The Phrontistery



Word Definition
fabiformshaped like a bean
fabulistone who invents fables
faburdenharmony in thirds and sixths
face-cordunit of wood measurement equal to a stack four by eight feet in volume
facetiaeterm for books of inappropriate or lewd nature
facianameplate or sign above shop
facinorousatrociously wicked
factiousturbulent; given to faction; seditious
factitiousproduced by humans or artificial forces
factitivesignifying making or causing something to be
factiveindicating causation
factotumlackey; person employed to do various jobs
factualismtheory that facts alone can be used to draw moral conclusions
factureworkmanship; the products of making
faculaunusually bright spot on sun's surface
facultativeoptional; incidental; conferring privilege
faginan adult who instructs others in crime
fagottistbassoon player
faienceglazed coloured earthware
failleshiny closely woven silk, cotton or rayon fabric
fainhappy; inclined; pleased
fainéantpuppet ruler; do-nothing; idle person
fairleadring through which rope is led to change its direction without friction
falanouccarnivorous mongoose-like mammal of Madagascar
falcademotion of a horse throwing itself on its haunches
falcateresembling a sickle
falciformshaped like a sickle
falconetsmall variety of falcon
falconineof, like or pertaining to falcons or hawks
falderalnonsense; meaningless refrain of a song
faldstooldesk from which the Litany is read at church service
fallibilismthe doctrine that empirical knowledge is uncertain
falsidicalconveying a meaning that is false
falsiloquencedeceitful speech
famicideone who destroys another's reputation; slanderer
famigerateto carry news from abroad
familicpertaining to a family; domestic
familismthe tendency of a family to cohere as a group
familisteryhouse for communal living
famulusprivate secretary or attendant
fanallighthouse or beacon
fandanglepretentious tomfoolery
fandangolively Spanish dance performed by a couple
faneflag or banner; weather-cock
fanfaronan empty boaster
fanfaronadegrandiose trumpet blast
fanioncloth worn on priest's arm and used for handling holy vessels
fanionsmall flag used in surveying
fantassininfantry soldier
fantasticateto fantasize over something
fantigueanxiety or irritation
fantoda state of irritability or tension; an emotional fit
faradunit measuring electrical capacitance
farandinesilk and wool cloth
farandolelively Provençal dance in which men and women hold hands
farcinateto fill the stomach with food
farctatefull; stuffed
fardagewood placed in bottom of ship to keep cargo dry
fardelanything cumbersome or irksome
farinaceousmealy; consisting of cereals
farinoseresembling or yielding flour
farouchewild; unpolished
farraginousdisordered; jumbled; miscellaneous
farragoconfused mass of objects or people; disordered mixture
farrierone who shoes horses or cares for horses
farrisfemale blacksmith
farrowto give birth to piglets
farrucaSpanish gypsy dance with sudden tempo and mood changes
fascesbundle of rods with an axe used to symbolise authority
fasciaboard over a shop-front
fasciclebundle; division of book published in parts
fascinebundle of brushwood used to fill ditches
fastirecord or register
fastigiatepointed; conical
fastigiumroof; peak; gable
fastuoushaughty; ostentatious
fatalismdoctrine that events are fixed and humans are powerless
fathometerinstrument for measuring underwater depth using sound
fatidicalprophetic; having the power to foretell the future
fatiloquentspeaking prophetically; declaring fate
fatuoussilly; purposeless
fauldhorizontal plates of armor below the breastplate
fauteuilenclosed seat in theatre
favelaslum area
faviformshaped like a honeycomb
favonianof, like or pertaining to the west wind; mild and favourable
feagueto whip; to perplex
feaklock of hair
featousshapely; well-made; handsome; neat
febricantcausing fever
febrifugesomething which reduces fever
fecalithstony heap or mass of feces
fecklessfeeble; helpless; futile; ineffectual
feculentcovered with filth; filthy
felicidekilling of a cat
felicificativetending to make happy
feliformhaving a catlike form or shape
fellbarren or rocky hill or moor
felloecircular rim of a wheel
felsenmeerflat arctic area covered with angular boulders
femeralloutlet for smoke in a roof
femicidekilling of a woman
fenestellarecess in church wall for storing communion vessels
fenestralof, like or pertaining to windows
fennecsmall long-eared African fox
feraciousfruitful; fecund
