facebook
  1. (tennis) A fault where the server's foot is placed within the court or on the wrong half of the baseline, prior to the ball being hit, resulting in a foul serve.
footwork Tweet Definition of footwork Like Definition of footwork on Facebook
  1. Any movement of the feet, especially intricate or complex movement.
The dancer impressed the crowd with his fancy .
  1. (cricket) The movement of a batsman's feet as he prepares to hit or evade a ball
Force Tweet Definition of Force Like Definition of Force on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A mystical power which is the object of the Jedi and Sith religions.
fore Tweet Definition of fore Like Definition of fore on Facebook
  1. The front.
    • The was painted white.
  1. (simple past of, fare)
adjective (former, foremost)
  1. former, Former; occurring earlier (in some order).
    • Of apples and oranges, I choose the fruit.
    • When weighing the importance of wealth and happiness, do not assume the can buy the latter.
      1. forward, Forward; at or toward the front (with respect to locality); as opposed to latter.
    • The cabin is near the bow.
forehand Tweet Definition of forehand Like Definition of forehand on Facebook
  1. (racket sports) a stroke in which the palm of the hand faces the direction of the stroke
  2. (disc sports) a throw similar to a sidearm throw in baseball, where the disc remains on the throwing-arm side of the body and is led by the middle finger
forge Tweet Definition of forge Like Definition of forge on Facebook
  1. furnace or hearth where metals are heated prior to hammering them into shape
  2. workshop in which metals are shaped by heating and hammering them
verbto forge (forges, forged, forging)
  1. to shape a metal by heating and hammering
  2. to make a counterfeit item of; copy or imitate unlawfully, e.g. money, a signature or document
  3. to move forward heavily and slowly (originally as a ship)
forward pass Tweet Definition of forward pass Like Definition of forward pass on Facebook
  1. (context, rugby, and, American football) A pass in the forward direction, advancing toward the goal, generally illegal except in American football, once per play, from behind the line of scrimmage.
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