Flamineous Fla·min"e·ous adjective Pertaining to a flamen; flaminical.
Flaming Flam"ing adjective 1. Emitting flames; afire; blazing; consuming; illuminating. 2. Of the color of flame; high-colored; brilliant; dazzling. "In flaming yellow bright." Prior. 3. Ardent; passionate; burning with zeal; irrepressibly earnest; as, a flaming proclomation or harangue.
Flamingly Flam"ing·ly adverb In a flaming manner.
Flamingo Fla·min"go noun
; plural Flamingoes
. [ Spanish flamenco
, confer Portuguese flamingo
, Prov. flammant
, French flamant
; prop. a present participle meaning flaming
. So called in allusion to its color. See Flame
.] (Zoology) Any bird of the genus Phœnicopterus . The flamingoes have webbed feet, very long legs, and a beak bent down as if broken. Their color is usually red or pink. The American flamingo is P. ruber ; the European is P. antiquorum .
Flaminical Fla·min"i·cal adjective Pertaining to a flamen. Milton.
Flammability Flam`ma·bil"ity noun The quality of being flammable; inflammability. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Flammable Flam"ma·ble adjective Inflammable. [ Obsolete]
Flammation Flam·ma"tion noun The act of setting in a flame or blaze. [ Obsolete] Sir. T. Browne.
Flammeous Flam"me·ous adjective [ Latin flammeus from flamma flame.] Pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling, flame. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Flammiferous Flam·mif"er·ous adjective [ Latin flammifer ; flamma flame + ferre to bear.] Producing flame.
Flammivomous Flam·miv"o·mous adjective [ Latin flammivomus ; flamma flame + vomere to vomit.] Vomiting flames, as a volcano. W. Thompson. (1745).
Flammulated Flam"mu·la`ted adjective [ Latin flammula little flame, dim. from flamma flame.] Of a reddish color.
Flamy Flam"y adjective [ From Flame .] Flaming; blazing; flamelike; flame-colored; composed of flame. Pope.
Flanch Flanch noun
; plural Flanches
. [ Prov. E., a projection, Old French flanche
flank. See Flank
.] 1. A flange.
[ R.]. (Her.) A bearing consisting of a segment of a circle encroaching on the field from the side.
are always in pairs. A pair of flanches
is considered one of the subordinaries.
Flanched Flanched adjective (Her.) Having flanches; -- said of an escutcheon with those bearings.
Flanconade Flan`co·nade" noun [ French] (Fencing) A thrust in the side.
Flânerie Flâ`ne·rie" noun [ French flânerie . See Flaneur .] Lit., strolling; sauntering; hence, aimless; idleness; as, intellectual flânerie .
Flaneur Fla`neur" noun [ French, from flâner to stroll.] One who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer.
Flang Flang noun A miner's two- pointed pick.
Flange Flange (flănj) noun [ Prov. English flange to project, flanch a projection. See Flanch , Flank .] 1. An external or internal rib, or rim, for strength, as the flange of an iron beam; or for a guide, as the flange of a car wheel (see Car wheel .); or for attachment to another object, as the flange on the end of a pipe, steam cylinder, etc. Knight. 2. A plate or ring to form a rim at the end of a pipe when fastened to the pipe. Blind flange , a plate for covering or closing the end of a pipe. -- Flange joint , a joint, as that of pipes, where the connecting pieces have flanges by which the parts are bolted together. Knight. - - Flange rail , a rail with a flange on one side, to keep wheels, etc. from running off. -- Flange turning , the process of forming a flange on a wrought iron plate by bending and hammering it when hot.
Flange Flange transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Flanged (flănjd); present participle & verbal noun Flanging (flăn"jĭng).] (Machinery) To make a flange on; to furnish with a flange.
Flange Flange intransitive verb To be bent into a flange.
Flanged Flanged (flănjd) adjective Having a flange or flanges; as, a flanged wheel.
[ French flanc
, probably from Latin flaccus
flabby, with n
inserted. Confer Flaccid
.] 1. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of Beef . 2. (Mil.) (a) The side of an army, or of any division of an army, as of a brigade, regiment, or battalion; the extreme right or left; as, to attack an enemy in flank is to attack him on the side.
