F to Facet
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 Phnician, 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. (Mus.) The name of the fourth tone of the model scale, or scale of C. F sharp (F &sharp) is a tone
intermediate between F and G.
F clef, the bass clef. See under Clef.
(Fa) n. [It.] (Mus.) (a) A syllable applied to the fourth tone of the diatonic scale in solmization. (b)
The tone F.
(Fa*ba"ceous) a. [L. fabaceus, fr. faba bean.] Having the nature of a bean; like a bean.
(||Fa*bel"la) n.; pl. Fabellae [NL., dim. of L. faba a bean.] (Anat.) One of the small sesamoid
bones situated behind the condyles of the femur, in some mammals.
Fabian policy, a policy like that of Fabius Maximus, who, by carefully avoiding decisive contests, foiled
Hannibal, harassing his army by marches, countermarches, and ambuscades; a policy of delays and
(Fa"bi*an) a. [L. Fabianus, Fabius, belonging to Fabius.] Of, pertaining to, or in the manner
of, the Roman general, Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus; cautious; dilatory; avoiding a decisive contest.
(Fa"ble) n. [F., fr. L. fabula, fr. fari to speak, say. See Ban, and cf. Fabulous, Fame.]
1. 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.
Jotham's fable of the trees is the oldest extant.Addison.
2. The plot, story, or connected series of events, forming the subject of an epic or dramatic poem.
The moral is the first business of the poet; this being formed, he contrives such a design or fable as
may be most suitable to the moral.Dryden.
3. Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk. "Old wives' fables. " 1 Tim. iv. 7.
The fable of the city where we dwelt.
4. Fiction; untruth; falsehood.
It would look like a fable to report that this gentleman gives away a great fortune by secret methods.Addison.
(Fa"ble), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fabled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fabling ] To compose fables; hence, to
write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true. "He Fables not." Shak.
Vain now the tales which fabling poets tell.Prior.
He fables, yet speaks truth.M. Arnold.
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