Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Fan-nerved adjective (Bot. & Zoology) Having the nerves or veins arranged in a radiating manner; -- said of certain leaves, and of the wings of some insects.
Fan-tailed adjective (Zoology) Having an expanded, or fan-shaped, tail; as, the fan-tailed pigeon.
Fan-tan (făn"tăn`) noun [ Chinese (of Canton) in an-tan-kun gambling house.]
1. A Chinese gambling game in which coins or other small objects are placed upon a table, usually under a cup, and the players bet as to what remainder will be left when the sum of the counters is divided by four. 2. A game with playing cards in which the cards are played in sequences upon the table, the one who first gets rid of his cards being the winner.
Fanaticize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fanaticized
; present participle & verbal noun Fanaticizing
.] To cause to become a fanatic.
[ Confer French fanatisme
. Confer Fanaticism
[ R.] Gibbon.
[ From Fancy
, transitive verb
] Formed or conceived by the fancy; unreal; as, a fancied wrong.
1. One who is governed by fancy. "Not reasoners, but fanciers ." Macaulay. 2. One who fancies or has a special liking for, or interest in, a particular object or class or objects; hence, one who breeds and keeps for sale birds and animals; as, bird fancier , dog fancier , etc.
Fanciful adjective 1. Full of fancy; guided by fancy, rather than by reason and experience; whimsical; as, a fanciful man forms visionary projects. 2. Conceived in the fancy; not consistent with facts or reason; abounding in ideal qualities or figures; as, a fanciful scheme; a fanciful theory. 3. Curiously shaped or constructed; as, she wore a fanciful headdress.
Gather up all fancifullest shells. Keats. Syn.
-- Imaginative; ideal; visionary; capricious; chimerical; whimsical; fantastical; wild. -- Fanciful
. We speak of that as fanciful
which is irregular in taste and judgment; we speak of it as fantastical
when it becomes grotesque and extravagant as well as irregular; we speak of it as visionary
when it is wholly unfounded in the nature of things. Fanciful
notions are the product of a heated fancy, without any tems are made up of oddly assorted fancies, aften of the most whimsical kind; visionary
expectations are those which can never be realized in fact. -- Fan"ci*ful*ly
Fanciless adjective Having no fancy; without ideas or imagination.
A pert or bluff important wight, Armstrong.
Whose brain is fanciless , whose blood is white.
; plural Fancies
. [ Contr. from fantasy
, Old French fantasie
, French fantaisie
, Latin phantasia
, from Greek ........................ appearance, imagination, the power of perception and presentation in the mind, from ........................ to make visible, to place before one's mind, from ..................... to show; akin to ............, ........., light, Sanskrit bhā
to shine. Confer Fantasy
.] 1. The faculty by which the mind forms an image or a representation of anything perceived before; the power of combining and modifying such objects into new pictures or images; the power of readily and happily creating and recalling such objects for the purpose of amusement, wit, or embellishment; imagination.
In the soul Milton. 2. An image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea; conceit.
Are many lesser faculties, that serve
Reason as chief. Among these fancy next
Her office holds.
How now, my lord ! why do you keep alone, Shak. 3. An opinion or notion formed without much reflection; caprice; whim; impression.
Of sorriest fancies your companoins making ?
I have always had a fancy that learning might be made a play and recreation to children. Locke. 4. Inclination; liking, formed by caprice rather than reason; as, to strike one's fancy ; hence, the object of inclination or liking.
To fit your fancies to your father's will. Shak. 5. That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.
London pride is a pretty fancy for borders. Mortimer. 6. A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad.
[ Obsolete] Shak. The fancy
, all of a class who exhibit and cultivate any peculiar taste or fancy; hence, especially, sporting characters taken collectively, or any specific class of them, as jockeys, gamblers, prize fighters, etc.
At a great book sale in London, which had congregated all the fancy . De Quincey. Syn.
-- Imagination; conceit; taste; humor; inclination; whim; liking. See Imagination
Fancy intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fancied
, present participle & verbal noun Fancying
] 1. To figure to one's self; to believe or imagine something without proof.
If our search has reached no farther than simile and metaphor, we rather fancy than know. Locke. 2. To love.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Fancy transitive verb 1. To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine.
