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Word Definition
fabaceous bean-like
fabiform shaped like a bean
fabulist one who invents fables
faburden harmony in thirds and sixths
face-cord unit of wood measurement equal to a stack four by eight feet in volume
facetiae term for books of inappropriate or lewd nature
facia nameplate or sign above shop
facinorous atrociously wicked
factious turbulent; given to faction; seditious
factitious produced by humans or artificial forces
factitive signifying making or causing something to be
factive indicating causation
factotum lackey; person employed to do various jobs
facture workmanship; the products of making
facula unusually bright spot on sun's surface
facultative optional; incidental; conferring privilege
facundity eloquence
fagin an adult who instructs others in crime
fagottist bassoon player
faience glazed coloured earthware
faille shiny closely woven silk, cotton or rayon fabric
fain happy; inclined; pleased
fainéant puppet ruler; do-nothing; idle person
fairlead ring through which rope is led to change its direction without friction
falcade motion of a horse throwing itself on its haunches
falcate resembling a sickle
falciform shaped like a sickle
falconine of, like or pertaining to falcons or hawks
falderal nonsense; meaningless refrain of a song
faldstool desk from which the Litany is read at church service
fallibilism the doctrine that empirical knowledge is uncertain
falsidical conveying a meaning that is false
famicide one who destroys another's reputation; slanderer
familic pertaining to a family; domestic
familism the tendency of a family to cohere as a group
familistery house for communal living
famulus private secretary or attendant
fanal lighthouse or beacon
fandango lively Spanish dance performed by a couple
fane flag or banner; weather-cock
fane temple
fanfaron an empty boaster
fanfaronade grandiose trumpet blast
fanion cloth worn on priest's arm and used for handling holy vessels
fanion small flag used in surveying
fantassin infantry soldier
fantasticate to fantasize over something
fantigue anxiety or irritation
fantod a state of irritability or tension; an emotional fit
farad unit measuring electrical capacitance
farandine silk and wool cloth
farandole lively Provençal dance in which men and women hold hands
farctate full; stuffed
fardage wood placed in bottom of ship to keep cargo dry
fardel anything cumbersome or irksome
farinaceous mealy; consisting of cereals
farinose resembling or yielding flour
farouche wild; unpolished
farraginous disordered; jumbled; miscellaneous
farrago confused mass of objects or people; disordered mixture
farrier one who shoes horses or cares for horses
farris female blacksmith
farrow to give birth to piglets
farruca Spanish gypsy dance with sudden tempo and mood changes
fasces bundle of rods with an axe used to symbolise authority
fascia board over a shop-front
fascicle bundle; division of book published in parts
fascine bundle of brushwood used to fill ditches
fasti record or register
fastigiate pointed; conical
fastigium roof; peak; gable
fastuous haughty; ostentatious
fatalism doctrine that events are fixed and humans are powerless
fathometer instrument for measuring underwater depth using sound
fatidical prophetic; having the power to foretell the future
fatuous silly; purposeless
fauteuil enclosed seat in theatre
favela slum area
faveolate honeycombed
faviform shaped like a honeycomb
favonian of, like or pertaining to the west wind; mild and favourable
feague to whip; to perplex
feak lock of hair
featous shapely; well-made; handsome; neat
febricant causing fever
febricity feverishness
febrifuge something which reduces fever
fecalith stony heap or mass of feces
feckless feeble; helpless; futile; ineffectual
feculent covered with filth; filthy
felicide killing of a cat
felicificative tending to make happy
feliform having a catlike form or shape
fell barren or rocky hill or moor
felloe circular rim of a wheel
felsenmeer flat arctic area covered with angular boulders
femerall outlet for smoke in a roof
femicide killing of a woman
fenestella recess in church wall for storing communion vessels
fenestral of, like or pertaining to windows
feracious fruitful; fecund
feretory shrine for relics during a procession or for a funeral bier
feria weekday of a church calendar on which no holiday falls
