Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Latin facilis
, prop., capable of being done or made, hence, facile, easy, from facere
to make, do: confer French facile
. Srr Fact
, and confer Faculty
.] 1. Easy to be done or performed: not difficult; performable or attainable with little labor.
Order . . . will render the work facile and delightful. Evelyn. 2. Easy to be surmounted or removed; easily conquerable; readily mastered.
The facile gates of hell too slightly barred. Milton. 3. Easy of access or converse; mild; courteous; not haughty, austere, or distant; affable; complaisant.
I meant she should be courteous, facile , sweet. B. Jonson. 4. Easily persuaded to good or bad; yielding; ductile to a fault; pliant; flexible.
Since Adam, and his facile consort Eve, Milton.
Lost Paradise, deceived by me.
This is treating Burns like a child, a person of so facile a disposition as not to be trusted without a keeper on the king's highway. Prof. Wilson. 5. Ready; quick; expert; as, he is facile in expedients; he wields a facile pen.
(fȧ*sĭl"ĭ*tāt) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Facilitated
(-tā`tĕd); present participle & verbal noun Facilitating
(-tā`tĭng).] [ Confer French faciliter
. See Facility
.] To make easy or less difficult; to free from difficulty or impediment; to lessen the labor of; as, to facilitate the execution of a task.
To invite and facilitate that line of proceeding which the times call for. I. Taylor.
Facilitation noun The act of facilitating or making easy.
; plural Facilities
(- tĭz). [ Latin facilitas
, from facilis
easy: confer French facilité
. See Facile
.] 1. The quality of being easily performed; freedom from difficulty; ease; as, the facility of an operation.
The facility with which government has been overturned in France. Burke. 2. Ease in performance; readiness proceeding from skill or use; dexterity; as, practice gives a wonderful facility in executing works of art. 3. Easiness to be persuaded; readiness or compliance; -- usually in a bad sense; pliancy.
It is a great error to take facility for good nature. L'Estrange. 4. Easiness of access; complaisance; affability.
Offers himself to the visits of a friend with facility . South. 5. That which promotes the ease of any action or course of conduct; advantage; aid; assistance; -- usually in the plural; as, special facilities for study. Syn.
-- Ease; expertness; readiness; dexterity; complaisance; condescension; affability. -- Facility
. These words have in common the idea of performing any act with ease and promptitude. Facility
supposes a natural or acquired power of dispatching a task with lightness and ease. Expertness
is the kind of facility acquired by long practice. Readiness
marks the promptitude with which anything is done. A merchant needs great facility
in dispatching business; a banker, great expertness
in casting accounts; both need great readiness
in passing from one employment to another. "The facility
which we get of doing things by a custom of doing, makes them often pass in us without our notice." Locke.
"The army was celebrated for the expertness
and valor of the soldiers." "A readiness
to obey the known will of God is the surest means to enlighten the mind in respect to duty."
Facing noun Facing brick , front or pressed brick.
1. A covering in front, for ornament or other purpose; an exterior covering or sheathing; as, the facing of an earthen slope, sea wall, etc. , to strengthen it or to protect or adorn the exposed surface. 2. A lining placed near the edge of a garment for ornament or protection. 3. (Architecture) The finishing of any face of a wall with material different from that of which it is chiefly composed, or the coating or material so used. 4. (Founding) A powdered substance, as charcoal, bituminous coal, ect., applied to the face of a mold, or mixed with the sand that forms it, to give a fine smooth surface to the casting. 5. (Mil.) (a) plural The collar and cuffs of a military coat; -- commonly of a color different from that of the coat. (b) The movement of soldiers by turning on their heels to the right, left, or about; -- chiefly in the plural
Facingly adverb In a facing manner or position.
Facinorous adjective [ Latin facinorous , from facinus deed, bad deed, from facere to make, do.] Atrociously wicked. [ Obsolete] Jer. Taylor. -- Fa*cin"o*rous*ness , noun [ Obsolete]
[ French faconde
, Latin facundia
. See Facund
.] Speech; eloquence.
Her facound eke full womanly and plain. Chaucer.
; plural Facsimiles
(-l...z). [ Latin fac simile
make like; or an abbreviation of factum simile
made like; facere
to make + similes
like. See Fact
, and Simile
.] A copy of anything made, either so as to be deceptive or so as to give every part and detail of the original; an exact copy or likeness. Facsimile telegraph
, a telegraphic apparatus reproducing messages in autograph.
