Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Furrow noun [ Middle English forow , forgh , furgh , Anglo-Saxon furh ; akin to Dutch voor , Old High German furuh , German furche , Danish fure , Swedish f...ra , Icelandic for drain, Latin porca ridge between two furrows.] Farrow weed a weed which grows on plowed land. Shak. -- To draw a straight furrow , to live correctly; not to deviate from the right line of duty. Lowell.
1. A trench in the earth made by, or as by, a plow. 2. Any trench, channel, or groove, as in wood or metal; a wrinkle on the face; as, the furrows of age.
Furrow transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Furrowed
; present participle & verbal noun Furrowing
.] [ From Furrow
; confer Anglo-Saxon fyrian
.] 1. To cut a furrow in; to make furrows in; to plow; as, to furrow the ground or sea. Shak. 2. To mark with channels or with wrinkles.
Thou canst help time to furrow me with age. Shak.
Fair cheeks were furrowed with hot tears. Byron.
Furrowy adjective Furrowed. [ R.] Tennyson.
[ From Fur
.] 1. Covered with fur; dressed in fur.
nations." Thomson. 2. Consisting of fur; as, furry spoils. Dryden. 3. Resembling fur.
[ A comparative of forth; Middle English further
, Anglo-Saxon fur...or
; akin to German fürder
. See Forth
] To a greater distance; in addition; moreover. See Farther .
Carries us, I know not how much further , into familiar company. M. Arnold.
They sdvanced us far as Eleusis and Thria; but no further . Jowett (Thucyd. ). Further off
, not so near; apart by a greater distance.
Further adjective compar.
[ Positive wanting
; superl. Furthest
.] 1. More remote; at a greater distance; more in advance; farther; as, the further end of the field. See Farther . 2. Beyond; additional; as, a further reason for this opinion; nothing further to suggest.
» The forms further
are in general not differentiated by writers, but further
is preferred by many when application to quantity or degree is implied.
Further transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Furthered
; present participle & verbal noun Furthering
.] [ Middle English furthren
, Anglo-Saxon fyrðran
. See Further
] To help forward; to promote; to advance; to forward; to help or assist.
This binds thee, then, to further my design. Dryden.
I should nothing further the weal public. Robynsom (More's Utopia).
Furtherance noun The act of furthering or helping forward; promotion; advancement; progress.
I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your Phil. i. 25.
furthersnce and joy of faith.
Built of furtherance and pursuing, Not of spent deeds, but of doing. Emerson.
Furtherer noun One who furthers. or helps to advance; a promoter. Shak.
Furthermore adverb or conj. Moreover; besides; in addition to what has been said.
Furthermost adjective Most remote; furthest.
Furthersome adjective Tending to further, advance, or promote; helpful; advantageous.
You will not find it furthersome . Carlyle.
Furthest adjective superl. Most remote; most in advance; farthest. See Further , adjective
Furthest adverb At the greatest distance; farthest.
[ Latin furtivus
, from furtum
theft, from fur
thief, akin to ferre
to bear: confer French furtif
. See Fertile
.] Stolen; obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret; stealthy; as, a furtive look. Prior.
A hasty and furtive ceremony. Hallam.
Furtively adverb Stealthily by theft. Lover.
Furuncle noun [ Latin furunculus a petty thief, a boil, dim. of fur thief: confer French furoncle .] (Medicine) A superficial, inflammatory tumor, suppurating with a central core; a boil.
Furuncular adjective Of or pertaining to a furuncle; marked by the presence of furuncles.
[ Latin fur
.] A thief.
Have an eye to your plate, for there be furies . J. Fleteher.
; plural Furies
. [ Latin furia
, from furere
to rage: confer French furie
. Confer Furor
.] 1. Violent or extreme excitement; overmastering agitation or enthusiasm.
Her wit began to be with a divine fury inspired. Sir P. Sidney. 2. Violent anger; extreme wrath; rage; -- sometimes applied to inanimate things, as the wind or storms; impetuosity; violence.
of the wind." Shak.
I do oppose my patience to his fury . Shak. 3. pl. (Greek Myth.) The avenging deities, Tisiphone, Alecto, and Megæra; the Erinyes or Eumenides.
The Furies , they said, are attendants on justice, and if the sun in heaven should transgress his path would punish him. Emerson. 4. One of the Parcæ, or Fates, esp. Atropos.
Comes the blind Fury with the abhorred shears, Milton. 5. A stormy, turbulent violent woman; a hag; a vixen; a virago; a termagant. Syn.
And slits the thin-spun life.
-- Anger; indignation; resentment; wrath; ire; rage; vehemence; violence; fierceness; turbulence; madness; frenzy. See Anger
Furze noun [ Middle English firs , As. fyrs .] (Botany) A thorny evergreen shrub ( Ulex Europæus ), with beautiful yellow flowers, very common upon the plains and hills of Great Britain; -- called also gorse , and whin . The dwarf furze is Ulex nanus .
Furzechat noun (Zoology) The whinchat; -- called also furzechuck .
Furzeling noun (Zoology) An English warbler ( Melizophilus provincialis ); -- called also furze wren , and Dartford warbler .
Furzen adjective Furzy; gorsy. [ Obsolete] Holland.
Furzy adjective Abounding in, or overgrown with, furze; characterized by furze. Gay.
[ French, the spindle tree; also, charcoal made from it.] (Fine Arts) (a) Fine charcoal of willow wood, used as a drawing implement. (b) A drawing made with it. See Charcoal , noun 2, and Charcoal drawing , under Charcoal .