ferial of, like or pertaining to holidays
ferity state of savagery or barbarism
fermi unit of length equal to one quadrillionth of a metre
ferriferous bearing iron
ferronière jewel held on the forehead by a chain
ferruginous of the colour of rust; impregnated with iron
ferrule band on the end of a stick for reinforcing it
ferula flat piece of wood
ferulaceous like a cane or reed
ferule cane or rod used for punishment
fescennine marked by the use of vulgarity or obscene language
fess broad horizontal bar across heraldic field
festilogy treatise on ecclesiastical festivals
festinate to accelerate; to quicken
fetial heraldic; ambassadorial
feticide killing of a fetus
fetlock tuft of hair immediately above horse's hoof
fettling loose material thrown on furnace hearth for protection
feuilleton critical article at the bottom of a newspaper page
fiacre hackney coach; cab
fiberscope instrument using fiberoptics to examine inaccessible areas
fibriform shaped like a fibre
fibrilliform shaped like a small fibre
fibula brooch in the shape of a safety pin
ficiform shaped like a fig
fictile capable of being moulded; of, like or pertaining to pottery
fictor sculptor; one who makes images from clay
fid conical wooden pin used to splice strands of rope
fiddley iron framework around hatchway opening
fideism doctrine that knowledge depends on faith over reason
fidicinal of, like or pertaining to stringed musical instruments
fiduciary held in trust; depending on trust
fie expression of disgust or disapproval
figuline of, like or pertaining to earthenware
figurant ballet dancer who dances only in groups
figuration the act of giving figure or form
figurehead ornament or (usually female) bust attached to the bow of a ship
filaceous composed of threads
filatory machine for forming or spinning threads
filature drawing out of threads
filemot dead-leaf colour; dull brown
filibeg kilt
filicide killing of one's own child
filiciform shaped like a fern or frond
filiferous thread-bearing
filiform shaped like a thread
filiopietistic marked by excessive veneration of ancestors
filipendulous hanging by or strung on a thread
fillister groove in window pane into which glass is set
filose threadlike; having a threadlike end
filoselle coarse floss silk
fimbriate fringed; having a narrow border
fimetic of, like or pertaining to dung
fimicolous living in dung
finalism belief that an end has or can be reached
fingent moulding; shaping
finial decoration on the top of a gable or spire
finical excessively precise in trivial matters
fipple plug in the mouthpiece of a wind instrument
firkin old unit of capacity equal to one quarter of a barrel
firkin small keg
fissicostate having divided ribs
fissilingual with forked or cloven tongue
fissility ability to be split
fissiparous tending to break up into parts
fissiped animal with separated toes
fistula long narrow passage or duct
fistuliform shaped like a pipe
fitch brush made from hair of polecat
fixity fixed state; stability; permanence
flabellation the act of fanning
flabelliform shaped like a fan
flacon scent-bottle
flagellantism the practice of whipping oneself or another
flagelliferous bearing a whip or flagellum
flagelliform shaped like a whip
flagellomania abnormal enthusiasm for flogging
flageolet small flute or recorder with two thumb holes
flagitate to entreat or importune
flagitious grossly wicked; guilty of heinous crimes
flagstaff flag pole at stern of a ship
flambeau flaming torch
flamen pagan priest
flammeous flame-coloured
flammiferous producing flame
flammulated ruddy
flammulation flamelike marking
flammule little flame
flânerie idling; strolling about aimlessly
flapdoodle gross flattery; nonsense
flaught snowflake
flaughter to flutter or flicker; to strip or skin
flavescent yellowish or turning yellow
fleam surgical instrument
flèche narrow wooden spire on church roof
fleer to mock; to jeer; to make faces in contempt
flench to cut up the blubber of; to flay
fleshling a sensualist
fleuret ornament resembling a small flower
flews drooping or pendulous lips
flexion a bend; a fold
flexuose full of windings and turnings; undulating
flibbertigibbet gossipy or flighty person
flinty unyielding; stern
flivver cheap car or airplane
floatant agent causing flotation
floccilation fitful plucking at the bedclothes
