Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Frizel adjective (Firearms) A movable furrowed piece of steel struck by the flint, to throw sparks into the pan, in an early form of flintlock. Knight.
Frizette noun [ French frisette curl.] A curl of hair or silk; a pad of frizzed hair or silk worn by women under the hair to stuff it out.
Frizz transitive verb & noun See Friz , transitive verb & noun
Frizz transitive verb & i.
[ Partly imitative, but confer Fry
.] To fry, cook, or sear with a sizzling noise; to sizzle.
Frizzle transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Frizzled
; present participle & verbal noun Frizzling
.] [ Dim. of friz
.] To curl or crisp, as hair; to friz; to crinkle. Gay. To frizzle up
, to crinkle or crisp excessively.
Frizzle noun A curl; a lock of hair crisped. Milton.
Frizzle transitive verb & i.
[ imperfect & past participle Frizzled
; present participle & verbal noun Frizzling
.] [ Freq. of an imitative word frizz
, in dial. use.] 1. To fry, toast, or broil with a sputtering sound to cook with a sizzling noise. Also fig. Hawthorne. 2. To cook, in certain way, so as to curl or crinkle up.
Drain and heat it [ shaved smoked beef] in one tablespoonful of hot butter, to curl or frizzle it. Mrs. Lincoln (Cook Book).
Frizzler noun One who frizzles.
Frizzly, Frizzy adjective Curled or crisped; as, frizzly , hair.
[ Middle English fra
, adverb & preposition , Icelandic frā
, akin to Danish fra
from, English from
. See From
.] From; away; back or backward; -- now used only in opposition to the word to , in the phrase to and fro , that is, to and from . See To and fro under To . Milton.
Fro preposition From. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Frock noun [ French froc a monk's cowl, coat, garment, Late Latin frocus , froccus , flocus , floccus , from Latin floccus a flock of wool; hence orig., a flocky cloth or garment; confer Latin flaccus flabby, English flaccid .] Frock coat , a body coat for men, usually double-breasted, the skirts not being in one piece with the body, but sewed on so as to be somewhat full. -- Smock frock . See in the Vocabulary.
1. A loose outer garment; especially, a gown forming a part of European modern costume for women and children; also, a coarse shirtlike garment worn by some workmen over their other clothes; a smock frock; as, a marketman's frock . 2. A coarse gown worn by monks or friars, and supposed to take the place of all, or nearly all, other garments. It has a hood which can be drawn over the head at pleasure, and is girded by a cord.
Frock transitive verb 1. To clothe in a frock. 2. To make a monk of. Confer Unfrock .
Frocked adjective Clothed in a frock.
Frockless adjective Destitute of a frock.
[ See Frow
.] A dirty woman; a slattern; a frow.
[ Obsolete] "Raging frantic froes
[ See Frow
the tool] An iron cleaver or splitting tool; a frow.
[ U. S.] Bartlett.
Froebelian adjective Pertaining to, or derived from, Friedrich Froebel , or the kindergarten system of education, which he organized. -- noun One who teaches by, or advocates the use of, the kindergarten system.
[ Anglo-Saxon froggu
a frog (in sensel); akin to Dutch vorsch
, Old High German frosk
, German frosch
, Icelandic froskr
, Swedish & Danish frö
.] 1. (Zoology) An amphibious animal of the genus Rana and related genera, of many species. Frogs swim rapidly, and take long leaps on land. Many of the species utter loud notes in the springtime.
» The edible frog of Europe ( Rana esculenta
) is extensively used as food; the American bullfrog ( R. Catesbiana
) is remarkable for its great size and loud voice. 2.
[ Perh. akin to English fork
, confer frush
frog of a horse.] (Anat.) The triangular prominence of the hoof, in the middle of the sole of the foot of the horse, and other animals; the fourchette. 3. (Railroads) A supporting plate having raised ribs that form continuations of the rails, to guide the wheels where one track branches from another or crosses it. 4.
[ Confer fraco
of wool or silk, Latin floccus
, English frock
.] An oblong cloak button, covered with netted thread, and fastening into a loop instead of a button hole. 5. The loop of the scabbard of a bayonet or sword. Cross frog (Railroads)
, a frog adapted for tracks that cross at right angles.
-- Frog cheese
, a popular name for a large puffball.
-- Frog eater
, one who eats frogs; -- a term of contempt applied to a Frenchman by the vulgar class of English.
-- Frog fly
. (Zoology) See Frog hopper.
-- Frog hopper (Zoology)
, a small, leaping, hemipterous insect living on plants. The larvæ are inclosed in a frothy liquid called cuckoo spit or frog spit .
-- Frog lily (Botany)
, the yellow water lily ( Nuphar ).
-- Frog spit (Zoology)
, the frothy exudation of the frog hopper ; -- called also frog spittle . See Cuckoo spit , under Cuckoo .
Frog transitive verb To ornament or fasten (a coat, etc.) with trogs. See Frog , noun , 4.
Frog-eyed adjective Spotted with whitish specks due to a disease, or produced artificially by spraying; -- said of tobacco used for cigar wrappers.
Frogbit noun (Botany) (a) A European plant ( Hydrocharis Morsus- ranæ ), floating on still water and propagating itself by runners. It has roundish leaves and small white flowers. (b) An American plant ( Limnobium Spongia ), with similar habits.
Frogfish noun (Zoology) (a) See Angler , noun , 2. (b) An oceanic fish of the genus Antennarius or Pterophrynoides ; -- called also mousefish and toadfish.