Facsimile transitive verb To make a facsimile of.
[ Latin factum
, from facere
to make or do. Confer Feat
, and -fy
.] 1. A doing, making, or preparing.
A project for the fact and vending B. Jonson. 2. An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance.
Of a new kind of fucus, paint for ladies.
What might instigate him to this devilish fact , I am not able to conjecture. Evelyn.
He who most excels in fact of arms. Milton. 3. Reality; actuality; truth; as, he, in fact , excelled all the rest; the fact is, he was beaten. 4. The assertion or statement of a thing done or existing; sometimes, even when false, improperly put, by a transfer of meaning, for the thing done, or supposed to be done; a thing supposed or asserted to be done; as, history abounds with false facts .
I do not grant the fact . De Foe.
This reasoning is founded upon a fact which is not true. Roger Long.
» The term fact
has in jurisprudence peculiar uses in contrast with law
; as, attorney at law
, and attorney in fact
; issue in law
, and issue in fact
. There is also a grand distinction between law
with reference to the province of the judge and that of the jury, the latter generally determining the fact
, the former the law
. Burrill Bouvier.
[ 1913 Webster] Accessary before
, or after
, the fact
. See under Accessary .
-- Matter of fact
, an actual occurrence; a verity; used adjectively: of or pertaining to facts; prosaic; unimaginative; as, a matter-of-fact narration. Syn.
-- Act; deed; performance; event; incident; occurrence; circumstance.
[ Latin factio
a doing, a company of persons acting together, a faction: confer French faction
.] 1. (Anc. Hist.) One of the divisions or parties of charioteers (distinguished by their colors) in the games of the circus. 2. A party, in political society, combined or acting in union, in opposition to the government, or state; -- usually applied to a minority, but it may be applied to a majority; a combination or clique of partisans of any kind, acting for their own interests, especially if greedy, clamorous, and reckless of the common good. 3. Tumult; discord; dissension.
They remained at Newbury in great faction among themselves. Clarendon. Syn.
-- Combination; clique; junto. See Cabal
[ Confer French factionnaire
, Latin factionarius
the head of a company of charioteers.] Belonging to a faction; being a partisan; taking sides.
Always factionary on the party of your general. Shak.
Factioner noun One of a faction. Abp. Bancroft.
Factionist noun One who promotes faction.
[ Latin factiosus
: confer French factieux
.] 1. Given to faction; addicted to form parties and raise dissensions, in opposition to government or the common good; turbulent; seditious; prone to clamor against public measures or men; -- said of persons.
Factious for the house of Lancaster. Shak. 2. Pertaining to faction; proceeding from faction; indicating, or characterized by, faction; -- said of acts or expressions; as, factious quarrels.
Headlong zeal or factious fury. Burke.
-- Fac"tious- ness
[ Latin factitius
, from facere
to make. See Fact
, and confer Fetich
.] Made by art, in distinction from what is produced by nature; artificial; sham; formed by, or adapted to, an artificial or conventional, in distinction from a natural, standard or rule; not natural; as, factitious cinnabar or jewels; a factitious taste.
He acquires a factitious propensity, he forms an incorrigible habit, of desultory reading. De Quincey. Syn.
-- Unnatural. -- Factitious
. Anything is unnatural
when it departs in any way from its simple or normal state; it is factitious
when it is wrought out or wrought up by labor and effort, as, a factitious
excitement. An unnatural
demand for any article of merchandise is one which exceeds the ordinary rate of consumption; a factitious demand is one created by active exertions for the purpose. An unnatural
alarm is one greater than the occasion requires; a factitious
alarm is one wrought up with care and effort.
[ See Fact
.] 1. Causing; causative. 2. (Gram.) Pertaining to that relation which is proper when the act, as of a transitive verb, is not merely received by an object, but produces some change in the object, as when we say, He made the water wine.
Sometimes the idea of activity in a verb or adjective involves in it a reference to an effect, in the way of causality, in the active voice on the immediate objects, and in the passive voice on the subject of such activity. This second object is called the factitive object. J. W. Gibbs.
Factive adjective Making; having power to make. [ Obsolete] "You are . . . factive , not destructive." Bacon.
