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Words starting with f

Word Definition
F 1. F is the sixth letter of the English alphabet, and a nonvocal consonant. Its form and sound are from the Latin. The Latin borrowed the form from the Greek digamma /, which probably had the value of English w consonant. The form and value of Greek letter came from the Phoenician, the ultimate source being probably Egyptian. Etymologically f is most closely related to p, k, v, and b; as in E. five, Gr. pe`nte; E. wolf, L. lupus, Gr. ly`kos; E. fox, vixen ; fragile, break; fruit, brook, v. t.; E. bear, L. ferre. See Guide to Pronunciation, // 178, 179, 188, 198, 230.
2. (v. t.) The name of the fourth tone of the model scale, or scale of C. F sharp (F /) is a tone intermediate between F and G.
3. (n.) the 6th letter of the Roman alphabet
4. (n.) the capacitance of a capacitor that has an equal and opposite charge of 1 coulomb on each plate and a voltage difference of 1 volt between the plates
5. (n.) a degree on the Fahrenheit scale of temperature
6. (n.) a nonmetallic univalent element belonging to the halogens; usually a yellow irritating toxic flammable gas; a powerful oxidizing agent; recovered from fluorite or cryolite or fluorapatite
F clef 1. (n.) a clef that puts the F below middle C on the fourth line of a staff
F layer 1. (n.) the highest region of the ionosphere (from 90 to 600 miles up) which contains the highest concentration of free electrons and is most useful for long-range radio transmission
f number 1. (n.) the ratio of the focal length to the diameter of a (camera) lens system
F region 1. (n.) the highest region of the ionosphere (from 90 to 600 miles up) which contains the highest concentration of free electrons and is most useful for long-range radio transmission
F. D. Roosevelt 1. (n.) 32nd President of the United States; elected four times; instituted New Deal to counter the Great Depression and led country during World War II (1882-1945)
F. G. Banting 1. (n.) Canadian physiologist who discovered insulin with C. H. Best and who used it to treat diabetes(1891-1941)
F. Scott Fitzgerald 1. (n.) United States author whose novels characterized the Jazz Age in the United States (1896-1940)
F.I.S.C. 1. (n.) a secret federal court created in 1978 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; responsible for authorizing wiretaps and other forms of electronic surveillance and for authorizing searches of suspected spies and terrorists by the Department of Justice or United States intelligence agencies
fa 1. (n.) A syllable applied to the fourth tone of the diatonic scale in solmization.
2. (n.) The tone F.
3. (n.) the syllable naming the fourth (subdominant) note of the diatonic scale in solmization
fa la 1. (n.) meaningless syllables in the refrain of a partsong
FAA 1. (n.) an agency in the Department of Transportation that is responsible for the safety of civilian aviation
faair-spoken 1. (adj.) Using fair speech, or uttered with fairness; bland; civil; courteous; plausible.
fab 1. (adj.) extremely pleasing
Fabaceae 1. (n.) a large family of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs bearing bean pods; divided for convenience into the subfamilies Caesalpiniaceae; Mimosaceae; Papilionaceae
fabaceous 1. (adj.) Having the nature of a bean; like a bean.
fabella 1. (n.) One of the small sesamoid bones situated behind the condyles of the femur, in some mammals.
fabellae 1. (n. pl.) of Fabella
Faberge 1. (n.) Russian goldsmith noted for creating a series of jeweled and enameled Easter eggs for European royalty (1846-1920)
fabian 1. (adj.) Of, pertaining to, or in the manner of, the Roman general, Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus; cautious; dilatory; avoiding a decisive contest.
2. (adj.) using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation
3. (adj.) of or relating to Fabianism
4. (n.) a member of the Fabian Society in Britain
Fabian Society 1. (n.) an association of British socialists who advocate gradual reforms within the law leading to democratic socialism
Fabiana 1. (n.) genus of South and Central American heathlike evergreen shrubs
Fabiana imbricata 1. (n.) Peruvian shrub with small pink to lavender tubular flowers; leaves yield a tonic and diuretic
Fabianism 1. (n.) socialism to be established by gradual reforms within the law
fable 1. (n.) A Feigned story or tale, intended to instruct or amuse; a fictitious narration intended to enforce some useful truth or precept; an apologue. See the Note under Apologue.
2. (n.) The plot, story, or connected series of events, forming the subject of an epic or dramatic poem.
3. (n.) Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk.
4. (n.) Fiction; untruth; falsehood.
5. (v. i.) To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true.
6. (v. t.) To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely.
7. (n.) a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
8. (n.) a short moral story (often with animal characters)
9. (n.) a deliberately false or improbable account
fabled 1. (imp. v. part.) of Fable
2. (adj.) celebrated in fable or legend
fabler 1. (n.) A writer of fables; a fabulist; a dealer in untruths or falsehoods.
fabliau 1. (n.) One of the metrical tales of the Trouveres, or early poets of the north of France.
fabliaux 1. (n. pl.) of Fabliau
fabling 1. (pres. v. part.) of Fable