Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Feuillemort adjective [ French feuille morte a dead leaf.] Having the color of a faded leaf. Locke.
Feuilleton noun [ French, from feulle leaf.] A part of a French newspaper (usually the bottom of the page), devoted to light literature, criticism, etc.; also, the article or tale itself, thus printed.
Feuilltonist noun [ French feuilletoniste .] A writer of feuilletons. F. Harrison.
feuter transitive verb
[ Middle English feutre
rest for a lance, Old French feutre
, felt, cushion, rest for a lance, from Late Latin filtrum
; of German origin, and akin to English felt
. See Felt
, and confer Filter
.] To set close; to fix in rest, as a spear. Spenser.
Feuterer noun [ Either from German fütterer feeder, or corrupted from Old French vautrier , vaultrier ; from vaultre, viautre, a kind of hound, from Latin vertragus , vertraga , a greyhound. The last is of Celtic origin.] A dog keeper. [ Obsolete] Massinger.
[ Middle English fever
, Anglo-Saxon fefer
, Latin febris
: confer French fièvre
. Confer Febrile
.] 1. (Medicine) A diseased state of the system, marked by increased heat, acceleration of the pulse, and a general derangement of the functions, including usually, thirst and loss of appetite. Many diseases, of which fever is the most prominent symptom, are denominated fevers ; as, typhoid fever ; yellow fever .
fevers subside or abate at intervals; intermitting
fevers intermit or entirely cease at intervals; continued
fevers neither remit nor intermit. 2. Excessive excitement of the passions in consequence of strong emotion; a condition of great excitement; as, this quarrel has set my blood in a fever .
An envious fever Shak.
Of pale and bloodless emulation.
After life's fitful fever he sleeps well. Shak. Brain fever
, Continued fever
, etc. See under Brain , Continued , etc.
-- Fever and ague
, a form of fever recurring in paroxysms which are preceded by chills. It is of malarial origin.
-- Fever blister (Medicine)
, a blister or vesicle often found about the mouth in febrile states; a variety of herpes.
-- Fever bush (Botany)
, the wild allspice or spice bush. See Spicewood .
-- Fever powder
. Same as Jame's powder .
-- Fever root (Botany)
, an American herb of the genus Triosteum ( T. perfoliatum ); -- called also feverwort amd horse gentian .
-- Fever sore
, a carious ulcer or necrosis. Miner.
Fever transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fevered
; present participle & verbal noun Fevering
.] To put into a fever; to affect with fever; as, a fevered lip.
The white hand of a lady fever thee. Shak.
Feveret noun A slight fever. [ Obsolete] Ayliffe.
[ Anglo-Saxon feferfuge
, from Latin febrifugia
. See fever
, and confer Febrifuge
.] (Botany) A perennial plant ( Pyrethrum, or Chrysanthemum, Parthenium ) allied to camomile, having finely divided leaves and white blossoms; -- so named from its supposed febrifugal qualities.
Feverish adjective 1. Having a fever; suffering from, or affected with, a moderate degree of fever; showing increased heat and thirst; as, the patient is feverish . 2. Indicating, or pertaining to, fever; characteristic of a fever; as, feverish symptoms. 3. Hot; sultry.
north." Dryden. 4. Disordered as by fever; excited; restless; as, the feverish condition of the commercial world.
Strive to keep up a frail and feverish bing. Milton.
[ Confer F. fiévreux
.] 1. Affected with fever or ague; feverish.
His heart, love's feverous citadel. Keats. 2. Pertaining to, or having the nature of, fever; as, a feverous pulse.
All maladies . . . all feverous kinds. Milton. 3. Having the tendency to produce fever; as, a feverous disposition of the year.
[ R.] Bacon.
Feverously adverb Feverishly. [ Obsolete] Donne.
Feverwort noun See Fever root , under Fever .
Fevery adjective Feverish. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
[ Compar. Fewer
; superl. Fewest
.] [ Middle English fewe
, Anglo-Saxon feá
, plural feáwe
; akin to Old Saxon fāh
, Old High German fō fao
, Icelandic fār
, Swedish få
, plural, Danish faa
, plural, Goth. faus
, Latin paucus
, confer Greek pay^ros
. Confer Paucity
.] Not many; small, limited, or confined in number; -- indicating a small portion of units or individuals constituing a whole; often, by ellipsis of a noun, a few people.
"Are not my days few
?" Job x. 20.
Few know and fewer care. Proverb.
is often used partitively; as, few
of them. A few
, a small number.
-- In few
, in a few words; briefly. Shak.
-- No few
, not few; more than a few; many. Cowper.
-- The few
, the minority; -- opposed to the many or the majority .