When to right and left the front
Divided, and to either flank retired. Milton. (b) (Fort.) That part of a bastion which reaches from the curtain to the face, and defends the curtain, the flank and face of the opposite bastion; any part of a work defending another by a fire along the outside of its parapet.
. 3. (Architecture) The side of any building. Brands. 4. That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line. Flank attack (Mil.)
, an attack upon the side of an army or body of troops, distinguished from one upon its front or rear.
-- Flank company (Mil.)
, a certain number of troops drawn up on the right or left of a battalion; usually grenadiers, light infantry, or riflemen.
-- Flank defense (Fort.)
, protection of a work against undue exposure to an enemy's direct fire, by means of the fire from other works, sweeping the ground in its front.
-- Flank en potence (Mil.)
, any part of the right or left wing formed at a projecting angle with the line.
-- Flank files
, the first men on the right, and the last on the left, of a company, battalion, etc.
-- Flank march
, a march made parallel or obliquely to an enemy's position, in order to turn it or to attack him on the flank.
-- Flank movement
, a change of march by an army, or portion of one, in order to turn one or both wings of the enemy, or to take up a new position.
-- Flanks of a frontier
, salient points in a national boundary, strengthened to protect the frontier against hostile incursion.
-- Flank patrol
, detachments acting independently of the column of an army, but patrolling along its flanks, to secure it against surprise and to observe the movements of the enemy.
(flănk) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flanked
(flănkt); present participle & verbal noun Flanking
.] [ Confer French flanquer
. See Flank
, and confer Flanker
, transitive verb
] 1. To stand at the flank or side of; to border upon.
Stately colonnades are flanked with trees. Pitt. 2. To overlook or command the flank of; to secure or guard the flank of; to pass around or turn the flank of; to attack, or threaten to attack; the flank of.
Flank Flank intransitive verb 1. To border; to touch. Bp. Butler. 2. To be posted on the side.
Flanker Flank"er noun One who, or that which, flanks, as a skirmisher or a body of troops sent out upon the flanks of an army toguard a line of march, or a fort projecting so as to command the side of an assailing body.
They threw out flankers , and endeavored to dislodge their assailants. W. Irwing.
Flanker Flank"er transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Flankered ; present participle & verbal noun Flankering .] [ See Flank , transitive verb ] 1. To defend by lateral fortifications. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Herbert. 2. To attack sideways. [ Obsolete] Evelyn.
Flannel Flan"nel (flăn"nĕl) noun [ French flanelle , confer Old French flaine a pillowcase, a mattress; from W. gwlanen flannel, from gwlan wool; probably akin to English wool . Confer Wool .] A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture. Shak. Adam's flannel . (Botany) See under Adam . -- Canton flannel , Cotton flannel . See Cotton flannel , under Cotton .
Flannel flower Flan"nel flow`er (Botany) (a) The common mullein. (b) A Brazilian apocynaceous vine ( Macrosiphonia longiflora ) having woolly leaves. (c) An umbelliferous Australian flower ( Actinotus helianthi ), often erroneously thought to be composite. The involucre looks as if cut out of white flannel.
Flanneled Flan"neled adjective Covered or wrapped in flannel.
Flannen Flan"nen adjective Made or consisting of flannel. [ Obsolete] " Flannen robes." Dryden.
Flap Flap noun
[ Middle English flappe
, blow, bly-flap; confer Dutch flap
, and English flap
] Anything broad and limber that hangs loose, or that is attached by one side or end and is easily moved; as, the flap of a garment.
A cartilaginous flap upon the opening of the larynx. Sir T. Browne. 2. A hinged leaf, as of a table or shutter. 3. The motion of anything broad and loose, or a stroke or sound made with it; as, the flap of a sail or of a wing. 4. plural (Far.) A disease in the lips of horses. Flap tile
, a tile with a bent up portion, to turn a corner or catch a drip.
-- Flap valve (Mech.)
, a valve which opens and shuts upon one hinged side; a clack valve.
Flap Flap transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flapped
; present participle & verbal noun Flapping
.] [ Prob. of imitative origin; confer Dutch flappen
, English flap
, flop, flippant, fillip.] 1. To beat with a flap; to strike.
