Frangulin to Fraying

(Fran"gu*lin) n. (Chem.) A yellow crystalline dyestuff, regarded as a glucoside, extracted from a species (Rhamnus Frangula) of the buckthorn; — called also rhamnoxanthin.

(Fran"ion) n. [Perh. from F. fainéant an idler.] A paramour; a loose woman; also, a gay, idle fellow. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Frank) n. [OF. franc.] A pigsty. [Obs.]

(Frank), v. t. To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten. [Obs.] Shak.

(Frank), n. (Zoöl.) The common heron; — so called from its note. [Prov. Eng.]

(Frank) a. [Compar Franker ; superl. Frankest.] [F. franc free, frank, L. Francus a Frank, fr. OHG. Franko the name of a Germanic people on the Rhine, who afterward founded the French monarchy; cf. AS. franca javelin, Icel. frakka. Cf. Franc, French, a., Franchise, n.]

1. Unbounded by restrictions, limitations, etc.; free. [R.] "It is of frank gift." Spenser.

2. Free in uttering one's real sentiments; not reserved; using no disguise; candid; ingenuous; as, a frank nature, conversation, manner, etc.

3. Liberal; generous; profuse. [Obs.]

Frank of civilities that cost them nothing.

4. Unrestrained; loose; licentious; — used in a bad sense. Spenser.

Syn. — Ingenuous; candid; artless; plain; open; unreserved; undisguised; sincere. See Candid, Ingenuous.

(Frank) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Franked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Franking.]

1. To send by public conveyance free of expense. Dickens.

2. To extempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc.

(Frank), n. [See Frank, a.] The privilege of sending letters or other mail matter, free of postage, or without charge; also, the sign, mark, or signature denoting that a letter or other mail matter is to free of postage.

I have said so much, that, if I had not a frank, I must burn my letter and begin again.

(Frank), n. [Cf. F. franc. See Frank, a.]

1. (Ethnol.) A member of one of the German tribes that in the fifth century overran and conquered Gaul, and established the kingdom of France.

2. A native or inhabitant of Western Europe; a European; — a term used in the Levant.

3. A French coin. See Franc.

(Frank`al*moigne") n. [F. franc free + Norm. F. almoigne alma, for almosne, F. aumône. See Frank, a., and Almoner.] (Eng. Law) A tenure by which a religious corporation holds lands given to them and their successors forever, usually on condition of praying for the soul of the donor and his heirs; — called also tenure by free alms. Burrill.

(Frank"-chase`) n. [Frank free + chase.] (Eng. Law) The liberty or franchise of having a chase; free chase. Burrill.

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