(Frus"trate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Frustrated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Frustrating.]
1. To bring to nothing; to prevent from attaining a purpose; to disappoint; to defeat; to baffle; as, to frustrate
a plan, design, or attempt; to frustrate the will or purpose.
Shall the adversary thus obtainMilton.
His end and frustrate thine ?
2. To make null; to nullifly; to render invalid or of no effect; as, to frustrate a conveyance or deed.
Syn. To balk; thwart; foil; baffle; defeat.
(Frus"trate*ly) adv. In vain. [Obs.] Vicars.
(Frus*tra"tion) n. [L. frustratio: cf. OF. frustration.] The act of frustrating; disappointment; defeat; as,
the frustration of one's designs
(Frus"tra*tive) a. Tending to defeat; fallacious. [Obs.] Ainsworth.
(Frus"tra*to*ry) a. [L. frustratorius: cf. F. frustratoire.] Making void; rendering null; as, a
frustratory appeal. [Obs.] Ayliffe.
(Frus"tule) n. [L. frustulum, dim. fr. frustum a piece: cf. F. frustule.] (Bot.) The siliceous
shell of a diatom. It is composed of two valves, one overlapping the other, like a pill box and its cover.
(Frus"tu*lent) a. [L. frustulentus. See Frustule.] Abounding in fragments. [R.]
(||Frus"tum) n.; pl. L. Frusta E. Frustums [L. fruslum piece, bit.]
1. (Geom.) The part of a solid next the base, formed by cutting off the, top; or the part of any solid, as
of a cone, pyramid, etc., between two planes, which may be either parallel or inclined to each other.
2. (Arch.) One of the drums of the shaft of a column.
(Frut"age) n. [Cf. Fruitage.]
1. A picture of fruit; decoration by representation of fruit.
The cornices consist of frutages and festoons.Evelyn.
2. A confection of fruit. [Obs.] Nares.
(Fru*tes"cent) a. [L. frutex, fruticis, shrub, bush: cf. F. frutescent, L. fruticescens, p. pr.]
(Bot.) Somewhat shrubby in character; imperfectly shrubby, as the American species of Wistaria.
(||Fru"tex) n. [L.] (Bot.) A plant having a woody, durable stem, but less than a tree; a shrub.
(Fru"ti*cant) a. [L. fruticans, p. pr. of fruticare, to become bushy, fr. frutex, fruticis, shrub.]
Full of shoots. [Obs.] Evelyn.
(Fru"ti*cose`) a. [L. fruticosus, from frutex, fruticis, shrub] (Bot.) Pertaining to a shrub or
shrubs; branching like a shrub; shrubby; shrublike; as, a fruticose stem. Gray.
(Fru"ti*cous) a. (Bot.) Fruticose. [R.]
(Fru*tic"u*lose`) a. [Dim. fr. L. fruticosus bushy: cf. F. fruticuleux.] (Bot.) Like, or pertaining
to, a small shrub. Gray.