feretoryshrine for relics during a procession or for a funeral bier
feriaweekday of a church calendar on which no holiday falls
ferialof, like or pertaining to holidays
feritystate of savagery or barbarism
fermiunit of length equal to one quadrillionth of a metre
feroxlake trout
ferriferousbearing iron
ferronièrejewel held on the forehead by a chain
ferruginousof the colour of rust; impregnated with iron
ferruleband on the end of a stick for reinforcing it
ferulaflat piece of wood
ferulaceouslike a cane or reed
ferulecane or rod used for punishment
fescenninemarked by the use of vulgarity or obscene language
fessbroad horizontal bar across heraldic field
festilogytreatise on ecclesiastical festivals
festinateto accelerate; to quicken
fetialheraldic; ambassadorial
feticidekilling of a fetus
fetlocktuft of hair immediately above horse's hoof
fettlingloose material thrown on furnace hearth for protection
feuilletoncritical article at the bottom of a newspaper page
fiacrehackney coach; cab
fiberscopeinstrument using fiberoptics to examine inaccessible areas
fibriformshaped like a fibre
fibrilliformshaped like a small fibre
fibulabrooch in the shape of a safety pin
ficiformshaped like a fig
fictilecapable of being moulded; of, like or pertaining to pottery
fictionalismbelief that the falsity of an idea does not render it useless
fictorsculptor; one who makes images from clay
fidconical wooden pin used to splice strands of rope
fiddle-faddletrifling talk
fiddleyiron framework around hatchway opening
fideicidekiller of faith; one who breaks a trust
fideismdoctrine that knowledge depends on faith over reason
fidicinalof, like or pertaining to stringed musical instruments
fiduciaryheld in trust; depending on trust
fieexpression of disgust or disapproval
fierasfersmall parasitic Mediterranean fish
figulineof, like or pertaining to earthenware
figurantballet dancer who dances only in groups
figurationthe act of giving figure or form
figureheadornament or (usually female) bust attached to the bow of a ship
filaceouscomposed of threads
filatorymachine for forming or spinning threads
filaturedrawing out of threads
filemotdead-leaf colour; dull brown
filicidekilling of one's own child
filiciformshaped like a fern or frond
filiformshaped like a thread
filiopietisticmarked by excessive veneration of ancestors
filipenduloushanging by or strung on a thread
fillistergroove in window pane into which glass is set
filosethreadlike; having a threadlike end
filosellecoarse floss silk
fimbriatefringed; having a narrow border
fimeticof, like or pertaining to dung
fimicolousliving in dung
finalismbelief that an end has or can be reached
fingentmoulding; shaping
finialdecoration on the top of a gable or spire
finicalexcessively precise in trivial matters
finitismbelief that the universe or God is finite in scope
fippleplug in the mouthpiece of a wind instrument
firkinold unit of capacity equal to one quarter of a barrel
firkinsmall keg
fissicostatehaving divided ribs
fissilingualwith forked or cloven tongue
fissilityability to be split
fissiparoustending to break up into parts
fissipedanimal with separated toes
fistulalong narrow passage or duct
fistuliformshaped like a pipe
fitchbrush made from hair of polecat
fixityfixed state; stability; permanence
flabellationthe act of fanning
flabelliformshaped like a fan
flagellantismthe practice of whipping oneself or another
flagelliferousbearing a whip or flagellum
flagelliformshaped like a whip
flagellomaniaabnormal enthusiasm for flogging
flageoletsmall flute or recorder with two thumb holes
flagitateto entreat or importune
flagitiousgrossly wicked; guilty of heinous crimes
flagstaffflag pole at stern of a ship
flamhumbug; trickery
flambeauflaming torch
flamenpagan priest
flammiferousproducing flame
flammulationflamelike marking
flammulelittle flame
flancardarmour for the thigh
flânerieidling; strolling about aimlessly
flannelostentatious nonsense
flapdoodlegross flattery; nonsense
flaughterto flutter or flicker; to strip or skin
flautinosmall flute or piccolo
flavescentyellowish or turning yellow
fleamsurgical instrument
flèchenarrow wooden spire on church roof
fleerto mock; to jeer; to make faces in contempt
flenchto cut up the blubber of; to flay
fleshlinga sensualist
fleuretornament resembling a small flower
flewsdrooping or pendulous lips
flexiloquentspeaking ambiguously or using words of doubtful meaning
flexiona bend; a fold
flexuosefull of windings and turnings; undulating
flibbertigibbetgossipy or flighty person