Frogged adjective Provided or ornamented with frogs; as, a frogged coat. See Frog , noun , 4. Ld. Lytton.
Froggy adjective Abounding in frogs. Sherwood.
Frogmouth noun (Zoology) One of several species of Asiatic and East Indian birds of the genus Batrachostomus (family Podargidæ ); -- so called from their very broad, flat bills.
Frogs-bit noun (Botany) Frogbit.
Frogshell noun (Zoology) One of numerous species of marine gastropod shells, belonging to Ranella and allied genera.
[ Middle English froise
confer French froisser
to bruise, English frush
to bruise,] A kind of pancake. See 1st Fraise .
[ Written also fraise
[ Dutch vroolijk
; akin to German frölich
, from froh
, Old High German frō
, Danish fro
, Old Saxon frāh
, confer Icelandic frār
swift; all perhaps akin to Sanskrit pru
to spring up.] Full of levity; dancing, playing, or frisking about; full of pranks; frolicsome; gay; merry.
The frolic wind that breathes the spring. Milton.
The gay, the frolic , and the loud. Waller.
Frolic noun 1. A wild prank; a flight of levity, or of gayety and mirth.
He would be at his frolic once again. Roscommon. 2. A scene of gayety and mirth, as in lively play, or in dancing; a merrymaking.
Frolic intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Frolicked
; present participle & verbal noun Frolicking
.] To play wild pranks; to play tricks of levity, mirth, and gayety; to indulge in frolicsome play; to sport.
Hither, come hither, and frolic and play. Tennyson.
Frolicful adjective Frolicsome. [ R.]
Frolicky adjective Frolicsome. [ Obsolete] Richardson.
Frolicly adverb In a frolicsome manner; with mirth and gayety. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.
Frolicsome adjective Full of gayety and mirth; given to pranks; sportive.
Old England, who takes a frolicsome brain fever once every two or three years, for the benefit of her doctors. Sir W. Scott.
[ Anglo-Saxon fram
; akin to Old Saxon fram
out, Old High German & Icelandic fram
forward, Swedish fram
, Danish frem
, Goth. fram
from, probably akin to English forth
. ...202. Confer Fro
.] Out of the neighborhood of; lessening or losing proximity to; leaving behind; by reason of; out of; by aid of; -- used whenever departure, setting out, commencement of action, being, state, occurrence, etc., or procedure, emanation, absence, separation, etc., are to be expressed. It is construed with, and indicates, the point of space or time at which the action, state, etc., are regarded as setting out or beginning; also, less frequently, the source, the cause, the occasion, out of which anything proceeds; -- the antithesis and correlative of to ; as, it, is one hundred miles from Boston to Springfield; he took his sword from his side; light proceeds from the sun; separate the coarse wool from the fine; men have all sprung from Adam, and often go from good to bad, and from bad to worse; the merit of an action depends on the principle from which it proceeds; men judge of facts from personal knowledge, or from testimony.
Experience from the time past to the time present. Bacon.
The song began from Jove. Drpden.
From high Mæonia's rocky shores I came. Addison.
If the wind blow any way from shore. Shak.
sometimes denotes away from
, remote from
, inconsistent with
. "Anything so overdone is from
the purpose of playing." Shak. From
, when joined with another preposition or an adverb, gives an opportunity for abbreviating the sentence. "There followed him great multitudes of people . . . from
[ the land] beyond
Jordan." Math. iv. 25.
In certain constructions, as from forth
, from out
, etc., the ordinary and more obvious arrangment is inverted, the sense being more distinctly forth from
, out from
being virtually the governing preposition, and the word the adverb. See From off
, under Off
, and From afar
, under Afar
Sudden partings such as press Byron.
The life from out young hearts.
Fromward, Fromwards preposition
[ Anglo-Saxon framweard
about to depart. Confer Froward
] A way from; -- the contrary of toward.
Towards or fromwards the zenith. Cheyne.
Frond noun [ Latin frons , frondis , a leafy branch, foliage.] (Botany) The organ formed by the combination or union into one body of stem and leaf, and often bearing the fructification; as, the frond of a fern or of a lichen or seaweed; also, the peculiar leaf of a palm tree.
[ Latin frondatio
, from frons
. See Frond
.] The act of stripping, as trees, of leaves or branches; a kind of pruning. Evelyn.
Fronde noun [ French] (F. Hist.) A political party in France, during the minority of Louis XIV., who opposed the government, and made war upon the court party.
Fronded adjective Furnished with fronds. "Fronded palms." Whittier.
[ Latin frondens
, present participle of frondere
to put forth leaves. See Frond
.] Covered with leaves; leafy; as, a frondent tree.
Frondesce intransitive verb
[ Latin frondescere
, inchoative from frondere
. See Frondent
.] To unfold leaves, as plants.
Frondescence noun (Botany) (a) The time at which each species of plants unfolds its leaves. (b) The act of bursting into leaf. Milne. Martyn.
Frondeur noun [ French] (F. Hist.) A member of the Fronde.
Frondiferous adjective [ Latin frondifer frons a leafy branch + ferre to bear: confer French frondifere .] Producing fronds.
Frondlet noun (Botany) A very small frond, or distinct portion of a compound frond.
Frondose adjective [ Latin frondosus leafy.] (Botany) (a) Frond bearing; resembling a frond; having a simple expansion not separable into stem and leaves. (b) Leafy. Gray.
Frondous adjective (Botany) Frondose. [ R.]