Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Feather-veined adjective (Botany) Having the veins (of a leaf) diverging from the two sides of a midrib.
Feathery adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, feathers; covered with, or as with, feathers; as, feathery spray or snow. Milton.
Ye feathery people of mid air. Barry Cornwall.
[ From Feat
] Neatly; dexterously; nimbly.
Foot featly here and there. Shak.
Featness noun Skill; adroitness. [ Archaic] Johnson.
[ Middle English feture
form, shape, feature, Old French faiture
fashion, make, from Latin factura
a making, formation, from facere
, to make. See Feat
, and confer Facture
.] 1. The make, form, or outward appearance of a person; the whole turn or style of the body; esp., good appearance.
What needeth it his feature to descrive? Chaucer.
Cheated of feature by dissembling nature. Shak. 2. The make, cast, or appearance of the human face, and especially of any single part of the face; a lineament. ( plural ) The face, the countenance.
It is for homely features to keep home. Milton. 3. The cast or structure of anything, or of any part of a thing, as of a landscape, a picture, a treaty, or an essay; any marked peculiarity or characteristic; as, one of the features of the landscape.
And to her service bind each living creature Spenser. 4. A form; a shape.
Through secret understanding of their feature .
So scented the grim feature , and upturned Milton.
His nostril wide into the murky air.
Featured adjective 1. Shaped; fashioned.
How noble, young, how rarely featured ! Shak. 2. Having features; formed into features.
The well-stained canvas or the featured stone. Young.
Featureless adjective Having no distinct or distinctive features.
Featurely adjective Having features; showing marked peculiarities; handsome.
Featurely warriors of Christian chivalry. Coleridge.
Feaze transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Feazed
; present participle & verbal noun Feazing
.] [ Confer Middle English faseln
to ravel, from Anglo-Saxon fæs
fringe; akin to German fasen
to separate fibers or threads, fasen
, thread, filament, Old High German faso
.] To untwist; to unravel, as the end of a rope. Johnson.
Feaze transitive verb
[ See Feese
.] To beat; to chastise; also, to humble; to harass; to worry.
[ Obsolete] insworth.
Feaze noun A state of anxious or fretful excitement; worry; vexation. [ Obsolete]
Feazings noun plural
[ See Feaze
, transitive verb
] (Nautical) The unlaid or ragged end of a rope. Ham. Nav. Encyc.
Febricitate intransitive verb
[ Latin febricitare
, from febris
. See Febrile
.] To have a fever.
[ Obsolete] Bailey.
Febriculose adjective [ Latin febriculosus .] Somewhat feverish. [ Obsolete] Johnson.
Febrifacient adjective [ Latin febris fever + faciens , present participle of facere to make.] Febrific. Dunglison. -- noun That which causes fever. Beddoes.
Febriferous adjective [ Latin febris fever + -ferous .] Causing fever; as, a febriferous locality.
[ Latin febris
fever + ficare
(in comp.) to make. See fy
-.] Producing fever. Dunglison.
[ See Febrifuge
.] Having the quality of mitigating or curing fever. Boyle.
[ Latin febris
fever + fugare
to put to flight, from fugere
to flee: confer French fébrifuge
. see Febrile
.] (Medicine) A medicine serving to mitigate or remove fever.
-- adjective Antifebrile.
[ French fébrile
, from Latin febris
fever. See Fever
.] Pertaining to fever; indicating fever, or derived from it; as, febrile symptoms; febrile action. Dunglison.
February noun [ Latin Februarius , orig., the month of expiation, because on the fifteenth of this month the great feast of expiation and purification was held, from februa , plural, the Roman festival or purification; akin to februare to purify, expiate.] The second month in the year, said to have been introduced into the Roman calendar by Numa. In common years this month contains twenty-eight days; in the bissextile, or leap year, it has twenty-nine days.
[ Latin februatio
. See february
.] Purification; a sacrifice.
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ Confer French fécal
. See Feces
.] relating to, or containing, dregs, feces, or ordure; fæcal.
Fecche transitive verb To fetch. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Feces noun plural dregs; sediment; excrement. See FÆces .
Fecial adjective [ Latin fetialis belonging to the fetiales , the Roman priests who sanctioned treaties and demanded satisfaction from the enemy before a formal declaration of war.] Pertaining to heralds, declarations of war, and treaties of peace; as, fecial law. Kent.
