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Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

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    FURUNCLE — FY

    FURUNCLE, n. [L. furunculus, furia, furo.]

    A small tumor or boil, with inflammation and pain, arising under the skin in the adipose membrane.NWAD FURUNCLE.2

    FURY, n. [L. furor, furia, furo, to rage.]

    1. A violent rushing; impetuous motion; as the fury of the winds.NWAD FURY.2

    2. Rage; a storm of anger; madness; turbulence.NWAD FURY.3

    I do oppose my patience to his fury.NWAD FURY.4

    3. Enthusiasm; heat of the mind.NWAD FURY.5

    4. In mythology, a deity; a goddess of vengeance; hence, a stormy turbulent, violent woman.NWAD FURY.6

    FURYLIKE, a. Raging; furious; violent.

    FURZ, n.

    Gorse; whin; a thorny plant of the genus Ulex.NWAD FURZ.2

    FURZY, a. Overgrown with furz; full of gorse.

    FUSCITE, n. A mineral of a grayish or greenish black color, found in Norway.

    FUSCOUS, a. [L. fuscus.] Brown; of a dark color.

    FUSE, v.t. s as z. [L. fundo, fusum, to pour out.]

    To melt; to liquefy by heat; to render fluid; to dissolve.NWAD FUSE.2

    FUSE, v.i. To be melted; to be reduced from a solid to a fluid state by heat.

    FUSED, pp. Melted; liquefied.

    FUSEE, n. s as z. [L. fusus, a spindle, from fundo, fudi, fusum.]

    The cone or conical part of a watch or clock, round which is wound the chain or cord.NWAD FUSEE.2

    FUSEE, n. s as z.

    1. A small neat musket or firelock. But we now use fusil.NWAD FUSEE.4

    2. Fusee or fuse of a bomb or granade, a small pipe filled with combustible matter by which fire is communicated to the powder in the bomb; but as the matter burns slowly, time is given before the charge takes fire, for the bomb to reach its destination.NWAD FUSEE.5

    3. The track of a buck.NWAD FUSEE.6

    FUSIBILITY, n. [See Fusible.] The quality of being fusible, or of being convertible from a solid to a fluid state by heat.

    FUSIBLE, a. s as z. [L. fusus, from fundo.]

    That may be melted or liquefied. The earths are found to be fusible.NWAD FUSIBLE.2

    FUSIFORM, a. [L. fusus, a spindle, and form.]

    Shaped like a spindle.NWAD FUSIFORM.2

    FUSIL, a, s as z. [L. fusilis, from fusus, fundo.]

    1. Capable of being melted or rendered fluid by heat.NWAD FUSIL.2

    2. Running; flowing, as a liquid.NWAD FUSIL.3

    FUSIL, n. s as z. [L. fusus, fundo.]

    1. A light musket or firelock.NWAD FUSIL.5

    2. A bearing in heraldry of a rhomboidal figure, named from its shape, which resembles that of a spindle.NWAD FUSIL.6

    FUSILEER, n. [from fusil.] Properly, a soldier armed with a fusil; but in modern times, a soldier armed like others of the infantry, and distinguished by wearing a cap like a grenadier, but somewhat shorter.

    FUSION, n. s as z. [L. fusio, from fundo, fusum.]

    1. The act or operation of melting or rendering fluid by heat, without the aid of a solvent; as the fusion of ice or of metals.NWAD FUSION.2

    2. The state of being melted or dissolved by heat; a state of fluidity or flowing in consequence of heat; as metals in fusion.NWAD FUSION.3

    Watery fusion, the melting of certain crystals by heat in their own water of crystallization.NWAD FUSION.4

    FUSS, n. [allied perhaps to Gr. to blow or puff.]

    A tumult; a bustle; but the word is vulgar.NWAD FUSS.2

    FUST, n. [L. fustis, a staff.] The shaft of a column.

    FUST, n. A strong musty smell.
    FUST, v.i. To become moldy; to smell ill.

    FUSTED, a. Moldy; ill smelling.

    FUSTET, n. The wood of the Rhus cotinus, which yields a fine orange color.

    FUSTIAN, n.

    1. A kind of cotton stuff, or stuff of cotton and linen.NWAD FUSTIAN.2

    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; a swelling style; bombast.NWAD FUSTIAN.3

    Fustian is thoughts and words ill sorted.NWAD FUSTIAN.4

    FUSTIAN, a. Made of fustian.

    1. In style, swelling above the dignity of the thoughts or subject; too pompous; ridiculously tumid; bombastic.NWAD FUSTIAN.6

    FUSTIANIST, n. One who writes bombast.

    FUSTIC, n. [L. fustis.] The wood of the Morus tinctoria, a tree growing in the West Indies, imported and used in dyeing yellow.

    FUSTIGATION, n. [L. fustigatio, from fustigo, to beat with a cudgel, from fustis, a stick or club.] Among the Ancient Romans, a punishment by beating with a stick or club, inflicted on freemen.

    FUSTINESS, n. A fusty state or quality; an ill smell from moldiness, or moldiness itself.

    FUSTY, a. [See Fust.] Moldy; musty; ill smelling; rank; rancid.

    FUTILE, a. [L. futilis, from futio, to pour out; effutio, to prate or babble; Heb. to utter rashly or foolishly.]

    1. Talkative; loquacious; tattling.NWAD FUTILE.2

    2. Trifling; of no weight or importance; answering no valuable purpose; worthless.NWAD FUTILE.3

    3. Of no effect.NWAD FUTILE.4

    FUTILITY, n. Talkativeness; loquaciousness; loquacity. [In this sense, not now used.]

    1. Triflingness; unimportance; want of weight or effect; as, to expose the futility of arguments.NWAD FUTILITY.2

    2. The quality of producing no valuable effect, or of coming to nothing; as the futility of measures or schemes.NWAD FUTILITY.3

    FUTILOUS, a. Worthless; trifling. [Not used.]

    FUTTOCK, n. [It is more probably corrupted from foot-lock.]

    In a ship, the futtocks are the middle timbers, between the floor and the upper timbers, or the timbers raised over the keel which form the breadth of the ship.NWAD FUTTOCK.2

    FUTURE, a. [L. futurus.] That is to be or come hereafter; that will exist at any time after the present, indefinitely. The next moment is future to the present.

    1. The future tense, in grammar, is the modification of a verb which expresses a future act or event.NWAD FUTURE.2

    FUTURE, n. Time to come; a time subsequent to the present; as, the future shall be as the present; in future; for the future. In such phrases, time or season is implied.

    FUTURELY, adv. In time to come. [Not used.]

    FUTURITION, n. The state of being to come or exist hereafter.

    FUTURITY, n. Future time; time to come.

    1. Event to come.NWAD FUTURITY.2

    All futurities are naked before the all-seeing eye.NWAD FUTURITY.3

    2. The state of being yet to come, or to come hereafter.NWAD FUTURITY.4

    FUZZ, v.i. To fly off in minute particles.

    FUZZ, n. Fine, light particles; loose, volatile matter.

    FUZZBALL, n. A kind of fungus or mushroom, which when pressed bursts and scatters a fine dust.

    1. A puff.NWAD FUZZBALL.2

    FUZZLE, v.t. To intoxicate.

    FY, exclam. A word which expresses blame, dislike, disapprobation, abhorrence or contempt.

    Fy, my lord, fy! a solider, and afraid!NWAD FY.2

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