Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Fusillade noun [ French fusillade , confer Italian fucilata . See Fusil a firelock.] (Mil.) A simultaneous discharge of firearms.

Fusillade transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Fusillader ; present participle & verbal noun Fusillading .] To shoot down of shoot at by a simultaneous discharge of firearms.

Fusion noun [ Latin fusio , from fundere , fusum to pour, melt: confer French fusion . See Fuse , transitive verb , and confer Foison .]
1. The act or operation of melting or rendering fluid by heat; the act of melting together; as, the fusion of metals.

2. The state of being melted or dissolved by heat; a state of fluidity or flowing in consequence of heat; as, metals in fusion.

3. The union or blending together of things, as, melted together.

The universal fusion of races, languages, and customs . . .
had produced a corresponding fusion of creeds.
C. Kingsley.

Watery fusion (Chemistry) the melting of certain crystals by heat in their own water of crystallization.

4. (Biol.) The union, or binding together, of adjacent parts or tissues.

Fusome adjective [ Anglo-Saxon f...san to hasten, from f...s ready, prompt, quick; akin to Old Saxon f...s , Old High German funs , Icelandic fuss willing; probably from the root of English find .] Handy; reat; handsome; notable. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Fuss noun [ Confer Fusome .]
1. A tumult; a bustle; unnecessary or annoying ado about trifles. Byron.

Zealously, assiduously, and with a minimum of fuss or noise
Carlyle.

2. One who is unduly anxious about trifles. [ R.]

I am a fuss and I don't deny it.
W. D. Howell.

Fuss intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Fussed ; present participle & verbal noun Fussing .] To be overbusy or unduly anxious about trifles; to make a bustle or ado. Sir W. Scott.

Fussily adverb In a fussy manner. Byron.

Fussiness noun The quality of being fussy.

Fussy adjective [ Compar. Fussier ; superl Fussiest .] Making a fuss; disposed to make an unnecessary ado about trifles; overnice; fidgety.

Not at all fussy about his personal appearance.
R. G. White.

Fust (fŭst) noun [ Old French fust , French fût , from Latin fustis stick staff.] (Architecture) The shaft of a column, or trunk of a pilaster. Gwilt.

Fust noun [ Old French fust cask, French fût cask, taste or smell of the cask, fustiness , confer sentir le fût to taste of the cask. See 1st Fust .] A strong, musty smell; mustiness.

Fust intransitive verb To become moldy; to smell ill. [ Obsolete]

Fusted adjective Moldy; ill- smelling. [ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.

Fusteric noun The coloring matter of fustet. Ure.

Fustet noun [ French fustet (cf. Spanish & Portuguese fustete ), Late Latin fustetus , from Latin fustis stick, in Late Latin , tree, See 1st Fust , and confer Fustic .] The wood of the Rhus Cotinus or Venice sumach , a shrub of Southern Europe, which yields a fine orange color, which, however, is not durable without a mordant. Ure.

Fustian noun [ Middle English fustan , fustian , Old French fustaine , French futaine , Italian fustagno , from Late Latin fustaneum , fustanum ; confer Pr. fustani , Spanish fustan . So called from Fustāt , i. e., Cairo, where it was made.]
1. A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff, including corduroy, velveteen, etc.

2. An inflated style of writing; a kind of writing in which high-sounding words are used, above the dignity of the thoughts or subject; bombast.

Claudius . . . has run his description into the most wretched
fustian .
Addison.

Fustian adjective
1. Made of fustian.

2. Pompous; ridiculously tumid; inflated; bombastic; as, fustian history. Walpole.

Fustianist noun A writer of fustian. [ R.] Milton.

Fustic noun [ French fustoc , Spanish fustoc . Confer Fustet .] The wood of the Maclura tinctoria , a tree growing in the West Indies, used in dyeing yellow; -- called also old fustic . [ Written also fustoc .]

» Other kinds of yellow wood are often called fustic ; as that of species of Xanthoxylum , and especially the Rhus Cotinus , which is sometimes called young fustic to distinguish it from the Maclura . See Fustet .

Fustigate transitive verb [ Latin fustigare , from fustis stick. See 1st Fust .] To cudgel. [ R.] Bailey.

Fustigation noun [ Confer French fustigation .] A punishment by beating with a stick or club; cudgeling.

This satire, composed of actual fustigation .
Motley.

Fustilarian noun [ From Fusty .] A low fellow; a stinkard; a scoundrel. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Fustilug, Fustilugs noun [ Fusty + lug something heavy, to be drawn or carried.] A gross, fat, unwieldy person. [ Obsolete] F. Junius.

Fustiness noun A fusty state or quality; moldiness; mustiness; an ill smell from moldiness.

Fusty adjective [ Compar . Fustier ; superl Fustiest .] [ See 2d Fust .]
1. Moldy; musty; ill-smelling; rank. "A fusty nut." " Fusty plebeians." Shak.

2. Moping. [ Archaic]

A melancholy, fusty humor.
Pepys.

Fusure noun [ Latin fusura , from fundere , fusum . See Fuse , transitive verb ] Act of fusing; fusion. [ R.]

