F, the sixth letter of the English Alphabet., is a labial articulation, formed by placing the upper teeth on the under lip, and accompanied with an emission of breath. Its kindred letter is v, which is chiefly distinguished from f by being more vocal, or accompanied with more sound, as may be perceived by pronouncing ef, ev. This letter may be derived from the Oriental vau. The Latins received the letter from the Eolians in Greece, who wrote it in the form of a double g, F,; whence it has been called most absurdly digamma. It corresponds in power to the Greek phi, and its proper name is ef. As a Latin numeral, it signifies 40, and with a dash over the top, forty thousand. In the civil law, two of these letters together ff, signify the pandects. In English criminal law, this letter is branded on felons, when admitted to the benefit of clergy. In medical prescriptions, F stands for fiat, let it be made; F.S.A. fiat secundum artem. F stands also for Fellow; F.R.S. Fellow of the Royal Society. F or fa, in music, is the fourth note rising in this order in the gamut, ut, re, mi, fa. It denotes also one of the Greek keys in music, destined for the base. F in English has one uniform sound, as in father, after.
n 1: a degree on the Fahrenheit scale of temperature [syn: degree Fahrenheit, F] 2: a nonmetallic univalent element belonging to the halogens; usually a yellow irritating toxic flammable gas; a powerful oxidizing agent; recovered from fluorite or cryolite or fluorapatite [syn: fluorine, F, atomic number 9] 3: the capacitance of a capacitor that has an equal and opposite charge of 1 coulomb on each plate and a voltage difference of 1 volt between the plates [syn: farad, F] 4: the 6th letter of the Roman alphabet [syn: F, f]
I. noun (pluralf'sorfs) Usage: often capitalized, often attributive Date: before 12th century 1.a. the 6th letter of the English alphabet b. a graphic representation of this letter c. a speech counterpart of orthographic f2. the fourth tone of a C-major scale 3. a graphic device for reproducing the letter f4. one designated f especially as the sixth in order or class 5.a. a grade rating a student's work as failing b. one graded or rated with an F 6. something shaped like the letter F II. abbreviation1. failure 2. false 3. family 4. faraday 5. feast 6. female 7. feminine 8. femto- 9. fermi 10. fine 11. finish 12. fluid; fluidness 13. focal length 14. folio 15. [following] and the following one 16. force 17. forte 18. fragile 19. frequency 20. from 21. full
U.S. poet and reformer. A Quaker born on a farm near Haverhill, Mass., Whittier had limited education but was early acquainted with poetry. He became involved in journalism and published his first volume of poems in 1831. During 1833-42 he embraced the abolitionism of W. L. Garrison and became a prominent antislavery crusader. Thereafter he continued to support humanitarian causes while publishing further poetry volumes. After the Civil War he was noted for his vivid portrayals of rural New England life. His best-known poem is the nostalgic pastoral "Snow-Bound" (1866); others include "Maud Muller" (1854) and "Barbara Frietchie" (1863).
1. abbr. Electr. faraday. 2. n. (also f) (pl. Fs or F's) 1 the sixth letter of the alphabet. 2 Mus. the fourth note of the diatonic scale of C major. 3. abbr. (also F.) 1 Fahrenheit. 2 farad(s). 3 female. 4 fine (pencil-lead). 5 Biol. filial generation (as F1 for the first filial generation, F2 for the second, etc.). 4. symb. Chem. the element fluorine.
F F ([e^]f). 1. F is the sixth letter of the English alphabet, and a nonvocal consonant. Its form and sound are from the Latin. The Latin borrowed the form from the Greek digamma ?, which probably had the value of English w consonant. The form and value of Greek letter came from the Ph[oe]nician, the ultimate source being probably Egyptian. Etymologically f is most closely related to p, k, v, and b; as in E. five, Gr. pe`nte; E. wolf, L. lupus, Gr. ly`kos; E. fox, vixen; fragile, break; fruit, brook, v. t.; E. bear, L. ferre. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 178, 179, 188, 198, 230. 2. (Mus.) The name of the fourth tone of the model scale, or scale of C. F sharp (F [sharp]) is a tone intermediate between F and G. F clef, the bass clef. See under Clef.