He whom I fancy , but can ne'er express. Dryden. 2. To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners.
not the cardinal." Shak. 3. To believe without sufficient evidence; to imagine (something which is unreal).
He fancied he was welcome, because those arounde him were his kinsmen. Thackeray.
Fancy adjective 1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste; ornamental; as, fancy goods. 2. Extravagant; above real value.
This anxiety never degenerated into a monomania, like that which led his [ Frederick the Great's] father to pay fancy prices for giants. Macaulay. Fancy ball
, a ball in which porsons appear in fanciful dresses in imitation of the costumes of different persons and nations.
-- Fancy fair
, a fair at which articles of fancy and ornament are sold, generally for some charitable purpose.
-- Fancy goods
, fabrics of various colors, patterns, etc., as ribbons, silks, laces, etc., in distinction from those of a simple or plain color or make.
-- Fancy line (Nautical)
, a line rove through a block at the jaws of a gaff; -- used to haul it down.
-- Fancy roller (Carding Machine)
, a clothed cylinder (usually having straight teeth) in front of the doffer.
-- Fancy stocks
, a species of stocks which afford great opportunity for stock gambling, since they have no intrinsic value, and the fluctuations in their prices are artificial.
-- Fancy store
, one where articles of fancy and ornament are sold.
-- Fancy woods
, the more rare and expensive furniture woods, as mahogany, satinwood, rosewood, etc.
Fancy-free adjective Free from the power of love. "In maiden meditation, fancy-free ." Shak.
Fancy-sick adjective Love- sick. Shak.
Fancymonger noun A lovemonger; a whimsical lover. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Fancywork noun Ornamental work with a needle or hook, as embroidery, crocheting, netting, etc.
obsolete imperfect of Find . Spenser.
; plural Fandangoes
. [ Spanish A name brought, together with the dance, from the West Indies to Spain.] 1. A lively dance, in 3-8 or 6-8 time, much practiced in Spain and Spanish America. Also, the tune to which it is danced. 2. A ball or general dance, as in Mexico.
[ Latin fanum
a place dedicated to some deity, a sanctuary, from fari
to speak. See Fame
.] A temple; a place consecrated to religion; a church.
Such to this British Isle, her Christian fanes . Wordsworth.
[ See Vane
.] A weathercock.
Fanega noun [ Spanish ] A dry measure in Spain and Spanish America, varying from 1... to 2... bushels; also, a measure of land. De Colange.
[ French Confer Fanfaron
.] A flourish of trumpets, as in coming into the lists, etc.; also, a short and lively air performed on hunting horns during the chase.
The fanfare announcing the arrival of the various Christian princes. Sir W. Scott.
Fanfaron noun [ French, from Spanish fanfarron ; confer Italian fanfano , and OSp. fanfa swaggering, boasting, also Arabic farfār talkative.] A bully; a hector; a swaggerer; an empty boaster. [ R.] Dryden.
[ French fanfaronnade
, from Spanish fanfarronada
. See Fanfaron
.] A swaggering; vain boasting; ostentation; a bluster. Swift.
Fanfoot noun (Zoology) (a) A species of gecko having the toes expanded into large lobes for adhesion. The Egyptian fanfoot ( Phyodactylus gecko ) is believed, by the natives, to have venomous toes. (b) Any moth of the genus Polypogon .
(făng) transitive verb
[ Middle English fangen
orig. only in past participle and imperfect tense), Anglo-Saxon fōn
; akin to Dutch vangen
, Old High German fāhan
, German fahen
, Icelandic fā
, Swedish få
, Danish fange
, Goth. fahan
, and probably to English fair
. Confer Fair
] 1. To catch; to seize, as with the teeth; to lay hold of; to gripe; to clutch.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
He's in the law's clutches; you see he's fanged . J. Webster. 2. To enable to catch or tear; to furnish with fangs.
with scythes." Philips.
[ From Fang
, transitive verb
; confer Anglo-Saxon fang
a taking, booty, German fang
.] 1. (Zoology) The tusk of an animal, by which the prey is seized and held or torn; a long pointed tooth; esp., one of the usually erectile, venomous teeth of serpents. Also, one of the falcers of a spider.
