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