[ See Fuel
[ Obsolete] Hooker.
Fewmet noun See Fumet .
[ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
1. The state of being few; smallness of number; paucity. Shak. 2. Brevity; conciseness. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Fey adjective [ Anglo-Saxon f...ga , Icelandic feigr , Old High German feigi .] Fated; doomed. [ Old Eng. & Scot.]
[ See Fay
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Fey transitive verb
[ Confer Feague
.] To cleanse; to clean out.
[ Obsolete] Tusser.
Feyne transitive verb To feign. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Feyre noun A fair or market. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ French, from the town of Fez
in Morocco.] A felt or cloth cap, usually red and having a tassel, -- a variety of the tarboosh. See Tarboosh . B. Taylor.
Fiacre noun [ French] A kind of French hackney coach.
Fiance transitive verb
[ French fiancer
. See Affiance
.] To betroth; to affiance.
[ Obsolete] Harmar.
Fiancé noun [ French] A betrothed man.
Fiancée noun [ French] A betrothed woman.
Fiants noun [ French fiente dung.] The dung of the fox, wolf, boar, or badger.
[ See Feuar
.] 1. (Scots Law) One in whom the property of an estate is vested, subject to the estate of a life renter.
I am fiar of the lands; she a life renter. Sir W. Scott. 2. plural The price of grain, as legally fixed, in the counties of Scotland, for the current year.
; plural Fiascoes
. [ Italian ] A complete or ridiculous failure, esp. of a musical performance, or of any pretentious undertaking.
[ Latin , let it be done, 3d pers. sing., subjunctive present , from fieri
, used as pass. of facere
to make. Confer Be
.] 1. An authoritative command or order to do something; an effectual decree.
His fiat laid the corner stone. Willis. 2. (Eng. Law) (a) A warrant of a judge for certain processes. (b) An authority for certain proceedings given by the Lord Chancellor's signature. Fiat money
, irredeemable paper currency, not resting on a specie basis, but deriving its purchasing power from the declaratory fiat of the government issuing it.
Fiaunt noun Commission; fiat; order; decree. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ Prob. from fable
; confer Prov. English fibble-fabble
nonsense.] A falsehood; a lie; -- used euphemistically.
They are very serious; they don't tell fibs . H. James.
Fib intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fibbed
; present participle & verbal noun Fibbing
.] To speak falsely.
Fib transitive verb To tell a fib to. [ R.] De Quincey.
Fibber noun One who tells fibs.
Fiber-faced, Fibre-faced adjective Having a visible fiber embodied in the surface of; -- applied esp. to a kind of paper for checks, drafts, etc.
Fiber, Fibre noun
[ French fibre
, Latin fibra
.] 1. One of the delicate, threadlike portions of which the tissues of plants and animals are in part constituted; as, the fiber of flax or of muscle. 2. Any fine, slender thread, or threadlike substance; as, a fiber of spun glass; especially, one of the slender rootlets of a plant. 3. Sinew; strength; toughness; as, a man of real fiber .
Yet had no fibers in him, nor no force. Chapman. 4. A general name for the raw material, such as cotton, flax, hemp, etc., used in textile manufactures. Fiber gun
, a kind of steam gun for converting, wood, straw, etc., into fiber. The material is shut up in the gun with steam, air, or gas at a very high pressure which is afterward relieved suddenly by letting a lid at the muzzle fly open, when the rapid expansion separates the fibers.
-- Fiber plants (Botany)
, plants capable of yielding fiber useful in the arts, as hemp, flax, ramie, agave, etc.
Fibered, Fibred adjective Having fibers; made up of fibers.
Fiberless, Fibreless adjective Having no fibers; destitute of fibers or fiber.
Fibriform adjective [ Latin fibra a fiber + -form .] (Biol.) Having the form of a fiber or fibers; resembling a fiber.
Fibril noun [ French fibrille , dim. of fibre , Latin fibra .] A small fiber; the branch of a fiber; a very slender thread; a fibrilla. Cheyne.
; plural FibrillÆ
. [ New Latin See Fibril
.] A minute thread or fiber, as one of the fibrous elements of a muscular fiber; a fibril.
Fibrillar adjective Of or pertaining to fibrils or fibers; as, fibrillar twitchings.
Fibrillary adjective Of of pertaining to fibrils.
Fibrillated adjective Furnished with fibrils; fringed.
Fibrillation noun The state of being reduced to fibers. Carpenter.
Fibrillose adjective Covered with hairlike appendages, as the under surface of some lichens; also, composed of little strings or fibers; as, fibrillose appendages.
Fibrillous adjective [ Confer French fibraleux .] Pertaining to, or composed of, fibers.