Since I am a dog, beware my fangs . Shak. 2. Any shoot or other thing by which hold is taken.
The protuberant fangs of the yucca. Evelyn. 3. (Anat.) The root, or one of the branches of the root, of a tooth. See Tooth . 4. (Mining) A niche in the side of an adit or shaft, for an air course. Knight. 5. (Mech.) A projecting tooth or prong, as in a part of a lock, or the plate of a belt clamp, or the end of a tool, as a chisel, where it enters the handle. 6. (Nautical) (a) The valve of a pump box. (b) A bend or loop of a rope. In a fang
, fast entangled.
-- To lose the fang
, said of a pump when the water has gone out
; hence: To fang a pump
, to supply it with the water necessary to make it operate.
Fanged adjective Having fangs or tusks; as, a fanged adder. Also used figuratively.
[ From Fang
, transitive verb
; hence, prop., a taking up a new thing.] Something new-fashioned; a foolish innovation; a gewgaw; a trifling ornament.
Fangle transitive verb To fashion.
To control and new fangle the Scripture. Milton.
Fangled adjective New made; hence, gaudy; showy; vainly decorated. [ Obsolete, except with the prefix new .] See Newfangled .
Fangleness noun Quality of being fangled.
He them in new fangleness did pass. Spenser.
Fangless adjective Destitute of fangs or tusks. "A fangless lion." Shak.
[ Confer Italian fagotto
, a bundle. Confer Fagot
.] A quantity of wares, as raw silk, etc., from one hundred weight.
[ See Fanon
.] 1. (Mil.) A small flag sometimes carried at the head of the baggage of a brigade.
[ Obsolete] 2. A small flag for marking the stations in surveying.
Fanlike adjective Resembling a fan; -- specifically (Botany) , folded up like a fan, as certain leaves; plicate.
[ Dim., from same source as fanon
.] Same as Fanon .
Fanner noun 1. One who fans. Jer. li. 2. 2. A fan wheel; a fan blower. See under Fan .
[ French fanon
, Late Latin fano
, from Old High German fano
banner cloth, German fahne
banner. See Vane
, and confer Fanion
.] (Eccl.) A term applied to various articles, as: (a) A peculiar striped scarf worn by the pope at mass, and by eastern bishops. (b) A maniple.
[ Written also fannel
Fantail (făn"tāl`) noun (Zool.) (a) A variety of the domestic pigeon, so called from the shape of the tail. (b) Any bird of the Australian genus Rhipidura , in which the tail is spread in the form of a fan during flight. They belong to the family of flycatchers.
[ Italian See Fancy
.] (Mus.) A continuous composition, not divided into what are called movements, or governed by the ordinary rules of musical design, but in which the author's fancy roves unrestricted by set form.
[ From Fantasy
.] Filled with fancies or imaginations.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Fantast noun One whose manners or ideas are fantastic. [ R.] Coleridge.
[ French fantastique
, from Greek ................................. able to represent, from ........................... to make visible. See Fancy
.] 1. Existing only in imagination; fanciful; imaginary; not real; chimerical. 2. Having the nature of a phantom; unreal. Shak. 3. Indulging the vagaries of imagination; whimsical; full of absurd fancies; capricious; as, fantastic minds; a fantastic mistress. 4. Resembling fantasies in irregularity, caprice, or eccentricity; irregular; oddly shaped; grotesque.
There at the foot of yonder nodding beech, T. Gray. Syn.
That wreathes its old fantastic roots so high.
-- Fanciful; imaginative; ideal; visionary; capricious; chimerical; whimsical; queer. See Fanciful
Fantastic noun A person given to fantastic dress, manners, etc.; an eccentric person; a fop. Milton.
Our fantastics , who, having a fine watch, take all ocasions to draw it out to be seen. Fuller.
Fantastical adjective Fanciful; unreal; whimsical; capricious; fantastic.
Fantasticality noun Fantastically. [ Obsolete]
Fantastically adverb In a fantastic manner.
the letter A, in scarlet, fantastically embroidered with gold thread, upon her bosom. Hawthorne.