2. [Due to confusion with fragrant.] A strong or sweet scent. [Obs. & Illegitimate.] Sir T. Herbert.
(Fra"grance Fra"gran*cy) , n. [L. fragrantia: cf. OF. fragrance.] The quality of being fragrant; sweetness
of smell; a sweet smell; a pleasing odor; perfume.
Eve separate he spies,Milton.
Veiled in a cloud of fragrance.
The goblet crowned,Pope.
Breathed aromatic fragrancies around.
(Fra"grant) a. [L. fragrans. -antis, p. pr. of fragrare to emit a smell of fragrance: cf. OF. fragrant.]
Affecting the olfactory nerves agreeably; sweet of smell; odorous; having or emitting an agreeable perfume.
Fragrant the fertile earthMilton.
After soft showers.
Syn. Sweet-smelling; odorous; odoriferous; sweet- scented; redolent; ambrosial; balmy; spicy; aromatic.
(Fraight) a. Same as Fraught. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Frail) n. [OE. fraiel, fraile, OF. fraiel, freel, frael, fr. LL. fraellum.] A basket made of rushes,
used chiefly for containing figs and raisins.
2. The quantity of raisins about thirty- two, fifty-six, or seventy-five pounds, contained in a frail.
3. A rush for weaving baskets. Johnson.
(Frail), a. [Compar. Frailer ; superl. Frailest.] [OE. frele, freile, OF. fraile, frele, F. frêle, fr. L.
fragilis. See Fragile.]
1. Easily broken; fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm.
That I may know how frail I am.Ps. xxxix. 4.
An old bent man, worn and frail.Lowell.
2. Tender. [Obs.]
Deep indignation and compassion.Spenser.
3. Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; also, unchaste;
often applied to fallen women.
Man is frail, and prone to evil.Jer. Taylor.
(Frail"ly), adv. Weakly; infirmly.
(Frail"ness), n. Frailty.
(Frail"ty) n.; pl. Frailties [OE. frelete, freilte, OF. fraileté, fr. L. fragilitas. See Frail, a., and cf.
1. The condition or quality of being frail, physically, mentally, or morally; frailness; infirmity; weakness of
resolution; liableness to be deceived or seduced.
God knows our frailty, [and] pities our weakness.Locke.