Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Forswornness noun State of being forsworn. [ R.]
Forsythia adjective [ New Latin Named after William Forsyth , who brought in from China.] (Botany) A shrub of the Olive family, with yellow blossoms.
[ French, from fort
strong, Latin fortis
; perhaps akin to Sanskrit darh
to fix, make firm, and to English firm
.] (Mil.) A strong or fortified place; usually, a small fortified place, occupied only by troops, surrounded with a ditch, rampart, and parapet, or with palisades, stockades, or other means of defense; a fortification.
Detached works, depending solely on their own strength, belong to the class of works termed forts . Farrow.
[ Late Latin fortalitia
, or Old French fortelesce
. See Fortress
.] (Mil.) A small outwork of a fortification; a fortilage; - - called also fortelace .
[ IT. forte
: confer French fort
. See Fort
.] 1. The strong point; that in which one excels.
The construction of a fable seems by no means the forte of our modern poetical writers. Jeffrey. 2. The stronger part of the blade of a sword; the part of half nearest the hilt; -- opposed to foible .
Forte (fôr"ta or fōr"ta) adverb [ Italian forte , adjective & adverb , from Latin fortis strong.] (Mus.) Loudly; strongly; powerfully.
Forted adjective Furnished with, or guarded by, forts; strengthened or defended, as by forts. [ R.] Shak.
[ Anglo-Saxon forð
, from for
akin to Dutch voort
, German fort
√78. See Fore
, and confer Afford
] 1. Forward; onward in time, place, or order; in advance from a given point; on to end; as, from that day forth ; one, two, three, and so forth .
Lucas was Paul's companion, at the leastway from the sixteenth of the Acts forth . Tyndale.
From this time forth , I never will speak word . Shak.
I repeated the Ave Maria; the inquisitor bad me say forth ; I said I was taught no more. Strype. 2. Out, as from a state of concealment, retirement, confinement, nondevelopment, or the like; out into notice or view; as, the plants in spring put forth leaves.
When winter past, and summer scarce begun, Dryden. 3. Beyond a (certain) boundary; away; abroad; out.
Invites them forth to labor in the sun.
I have no mind of feasting forth to- night. Shak. 4. Throughly; from beginning to end.
[ Obsolete] Shak. And so forth
, Back and forth
, From forth
. See under And , Back , and From .
-- Forth of
, Forth from
, out of.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
-- To bring forth
. See under Bring .
Forth preposition Forth from; out of.
Some forth their cabins peep. Donne.
[ Middle English , a ford. ... 78. See Frith
.] A way; a passage or ford.
[ Obsolete] Todd.
[ Obsolete] See Forby .
Forthcoming adjective Ready or about to appear; making appearance.
Forthgoing noun A going forth; an utterance. A. Chalmers.
Forthgoing adjective Going forth.
Forthink transitive verb To repent; to regret; to be sorry for; to cause regret.
[ Obsolete] "Let it forthink
That me forthinketh , quod this January. Chaucer.
Forthputing adjective Bold; forward; aggressive.
Forthright adverb [ Forth , adverb + right , adverb ] Straight forward; in a straight direction. [ Archaic] Sir P. Sidney.
Forthright adjective Direct; straightforward; as, a forthright man.
[ Archaic] Lowell.
They were Night and Day, and Day and Night, Emerson.
Piligrims wight with steps forthright .
Forthright noun A straight path.
Here's a maze trod, indeed, Shak.
Through forthrights and meanders!
Forthrightness noun Straightforwardness; explicitness; directness.
Dante's concise forthrightness of phrase. Hawthorne.
Forthward adverb [ Forth , adverb + -ward .] Forward. [ Obsolete] Bp. Fisher.
Forthwith adverb 1. Immediately; without delay; directly.
Immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; and he received sight forthwith . Acts ix. 18. 2. (Law) As soon as the thing required may be done by reasonable exertion confined to that object. Bouvier.
[ Anglo-Saxon forðȳ
, preposition + ðȳ
, instrumental neut. of se
, pron. demonstrative and article. See The
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
Forties noun plural See Forty .
[ Anglo-Saxon feówertigo...a
. See Forty
.] 1. Following the thirty-ninth, or preceded by thirty-nine units, things, or parts. 2. Constituting one of forty equal parts into which anything is divided.
Fortieth noun One of forty equal parts into which one whole is divided; the quotient of a unit divided by forty; one next in order after the thirty-ninth.
Fortifiable adjective [ Confer Old French fortifiable .] Capable of being fortified. Johnson.
[ Latin fortificatio
: confer French fortification
.] 1. The act of fortifying; the art or science of fortifying places in order to defend them against an enemy. 2. That which fortifies; especially, a work or works erected to defend a place against attack; a fortified place; a fortress; a fort; a castle. Fortification agate
, Scotch pebble. Syn.