Fecifork noun [ Feces + fork .] (Zoology) The anal fork on which the larvæ of certain insects carry their fæces.
[ Abbrev. from effect
.] 1. Effect.
[ Obsolete] 2. Efficacy; force; value.
[ Scot. & Prov. Eng.] 3. Amount; quantity.
[ Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
He had a feck o' books wi' him. R. Latin Stevenson. The most feck
, or The feck
, the greater or larger part.
o' my life." Burns.
Feckless adjective [ Perh. a corruption of effectless .] Spiritless; weak; worthless. [ Scot]
fecklessness noun absence of merit.
[ WordNet 1.5]
Fecks noun A corruption of the word faith . Shak.
; plural FeculÆ
[ Latin faecula
burnt tartar or salt of tartar, dim. of faex
, sediment, dregs: confer French fécule
.] Any pulverulent matter obtained from plants by simply breaking down the texture, washing with water, and subsidence.
Especially: (a) The nutritious part of wheat; starch or farina; -- called also amylaceous fecula . (b) The green matter of plants; chlorophyll.
Feculence noun [ Latin faeculentia dregs, filth: confer French féculence .]
1. The state or quality of being feculent; muddiness; foulness. 2. That which is feculent; sediment; lees; dregs.
Feculency noun Feculence.
[ Latin faeculentus
, from faecula
: confer French féculent
. See Fecula
.] Foul with extraneous or impure substances; abounding with sediment or excrementitious matter; muddy; thick; turbid.
Both his hands most filthy feculent . Spenser.
[ Latin fecundus
, from the root of fetus
: confer French fécond
. see Fetus
.] Fruitful in children; prolific. Graunt.
Fecundate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fecundated
; present participle & verbal noun Fecundating
.] [ Latin fecundare
, from fecundus
. See Fecund
.] 1. To make fruitful or prolific. W. Montagu. 2. (Biol.) To render fruitful or prolific; to impregnate; as, in flowers the pollen fecundates the ovum through the stigma.
Fecundation noun [ Confer French fécondation .] (Biol.) The act by which, either in animals or plants, material prepared by the generative organs the female organism is brought in contact with matter from the organs of the male, so that a new organism results; impregnation; fertilization.
Fecundify transitive verb [ Fecund + -fy .] To make fruitful; to fecundate. Johnson.
[ Latin fecunditas
: confer French fécondité
. See Fecund
.] 1. The quality or power of producing fruit; fruitfulness; especially (Biol.) , the quality in female organisms of reproducing rapidly and in great numbers. 2. The power of germinating; as in seeds. 3. The power of bringing forth in abundance; fertility; richness of invention; as, the fecundity of God's creative power. Bentley.
Fed imperfect & past participle of Feed .
Fedary noun A feodary. [ Obsolete] Shak.
[ Latin foedus
league, treaty, compact; akin to fides
faith: confer French fédéral
. see Faith
.] 1. Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations; constituted by a compact between parties, usually governments or their representatives.
The Romans compelled them, contrary to all federal right, . . . to part with Sardinia. Grew. 2.
Specifically: (a) Composed of states or districts which retain only a subordinate and limited sovereignty, as the Union of the United States, or the Sonderbund of Switzerland. (b) Consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Federal Constitution; a Federal officer. (c) Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the Federal party. see Federalist . Federal Congress
. See under Congress .
Federalism noun [ Confer French fédéralisme .] The principles of Federalists or of federal union.
Federalist noun [ Confer French fédéraliste .] An advocate of confederation; specifically (Amer. Hist.) , a friend of the Constitution of the United States at its formation and adoption; a member of the political party which favored the administration of president Washington.
Federalize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Federalized
; present participle & verbal noun Federalizing
.] [ Confer French fédéraliser
.] To unite in compact, as different States; to confederate for political purposes; to unite by or under the Federal Constitution. Barlow.
[ See Federal
.] A partner; a confederate; an accomplice.
[ Obsolete] hak.
[ Latin foederatus
, past participle of foederare
to establish by treaty or league, from foedus
. See Federal
.] United by compact, as sovereignties, states, or nations; joined in confederacy; leagued; confederate; as, federate nations.
Federation noun [ Confer French fédération .]
1. The act of uniting in a league; confederation. 2. A league; a confederacy; a federal or confederated government. Burke.