Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Flobert noun (Gun.) A small cartridge designed for target shooting; -- sometimes called ball cap . Flobert rifle , a rifle adapted to the use of floberts.
[ Latin floccus
a flock of wool. Confer Flock
of wool.] (Medicine) A delirious picking of bedclothes by a sick person, as if to pick off flocks of wool; carphology; -- an alarming symptom in acute diseases. Dunglison.
[ Latin floccosus
. Confer 2d Flock
] 1. Spotted with small tufts like wool. Wright. 2. (Botany) Having tufts of soft hairs, which are often deciduous.
Floccular adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the flocculus.
Flocculate intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flocculated
; present participle & verbal noun Flocculating
.] (Geol.) To aggregate into small lumps.
Flocculate adjective (Zoology) Furnished with tufts of curly hairs, as some insects.
Flocculate transitive verb To convert into floccules or flocculent aggregates; to make granular or crumbly; as, the flocculating of a soil improves its mechanical condition.
When applied to clay soils it [ lime] binds the small particles together, or flocculates them. I. P. Roberts.
Flocculation noun (Geol.) The process by which small particles of fine soils and sediments aggregate into larger lumps.
[ See Flocculus
.] 1. A detached mass of loosely fibrous structure like a shredded tuft of wool. 2. (Chemistry) Specif.: A small particle of an insoluble substance formed in a liquid by the union of smaller particles.
Flocculence noun The state of being flocculent.
[ See Flock
of wool.] 1. Clothed with small flocks or flakes; woolly. Gray. 2. (Zoology) Applied to the down of newly hatched or unfledged birds.
Flocculent adjective (Chemistry) Having a structure like shredded wool, as some precipitates.
; plural Flocculi
. [ New Latin , dim. of Latin floccus
a lock or flock of wool.] (Anat.) A small lobe in the under surface of the cerebellum, near the middle peduncle; the subpeduncular lobe.
; plural Flocci
. [ Latin , a flock of wool.] 1. (Zoology) (a) The tuft of hair terminating the tail of mammals. (b) A tuft of feathers on the head of young birds. 2. (Botany) A woolly filament sometimes occuring with the sporules of certain fungi.
[ Anglo-Saxon flocc
flock, company; akin to Icelandic flokkr
crowd, Swedish flock
, Danish flok
; probably orig. used of flows, and akin to English fly
. See Fly
.] 1. A company or collection of living creatures; -- especially applied to sheep and birds, rarely to persons or (except in the plural) to cattle and other large animals; as, a flock of ravenous fowl. Milton.
The heathen . . . came to Nicanor by flocks . 2 Macc. xiv. 14. 2. A Christian church or congregation; considered in their relation to the pastor, or minister in charge.
As half amazed, half frighted all his flock . Tennyson.
Flock intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flocked
; present participle & verbal noun Flocking
.] To gather in companies or crowds.
Friends daily flock . Dryden. Flocking fowl (Zoology)
, the greater scaup duck.
Flock transitive verb To flock to; to crowd.
Good fellows, trooping, flocked me so. Taylor (1609).
[ Middle English flokke
; confer Dutch vlok
, German flocke
, Old High German floccho
, Icelandic flōki
, perhaps akin to English flicker
, or confer Latin floccus
, French floc
.] 1. A lock of wool or hair.
I prythee, Tom, beat Cut's saddle, put a few flocks in the point [ pommel]. Shak. 2. Woolen or cotton refuse ( sing. or plural ), old rags, etc., reduced to a degree of fineness by machinery, and used for stuffing unpholstered furniture. 3. Very fine, sifted, woolen refuse, especially that from shearing the nap of cloths, used as a coating for wall paper to give it a velvety or clothlike appearance; also, the dust of vegetable fiber used for a similar purpose. Flock bed
, a bed filled with flocks or locks of coarse wool, or pieces of cloth cut up fine.
"Once a flock bed
, but repaired with straw." Pope.
-- Flock paper
, paper coated with flock fixed with glue or size.
Flock transitive verb To coat with flock, as wall paper; to roughen the surface of (as glass) so as to give an appearance of being covered with fine flock.
Flockling noun A lamb. [ Obsolete] Brome (1659).
Flockly adverb In flocks; in crowds. [ Obsolete]
[ Anglo-Saxon flocm...lum
. See Meal
part.] In a flock; in a body.
That flockmel on a day they to him went. Chaucer.
Flocky adjective Abounding with flocks; floccose.
[ Confer Danish flag
af iis, iis flage
, Swedish flaga
, is flaga
, is flake
. See Flag
a flat stone.] A low, flat mass of floating ice. Floe rat (Zoology)
, a seal ( Phoca fœtida ).
(flŏg) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flogged
(flŏgd); present participle & verbal noun Flogging
(-gĭng).] [ Confer Scot. fleg
blow, stroke, kick, Anglo-Saxon flocan
to strike, or perhaps from Latin flagellare
to whip. Confer Flagellate
.] To beat or strike with a rod or whip; to whip; to lash; to chastise with repeated blows.
1. One who flogs. 2. A kind of mallet for beating the bung stave of a cask to start the bung. Knight.
Flogging adjective & noun from Flog , transitive verb Flogging chisel (Machinery)
, a large cold chisel, used in chipping castings.
-- Flogging hammer
, a small sledge hammer used for striking a flogging chisel.
Flon noun plural See Flo .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
(? or ?), obsolete imperfect & past participle of Fling .
Flong noun [ Of the same origin as flawn , flan , a metal disk.] (Stereotyping) A compressed mass of paper sheets, forming a matrix or mold for stereotype plates.