-- Fortress; citadel; bulwark. See Fortress
Fortifier noun One who, or that which, fortifies, strengthens, supports, or upholds.
Fortify transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fortified
; present participle & verbal noun Fortifying
.] [ French fortifier
, Latin fortificare
strong + -ficare
(in comp.) to make. See Fort
, and -fy
.] 1. To add strength to; to strengthen; to confirm; to furnish with power to resist attack.
Timidity was fortified by pride. Gibbon.
Pride came to the aid of fancy, and both combined to fortify his resolution. Sir W. Scott. 2. To strengthen and secure by forts or batteries, or by surrounding with a wall or ditch or other military works; to render defensible against an attack by hostile forces.
Fortify intransitive verb To raise defensive works. Milton.
[ Confer Fortalice
.] A little fort; a blockhouse.
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ French See Fort
] A little fort; a fortlet.
[ Italian , superl. of forte
, adverb See Forte
] (Mus.) Very loud; with the utmost strength or loudness.
[ See Fortuitous
.] Casual choice; fortuitous selection; hazard.
No mode of election operating in the spirit of fortition or rotation can be generally good. Burke.
[ Latin fortitudo
, from fortis
strong. See Fort
.] 1. Power to resist attack; strength; firmness.
The fortitude of the place is best known to you. Shak. 2. That strength or firmness of mind which enables a person to encounter danger with coolness and courage, or to bear pain or adversity without murmuring, depression, or despondency; passive courage; resolute endurance; firmness in confronting or bearing up against danger or enduring trouble.
Extolling patience as the truest fortitude . Milton.
Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues. Locke. Syn.
-- Courage; resolution; resoluteness; endurance; bravery. See Courage
, and Heroism
Fortitudinous adjective Having fortitude; courageous. [ R.] Gibbon.
Fortlet noun A little fort. [ R.] Bailey.
Fortnight noun [ Contr. from fourteen nights , our ancestors reckoning time by nights and winters; so, also, seven nights , sennight , a week.] The space of fourteen days; two weeks.
Fortnightly adjective Occurring or appearing once in a fortnight; as, a fortnightly meeting of a club; a fortnightly magazine, or other publication. -- adverb Once in a fortnight; at intervals of a fortnight.
Fortread transitive verb To tread down; to trample upon.
In hell shall they be all fortroden of devils. Chaucer.
; plural Fortresses
. [ French forteresse
, Old French forteresce
, Late Latin foralitia
, from Latin fortis
strong. See Fort
, and confer Fortalice
.] A fortified place; a large and permanent fortification, sometimes including a town; a fort; a castle; a stronghold; a place of defense or security. Syn.
. A fortress
is constructed for military purposes only, and is permanently garrisoned; a fortification
is built to defend harbors, cities, etc.; a castle
is a fortress of early times which was ordinarily a palatial dwelling; a citadel
is the stronghold of a fortress or city, etc.
Fortress transitive verb To furnish with a fortress or with fortresses; to guard; to fortify. Shak.
[ Latin fortuitus
; akin to forte
, adverb , by chance, prop. abl. of fors
, chance. See Fortune
.] 1. Happening by chance; coming or occuring unexpectedly, or without any known cause; chance; as, the fortuitous concourse of atoms.
It was from causes seemingly fortuitous . . . that all the mighty effects of the Reformation flowed. Robertson.
So as to throw a glancing and fortuitous light upon the whole. Hazlitt. 2. (LAw) Happening independently of human will or means of foresight; resulting from unavoidable physical causes. Abbott. Syn.
-- Accidental; casual; contingent; incidental. See Accidental
. -- For*tu"i*tous*ly
Fortuity noun [ Confer French fortuité .] Accident; chance; casualty. D. Forbes (1750).
[ Latin fortunatus
, past participle of fortunare
to make fortunate or prosperous, from fortuna
. See Fortune
] 1. Coming by good luck or favorable chance; bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain; presaging happiness; auspicious; as, a fortunate event; a fortunate concurrence of circumstances; a fortunate investment. 2. Receiving same unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good which was not dependent on one's own skill or efforts; favored with good forune; lucky. Syn.
-- Auspicious; lucky; prosperous; successful; favored; happy. -- Fortunate
. A man is fortunate
, when he is favored of fortune, and has unusual blessings fall to his lot; successful
when he gains what he aims at; prosperous
when he succeeds in those things which men commonly desire. One may be fortunate
, in some cases, where he is not successful
; he may be successful
, but, if he has been mistaken in the value of what he has aimed at, he may for that reason fail to be prosperous
Fortunately adverb In a fortunate manner; luckily; successfully; happily.
Fortunateness noun The condition or quality of being fortunate; good luck; success; happiness.