Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Fleetly adverb In a fleet manner; rapidly.
Fleetness noun Swiftness; rapidity; velocity; celerity; speed; as, the fleetness of a horse or of time.
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
, 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).
[ Middle English flesch
, 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, Shak. 4. The human eace; mankind; humanity.
Were brass impregnable.
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.
is often used adjectively or self-explaining compounds; as, flesh
broth or flesh
brush or fleshbrush
tint or 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 Shak.
Thy maiden sword.
The wild dog Shak. 2. To glut; to satiate; hence, to harden, to accustom.
Shall flesh his tooth on every innocent.
in triumphs." Glanvill.
Old soldiers Beau. & Fl. 3. (Leather Manufacture) To remove flesh, membrance, etc., from, as from hides.
Fleshed in the spoils of Germany and France.
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.
Thou, who hast thyself Mrs. Browning.
Endured this fleshhood .
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.
[ Anglo-Saxon flǣsclīc
.] 1. Of or pertaining to the flesh; corporeal.
bondage." Denham. 2. Animal; not vegetable. Dryden. 3. Human; not celestial; not spiritual or divine.
wisdom." 2 Cor. i. 12.
Much ostentation vain of fleshly arm Milton. 4. Carnal; wordly; lascivious.
And fragile arms.
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.
[ 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
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
Fletiferous adjective [ Latin fletifer ; fletus a weeping (from flere , fletum , to weep) + ferre to bear.] Producing tears. [ Obsolete] Blount.
; plural Fleurs-de-lis
. [ French, flower of the lily. Confer Flower-de-luce
.] 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.
[ 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.
[ 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.
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.
[ 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.
[ 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 Shak. 2. Willing or ready to yield to the influence of others; not invincibly rigid or obstinate; tractable; manageable; ductile; easy and compliant; wavering.
Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks.
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
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.
[ 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.
[ From Flexure
.] Of, pertaining to, or resulting from, flexure; of the nature of, or characterized by, flexure; as, flexural elasticity.
[ 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.