(||Fa`ï*ence") n. [F., fr. Faenza, a town in Italy, the original place of manufacture.] Glazed
earthenware; esp., that which is decorated in color.
(Fail) (fal) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Failed (fald); p. pr. & vb. n. Failing.] [F. failir, fr. L. fallere, falsum,
to deceive, akin to E. fall. See Fail, and cf. Fallacy, False, Fault.]
1. To be wanting; to fall short; to be or become deficient in any measure or degree up to total absence; to
cease to be furnished in the usual or expected manner, or to be altogether cut off from supply; to be
lacking; as, streams fail; crops fail.
As the waters fail from the sea.Job xiv. 11.
Till Lionel's issue fails, his should not reign.Shak.
2. To be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be deficient or unprovided; used with of.
If ever they fail of beauty, this failure is not be attributed to their size.Berke.
3. To fall away; to become diminished; to decline; to decay; to sink.
When earnestly they seekMilton.
Such proof, conclude they then begin to fail.
4. To deteriorate in respect to vigor, activity, resources, etc.; to become weaker; as, a sick man fails.
5. To perish; to die; used of a person. [Obs.]
Had the king in his last sickness failed.Shak.
6. To be found wanting with respect to an action or a duty to be performed, a result to be secured,
etc.; to miss; not to fulfill expectation.
Take heed now that ye fail not to do this.Ezra iv. 22.
Either my eyesight fails, or thou look'st pale.Shak.
7. To come short of a result or object aimed at or desired ; to be baffled or frusrated.
Our envious foe hath failed.Milton.
8. To err in judgment; to be mistaken.
Which ofttimes may succeed, so as perhapsMilton.
Shall grieve him, if I fail not.
9. To become unable to meet one's engagements; especially, to be unable to pay one's debts or discharge
one's business obligation; to become bankrupt or insolvent.
(Fail) v. t.
1. To be wanting to ; to be insufficient for; to disappoint; to desert.
There shall not fail thee a man on the throne.1 Kings ii. 4.
2. To miss of attaining; to lose. [R.]
Though that seat of earthly bliss be failed.Milton.
(Fail), n. [OF. faille, from failir. See Fail, v. i.]