(Frank"-fee`) n. [Frank free + fee.] (Eng. Law) A species of tenure in fee simple, being the
opposite of ancient demesne, or copyhold. Burrill.
(Frank"fort black`) A black pigment used in copperplate printing, prepared by burning
vine twigs, the lees of wine, etc. McElrath.
(Frank"in*cense) n. [OF. franc free, pure + encens incense.] A fragrant, aromatic resin,
or gum resin, burned as an incense in religious rites or for medicinal fumigation. The best kinds now
come from East Indian trees, of the genus Boswellia; a commoner sort, from the Norway spruce (Abies
excelsa) and other coniferous trees. The frankincense of the ancient Jews is still unidentified.
(Frank"ing) n. (Carp.) A method of forming a joint at the intersection of window-sash bars, by
cutting away only enough wood to show a miter.
(Frank"ish), a. Like, or pertaining to, the Franks.
(Frank"-law`) n. [Frank free + law.] (Eng. Law) The liberty of being sworn in courts, as a
juror or witness; one of the ancient privileges of a freeman; free and common law; an obsolete expression
signifying substantially the same as the American expression civil rights. Abbot.
(Frank"lin) n. [OE. frankelein; cf. LL. franchilanus. See Frank, a.] An English freeholder, or
substantial householder. [Obs.] Chaucer.
The franklin, a small landholder of those days.Sir J. Stephen.
Franklinic electricity, electricity produced by friction; called also statical electricity.
(Frank*lin"ic) a. Of or pertaining to Benjamin Franklin.
(Frank"lin*ite) n. (Min.) A kind of mineral of the spinel group.
(Frank"lin stove`) A kind of open stove introduced by Benjamin Franklin, the peculiar
feature of which was that a current of heated air was directly supplied to the room from an air box;
now applied to other varieties of open stoves.
(Frank"ly), adv. In a frank manner; freely.
Very frankly he confessed his treasons.Shak.
Syn. Openly; ingenuously; plainly; unreservedly; undisguisedly; sincerely; candidly; artlessly; freely; readily; unhesitatingly; liberally; willingly.
(Frank"-mar"riage) n. [Frank free + marriage.] (Eng. Law) A certain tenure in tail
special; an estate of inheritance given to a man his wife (the wife being of the blood of the donor), and
descendible to the heirs of their two bodies begotten. [Obs.] Blackstone.
(Frank"ness), n. The quality of being frank; candor; openess; ingenuousness; fairness; liberality.
(Frank"pledge`) n. [Frank free + pledge.] (O. Eng. Law) (a) A pledge or surety for the
good behavior of freemen, each freeman who was a member of an ancient decennary, tithing, or
friborg, in England, being a pledge for the good conduct of the others, for the preservation of the public
peace; a free surety. (b) The tithing itself. Bouvier.
The servants of the crown were not, as now, bound in frankpledge for each other.Macaulay.