Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Formless adjective Shapeless; without a determinate form; wanting regularity of shape. -- Form"less*ly , adverb -- Form"less*ness , noun
, Latin Formulæ
. [ Latin , dim. of forma
form, model. See Form
] 1. A prescribed or set form; an established rule; a fixed or conventional method in which anything is to be done, arranged, or said. 2. (Eccl.) A written confession of faith; a formal statement of foctrines. 3. (Math.) A rule or principle expressed in algebraic language; as, the binominal formula . 4. (Medicine) A prescription or recipe for the preparation of a medicinal compound. 5. (Chemistry) A symbolic expression (by means of letters, figures, etc.) of the constituents or constitution of a compound.
» Chemical formulæ
consist of the abbreviations of the names of the elements, with a small figure at the lower right hand, to denote the number of atoms of each element contained. Empirical formula (Chemistry)
, an expression which gives the simple proportion of the constituents; as, the empirical formula of acetic acid is C 2 H 4 O 2 .
-- Graphic formula
, Rational formula (Chemistry)
, an expression of the constitution, and in a limited sense of the structure, of a compound, by the grouping of its atoms or radicals; as, a rational formula of acetic acid is CH 3 .(C:O).OH; -- called also structural formula , constitutional formula , etc. See also the formula of Benzene nucleus , under Benzene .
-- Molecular formula (Chemistry)
, a formula indicating the supposed molecular constitution of a compound.
Formularistic adjective Pertaining to, or exhibiting, formularization. Emerson.
Formularization noun The act of formularizing; a formularized or formulated statement or exhibition. C. Kingsley.
Formularize transitive verb To reduce to a forula; to formulate.
[ Confer French formulaire
. See Formula
.] Stated; prescribed; ritual.
; plural Formularies
. [ Confer French formulaire
.] 1. A book containing stated and prescribed forms, as of oaths, declarations, prayers, medical formulaæ, etc.; a book of precedents. 2. Prescribed form or model; formula.
Formulate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Formulated
; present participle & verbal noun Formulating
.] To reduce to, or express in, a formula; to put in a clear and definite form of statement or expression. G. P. Marsh.
Formulation noun The act, process, or result of formulating or reducing to a formula.
Formule noun [ French] A set or prescribed model; a formula. [ Obsolete] Johnson.
Formulization noun The act or process of reducing to a formula; the state of being formulized.
Formulize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Formulized
; present participle & verbal noun Formulizing
.] To reduce to a formula; to formulate. Emerson.
Formyl noun [ Form ic + - yl .] (Chemistry) (a) A univalent radical, H.C:O, regarded as the essential residue of formic acid and aldehyde. (b) Formerly, the radical methyl, CH 3 .
Forncast past participle
[ Middle English foren + cast
. See Forecast
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Fornical adjective Relating to a fornix.
Fornicate intransitive verb [ Latin fornicatus , past participle of fornicari to fornicate, from fornix , -icis , a vault, a brothel in an underground vault.] To commit fornication; to have unlawful sexual intercourse.
Fornicate, Fornicated adjective [ Latin fornicatus , from fornix , - icis , an arch, vault.]
1. Vaulted like an oven or furnace; arched. 2. (Botany) Arching over; overarched. Gray.
Fornication noun [ French fornication , Latin fornicatio .]
1. Unlawful sexual intercourse on the part of an unmarried person; the act of such illicit sexual intercourse between a man and a woman as does not by law amount to adultery. » In England, the offense, though cognizable in the ecclesiastical courts, was not at common law subject to secular prosecution. In the United States it is indictable in some States at common law, in others only by statute. Whartyon. 2. (Script.) (a) Adultery. (b) Incest. (c) Idolatry.
Fornicator noun [ French fornicateur , Old French fornicator , from Latin fornicator .] An unmarried person, male or female, who has criminal intercourse with the other sex; one guilty of fornication.
Fornicatress noun [ Confer French fornicatrice , Latin fornicatrix .] A woman guilty of fornication. Shak.
; plural Fornices
. [ Latin , an arch.] (Anat.) (a) An arch or fold; as, the fornix , or vault, of the cranium; the fornix , or reflection, of the conjuctiva. (b) Esp., two longitudinal bands of white nervous tissue beneath the lateral ventricles of the brain.
