Webster's Dictionary, 1913
; plural Flatteries
. [ Middle English flaterie
, Old French flaterie
, French flaterie
, from flater
to flatter, French flatter
; of uncertain origin. See Flatter
, transitive verb
] The act or practice of flattering; the act of pleasing by artful commendation or compliments; adulation; false, insincere, or excessive praise.
Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present. Rambler.
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver. Burke. Syn.
-- Adulation; compliment; obsequiousness. See Adulation
Flatting noun 1. The process or operation of making flat, as a cylinder of glass by opening it out. 2. A mode of painting,in which the paint, being mixed with turpentine, leaves the work without gloss. Gwilt. 3. A method of preserving gilding unburnished, by touching with size. Knolles. 4. The process of forming metal into sheets by passing it between rolls. Flatting coat
, a coat of paint so put on as to have no gloss.
-- Flatting furnace
. Same as flattening oven , under Flatten .
-- Flatting mill
. (a) A rolling mill producing sheet metal; esp., in mints, the ribbon from which the planchets are punched. (b) A mill in which grains of metal are flatted by steel rolls, and reduced to metallic dust, used for purposes of ornamentation.
Flattish adjective Somewhat flat. Woodward.
Flatulence, Flatulency noun [ Confer French flatulence .] The state or quality of being flatulent.
[ Latin flatus
a blowing, flatus ventris
windiness, flatulence, from flare
to blow: confer French flatulent
. See Blow
.] 1. Affected with flatus or gases generated in the alimentary canal; windy. 2. Generating, or tending to generate, wind in the stomach.
Vegetables abound more with aërial particles than animal substances, and therefore are more flatulent . Arbuthnot. 3. Turgid with flatus; as, a flatulent tumor. Quincy. 4. Pretentious without substance or reality; puffy; empty; vain; as, a flatulent vanity.
He is too flatulent sometimes, and sometimes too dry. Dryden.
Flatulently adverb In a flatulent manner; with flatulence.
Flatuosity noun [ Confer French flatuosité .] Flatulence. [ Obsolete] Bacon.
Flatuous adjective [ Confer French flatueux .] Windy; generating wind. [ Obsolete] Bacon.
, Latin Flatus
. [ Latin , from flare
to blow.] 1. A breath; a puff of wind. Clarke. 2. Wind or gas generated in the stomach or other cavities of the body. Quincy.
Flatware noun Articles for the table, as china or silverware, that are more or less flat, as distinguished from hollow ware .
[ Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Flatwise adjective or adverb With the flat side downward, or next to another object; not edgewise.
Flatworm noun (Zoology) Any worm belonging to the Plathelminthes; also, sometimes applied to the planarians.
Flaundrish adjective Flemish. [ Obsolete]
(flänt or flant; 277) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flaunted
; present participle & verbal noun
.] [ Confer dial. German flandern
to flutter, wave; perhaps akin to English flatter
.] To throw or spread out; to flutter; to move ostentatiously; as, a flaunting show.
You flaunt about the streets in your new gilt chariot. Arbuthnot.
One flaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade. Pope.
Flaunt transitive verb To display ostentatiously; to make an impudent show of.
Flaunt noun Anything displayed for show.
In these my borrowed flaunts . Shak.
Flauntingly adverb In a flaunting way.
[ Italian flauto
a flute See Flute
.] A player on the flute; a flutist.
Flauto (flou"to) noun [ Italian ] A flute. Flaute piccolo [ Italian , little flute], an octave flute. -- Flauto traverso [ Italian , transverse flute], the German flute, held laterally, instead of being played, like the old flûte Ã bec , with a mouth piece at the end.
Flavaniline noun [ Latin flavus yellow + English aniline .] (Chemistry) A yellow, crystalline, organic dyestuff, C 16 H 14 N 2 , of artifical production. It is a strong base, and is a complex derivative of aniline and quinoline.
Flavescent adjective [ Latin flavescens , present participle of flavescere to turn yellow.] Turning yellow; yellowish.
Flavicomous adjective [ Latin flavicomus ; flavus yellow + coma hair.] Having yellow hair. [ R.]
Flavin noun [ Latin flavus yellow.] (Chemistry) A yellow, vegetable dyestuff, resembling quercitron.
Flavine noun (Chemistry) A yellow, crystalline, organic base, C 13 H 12 N 2 O, obtained artificially.
Flavol noun [ Latin flavus yellow + -oil .] (Chemistry) A yellow, crystalline substance, obtained from anthraquinone, and regarded as a hydroxyl derivative of it.
[ Old French fleur
(two syllables), odor, confer French fleurer
to emit an odor, Italian flatore
a bad odor, probably from Latin flare
to bow, whence the sense of exhalation
. Confer Blow
.] [ Written also flavour
.] 1. That quality of anything which affects the smell; odor; fragrances; as, the flavor of a rose. 2. That quality of anything which affects the taste; that quality which gratifies the palate; relish; zest; savor; as, the flavor of food or drink. 3. That which imparts to anything a peculiar odor or taste, gratifying to the sense of smell, or the nicer perceptions of the palate; a substance which flavors. 4. That quality which gives character to any of the productions of literature or the fine arts.
Flavor transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flavored
; present participle & verbal noun Flavoring
.] To give flavor to; to add something (as salt or a spice) to, to give character or zest.
Flavored adjective Having a distinct flavor; as, high- flavored wine.
Flavorless adjective Without flavor; tasteless.
Flavorous adjective Imparting flavor; pleasant to the taste or smell; sapid. Dryden.