Futchel noun The jaws between which the hinder end of a carriage tongue is inserted. Knight.

Futhorc, Futhork noun [ Written also futharc , futhark .] The Runic alphabet; -- so called from the six letters f , u , þ ( th ), o (or a ), r , c ( =k ).

The letters are called Runes and the alphabet bears the name Futhorc from the first six letters.
I. Taylor.

» The spelling futharc represents most accurately the original values of these six Runic letters.

Futile adjective [ Latin futilis that easily pours out, that easily lets loose, vain, worthless, from the root of fundere to pour out: confer French futile . See Fuse , transitive verb ]


1. Talkative; loquacious; tattling. [ Obsolete]

Talkers and futile persons.
Bacon.

2. Of no importance; answering no useful end; useless; vain; worthless. " Futile theories." I. Taylor.

His reasoning . . . was singularly futile .
Macaulay.

Futilely adverb In a futile manner.

Futility noun [ Latin futilitas : confer French futilité .]
1. The quality of being talkative; talkativeness; loquaciousness; loquacity. [ Obsolete]

2. The quality of producing no valuable effect, or of coming to nothing; uselessness.

The futility of this mode of philosophizing.
Whewell.

Futilous adjective Futile; trifling. [ Obsolete]

Futtock noun [ Prob. corrupted from foothook .] (Nautical) One of the crooked timbers which are scarfed together to form the lower part of the compound rib of a vessel; one of the crooked transverse timbers passing across and over the keel.

Futtock plates (Nautical) , plates of iron to which the dead-eyes of the topmast rigging are secured. -- Futtock shrouds , short iron shrouds leading from the upper part of the lower mast or of the main shrouds to the edge of the top, or through it, and connecting the topmast rigging with the lower mast. Totten.

Futurable adjective Capable of being future; possible to occur. [ R.]

Not only to things future, but futurable .
Fuller.

Future adjective [ French futur , Latin futurus , used as fut. p. of esse to be, but from the same root as English be . See Be , intransitive verb ] That is to be or come hereafter; that will exist at any time after the present; as, the next moment is future , to the present.

Future tense (Gram.) , the tense or modification of a verb which expresses a future act or event.

Future noun [ Confer F. futur . See Future , adjective ]


1. Time to come; time subsequent to the present (as, the future shall be as the present); collectively, events that are to happen in time to come. "Lay the future open." Shak.

2. The possibilities of the future; -- used especially of prospective success or advancement; as, he had great future before him.

3. (Gram.) A future tense.

To deal in futures , to speculate on the future values of merchandise or stocks. [ Brokers' cant]

Futureless adjective Without prospect of betterment in the future. W. D. Howells.

Futurely adverb In time to come. [ Obsolete] Raleigh.

Futurism noun (Painting) A movement or phase of post-impressionism (which see, below).

Futurist noun
1. One whose chief interests are in what is to come; one who anxiously, eagerly, or confidently looks forward to the future; an expectant.

2. (Theol.) One who believes or maintains that the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Bible is to be in the future.

Futuritial adjective Relating to what is to come; pertaining to futurity; future. [ R.]

Futurition noun [ Confer French futurition .] The state of being future; futurity. [ R.]

Nothing . . . can have this imagined futurition , but as it is decreed.
Coleridge.

Futurity noun ; plural Futurities


1. State of being that is yet to come; future state.

2. Future time; time to come; the future.

3. Event to come; a future event.

All futurities are naked before the All-seeing Eye.
South.

Fuze noun A tube, filled with combustible matter, for exploding a shell, etc. See Fuse , noun

Chemical fuze , a fuze in which substances separated until required for action are then brought into contact, and uniting chemically, produce explosion. -- Concussion fuze , a fuze ignited by the striking of the projectile. -- Electric fuze , a fuze which is ignited by heat or a spark produced by an electric current. - - Friction fuze , a fuze which is ignited by the heat evolved by friction. -- Percussion fuze , a fuze in which the ignition is produced by a blow on some fulminating compound. -- Time fuze , a fuze adapted, either by its length or by the character of its composition, to burn a certain time before producing an explosion.

Fuzz transitive verb To make drunk. [ Obsolete] Wood.

Fuzz noun [ Confer Prov. English fuzzy that ravels (of silk or cotton), Dutch voos spongy, fungous, German faser filament. English feaze to untwist.] Fine, light particles or fibers; loose, volatile matter.

Fuzz ball , a kind of fungus or mushroom, which, when pressed, bursts and scatters a fine dust; a puffball.

Fuzz intransitive verb To fly off in minute particles.

Fuzzle transitive verb [ Confer LG. fuseln to drink common liquor, from fusel bad liquor.] To make drunk; to intoxicate; to fuddle. [ Obsolete] Burton.

Fuzzy adjective [ See Fuzz , noun ]
1. Not firmly woven; that ravels. [ Written also fozy .] [ Prov. Eng.]

2. Furnished with fuzz; having fuzz; like fuzz; as, the fuzzy skin of a peach.

Fy interj. [ See Fie , interj .] A word which expresses blame, dislike, disapprobation, abhorrence, or contempt. See Fie .