Webster's Dictionary, 1913
, Latin Folia
. [ Latin , a leaf.] 1. A leaf, esp. a thin leaf or plate. 2. (Geom.) A curve of the third order, consisting of two infinite branches, which have a common asymptote. The curve has a double point, and a leaf-shaped loop; whence the name. Its equation is x 3 + y 3 = axy .
(fōks) , noun collect. & plural
[ Anglo-Saxon folc
; akin to Dutch volk
, Old Saxon & Old High German folk
, German volk
, Icelandic fōlk
, Swedish & Danish folk
, Lithuanian pulkas
crowd, and perhaps to English follow
.] 1. (Eng. Hist.) In Anglo-Saxon times, the people of a group of townships or villages; a community; a tribe.
The organization of each folk , as such, sprang mainly from war. J. R. Green. 2. People in general, or a separate class of people; -- generally used in the plural form, and often with a qualifying adjective; as, the old folks ; poor folks .
In winter's tedious nights, sit by the fire Shak. 3. The persons of one's own family; as, our folks are all well.
With good old folks , and let them tell thee tales.
[ Colloq. New Eng.] Bartlett. Folk song
, one of a class of songs long popular with the common people.
-- Folk speech
, the speech of the common people, as distinguished from that of the educated class.
[ Dan. See Folk
, and Thing
.] The lower house of the Danish Rigsdag, or Parliament. See Legislature , below.
Folkland noun [ Anglo-Saxon folcland .] (O.Eng. Law) Land held in villenage, being distributed among the folk , or people, at the pleasure of the lord of the manor, and resumed at his discretion. Not being held by any assurance in writing, it was opposed to book land or charter land, which was held by deed. Mozley & W.
Folklore noun , or Folk" lore` Tales, legends, or superstitions long current among the people. Trench.
[ Anglo-Saxon folcmōt
folk meeting.] An assembly of the people
; esp. (Sax. Law)
, a general assembly of the people to consider and order matters of the commonwealth; also, a local court.
To which folkmote they all with one consent Spenser.
Agreed to travel.
Folkmoter noun One who takes part in a folkmote, or local court. [ Obsolete] Milton.
[ Latin folliculus
a small bag, husk, pod, dim of follis
bellows, an inflated ball, a leathern money bag, perhaps akin to English bellows
: confer French follicule
. Confer 2d Fool
.] 1. (Botany) A simple podlike pericarp which contains several seeds and opens along the inner or ventral suture, as in the peony, larkspur and milkweed. 2. (Anat.) (a) A small cavity, tubular depression, or sac; as, a hair follicle . (b) A simple gland or glandular cavity; a crypt. (c) A small mass of adenoid tissue; as, a lymphatic follicle .
1. Like, pertaining to, or consisting of, a follicles or follicles. 2. (Medicine) Affecting the follicles; as, follicular pharyngitis.
Folliculated adjective Having follicles.
Folliculous adjective [ Latin folliculosus full of husks: confer French folliculeux .] Having or producing follicles.
Folliful adjective Full of folly. [ Obsolete]
Follow transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Followed
; present participle & verbal noun Following
.][ Middle English foluwen
, Anglo-Saxon folgian
; akin to Dutch volgen
, Old High German folg...n
, German folgen
, Icelandic fylgja
, Swedish följa
, Danish fölge
, and perhaps to English folk
.] 1. To go or come after; to move behind in the same path or direction; hence, to go with (a leader, guide, etc.); to accompany; to attend.
It waves me forth again; I'll follow it. Shak. 2. To endeavor to overtake; to go in pursuit of; to chase; to pursue; to prosecute.
I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. Ex. xiv. 17. 3. To accept as authority; to adopt the opinions of; to obey; to yield to; to take as a rule of action; as, to follow good advice.
Approve the best, and follow what I approve
Follow peace with all men. Hebrew xii. 14.
It is most agreeable to some men to follow their reason; and to others to follow their appetites. J. Edwards. 4. To copy after; to take as an example.
We had rather follow the perfections of them whom we like not, than in defects resemble them whom we love. Hooker. 5. To succeed in order of time, rank, or office. 6. To result from, as an effect from a cause, or an inference from a premise. 7. To watch, as a receding object; to keep the eyes fixed upon while in motion; to keep the mind upon while in progress, as a speech, musical performance, etc.; also, to keep up with; to understand the meaning, connection, or force of, as of a course of thought or argument.
He followed with his eyes the flitting shade. Dryden. 8. To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely, as a profession or calling.
