(Feu"da*to*ry) n.; pl. Feudatories A tenant or vassal who held his lands of a superior on
condition of feudal service; the tenant of a feud or fief.
The grantee . . . was styled the feudatory or vassal.Blackstone.
[He] had for feudatories great princes.J. H. Newman.
(Feu"da*to*ry), a. Held from another on some conditional tenure; as, a feudatory title. Bacon.
Feu de joie
(||Feu` de joie") [F., lit., fire of joy.] A fire kindled in a public place in token of joy; a bonfire; a
firing of guns in token of joy.
(Feud"ist) n. [Cf. F. feudiste.] A writer on feuds; a person versed in feudal law. Spelman.
(||Feu`illants") n. pl. A reformed branch of the Bernardines, founded in 1577 at Feuillans,
near Toulouse, in France.
(Feuille"mort`) a. [F. feuille morte a dead leaf.] Having the color of a faded leaf. Locke.
(||Feu`ille*ton") n. [F., from feulle leaf.] A part of a French newspaper (usually the bottom of
the page), devoted to light literature, criticism, etc.; also, the article or tale itself, thus printed.
(Feuill"ton*ist) n. [F. feuilletoniste.] A writer of feuilletons. F. Harrison.
(feu"ter) v. t. [OE. feutre rest for a lance, OF. feutre, fautre, feltre, felt, cushion, rest for a lance,
fr. LL. filtrum, feltrum; of German origin, and akin to E. felt. See Felt, and cf. Filter.] To set close; to
fix in rest, as a spear. Spenser.
(Feu"ter*er) n. [Either fr. G. fütterer feeder, or corrupted fr. OF. vautrier, vaultrier; fr. vaultre,
viautre, a kind of hound, fr. L. vertragus, vertraga, a greyhound. The last is of Celtic origin.] A dog
keeper. [Obs.] Massinger.
(Fe"ver) n. [OE. fever, fefer, AS. fefer, fefor, L. febris: cf. F. fièvre. Cf. Febrile.]
1. (Med.) A diseased state of the system, marked by increased heat, acceleration of the pulse, and a
general derangement of the functions, including usually, thirst and loss of appetite. Many diseases, of
which fever is the most prominent symptom, are denominated fevers; as, typhoid fever; yellow fever.
Remitting fevers subside or abate at intervals; intermitting fevers intermit or entirely cease at intervals;
continued or continual fevers neither remit nor intermit.
2. Excessive excitement of the passions in consequence of strong emotion; a condition of great excitement; as,
this quarrel has set my blood in a fever.
An envious feverShak.
Of pale and bloodless emulation.
After life's fitful fever he sleeps well.Shak. Brain fever, Continued fever, etc. See under Brain, Continued, etc. Fever and ague, a form
of fever recurring in paroxysms which are preceded by chills. It is of malarial origin. Fever blister
(Med.), a blister or vesicle often found about the mouth in febrile states; a variety of herpes. Fever
bush (Bot.), the wild allspice or spice bush. See Spicewood. Fever powder. Same as Jame's
powder. Fever root (Bot.), an American herb of the genus Triosteum (T. perfoliatum); called
also feverwort amd horse gentian. Fever sore, a carious ulcer or necrosis. Miner.