floccinaucinihilipilification setting at little or no value
floccose woolly
flocculate to collect or mass together in tufts or masses
floricide killing or killer of flowers
floricomous crowned or topped with flowers
floriferous bearing flowers
floriform shaped like a flower
florilegium anthology of writings, especially of church fathers
florimania craze for flowers
floriscope instrument for inspecting flowers
floristry the art of cultivating and selling flowers
florisugent sucking honey from flowers
floromancy belief that flowers have feelings
floruit dates of a person's birth and death
flounce to move impatiently or abruptly
flowmeter instrument for measuring properties of flowing liquids
fluke part of an anchor that fastens in the ground
flumen right to direct excess rain water to neighbour's yard
fluminous having many rivers or streams
flummery anything insipid; empty compliment; humbug
fluorimeter instrument for measuring fluorescence
fluoroscope instrument using x-rays to examine internal structure of opaque object
fluvialist one stressing the role of rivers in explanation
fluviology study of watercourses
fluxional variable; inconstant
flype to strip back; to turn partially inside out
flysch sandstone deposit
focimeter instrument for measuring focal length of a lens
fodient of, like or pertaining to digging
foehn dry wind that blows down from mountaintops
foeticide killing a fetus
foetiferous bearing or carrying a fetus
fogram antiquated
foin to thrust with a sword or spear
foinery fencing; swordplay
foison plenty; plentiful yield
foliaceous bearing leaves; leaf-like
foliate to cover with leaf metal; to number the leaves of
foliferous bearing leaves
foliform shaped like a leaf
foliophagous eating leaves; eating folios of books
folkloristics study of folklore and fables
fontinal growing near springs
fooliaminy collective term for fools
foolocracy government by fools
foothot hastily; immediately; on the spot
footlambert unit of luminance of a surface emitting one lumen per square foot
footle to waste time; to act foolishly
footling inept; trivial
foraminate to pierce
foraminated perforated or pierced with small holes
foraminiferous bearing foramina
foraneous of, like or pertaining to forums
forby past; near
forcipate of, like or pertaining to forceps
forcipiform shaped like forceps
fore at an earlier time or period
forebitt post for fastening cables at a ship's foremast
forecabin cabin in fore part of ship
forecastle short raised deck at fore end of ship; fore of ship under main deck
forecome to come early; to come before
forefoot foremost end of ship's keel
forel parchment for covering books
foremast mast nearest the bow of a ship
foresail lowest sail set on the foremast of square-rigged ship
foreshots first liquid to come out of a still
forestay stay leading from the foremast to the bow of a ship
forfaiting export finance where debts on goods are transacted
forfend to ward off or avert
forfex a pair of scissors or pincers
forficate forked; like scissors
forficulate like scissors
forinsecal foreign; alien; extrinsic
forisfamiliate to emancipate from parental authority
formant anything that limits, determines or defines
formate to join or fly in a formation
formic of, like or pertaining to ants
formicate resembling an ant
formication sensation like ants crawling on the skin
formicide substance that kills ants
formicine of, like or pertaining to ants
formivorous eating ants
fornicate vaulted or arched
forsooth in truth; indeed
forswink to exhaust by labour
fortalice fortress; small outwork of a fortification
forthwith immediately
fortuitism belief in evolution by chance variation
foss ditch, moat, trench or canal
fossarian clergyman moonlighting as a gravedigger
fossick to search by turning over earth or rock
fossiliferous bearing fossils
fossor grave-digger
fossorial adapted for digging
fossulate grooved; pitted
foudroyant thundering; dazzling
fougade piece of improvised artillery
foulard soft lightweight plain-woven or twilled silk fabric
foulé light woollen fulled cloth
foumart polecat
fourchette anything forked
fourgon baggage-wagon
foursquare forthright
fouter to mess about with aimlessly
fovea depression or pit
foveate pitted
foveiform shaped like a depression or pit
fractionalism the state of consisting of discrete units
fractious irritable; peevish
fragor a crash