O, had I but followed the arts! Shak.
O Antony! I have followed thee to this. Shak. Follow board (Founding)
, a board on which the pattern and the flask lie while the sand is rammed into the flask. Knight.
-- To follow the hounds
, to hunt with dogs.
-- To follow suit (Card Playing)
, to play a card of the same suit as the leading card; hence, colloquially, to follow an example set.
-- To follow up
, to pursue indefatigably. Syn.
- To pursue; chase; go after; attend; accompany; succeed; imitate; copy; embrace; maintain. - To Follow
. To follow
(v.t.) denotes simply to go after; to pursue
denotes to follow with earnestness, and with a view to attain some definite object; as, a hound pursues
the deer. So a person follows
a companion whom he wishes to overtake on a journey; the officers of justice pursue
a felon who has escaped from prison.
Follow intransitive verb To go or come after; -- used in the various senses of the transitive verb: To pursue; to attend; to accompany; to be a result; to imitate. Syn.
- To Follow
. To follow
(v.i.) means simply to come after; as, a crowd followed
. To succeed
means to come after in some regular series or succession; as, day succeeds
to day, and night to night. To ensue
means to follow by some established connection or principle of sequence. As wave follows
wave, revolution succeeds
to revolution; and nothing ensues
but accumulated wretchedness.
Follow noun The art or process of following; specif., in some games, as billiards, a stroke causing a ball to follow another ball after hitting it. Also used adjectively; as, follow shot.
[ Middle English folwere
, Anglo-Saxon folgere
.] 1. One who follows; a pursuer; an attendant; a disciple; a dependent associate; a retainer. 2. A sweetheart; a beau.
[ Colloq.] A. Trollope. 3. (Steam Engine) (a) The removable flange, or cover, of a piston. See Illust. of Piston . (b) A gland. See Illust. of Stuffing box . 4. (Machinery) The part of a machine that receives motion from another part. See Driver . 5. Among law stationers, a sheet of parchment or paper which is added to the first sheet of an indenture or other deed. Syn.
-- Imitator; copier; disciple; adherent; partisan; dependent; attendant.
1. One's followers, adherents, or dependents, collectively. Macaulay. 2. Vocation; business; profession.
1. Next after; succeeding; ensuing; as, the assembly was held on the following day. 2. (Astron.) (In the field of a telescope) In the direction from which stars are apparently moving (in consequence of the earth's rotation); as, a small star, north following or south following . In the direction toward which stars appear to move is called preceding . » The four principal directions in the field of a telescope are north , south , following , preceding .
; plural Follies
. [ Middle English folie
, French folie
, from fol
, foolish, mad. See Fool
.] 1. The state of being foolish; want of good sense; levity, weakness, or derangement of mind. 2. A foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure; weak or light-minded conduct; foolery.
What folly 'tis to hazard life for ill. Shak. 3. Scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a woman, wantonness.
[ Achan] wrought folly in Israel. Josh. vii. 15.
When lovely woman stoops to folly . Goldsmith. 4. The result of a foolish action or enterprise.
It is called this man's or that man's " folly ," and name of the foolish builder is thus kept alive for long after years. Trench.
Folwe transitive verb To follow. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Fomalhaut noun [ Arabic , prop., mouth of the large fish: confer French Fomalhaut .] (Astron.) A star of the first magnitude, in the constellation Piscis Australis , or Southern Fish.
Foment transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fomented
; present participle & verbal noun Fomenting
.] [ French fomenter
, from Latin fomentare
, from fomentum
) a warm application or lotion, from fovere
to warm or keep warm; perhaps akin to Greek ... to roast, and English bake
.] 1. To apply a warm lotion to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge wet with warm water or medicated liquid. 2. To cherish with heat; to foster.
Which these soft fires . . . foment and warm. Milton. 3. To nurse to life or activity; to cherish and promote by excitements; to encourage; to abet; to instigate; -- used often in a bad sense; as, to foment ill humors. Locke.
But quench the choler you foment in vain. Dryden.
Exciting and fomenting a religious rebellion. Southey.
Foment noun 1. Fomentation. 2. State of excitation; -- perhaps confused with ferment .
He came in no conciliatory mood, and the foment was kept up. Julian Ralph.
[ .... fomentatio
: confer French fomentation
.] 1. (Medicine) (a) The act of fomenting; the application of warm, soft, medicinal substances, as for the purpose of easing pain, by relaxing the skin, or of discussing tumors. (b) The lotion applied to a diseased part. 2. Excitation; instigation; encouragement.