[ Latin , ablative of factum
deed, fact.] (Law) In fact; by the act or fact. De facto
. (Law) See De facto .
[ Latin factor
a doer: confer French facteur
a factor. See Fact
.] 1. (Law) One who transacts business for another; an agent; a substitute; especially, a mercantile agent who buys and sells goods and transacts business for others in commission; a commission merchant or consignee. He may be a home factor or a foreign factor. He may buy and sell in his own name, and he is intrusted with the possession and control of the goods; and in these respects he differs from a broker. Story. Wharton.
My factor sends me word, a merchant's fled Marlowe. 2. A steward or bailiff of an estate.
That owes me for a hundred tun of wine.
[ Scot.] Sir W. Scott. 3. (Math.) One of the elements or quantities which, when multiplied together, form a product. 4. One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result; a constituent.
The materal and dynamical factors of nutrition. H. Spencer.
Factor transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Factored
(-t?rd); present participle & verbal noun Factoring
.] (Machinery) To resolve (a quantity) into its factors.
Factorage noun [ Confer French factorage .] The allowance given to a factor, as a compensation for his services; -- called also a commission .
Factoress noun A factor who is a woman. [ R.]
1. Of or pertaining to a factory. Buchanan. 2. (Math.) Related to factorials.
Factorial noun (Math.) (a) plural A name given to the factors of a continued product when the former are derivable from one and the same function F(x) by successively imparting a constant increment or decrement h to the independent variable. Thus the product F(x).F(x + h).F(x + 2h) . . . F[ x + (n-1)h] is called a factorial term , and its several factors take the name of factorials . Brande & C. (b) The product of the consecutive numbers from unity up to any given number.
Factoring noun (Math.) The act of resolving into factors.
Factorize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Factorized
(-?zd); present participle & verbal noun Factorizing
(-?"z?ng).] (Law) (a) To give warning to; -- said of a person in whose hands the effects of another are attached, the warning being to the effect that he shall not pay the money or deliver the property of the defendant in his hands to him, but appear and answer the suit of the plaintiff. (b) To attach (the effects of a debtor) in the hands of a third person ; to garnish. See Garnish .
[ Vt. & Conn.]
Factorship noun The business of a factor.
; plural Factories
(-r...z). [ Confer French factorerie
.] 1. A house or place where factors, or commercial agents, reside, to transact business for their employers.
"The Company's factory
at Madras." Burke. 2. The body of factors in any place; as, a chaplain to a British factory . W. Guthrie. 3. A building, or collection of buildings, appropriated to the manufacture of goods; the place where workmen are employed in fabricating goods, wares, or utensils; a manufactory; as, a cotton factory . Factory leg (Medicine)
, a variety of bandy leg, associated with partial dislocation of the tibia, produced in young children by working in factories.
; plural Factotums
(- tŭmz). [ Latin , do everything; facere
to do + totus
all : confer French factotum
. See Fact
, and Total
.] A person employed to do all kinds of work or business. B. Jonson.
Factual (făk*tu" a l) adjective Relating to, or containing, facts. [ R.]
; plural Facta
. [ Latin See Fact
.] 1. (Law) A man's own act and deed
; particularly: (a) (Civil Law) Anything stated and made certain. (b) (Testamentary Law) The due execution of a will, including everything necessary to its validity. 2. (Machinery) The product. See Facient , 2.
[ French facture
a making, invoice, Latin factura
a making. See Fact
.] 1. The act or manner of making or doing anything; -- now used of a literary, musical, or pictorial production. Bacon. 2. (Com.) An invoice or bill of parcels.
Facular adjective (Astron.) Of or pertaining to the faculæ. R. A. Proctor.
[ Latin facultas
, faculty: confer French facultatif
, German fakultativ
.] 1. Having relation to the grant or exercise faculty, or authority, privilege, license, or the like hence, optional; as, facultative enactments, or those which convey a faculty, or permission; the facultative referendum of Switzerland is one that is optional with the people and is necessary only when demanded by petition; facultative studies; -- opposed to obligatory and compulsory , and sometimes used with to . 2. Of such a character as to admit of existing under various forms or conditions, or of happening or not happening, or the like;
specif.: (Biol.) Having the power to live under different conditions; as, a facultative parasite, a plant which is normally saprophytic, but which may exist wholly or in part as a parasite; -- opposed to obligate . 3. (Physiol.) Pertaining to a faculty or faculties.
