Futtock plates(Naut.), plates of iron to which the dead-eyes of the topmast rigging are secured. Futtock shrouds, short iron shrouds leading from the upper part of the lower mast or of the main shrouds to the edge of the top, or through it, and connecting the topmast rigging with the lower mast. Totten.

(Fu"tur*a*ble) a. Capable of being future; possible to occur. [R.]

Not only to things future, but futurable.

(Fu"ture) a. [F. futur, L. futurus, used as fut. p. of esse to be, but from the same root as E. be. See Be, v. i.] That is to be or come hereafter; that will exist at any time after the present; as, the next moment is future, to the present.

Future tense(Gram.), the tense or modification of a verb which expresses a future act or event.

(Fu"ture) n. [Cf. F. futur. See Future, a.]

1. Time to come; time subsequent to the present (as, the future shall be as the present); collectively, events that are to happen in time to come. "Lay the future open." Shak.

2. The possibilities of the future; — used especially of prospective success or advancement; as, he had great future before him.

2. Moping. [Archaic]

A melancholy, fusty humor.

(Fu"sure) n. [L. fusura, fr. fundere, fusum. See Fuse, v. t.] Act of fusing; fusion. [R.]

(Futch"el) n. The jaws between which the hinder end of a carriage tongue is inserted. Knight.

(Fu"tile) a. [L. futilis that easily pours out, that easily lets loose, vain, worthless, from the root of fundere to pour out: cf. F. futile. See Fuse, v. t.]

1. Talkative; loquacious; tattling. [Obs.]

Talkers and futile persons.

2. Of no importance; answering no useful end; useless; vain; worthless. "Futile theories." I. Taylor.

His reasoning . . . was singularly futile.

(Fu"tile*ly), adv. In a futile manner.

(Fu"til`i*ty) n. [L. futilitas: cf. F. futilité.]

1. The quality of being talkative; talkativeness; loquaciousness; loquacity. [Obs.]

2. The quality of producing no valuable effect, or of coming to nothing; uselessness.

The futility of this mode of philosophizing.

(Fu"til*ous) a. Futile; trifling. [Obs.]

(Fu"ttock) n. [Prob. corrupted fr. foothook.] (Naut.) One of the crooked timbers which are scarfed together to form the lower part of the compound rib of a vessel; one of the crooked transverse timbers passing across and over the keel.

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