Factual to Fain
(Fac"tu*al) a. Relating to, or containing, facts. [R.]
(||Fac"tum) n.; pl. Facta [L. See Fact.]
1. (Law) A man's own act and deed; particularly: (a) (Civil Law) Anything stated and made certain.
(b) (Testamentary Law) The due execution of a will, including everything necessary to its validity.
2. (Mach.) The product. See Facient, 2.
(Fac"ture) n. [F. facture a making, invoice, L. factura a making. See Fact.]
1. The act or manner of making or doing anything; now used of a literary, musical, or pictorial production.
2. (Com.) An invoice or bill of parcels.
(||Fac"u*læ) n. pl. [L., pl. of facula a little torch.] (Astron.) Groups of small shining spots on the
surface of the sun which are brighter than the other parts of the photosphere. They are generally seen
in the neighborhood of the dark spots, and are supposed to be elevated portions of the photosphere.
(Fac"u*lar) a. (Astron.) Of or pertaining to the faculæ. R. A. Proctor.
(Fac"ul*ty) n.; pl. Faculties [F. facult, L. facultas, fr. facilis easy fr. fecere to make. See
Fact, and cf. Facility.]
1. Ability to act or perform, whether inborn or cultivated; capacity for any natural function; especially, an
original mental power or capacity for any of the well-known classes of mental activity; psychical or soul
capacity; capacity for any of the leading kinds of soul activity, as knowledge, feeling, volition; intellectual
endowment or gift; power; as, faculties of the mind or the soul.
But know that in the soulMilton.
Are many lesser faculties that serve
Reason as chief.
What a piece of work is a man ! how noble in reason ! how infinite in faculty !Shak.
2. Special mental endowment; characteristic knack.
He had a ready faculty, indeed, of escaping from any topic that agitated his too sensitive and nervous
3. Power; prerogative or attribute of office. [R.]
Hath borne his faculties so meek.
4. Privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence, to do a particular thing; authority; license; dispensation.
The pope . . . granted him a faculty to set him free from his promise.Fuller.
It had not only faculty to inspect all bishops' dioceses, but to change what laws and statutes they should
think fit to alter among the colleges.Evelyn.
5. A body of a men to whom any specific right or privilege is granted; formerly, the graduates in any
of the four departments of a university or college (Philosophy, Law, Medicine, or Theology), to whom
was granted the right of teaching (profitendi or docendi) in the department in which they had studied; at
present, the members of a profession itself; as, the medical faculty; the legal faculty, ect.