[ French fusarolle
, from Italian fusaruolo
, from fuso
spindle, shaft of a column. See Fusee
a conical wheel.] (Architecture) A molding generally placed under the echinus or quarter round of capitals in the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders of architecture.
Fuscation noun [ Latin fuscare , fuscatum , to make dark, from fuscus dark.] A darkening; obscurity; obfuscation. [ R.] Blount.
Fuscin noun [ Latin fuscus dark- colored, tawny.] (Physiol. Chem.) A brown, nitrogenous pigment contained in the retinal epithelium; a variety of melanin.
Fuscine noun (Chemistry) A dark-colored substance obtained from empyreumatic animal oil. [ R.]
[ Latin fuscus
.] Brown or grayish black; darkish.
Sad and fuscous colors, as black or brown, or deep purple Burke.
and the like.
(fūz) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fused
(fūzd); present participle & verbal noun Fusing
.] [ Latin fusus
, past participle of fundere
to pour, melt, cast. See Foundo
to cast, and confer Futile
.] 1. To liquefy by heat; to render fluid; to dissolve; to melt. 2. To unite or blend, as if melted together.
Whose fancy fuses old and new. Tennyson.
Fuse intransitive verb Fusing point , the degree of temperature at which a substance melts; the point of fusion.
1. To be reduced from a solid to a fluid state by heat; to be melted; to melt. 2. To be blended, as if melted together.
[ For fusee
. See 2d Fusil
.] (Gunnery, Mining, etc.) A tube or casing filled with combustible matter, by means of which a charge of powder is ignited, as in blasting; -- called also fuzee . See Fuze . Fuse hole
, the hole in a shell prepared for the reception of the fuse. Farrow.
Fuse, Fuze noun (Electricity) A wire, bar, or strip of fusible metal inserted for safety in an electric circuit. When the current increases beyond a certain safe strength, the metal melts, interrupting the circuit and thereby preventing possibility of damage.
Fuse, Fuze, plug
1. (Ordnance) A plug fitted to the fuse hole of a shell to hold the fuse. 2. A fusible plug that screws into a receptacle, used as a fuse in electric wiring.
[ See 2d Fusil
, and confer Fuse
] 1. A flintlock gun. See 2d Fusil .
[ Obsolete] 2. A fuse. See Fuse , noun 3. A kind of match for lighting a pipe or cigar.
Fusee noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] The track of a buck. Ainsworth.
Fusee noun [ French fusée a spindleful, fusee, Late Latin fusata , from fusare to use a spindle, Latin fusus spindle.] (a) The cone or conical wheel of a watch or clock, designed to equalize the power of the mainspring by having the chain from the barrel which contains the spring wind in a spiral groove on the surface of the cone in such a manner that the diameter of the cone at the point where the chain acts may correspond with the degree of tension of the spring. (b) A similar wheel used in other machinery.
1. (Railroads) A signal used principally for the protection of trains, consisting of a tube filled with a composition which burns with a bright colored light for a definite time. 2. (a) A friction match for smokers' use having a bulbous head which when ignited is not easily blown out even in a gale of wind. (b) A kind of match made of paper impregnated with niter and having the usual igniting tip.
Fusel noun , Fu"sel oil [ German fusel bad liquor.] (Chemistry) A hot, acrid, oily liquid, accompanying many alcoholic liquors (as potato whisky, corn whisky, etc.), as an undesirable ingredient, and consisting of several of the higher alcohols and compound ethers, but particularly of amyl alcohol; hence, specifically applied to amyl alcohol.
Fuselage noun (Aëronautics) An elongated body or frame of an aëroplane or flying machine; sometimes, erroneously, any kind of frame or body. Many aëroplanes have no fuselage, properly so called.
Fusibility noun [ Confer French fusibilité .] The quality of being fusible.
[ French fusible
. See Fuse
, transitive verb
] CapabIe of being melted or liquefied. Fusible metal
, any alloy of different metals capable of being easily fused, especially an alloy of five parts of bismuth, three of lead, and two of tin, which melts at a temperature below that of boiling water. Ure.
-- Fusible plug (Steam Boiler)
, a piece of easily fusible alloy, placed in one of the sheets and intended to melt and blow off the steam in case of low water.
Fusiform adjective [ Latin fusus spindle + -form : confer French fusiforme .] Shaped like a spindle; tapering at each end; as, a fusiform root; a fusiform cell.
[ Latin fusilis
molten, fluid, from fundere
, to pour, cast. See Fuse
, transitive verb
] 1. Capable of being melted or rendered fluid by heat; fusible.
[ R.] "A kind of fusil
marble" Woodward. 2. Running or flowing, as a liquid.
[ R.] "A fusil
sea." J. Philips. 3. Formed by melting and pouring into a mold; cast; founded.
[ Obsolete] Milton.
[ French fusil
, Late Latin fosile
a steel for kindling fire, from Latin focus
hearth, fireplace, in Late Latin fire. See Focus
, and confer Fusee
a firelock.] A light kind of flintlock musket, formerly in use.
[ See 3d Fusee
.] (Her.) A bearing of a rhomboidal figure; -- named from its shape, which resembles that of a spindle.
» It differs from a lozenge in being longer in proportion to its width.
Fusile adjective Same as Fusil , adjective
Fusileer, Fusilier noun [ French fusilier , from fusil .] (Mil.) (a) Formerly, a soldier armed with a fusil. Hence, in the plural: (b) A title now borne by some regiments and companies; as, "The Royal Fusiliers ," etc.