Yet let me flap this bug with gilded wings. Pope. 2. To move, as something broad and flaplike; as, to flap the wings; to let fall, as the brim of a hat. To flap in the mouth
, to taunt.
[ Obsolete] W. Cartwright.
Flap Flap intransitive verb 1. To move as do wings, or as something broad or loose; to fly with wings beating the air.
The crows flapped over by twos and threes. Lowell. 2. To fall and hang like a flap, as the brim of a hat, or other broad thing. Gay.
Flap-eared Flap"-eared` adjective Having broad, loose, dependent ears. Shak.
Flap-mouthed Flap"-mouthed` adjective Having broad, hangling lips. [ R.] Shak.
Flapdragon Flap"drag`on noun 1. A game in which the players catch raisins out burning brandy, and swallow them blazing. Johnson. 2. The thing thus caught and eaten. Johnson.
Cakes and ale, and flapdragons and mummer's plays, and all the happy sports of Christians night. C. Kingsley.
Flapdragon Flap"drag`on transitive verb To swallow whole, as a flapdragon; to devour.
See how the sea flapdragoned it. Shak.
Flapjack Flap"jack` noun 1. A fklat cake turned on the griddle while cooking; a griddlecake or pacake. 2. A fried dough cake containing fruit; a turnover. [ Prov. Eng.]
Flapper Flap"per noun 1. One who, or that which, flaps. 2. See Flipper . "The flapper of a porpoise." Buckley. Flapper skate (Zoology) , a European skate ( Raia intermedia ).
Flare Flare intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flared
; present participle & verbal noun Flaring
.] [ Confer Norw. flara
to blaze, flame, adorn with tinsel, dial. Swedish flasa upp
, and English flash
, or flacker
.] 1. To burn with an unsteady or waving flame; as, the candle flares . 2. To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light. 3. To shine out with gaudy colors; to flaunt; to be offensively bright or showy.
With ribbons pendant, flaring about her head. Shak. 4. To be exposed to too much light.
Flaring in sunshine all the day. Prior. 5. To open or spread outwards; to project beyond the perpendicular; as, the sides of a bowl flare ; the bows of a ship flare . To flare up
, to become suddenly heated or excited; to burst into a passion.
[ Colloq.] Thackeray.
Flare Flare noun 1. An unsteady, broad, offensive light. 2. A spreading outward; as, the flare of a fireplace.
Flare Flare noun Leaf of lard. "Pig's flare ." Dunglison.
Flare Flare noun (Photog.) A defect in a photographic objective such that an image of the stop, or diaphragm, appears as a fogged spot in the center of the developed negative.
Flare-up Flare"-up` noun A sudden burst of anger or passion; an angry dispute. [ Colloq.]
Flare-up Flare"-up` noun A sudden bursting into flame; a flaring.
Flaring Flar"ing adjective 1. That flares; flaming or blazing unsteadily; shining out with a dazzling light.
His [ the sun's] flaring beams. Milton. 2. Opening or speading outwards.
Flaringly Flar"ing·ly adverb In a flaring manner.
(flăsh) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flashed
(flăsht); present participle & verbal noun Flashing
.] [ Confer Middle English flaskien
to pour, sprinkle, dial. Swedish flasa
to blaze, English flush
.] 1. To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the powder flashed . 2. To break forth, as a sudden flood of light; to burst instantly and brightly on the sight; to show a momentary brilliancy; to come or pass like a flash.
Names which have flashed and thundered as the watch words of unnumbered struggles. Talfourd.
The object is made to flash upon the eye of the mind. M. Arnold.
A thought flashed through me, which I clothed in act. Tennyson. 3. To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily.
Every hour Shak. To flash in the pan
He flashes into one gross crime or other.
, to fail of success. [ Colloq.] See under Flash , a burst of light. Bartlett. Syn.
differs from glitter
, denoting a flood or wide extent of light. The latter words may express the issuing of light from a small object, or from a pencil of rays. Flash
differs from other words, also, in denoting suddenness of appearance and disappearance. Flashing
differs from exploding
in not being accompanied with a loud report. To glisten
, or glister
, is to shine with a soft and fitful luster, as eyes suffused with tears, or flowers wet with dew.
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