In short, there is no facultative plurality in the mind; it is a single organ of true judgment for all purposes, cognitive or practical. J. Martineau.
; plural Faculties
. [ French facult...
, Latin facultas
, from facilis
easy (cf. facul
easily), from fecere
to make. See Fact
, and confer Facility
.] 1. Ability to act or perform, whether inborn or cultivated; capacity for any natural function; especially, an original mental power or capacity for any of the well-known classes of mental activity; psychical or soul capacity; capacity for any of the leading kinds of soul activity, as knowledge, feeling, volition; intellectual endowment or gift; power; as, faculties of the mind or the soul.
But know that in the soul Milton.
Are many lesser faculties that serve
Reason as chief.
What a piece of work is a man ! how noble in reason ! how infinite in faculty ! Shak. 2. Special mental endowment; characteristic knack.
He had a ready faculty , indeed, of escaping from any topic that agitated his too sensitive and nervous temperament. Hawthorne. 3. Power; prerogative or attribute of office.
This Duncan Shak. 4. Privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence, to do a particular thing; authority; license; dispensation.
Hath borne his faculties so meek.
The pope . . . granted him a faculty to set him free from his promise. Fuller.
It had not only faculty to inspect all bishops' dioceses, but to change what laws and statutes they should think fit to alter among the colleges. Evelyn. 5. A body of a men to whom any specific right or privilege is granted; formerly, the graduates in any of the four departments of a university or college (Philosophy, Law, Medicine, or Theology), to whom was granted the right of teaching ( profitendi or docendi ) in the department in which they had studied; at present, the members of a profession itself; as, the medical faculty ; the legal faculty , ect. 6. (Amer. Colleges) The body of person to whom are intrusted the government and instruction of a college or university, or of one of its departments; the president, professors, and tutors in a college. Dean of faculty
. See under Dean .
-- Faculty of advocates
. (Scot.) See under Advocate . Syn.
-- Talent; gift; endowment; dexterity; expertness; cleverness; readiness; ability; knack.
Faculæ noun plural [ Latin , plural of facula a little torch.] (Astron.) Groups of small shining spots on the surface of the sun which are brighter than the other parts of the photosphere. They are generally seen in the neighborhood of the dark spots, and are supposed to be elevated portions of the photosphere. Newcomb.
Facund adjective [ Latin facundus , from fari to speak.] Eloquent. [ Archaic]
Facundious adjective [ Latin facundiosus .] Eloquement; full of words. [ Archaic]
Facundity noun [ Latin facunditas .] Eloquence; readiness of speech. [ Archaic]
[ Confer Faddle
.] A hobby ; freak; whim.
It is your favorite fad to draw plans. G. Eliot.
Fadaise noun [ French] A vapid or meaningless remark; a commonplace; nonsense.
Faddle intransitive verb
[ Confer Fiddle
.] To trifle; to toy.
-- transitive verb To fondle; to dandle.
[ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
[ French, probably from Latin vapidus
vapid, or possibly fr, fatuus
foolish, insipid.] Weak; insipid; tasteless; commonplace.
[ R.] "Passages that are somewhat fade
His masculine taste gave him a sense of something fade and ludicrous. De Quincey.
Fade intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Faded
; present participle & verbal noun Fading
.] [ Middle English faden
, probably from fade
; confer Prov. Dutch vadden
to fade, wither, vaddigh languid
. Confer Fade
.] 1. To become fade; to grow weak; to lose strength; to decay; to perish gradually; to wither, as a plant.
The earth mourneth and fadeth away. Is. xxiv. 4. 2. To lose freshness, color, or brightness; to become faint in hue or tint; hence, to be wanting in color.
"Flowers that never fade
." Milton. 3. To sink away; to disappear gradually; to grow dim; to vanish.
The stars shall fade away. Addison
He makes a swanlike end, Shak.
Fading in music.
Fade transitive verb To cause to wither; to deprive of freshness or vigor; to wear away.
No winter could his laurels fade . Dryden.
Faded adjective That has lost freshness, color, or brightness; grown dim.
Where the faded moon Keats.
Made a dim silver twilight.
Fadedly adverb In a faded manner.
A dull room fadedly furnished. Dickens.
Fadeless adjective Not liable to fade; unfading.