flimflamnonsense; trickery
flintyunyielding; stern
flivvercheap car or airplane
floatantagent causing flotation
floccilationfitful plucking at the bedclothes
floccinaucinihilipilificationsetting at little or no value
flocculateto collect or mass together in tufts or masses
floricidekilling or killer of flowers
floricomouscrowned or topped with flowers
floriferousbearing flowers
floriformshaped like a flower
florilegiumanthology of writings, especially of church fathers
florimaniacraze for flowers
floriscopeinstrument for inspecting flowers
floristrythe art of cultivating and selling flowers
florisugentsucking honey from flowers
floromancybelief that flowers have feelings
floruitdates of a person's birth and death
flounceto move impatiently or abruptly
flowmeterinstrument for measuring properties of flowing liquids
flukepart of an anchor that fastens in the ground
flumenright to direct excess rain water to neighbour's yard
fluminoushaving many rivers or streams
flummadiddlenonsense; humbug
flummeryanything insipid; empty compliment; humbug
fluorimeterinstrument for measuring fluorescence
fluorographyradiographic imagery using a fluorescent screen
fluoroscopeinstrument using x-rays to examine internal structure of opaque object
fluvialistone stressing the role of rivers in explanation
fluviologystudy of watercourses
fluxionalvariable; inconstant
flypeto strip back; to turn partially inside out
flyschsandstone deposit
focimeterinstrument for measuring focal length of a lens
fodientof, like or pertaining to digging
foehndry wind that blows down from mountaintops
foeticidekilling a fetus
foetiferousbearing or carrying a fetus
fointo thrust with a sword or spear
foineryfencing; swordplay
foisonplenty; plentiful yield
foliaceousbearing leaves; leaf-like
foliateto cover with leaf metal; to number the leaves of
foliferousbearing leaves
foliformshaped like a leaf
foliophagouseating leaves; eating folios of books
folkloristicsstudy of folklore and fables
fontinalgrowing near springs
fooliaminycollective term for fools
foolocracygovernment by fools
foothothastily; immediately; on the spot
footlambertunit of luminance of a surface emitting one lumen per square foot
footleto waste time; to act foolishly
footlinginept; trivial
foraminateto pierce
foraminatedperforated or pierced with small holes
foraminiferousbearing foramina
foraneousof, like or pertaining to forums
forbypast; near
forcipateof, like or pertaining to forceps
forcipiformshaped like forceps
foreat an earlier time or period
forebittpost for fastening cables at a ship's foremast
forecabincabin in fore part of ship
forecastleshort raised deck at fore end of ship; fore of ship under main deck
forecometo come early; to come before
forefootforemost end of ship's keel
forelparchment for covering books
foremastmast nearest the bow of a ship
forerightdirectly in front of
foresaillowest sail set on the foremast of square-rigged ship
foreshotsfirst liquid to come out of a still
forestaystay leading from the foremast to the bow of a ship
forfaitingexport finance where debts on goods are transacted
forfendto ward off or avert
forfexa pair of scissors or pincers
forficateforked; like scissors
forficulatelike scissors
forinsecalforeign; alien; extrinsic
forisfamiliateto emancipate from parental authority
formantanything that limits, determines or defines
formateto join or fly in a formation
formicof, like or pertaining to ants
formicateresembling an ant
formicationsensation like ants crawling on the skin
formicidesubstance that kills ants
formicineof, like or pertaining to ants
formivorouseating ants
fornentagainst; opposite
fornicatevaulted or arched
forsoothin truth; indeed
forswinkto exhaust by labour
fortalicefortress; small outwork of a fortification
forthyfor this reason; thus
fortuitismbelief in evolution by chance variation
forwhyfor what reason; why
fossditch, moat, trench or canal
fossacarnivorous mongoose-like mammal of Madagascar
fossanestriped civet of Madagascar
fossarianclergyman moonlighting as a gravedigger
fossickto search by turning over earth or rock
fossiliferousbearing fossils
fossorialadapted for digging
fossulategrooved; pitted
foudroyantthundering; dazzling
fougadepiece of improvised artillery
foulardsoft lightweight plain-woven or twilled silk fabric
foulélight woollen fulled cloth
fourchetteanything forked
fouterto mess about with aimlessly
foveadepression or pit
foveiformshaped like a depression or pit
