Webster's Dictionary, 1913

Search Webster
Word starts with Word or meaning contains
Fleetly adverb In a fleet manner; rapidly.

Fleetness noun Swiftness; rapidity; velocity; celerity; speed; as, the fleetness of a horse or of time.

Fleigh obsolete imperfect of Fly . Chaucer.

Fleme transitive verb [ Anglo-Saxon flēman , flȳman .] To banish; to drive out; to expel. [ Obsolete] "Appetite flemeth discretion ." Chaucer.

Flemer noun One who, or that which, banishes or expels. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Fleming noun A native or inhabitant of Flanders.

Flemish adjective Pertaining to Flanders, or the Flemings. -- noun The language or dialect spoken by the Flemings; also, collectively, the people of Flanders.

Flemish accounts (Nautical) , short or deficient accounts. [ Humorous] Ham. Nav. Encyc. -- Flemish beauty (Botany) , a well known pear. It is one of few kinds which have a red color on one side. -- Flemish bond . (Architecture) See Bond , noun , 8. -- Flemish brick , a hard yellow paving brick. -- Flemish coil , a flat coil of rope with the end in the center and the turns lying against, without riding over, each other. -- Flemish eye (Nautical) , an eye formed at the end of a rope by dividing the strands and lying them over each other. -- Flemish horse (Nautical) , an additional footrope at the end of a yard.

Flench transitive verb Same as Flence .

Flense transitive verb [ Confer Danish flense , Dutch vlensen , vlenzen , Scot. flinch .] To strip the blubber or skin from, as from a whale, seal, etc.

the flensed carcass of a fur seal.
U. S. Census (1880).

Flesh noun [ Middle English flesch , flesc , Anglo-Saxon fl...sc ; akin to OFries. flāsk , Dutch vleesch , Old Saxon fl...sk , Old High German fleisc , German fleisch , Icelandic & Danish flesk lard, bacon, pork, Swedish fläsk .]
1. The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which cover the framework of bones in man and other animals; especially, the muscles.

» In composition it is mainly albuminous, but contains in adition a large number of crystalline bodies, such as creatin, xanthin, hypoxanthin, carnin, etc. It is also rich in phosphate of potash.

2. Animal food, in distinction from vegetable; meat; especially, the body of beasts and birds used as food, as distinguished from fish .

With roasted flesh , or milk, and wastel bread.
Chaucer.

3. The human body, as distinguished from the soul; the corporeal person.

As if this flesh , which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable.
Shak.

4. The human eace; mankind; humanity.

All flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Gen. vi. 12.

5. Human nature : (a) In a good sense, tenderness of feeling; gentleness.

There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart.
Cowper.

(b) In a bad sense, tendency to transient or physical pleasure; desire for sensual gratification; carnality. (c) (Theol.) The character under the influence of animal propensities or selfish passions; the soul unmoved by spiritual influences.

6. Kindred; stock; race.

He is our brother and our flesh .
Gen. xxxvii. 27.

7. The soft, pulpy substance of fruit; also, that part of a root, fruit, and the like, which is fit to be eaten.

» Flesh is often used adjectively or self-explaining compounds; as, flesh broth or flesh -broth; flesh brush or fleshbrush ; flesh tint or flesh -tint; flesh wound.

After the flesh , after the manner of man; in a gross or earthly manner. "Ye judge after the flesh ." John viii. 15. -- An arm of flesh , human strength or aid. -- Flesh and blood . See under Blood . -- Flesh broth , broth made by boiling flesh in water. -- Flesh fly (Zoology) , one of several species of flies whose larvæ or maggots feed upon flesh, as the bluebottle fly; -- called also meat fly , carrion fly , and blowfly . See Blowly . -- Flesh meat , animal food. Swift. -- Flesh side , the side of a skin or hide which was next to the flesh; -- opposed to grain side . -- Flesh tint (Painting) , a color used in painting to imitate the hue of the living body. -- Flesh worm (Zoology) , any insect larva of a flesh fly. See Flesh fly (above). -- Proud flesh . See under Proud . -- To be one flesh , to be closely united as in marriage; to become as one person. Gen. ii. 24.

