|Forty For"ty noun
; plural Forties
(-tĭz). 1. The sum of four tens; forty units or objects. 2. A symbol expressing forty units; as, 40, or xl.
Forty-niner For`ty-nin"er noun One of those who went to California in the rush for gold in 1849; an argonaut. [ Colloq., U. S.]
Forty-spot For"ty-spot` noun (Zoology) The Tasmanian forty-spotted diamond bird ( Pardalotus quadragintus ).
Forum Fo"rum noun
, Latin Fora
. [ Latin ; akin to foris
, out of doors. See Foreign
.] 1. A market place or public place in Rome, where causes were judicially tried, and orations delivered to the people. 2. A tribunal; a court; an assembly empowered to hear and decide causes.
He [ Lord Camden] was . . . more eminent in the senate than in the forum . Brougham.
Forwaked For·waked" past participle & adjective Tired out with excessive waking or watching. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Forwander For·wan"der intransitive verb To wander away; to go astray; to wander far and to weariness. [ Obsolete]
Forward For"ward noun
[ Middle English , from Anglo-Saxon foreweard
before + weard
a ward. See Ward
] An agreement; a covenant; a promise.
Tell us a tale anon, as forward is. Chaucer.
Forward For"ward adjective 1. Near, or at the fore part; in advance of something else; as, the forward gun in a ship, or the forward ship in a fleet. 2. Ready; prompt; strongly inclined; in an ill sense, overready; too hasty.
Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. Gal. ii. 10.
Nor do we find him forward to be sounded. Shak. 3. Ardent; eager; earnest; in an ill sense, less reserved or modest than is proper; bold; confident; as, the boy is too forward for his years.
I have known men disagreeably forward from their shyness. T. Arnold. 4. Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for the season; as, the grass is forward , or forward for the season; we have a forward spring.
The most forward bud Shak.
Is eaten by the canker ere it blow.
Forward For"ward transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Forwarded ; present participle & verbal noun Forwarding .] 1. To help onward; to advance; to promote; to accelerate; to quicken; to hasten; as, to forward the growth of a plant; to forward one in improvement. 2. To send forward; to send toward the place of destination; to transmit; as, to forward a letter.
Forward, Forwards For"ward, For"wards adverb [ Anglo-Saxon forweard , foreweard ; for , fore + -weardes ; akin to German vorwärts . The s is properly a genitive ending. See For , Fore , and -ward , -wards .] Toward a part or place before or in front; onward; in advance; progressively; -- opposed to backward .
Forwarder For"ward·er noun 1. One who forwards or promotes; a promoter. Udall. 2. One who sends forward anything; (Com.) one who transmits goods; a forwarding merchant. 3. (Bookbinding) One employed in forwarding.
Forwarding For"ward·ing noun 1. The act of one who forwards; the act or occupation of transmitting merchandise or other property for others. 2. (Bookbinding) The process of putting a book into its cover, and making it ready for the finisher.
Forwardly For"ward·ly adverb Eagerly; hastily; obtrusively.
Forwardness For"ward·ness noun The quality of being forward; cheerful readiness; promtness; as, the forwardness of Christians in propagating the gospel. 2. An advanced stage of progress or of preparation; advancement; as, his measures were in great forwardness . Robertson. 3. Eagerness; ardor; as, it is difficult to restrain the forwardness of youth. 3. Boldness; confidence; assurance; want of due reserve or modesty.
In France it is usual to bring children into company, and cherish in them, from their infancy, a kind of forwardness and assurance. Addison. 5. A state of advance beyond the usual degree; prematureness; precocity; as, the forwardness of spring or of corn; the forwardness of a pupil.
He had such a dexterous proclivity, as his teachers were fain to restrain his forwardness . Sir H. Wotton. Syn.
-- Promptness; promptitude; eagerness; ardor; zeal; assurance; confidence; boldness; impudence; presumption.
Forwards For"wards adverb Same as Forward .
Forwaste For·waste" transitive verb [ Prefix for- + waste .] To desolate or lay waste utterly. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Forweary For·wea"ry transitive verb To weary extremely; to dispirit. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Forweep For·weep" intransitive verb To weep much. [ Obsolete]
Forwete For·wete" transitive verb See Forewite . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Forwhy For·why" conj. [ For + why , Anglo-Saxon hw... , instrumental case of hwā who.] Wherefore; because. [ Obsolete]
Forworn For·worn" adjective Much worn.
A silly man, in simple weeds forworn . Spenser.
Forwot For·wot" present indic. 1st & 3d pers. sing. of Forwete . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Forwrap For·wrap" transitive verb To wrap up; to conceal.
All mote be said and nought excused, nor hid, nor forwrapped . Chaucer.
Foryelde For·yelde" transitive verb [ Anglo-Saxon forgieldan .] To repay; to requite. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Foryete For·yete" transitive verb To forget. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Foryetten For·yet"ten obsolete past participle of Foryete . Chaucer.
Forzando For·zan"do adverb [ Italian , propast participle p. of forzare to force.] (Mus.) See Sforzato .