Forold adjective Very old.
A bear's skin, coal-black, forold . Chaucer.
Forpass transitive verb & i. To pass by or along; to pass over. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Forpine transitive verb To waste away completely by suffering or torment. [ Archaic] "Pale as a forpined ghost." Chaucer.
Forray transitive verb
[ Middle English forrayen
. See Foray
.] To foray; to ravage; to pillage.
For they that morn had forrayed all the land. Fairfax.
Forray noun The act of ravaging; a ravaging; a predatory excursion. See Foray .
[ See Forel
.] Lambskin parchment; vellum; forel. McElrath.
Forsake transitive verb
[ imperfect Forsook
; past participle Forsaken
; present participle & verbal noun Forsaking
.] [ Anglo-Saxon forsacan
to oppose, refuse; for-
to contend, strive; akin to Goth. sakan
. See For-
, and Sake
.] 1. To quit or leave entirely; to desert; to abandon; to depart or withdraw from; to leave; as, false friends and flatterers forsake us in adversity.
If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments. Ps. lxxxix. 30. 2. To renounce; to reject; to refuse.
If you forsake the offer of their love. Shak. Syn.
-- To abandon; quit; desert; fail; relinquish; give up; renounce; reject. See Abandon
Forsaker noun One who forsakes or deserts.
Forsay transitive verb [ Anglo-Saxon forsecgan to accuse; prefix for- + secgan to say.] To forbid; to renounce; to forsake; to deny. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Forshape transitive verb [ Prefix for- + shape , v.t.] To render misshapen. [ Obsolete] Gower.
Forslack transitive verb [ Prefix for- + slack to neglect.] To neglect by idleness; to delay or to waste by sloth. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Forslouthe transitive verb
[ See For-
, and Slouth
.] To lose by sloth or negligence.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Forslow transitive verb [ Prefix for- + slow .] To delay; to hinder; to neglect; to put off. [ Obsolete] Bacon.
Forslow intransitive verb To loiter. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Forslugge transitive verb
[ See Slug
to be idle.] To lsoe by idleness or slotch.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Anglo-Saxon forsōð
, preposition + sōð
sooth, truth. See For
., and Sooth
.] In truth; in fact; certainly; very well; -- formerly used as an expression of deference or respect, especially to woman; now used ironically or contemptuously.
A fit man, forsooth , to govern a realm! Hayward.
Our old English word forsooth has been changed for the French madam . Guardian.
Forsooth transitive verb To address respectfully with the term forsooth .
The captain of the "Charles" had forsoothed her, though he knew her well enough and she him. Pepys.
Forsooth noun A person who used forsooth much; a very ceremonious and deferential person.
You sip so like a forsooth of the city. B. Jonson.
Forspeak transitive verb [ Prefix for- + speak .]
1. To forbid; to prohibit. Shak. 2. To bewitch. [ Obsolete] Drayton.
[ Anglo-Saxon forspendan
to consume; prefix for-
to spend.] Wasted in strength; tired; exhausted.
A gentleman almost forspent with speed. Shak.
Forstall transitive verb To forestall. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Forster noun A forester. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Forstraught past participle & adjective [ Prefix for- + straught ; confer distraught .] Distracted. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ See Sweat
.] Spent with heat; covered with sweat.
[ Obsolete] P. Sidney.
Forswear transitive verb
[ imperfect Forswore
; past participle Forsworn
; present participle & verbal noun Forswearing
.] [ Middle English forsweren
, Anglo-Saxon forswerian
; prefix for-
to swear. See For-
, and Swear
, intransitive verb
] 1. To reject or renounce upon oath; hence, to renounce earnestly, determinedly, or with protestations.
I . . . do forswear her. Shak. 2. To deny upon oath.
Like innocence, and as serenely bold Dryden. To forswear one's self
As truth, how loudly he forswears thy gold!
, to swear falsely; to perjure one's self.
"Thou shalt not forswear thyself
." Matt. v. 33. Syn.
-- See Perjure
Forswear intransitive verb To swear falsely; to commit perjury. Shak.
Forswearer noun One who rejects of renounces upon oath; one who swears a false oath.
[ Prefix for-
, past participle of swink
to labor. See Swink
.] Overlabored; exhausted; worn out.
[ Obsolete] Spenser.