Dishonest fomentation of your pride. Young.
Fomenter noun One who foments; one who encourages or instigates; as, a fomenter of sedition.
; plural Fomites
(fŏm"ĭ*tēz). [ Latin fomes
, touch-wood, tinder.] (Medicine) Any substance supposed to be capable of absorbing, retaining, and transporting contagious or infectious germs; as, woolen clothes are said to be active fomites .
[ Of Scand. origin; confer Icelandic fāni
to act silly, Swedish fåne
fool. Confer Fond
] A fool; an idiot.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
obsolete imperfect of Find . Found. Chaucer.
[ Compar. Fonder
; superl. Fondest
.] [ For fonned
, past participle of Middle English fonnen
to be foolish. See Fon
.] 1. Foolish; silly; simple; weak.
Grant I may never prove so fond Shak. 2. Foolishly tender and loving; weakly indulgent; over-affectionate. 3. Affectionate; loving; tender; -- in a good sense; as, a fond mother or wife. Addison. 4. Loving; much pleased; affectionately regardful, indulgent, or desirous; longing or yearning; -- followed by of (formerly also by on ).
To trust man on his oath or bond.
More fond on her than she upon her love. Shak.
You are as fond of grief as of your child. Shak.
A great traveler, and fond of telling his adventures. Irving. 5. Doted on; regarded with affection.
Nor fix on fond abodes to circumscribe thy prayer. Byron. 6. Trifling; valued by folly; trivial.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Fond transitive verb To caress; to fondle.
The Tyrian hugs and fonds thee on her breast. Dryden.
Fond intransitive verb To be fond; to dote. [ Obsolete] Shak.
[ French, from Latin fundus
. See Fund
.] [ Obsolete, or used as a French word] 1. Foundation; bottom; groundwork;
specif.: (a) (Lace Making) The ground. (b) (Cookery) The broth or juice from braised flesh or fish, usually served as a sauce. 2. Fund, stock, or store.
nt; Fr. fôN`däN") noun
[ French, lit., melting, present participle of fondre
to melt, Latin fundere
. See Found
to cast.] A kind of soft sweetmeat made by boiling solutions to the point of crystallization, usually molded; as, cherry fondant .
Fonde transitive verb & i. [ Anglo-Saxon fandian to try.] To endeavor; to strive; to try. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Fondle transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fondled
; present participle & verbal noun Fondling
.] [ From Fond
] To treat or handle with tenderness or in a loving manner; to caress; as, a nurse fondles a child. Syn.
-- See Caress
Fondler noun One who fondles. Johnson.
[ From Fondle
.] The act of caressing; manifestation of tenderness.
Cyrus made no . . . amorous fondling Mickle.
To fan her pride, or melt her guardless heart.
+ - ling
.] 1. A person or thing fondled or caressed; one treated with foolish or doting affection.
Fondlings are in danger to be made fools. L'Estrange. 2. A fool; a simpleton; a ninny.
[ Obsolete] Chapman.
Fondly adverb 1. Foolishly.
[ Archaic] Verstegan (1673).
Make him speak fondly like a frantic man. Shak. 2. In a fond manner; affectionately; tenderly.
My heart, untraveled, fondly turns to thee. Goldsmith.
Fondness noun 1. The quality or state of being fond; foolishness.
Fondness it were for any, being free, Spenser. 2. Doting affection; tender liking; strong appetite, propensity, or relish; as, he had a fondness for truffles.
To covet fetters, though they golden be.
My heart had still some foolish fondness for thee. Addison. Syn.
-- Attachment; affection; love; kindness.
Fondon noun [ Confer French fondant flux.] (Metal.) A large copper vessel used for hot amalgamation.
[ French fondu
, p.p. of fondre
to melt, blend. See Found
to cast.] Blended; passing into each other by subtle gradations; -- said of colors or of the surface or material on which the colors are laid.
[ Also erroneously Fon`du"
.] [ French See Fondu
; confer Fondant
.] (Cookery) A dish made of cheese, eggs, butter, etc., melted together.
[ French fondu
, propast participle p. of fondre
to melt, blend. See Found
to cast.] A style of printing calico, paper hangings, etc., in which the colors are in bands and graduated into each other. Ure.
; plural of Foe .
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
Fonge transitive verb
[ See Fang
, transitive verb
] To take; to receive.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ See Fon
.] Foolishly; fondly.
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
Fonne noun A fon. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.