[ Middle English flod
a flowing, stream, flood, Anglo-Saxon flōd
; akin to Dutch vloed
, Old Saxon flōd
, Old High German fluot
, German flut
, Icelandic flōð
, Swedish & Danish flod
, Goth. flōdus
; from the root of English flow
. √80. See Flow
, intransitive verb
] 1. A great flow of water; a body of moving water; the flowing stream, as of a river; especially, a body of water, rising, swelling, and overflowing land not usually thus covered; a deluge; a freshet; an inundation.
A covenant never to destroy Milton. 2. The flowing in of the tide; the semidiurnal swell or rise of water in the ocean; -- opposed to ebb ; as, young flood ; high flood .
The earth again by flood .
There is a tide in the affairs of men, Shak. 3. A great flow or stream of any fluid substance; as, a flood of light; a flood of lava; hence, a great quantity widely diffused; an overflowing; a superabundance; as, a flood of bank notes; a flood of paper currency. 4. Menstrual disharge; menses. Harvey. Flood anchor (Nautical) , the anchor by which a ship is held while the tide is rising.
Which, taken at the flood , leads on to fortune.
-- Flood fence
, a fence so secured that it will not be swept away by a flood.
-- Flood gate
, a gate for shutting out, admitting, or releasing, a body of water; a tide gate.
-- Flood mark
, the mark or line to which the tide, or a flood, rises; high-water mark.
-- Flood tide
, the rising tide; -- opposed to ebb tide .
-- The Flood
, the deluge in the days of Noah.
Flood transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flooded
; present participle & verbal noun Flooding
.] 1. To overflow; to inundate; to deluge; as, the swollen river flooded the valley. 2. To cause or permit to be inundated; to fill or cover with water or other fluid; as, to flood arable land for irrigation; to fill to excess or to its full capacity; as, to flood a country with a depreciated currency.
Floodage noun Inundation. [ R.] Carlyle.
Flooder noun One who floods anything.
Flooding noun The filling or covering with water or other fluid; overflow; inundation; the filling anything to excess. 2. (Medicine) An abnormal or excessive discharge of blood from the uterus. Dunglison.
Flook noun A fluke of an anchor.
Flookan, Flukan noun (Mining) See Flucan .
Flooky adjective Fluky.
[ Anglo-Saxon fl...r
; akin to Dutch vloer
, German flur
field, floor, entrance hall, Icelandic fl...r
floor of a cow stall, confer Ir. & Gael. lar
floor, ground, earth, W. llawr
, perhaps akin to Latin planus
level. Confer Plain
smooth.] 1. The bottom or lower part of any room; the part upon which we stand and upon which the movables in the room are supported. 2. The structure formed of beams, girders, etc., with proper covering, which divides a building horizontally into stories. Floor in sense 1 is, then, the upper surface of floor in sense 2. 3. The surface, or the platform, of a structure on which we walk or travel; as, the floor of a bridge. 4. A story of a building. See Story . 5. (Legislative Assemblies) (a) The part of the house assigned to the members. (b) The right to speak.
[ U.S.] » Instead of he has the floor
, the English say, he is in possession of the house
. 6. (Nautical) That part of the bottom of a vessel on each side of the keelson which is most nearly horizontal. 7. (Mining) (a) The rock underlying a stratified or nearly horizontal deposit. (b) A horizontal, flat ore body. Raymond. Floor cloth
, a heavy fabric, painted, varnished, or saturated, with waterproof material, for covering floors; oilcloth.
-- Floor cramp
, an implement for tightening the seams of floor boards before nailing them in position.
-- Floor light
, a frame with glass panes in a floor.
-- Floor plan
. (a) (Shipbuilding) A longitudinal section, showing a ship as divided at the water line. (b) (Architecture) A horizontal section, showing the thickness of the walls and partitions, arrangement of passages, apartments, and openings at the level of any floor of a house.
Floor transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Floored
; present participle & verbal noun Flooring
.] 1. To cover with a floor; to furnish with a floor; as, to floor a house with pine boards. 2. To strike down or lay level with the floor; to knock down; hence, to silence by a conclusive answer or retort; as, to floor an opponent.
Floored or crushed by him. Coleridge. 3. To finish or make an end of; as, to floor a college examination.
I've floored my little-go work. T. Hughes.
Floorage noun Floor space.
Floorer noun Anything that floors or upsets a person, as a blow that knocks him down; a conclusive answer or retort; a task that exceeds one's abilities. [ Colloq.]
Floorheads noun plural (Nautical) The upper extermities of the floor of a vessel.
Flooring noun A platform; the bottom of a room; a floor; pavement. See Floor , noun Addison. 2. Material for the construction of a floor or floors.
Floorless adjective Having no floor.
Floorwalker noun One who walks about in a large retail store as an overseer and director. [ U.S.]
Flop transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flopped
; present participle & verbal noun Flopping
.] [ A variant of flap
.] 1. To clap or strike, as a bird its wings, a fish its tail, etc.; to flap. 2. To turn suddenly, as something broad and flat.
[ Colloq.] Fielding.
Flop intransitive verb
1. To strike about with something broad and flat, as a fish with its tail, or a bird with its wings; to rise and fall; as, the brim of a hat flops . 2. To fall, sink, or throw one's self, heavily, clumsily, and unexpectedly on the ground. [ Colloq.] Dickens.
Flop noun Act of flopping. [ Colloq.] W. H. Russell.
Floppy noun Having a tendency to flop or flap; as, a floppy hat brim. G. Eliot.