Flavous adjective [ Latin flavus .] Yellow. [ Obsolete]
[ Middle English flai
flake; confer Swedish flaga
flaw, crack, breach, flake, Dutch vlaag
gust of wind, Norw. flage
, and English flag
a flat stone.] 1. A crack or breach; a gap or fissure; a defect of continuity or cohesion; as, a flaw in a knife or a vase.
This heart Shak. 2. A defect; a fault; as, a flaw in reputation; a flaw in a will, in a deed, or in a statute.
Shall break into a hundered thousand flaws .
Has not this also its flaws and its dark side? South. 3. A sudden burst of noise and disorder; a tumult; uproar; a quarrel.
And deluges of armies from the town Dryden. 4. A sudden burst or gust of wind of short duration.
Came pouring in; I heard the mighty flaw .
Snow, and hail, and stormy gust and flaw . Milton.
Like flaws in summer laying lusty corn. Tennyson. Syn.
-- Blemish; fault; imperfection; spot; speck.
Flaw transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flawed
(flad); present participle & verbal noun Flawing
.] 1. To crack; to make flaws in.
The brazen caldrons with the frosts are flawed . Dryden. 2. To break; to violate; to make of no effect.
France hath flawed the league. Shak.
Flawless adjective Free from flaws. Boyle.
[ Old French flaon
, French flan
, Late Latin flado
, from Old High German flado
, German fladen
, a sort of pancake; confer Greek ... broad. See Place
.] A sort of flat custard or pie.
[ Obsolete] Tusser.
Flawter transitive verb
[ Confer Flay
.] To scrape or pare, as a skin.
[ Obsolete] Johnson.
1. Full of flaws or cracks; broken; defective; faulty. Johnson. 2. Subject to sudden flaws or gusts of wind.
[ Anglo-Saxon fleax
; akin to Dutch vlas
, German flachs
, and probably to flechten
to braid, plait,m twist, Latin plectere
to weave, plicare
to fold, Greek ... to weave, plait. See Ply
.] 1. (Botany) A plant of the genus Linum , esp. the Latin usitatissimum , which has a single, slender stalk, about a foot and a half high, with blue flowers. The fiber of the bark is used for making thread and cloth, called linen , cambric , lawn , lace , etc. Linseed oil is expressed from the seed. 2. The skin or fibrous part of the flax plant, when broken and cleaned by hatcheling or combing. Earth flax (Min.)
-- Flax brake
, a machine for removing the woody portion of flax from the fibrous.
-- Flax comb
, a hatchel, hackle, or heckle.
-- Flax cotton
, the fiber of flax, reduced by steeping in bicarbonate of soda and acidulated liquids, and prepared for bleaching and spinning like cotton. Knight.
-- Flax dresser
, one who breaks and swingles flax, or prepares it for the spinner.
-- Flax mill
, a mill or factory where flax is spun or linen manufactured.
-- Flax puller
, a machine for pulling flax plants in the field.
-- Flax wench
. (a) A woman who spins flax.
[ Obsolete] (b) A prostitute.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
-- Mountain flax (Min.)
-- New Zealand flax (Botany) See Flax- plant .
Flax-plant noun (Botany) A plant in new Zealand ( Phormium tenax ), allied to the lilies and aloes. The leaves are two inches wide and several feet long, and furnish a fiber which is used for making ropes, mats, and coarse cloth.
Flaxen adjective Made of flax; resembling flax or its fibers; of the color of flax; of a light soft straw color; fair and flowing, like flax or tow; as, flaxen thread; flaxen hair.
Flaxseed noun The seed of the flax; linseed.
Flaxy adjective Like flax; flaxen. Sir M. Sandys.
(flā) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flayed
(flād); present participle & verbal noun Flaying
.] [ Middle English flean
, Anglo-Saxon fleán
; akin to Dutch vlaen
, Icelandic flā
, Swedish flå
, Danish flaae
, confer Lithuanian pleszti
to tear, plyszti
, v.i., to burst, tear; perhaps akin to English flag
a flat stone, flaw
.] To skin; to strip off the skin or surface of; as, to flay an ox; to flay the green earth.
With her nails Shak.
She 'll flay thy wolfish visage.
Flayer noun One who strips off the skin.
(flē) transitive verb
[ See Flay
.] To flay.
He will be fleaed first J. Fletcher.
And horse collars made of's skin.
[ Middle English fle
, Anglo-Saxon fleá
; akin to Dutch vtoo
, Old High German flōh
, German floh
, Icelandic flō
, Russian blocha
; probably from the root of English flee
. √84. See Flee
.] (Zoology) An insect belonging to the genus Pulex, of the order Aphaniptera. Fleas are destitute of wings, but have the power of leaping energetically. The bite is poisonous to most persons. The human flea ( Pulex irritans ), abundant in Europe, is rare in America, where the dog flea ( P. canis ) takes its place. See Aphaniptera , and Dog flea . See Illustration in Appendix. A flea in the ear
, an unwelcome hint or unexpected reply, annoying like a flea; an irritating repulse; as, to put a flea in one's ear ; to go away with a flea in one's ear .
-- Beach flea
, Black flea
, etc. See under Beach , etc.
Flea-beetle noun (Zoology) A small beetle of the family Halticidæ , of many species. They have strong posterior legs and leap like fleas. The turnip flea-beetle ( Phyllotreta vittata ) and that of the grapevine ( Graptodera chalybea ) are common injurious species.
Fleabane noun (Botany) One of various plants, supposed to have efficacy in driving away fleas. They belong, for the most part, to the genera Conyza , Erigeron , and Pulicaria .