fracedinouscreating heat through putrefaction
fracedoputrefying heat
fractionalismthe state of consisting of discrete units
fractiousirritable; peevish
fragora crash
francolintype of Asian and African partridge
francomaniacraze or obsession with France and the French
Francophileone who loves France or the French
Francophobiafear of France or the French
frangibleeasily broken
frankalmoignland tenure requiring religious obligations on part of tenant
frantlingmating call of a peacock
frapto draw a sail tight with ropes or cables
frazilground-ice; ice in small spikes in streams
freeboarddistance between waterline and main deck of a ship
freestonebuilding stone difficult to split into layers
fremescentgrowling or muttering
fremitusvibration; rumbling
frescadea cool walk; cool or shady place
fresnelunit of optical frequency equal to one terahertz
friableeasily crumbled or pulverized
friarya fraternity or group of friars
fribblefrivolous nonsense; a trifling thing or person
fricandeauthick slice of veal or similar meat
friezerough heavy woollen cloth
frigiferousbearing or bringing cold
frigolabilesusceptible to the cold
frigorificcausing cold; freezing
fringillaceousof, like or pertaining to finches
fringilliformresembling a finch
fringillineof, like or pertaining to finches
frissonshiver; shudder; thrill
fristdelay or respite, as for debt repayment
fritmaterial from which glass is made
frithpeace; sanctuary
fritiniencythe noise of insects
froghopperleaping and spitting insect
frogmarchto carry an uncooperative drunkard or prisoner
fromwardleading away from
frondescencethe formation of leaves
frondiferousbearing or producing fronds
frondosehaving or like leaves
frontalcloth hanging over front of altar
frontalarmour for the front of a horse's head
frontogenesiscreation of a weather front by meeting of air currents
frostworkdelicate figures and patterns in which frost forms on surfaces
frottagerubbing, especially for sexual gratification
frowardturned away; self-willed; unreasonable; perverse; adverse
frowstto luxuriate in hot stuffiness and stupefaction
fructiferousbearing fruit
fructivorousfeeding on fruit
fructuaryperson enjoying the fruits of anything
fructuationcoming to fruit or bearing of fruit
frugiferousbearing fruit
frugivorouseating fruit
frumentaceousresembling wheat or other grain
frumentariousof, like or pertaining to corn
frutescentlike or resembling a shrub
fubto put off; to fob
fucivorouseating seaweed
fucoidshaped like seaweed
fuerocode or body of laws; a constitution
fughot; close; smoky state of atmosphere
fugaciousinclined to run away or flee
fujiplain spun silk fabric
fulciblecapable of being propped up
fulciformshaped like or resembling a prop
fulcratesupported with fulcrums
fulgentshining; bright
fulguralof, like or pertaining to lightning
fulgurateto flash like lightning
fulgurousresembling lightning
fuliginoussooty; dusky
fuligulineof, like or pertaining to sea ducks
fullonicalof, like or pertaining or belonging to a fuller
fulminateexpress loudly; explode violently
fulmineousof, like or pertaining to thunder and lightning
fulsomenauseatingly affectionate, admiring or praiseful
fulvousdull yellow; tawny
fumarolehole emitting gases in a volcanic region
fumatoriuma place for smoking
fumetthe scent of game when high
fumiductsmoke vent; smokestack
fumositycondition of fuming; an exhalation
funambulismtightrope walking; show of mental agility
functionalismdoctrine emphasising utility and function
fundiformshaped like a sling
fundusthe bottom of anything
funebralof, like or pertaining to a funeral
funestdeadly; lamentable
fungiformshaped like a fungus
fungousof or like fungus; soft; spongy
funicularof, like or pertaining to a string or cable
funipenduloushanging by a rope or cord
furciferousbearing a forked appendage; rascally
furcularshaped like a fork
furfurdandruff or scurf
furfuraceousbranny; scaly
furibundraging; furious
furnicularhanging from a rope or cable
furuncleinflammatory boil
furuncularof, like or pertaining to boils
furunculoidlike a boil
fusainfine charcoal used in drawing
fuscousbrown; tawny; dingy
fuseespindle in a watch on which the chain is wound
fusiformshaped like a spindle
fusillationdeath by shooting
fustiancoarse twilled cotton
fustianpretentious writing or speech; inflated or nonsensical language
fustigateto cudgel
fustilariana term of abuse
futtockrib of a ship
futuritionfuture existence; time to come
futurologystudy of future

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