Fossa Fos"sa noun
; plural FossÆ
. [ Latin , a ditch. See Fosse
.] (Anat.) A pit, groove, cavity, or depression, of greater or less depth; as, the temporal fossa on the side of the skull; the nasal fossæ containing the nostrils in most birds.
Fossane Fos"sane` noun [ Confer French fossane .] (Zoology) A species of civet ( Viverra fossa ) resembling the genet.
Fosse Fosse noun [ French, from Latin fossa , from fodere , fossum , to dig.] 1. (Fort.) A ditch or moat. 2. (Anat.) See Fossa . Fosse road . See Fosseway .
Fosset Fos"set noun A faucet. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Fossette Fos`sette" noun [ French, dim. of fosse a fosse.] 1. A little hollow; hence, a dimple. 2. (Medicine) A small, deep-centered ulcer of the transparent cornea.
Fosseway Fosse"way` noun One of the great military roads constructed by the Romans in England and other parts of Europe; -- so called from the fosse or ditch on each side for keeping it dry.
Fossick Fos"sick intransitive verb
[ Dial. English fossick
, a troublesome person, fussick
to potter over one's work, fussock
to bustle about; of uncertain origin. Confer Fuss
.] 1. (Mining) To search for gold by picking at stone or earth or among roots in isolated spots, picking over abandoned workings, etc.; hence, to steal gold or auriferous matter from another's claim.
[ Australia] 2. To search about; to rummage.
A man who has fossicked in nature's byways. D. Macdonald.
Fossil Fos"sil adjective [ Latin fossilis , from fodere to dig: confer French fossile . See Fosse .] 1. Dug out of the earth; as, fossil coal; fossil salt. 2. (Paleon.) Like or pertaining to fossils; contained in rocks, whether petrified or not; as, fossil plants, shells. Fossil copal , a resinous substance, first found in the blue clay at Highgate, near London, and apparently a vegetable resin, partly changed by remaining in the earth. -- Fossil cork , flax , paper , or wood , varieties of amianthus. -- Fossil farina , a soft carbonate of lime. -- Fossil ore , fossiliferous red hematite. Raymond.
Fossil Fos"sil noun 1. A substance dug from the earth. [ Obsolete] » Formerly all minerals were called fossils , but the word is now restricted to express the remains of animals and plants found buried in the earth. Ure. 2. (Paleon.) The remains of an animal or plant found in stratified rocks. Most fossils belong to extinct species, but many of the later ones belong to species still living. 3. A person whose views and opinions are extremely antiquated; one whose sympathies are with a former time rather than with the present. [ Colloq.]
Fossiliferous Fos`sil·if"er·ous adjective [ Fossil + -ferous .] (Paleon.) Containing or composed of fossils.
Fossilification Fos·sil`i·fi·ca"tion noun [ Fossil + Latin facere to make.] The process of becoming fossil.
Fossilism Fos"sil·ism noun 1. The science or state of fossils. Coleridge. 2. The state of being extremely antiquated in views and opinions.
Fossilist Fos"sil·ist noun One who is versed in the science of fossils; a paleontologist. Joseph Black.
Fossilization Fos`sil·i·za"tion noun [ Confer French fossilisation .] The process of converting, or of being converted, into a fossil.
Fossilize Fos"sil·ize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fossilized
; present participle & verbal noun Fossilizing
.] [ Confer French fossiliser
.] 1. To convert into a fossil; to petrify; as, to fossilize bones or wood. 2. To cause to become antiquated, rigid, or fixed, as by fossilization; to mummify; to deaden.
Ten layers of birthdays on a woman's head Mrs. Browning.
Are apt to fossilize her girlish mirth.
Fossilize Fos"sil·ize intransitive verb 1. To become fossil. 2. To become antiquated, rigid, or fixed, beyond the influence of change or progress.
Fossilized Fos"sil·ized adjective Converted into a fossil; antiquated; firmly fixed in views or opinions.
A fossilized sample of confused provincialism. Earle.
Fossores Fos·so"res noun plural [ New Latin , from Latin fossor... digger, from fodere to dig.] (Zoology) A group of hymenopterous insects including the sand wasps. They excavate cells in earth, where they deposit their eggs, with the bodies of other insects for the food of the young when hatched. [ Written also Fossoria .]
Fossoria Fos·so"ri·a noun plural [ New Latin ] (Zoology) See Fossores .
Fossorial Fos·so"ri·al adjective [ Latin fossor a digger.] Fitted for digging, adapted for burrowing or digging; as, a fossorial foot; a fossorial animal.
Fossorious Fos·so"ri·ous adjective (Zoology) Adapted for digging; -- said of the legs of certain insects.
Fossulate Fos"su·late adjective [ Latin fossula little ditch, dim. of fossa . See Fosse .] Having, or surrounded by, long, narrow depressions or furrows.
Foster Fos"ter transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fostered
, present participle & verbal noun Fostering
.] [ Middle English fostren
, from Anglo-Saxon fōster
, food, nourishment, from fōda
food. √75. See Food
.] 1. To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.
Some say that ravens foster forlorn children. Shak. 2. To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster genius.
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