Flesh transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Fleshed ; present participle & verbal noun Fleshing .]
1. To feed with flesh, as an incitement to further exertion; to initiate; -- from the practice of training hawks and dogs by feeding them with the first game they take, or other flesh. Hence, to use upon flesh (as a murderous weapon) so as to draw blood, especially for the first time.

Full bravely hast thou fleshed
Thy maiden sword.
Shak.

The wild dog
Shall flesh his tooth on every innocent.
Shak.

2. To glut; to satiate; hence, to harden, to accustom. " Fleshed in triumphs." Glanvill.

Old soldiers
Fleshed in the spoils of Germany and France.
Beau. & Fl.

3. (Leather Manufacture) To remove flesh, membrance, etc., from, as from hides.

Fleshed adjective
1. Corpulent; fat; having flesh.

2. Glutted; satiated; initiated.

Fleshed with slaughter.
Dryden.

Flesher noun
1. A butcher.

A flesher on a block had laid his whittle down.
Macaulay.

2. A two-handled, convex, blunt-edged knife, for scraping hides; a fleshing knife.

Fleshhood noun The state or condition of having a form of flesh; incarnation. [ R.]

Thou, who hast thyself
Endured this fleshhood .
Mrs. Browning.

Fleshiness noun The state of being fleshy; plumpness; corpulence; grossness. Milton.

Fleshings noun plural Flesh- colored tights, worn by actors and dancers. D. Jerrold.

Fleshless adjective Destitute of flesh; lean. Carlyle.

Fleshliness noun The state of being fleshly; carnal passions and appetites. Spenser.

Fleshling noun A person devoted to fleshly things. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Fleshly (-lȳ) adjective [ Anglo-Saxon flǣsclīc .]
1. Of or pertaining to the flesh; corporeal. " Fleshly bondage." Denham.

2. Animal; not vegetable. Dryden.

3. Human; not celestial; not spiritual or divine. " Fleshly wisdom." 2 Cor. i. 12.

Much ostentation vain of fleshly arm
And fragile arms.
Milton.

4. Carnal; wordly; lascivious.

Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
1 Pet. ii. 11.

Fleshly adverb In a fleshly manner; carnally; lasciviously. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Fleshment noun The act of fleshing, or the excitement attending a successful beginning. [ R.] Shak.

Fleshmonger noun [ Anglo-Saxon flǣsc mangere .] One who deals in flesh; hence, a pimp; a procurer; a pander. [ R.] Shak.

Fleshpot noun A pot or vessel in which flesh is cooked ; hence ( plural ), plenty; high living.

In the land of Egypt . . . we sat by the fleshpots , and . . . did eat bread to the full.
Ex. xvi. 3.

Fleshquake noun A quaking or trembling of the flesh; a quiver. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.

Fleshy adjective [ Compar. Fleshier ; superl. Fleshiest .]
1. Full of, or composed of, flesh; plump; corpulent; fat; gross.

The sole of his foot is fleshy.
Ray.

2. Human. [ Obsolete] " Fleshy tabernacle." Milton.

3. (Botany) Composed of firm pulp; succulent; as, the houseleek, cactus, and agave are fleshy plants.

Flet past participle of Fleet . Skimmed. [ Obsolete]

Fletch transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Fletched ; present participle & verbal noun Fletching .] [ French flèche arrow.] To feather, as an arrow. Bp. Warburton.

[ Congress] fletched their complaint, by adding: "America loved his brother."
Bancroft.

Fletcher noun [ Old French flechier .] One who fletches or feathers arrows; a manufacturer of bows and arrows. [ Obsolete] Mortimer.

Flete intransitive verb [ See Fleet , intransitive verb ] To float; to swim. [ Obsolete] "Whether I sink or flete ." Chaucer.

Fletiferous adjective [ Latin fletifer ; fletus a weeping (from flere , fletum , to weep) + ferre to bear.] Producing tears. [ Obsolete] Blount.

Fleur-de-lis noun ; plural Fleurs-de-lis . [ French, flower of the lily. Confer Flower-de-luce , Lily .]
1. (Botany) The iris. See Flower-de-luce .

2. A conventional flower suggested by the iris, and having a form which fits it for the terminal decoration of a scepter, the ornaments of a crown, etc. It is also a heraldic bearing, and is identified with the royal arms and adornments of France.