francomania craze or obsession with France and the French
Francophile one who loves France or the French
Francophobia fear of France or the French
frangible easily broken
frankalmoign land tenure requiring religious obligations on part of tenant
frantling mating call of a peacock
frap to draw a sail tight with ropes or cables
frazil ground-ice; ice in small spikes in streams
freeboard distance between waterline and main deck of a ship
freestone building stone difficult to split into layers
fremescent growling or muttering
fremitus vibration; rumbling
frescade a cool walk; cool or shady place
fresnel unit of optical frequency equal to one terahertz
fretum strait
friable easily crumbled or pulverized
fricandeau thick slice of veal or similar meat
frieze rough heavy woollen cloth
frigiferous bearing or bringing cold
frigolabile susceptible to the cold
frigorific causing cold; freezing
fringillaceous of, like or pertaining to finches
fringilliform resembling a finch
fringilline of, like or pertaining to finches
frisson shiver; shudder; thrill
frist delay or respite, as for debt repayment
frit material from which glass is made
frith peace; sanctuary
fritiniency the noise of insects
frogmarch to carry an uncooperative drunkard or prisoner
frondescence the formation of leaves
frondiferous bearing or producing fronds
frondose having or like leaves
frontal cloth hanging over front of altar
frontogenesis creation of a weather front by meeting of air currents
frostwork delicate figures and patterns in which frost forms on surfaces
frottage rubbing, especially for sexual gratification
froward turned away; self-willed; unreasonable; perverse; adverse
frowst to luxuriate in hot stuffiness and stupefaction
fructiferous bearing fruit
fructivorous feeding on fruit
fructuary person enjoying the fruits of anything
fructuation coming to fruit or bearing of fruit
fructuous fruitful
frugiferous bearing fruit
frugivorous eating fruit
frumentaceous resembling wheat or other grain
frumentarious of, like or pertaining to corn
frutescent like or resembling a shrub
fruticose shrubby
fub to put off; to fob
fucivorous eating seaweed
fucoid shaped like seaweed
fuero code or body of laws; a constitution
fug hot; close; smoky state of atmosphere
fugacious inclined to run away or flee
fuji plain spun silk fabric
fulcible capable of being propped up
fulciform shaped like or resembling a prop
fulcrate supported with fulcrums
fulgent shining; bright
fulgid flashing
fulgorous flashing
fulgour splendour
fulgural of, like or pertaining to lightning
fulgurate to flash like lightning
fulgurous resembling lightning
fuliginous sooty; dusky
fuligo soot
fuliguline of, like or pertaining to sea ducks
fullonical of, like or pertaining or belonging to a fuller
fulminate express loudly; explode violently
fulmineous of, like or pertaining to thunder and lightning
fulsome nauseatingly affectionate, admiring or praiseful
fulvous dull yellow; tawny
fumage hearth-tax
fumarole hole emitting gases in a volcanic region
fumatorium a place for smoking
fumet the scent of game when high
fumiduct smoke vent; smokestack
fumosity condition of fuming; an exhalation
funambulism tightrope walking; show of mental agility
functionalism doctrine emphasising utility and function
fundiform shaped like a sling
fundus the bottom of anything
funebral of, like or pertaining to a funeral
funest deadly; lamentable
fungible interchangeable
fungiform shaped like a fungus
fungous of or like fungus; soft; spongy
funicular of, like or pertaining to a string or cable
funipendulous hanging by a rope or cord
furacious thievish
furcate forked
furciferous bearing a fork
furciferous bearing a forked appendage; rascally
furcular shaped like a fork
furfur dandruff or scurf
furfuraceous branny; scaly
furibund raging; furious
furnicular hanging from a rope or cable
furuncular of, like or pertaining to boils
furunculoid like a boil
fusain fine charcoal used in drawing
fuscous brown; tawny; dingy
fusee spindle in a watch on which the chain is wound
fusiform shaped like a spindle
fusillation death by shooting
fustian coarse twilled cotton
fustian pretentious writing or speech
fustigate to cudgel
fustilarian a term of abuse
futtock rib of a ship
futurition future existence; time to come
futurology study of future

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