Fleuron noun [ French, from Old French floron . Confer Floroon .] A flower-shaped ornament, esp. one terminating an object or forming one of a series, as a knob of a cover to a dish, or a flower-shaped part in a necklace.

Fleury adjective [ French fleuri covered with flowers, past participle of fleurir . See Flourish .] (Her.) Finished at the ends with fleurs-de-lis; -- said esp. of a cross so decorated.

Flew imperfect of Fly .

Flewed adjective Having large flews. Shak.

Flews noun plural The pendulous or overhanging lateral parts of the upper lip of dogs, especially prominent in hounds; -- called also chaps . See Illust. of Bloodhound .

Flex transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Flexed ; present participle & verbal noun Flexing .] [ Latin flexus , past participle of flectere to bend, perhaps flectere and akin to falx sickle, English falchion . Confer Flinch .] To bend; as, to flex the arm.

Flex noun Flax. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Flexanimous adjective [ Latin flexanimus ; flectere , flexum , to bend + animus mind.] Having power to change the mind. [ Obsolete] Howell.

Flexibility noun [ Latin flexibilitas : confer French flexibilite .] The state or quality of being flexible; flexibleness; pliancy; pliability; as, the flexibility of strips of hemlock, hickory, whalebone or metal, or of rays of light. Sir I. Newton.

All the flexibility of a veteran courtier.
Macaulay.

Flexible adjective [ Latin flexibilis : confer French flexible .]
1. Capable of being flexed or bent; admitting of being turned, bowed, or twisted, without breaking; pliable; yielding to pressure; not stiff or brittle.

When the splitting wind
Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks.
Shak.

2. Willing or ready to yield to the influence of others; not invincibly rigid or obstinate; tractable; manageable; ductile; easy and compliant; wavering.

Phocion was a man of great severity, and no ways flexible to the will of the people.
Bacon.

Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible .
Shak.

3. Capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language.

This was a principle more flexible to their purpose.
Rogers.

Syn. -- Pliant; pliable; supple; tractable; manageable; ductile; obsequious; inconstant; wavering.

-- Flex"i*ble*ness , noun -- Flex"i*bly , adverb

Flexicostate adjective [ Latin flexus bent + English costate .] (Anat.) Having bent or curved ribs.

Flexile adjective [ Latin flexilis .] Flexible; pliant; pliable; easily bent; plastic; tractable. Wordsworth.

Flexion noun [ Latin flexio : confer French flexion .]
1. The act of flexing or bending; a turning.

2. A bending; a part bent; a fold. Bacon.

3. (Gram.) Syntactical change of form of words, as by declension or conjugation; inflection.

Express the syntactical relations by flexion .
Sir W. Hamilton.

4. (Physiol.) The bending of a limb or joint; that motion of a joint which gives the distal member a continually decreasing angle with the axis of the proximal part; -- distinguished from extension .

Flexor noun [ New Latin ] (Anat.) A muscle which bends or flexes any part; as, the flexors of the arm or the hand; -- opposed to extensor .

Flexuose adjective Flexuous.

Flexuous adjective [ Latin flexuosus , from flexus a bending, turning.]
1. Having turns, windings, or flexures.

2. (Botany) Having alternate curvatures in opposite directions; bent in a zigzag manner.

3. Wavering; not steady; flickering. Bacon.

Flexural adjective [ From Flexure .] Of, pertaining to, or resulting from, flexure; of the nature of, or characterized by, flexure; as, flexural elasticity.

Flexure noun [ Latin flexura .]
1. The act of flexing or bending; a turning or curving; flexion; hence, obsequious bowing or bending.

Will it give place to flexure and low bending?
Shak.

2. A turn; a bend; a fold; a curve.

Varying with the flexures of the valley through which it meandered.
British Quart. Rev.

3. (Zoology) The last joint, or bend, of the wing of a bird.

4. (Astron.) The small distortion of an astronomical instrument caused by the weight of its parts; the amount to be added or substracted from the observed readings of the instrument to correct them for this distortion.

The flexure of a curve (Math.) , the bending of a curve towards or from a straight line.