Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: fable – fade
fable, n. [L. fabula, discourse, narrative story.]
Fiction; legend; myth; feigned story; (see 1 Timothy 1:4).
fable (-s), v. [OFr > L. fabulari, talk, discourse.]
Phrase. “[Out] fables”: outvisions; exceeds the myth of; goes beyond the fantasies about; surpasses the stories with regard to.
fabric (-s), n. [OFr fabrique.] (webplay: beautiful, frame, East).
- Textile; woven material; manufactured cloth; dry goods.
- Vital organ; body tissue; [metonymy] physical body; [fig.] broken heart; mortal person; human being.
- Substance; matter; material; stuff; thing; [fig.] physical element of the universe.
fabulous, adj. [see fable, n.]
Fictitious; invented; not substantial; imaginary; fanciful; relating to a fable; [word play] extraordinary; splendid; spectacular; magnificent.
face (-s), n. [Fr.] (webplay: against, appearance, ask, battle, body, boldness, carry, charge, citations, confidence, cover, darkly, enemy, favor, feature, firmness, forge, former, glass, grant, heaven, hide, kind, king, left, long, meet, name, oppose, person, play, presence, public square, right, sea, see, servant, shine, show sight, stand opposite, stopping, thought, toward, turn, witnesses).
- Boldness; impudence; temerity; daring; audacity.
- Visible part of the dusk; [fig.] radiance; brilliance; illumination; glow of sunset.
- Person; persona; [metonymy] being; essence; resurrected body.
- Favor; approval; saving grace.
- Eyes; loving glance; affectionate eye contact.
- Dawn; [fig.] salvation; redemption; promise of a new start; beginning of a new existence.
- View; eyesight; [fig.] awareness; consciousness.
- Countenance; front surface of the human head; distinguishing features of the head; identifying characteristics of a human being; part of the head that has the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth; (see Genesis 3:19).
- Attitude; outlook; aspect; characteristic; (see Job 26:9).
- Sun; source of light; [fig.] appearance; manifestation of nature.
- Ordnance; surface of metal at the muzzle of a gun; [fig.] mouth; opening leading into a hollow thing.
- Look; air of the face; expression; cast of features.
- Waves; billows; ocean swell; (see Genesis 1:2); [phrase “Blue faces”] symptom of drowning.
- Grave; headstone; [fig.] deceased person; body.
- Presence; sight; close proximity; (see Genesis 16:6).
- Facet; dimension; valence; part of the surface.
- Visage; [fig.] presence; divine being; Holy One; (see Isaiah 50:7).
- Flowering branch; blossoming that appears on certain trees in early spring.
- Advent; actuality; arrival; reality; visible state; (see Exodus 14:25).
- Surface; plane; side which presents itself to the view; (see Job 37:12).
- Inquiry; examination; scrutiny.
- Phrase. “Look her in the face”: gaze at her directly; share eye contact with her.
- Phrase. “face to face”: together; near enough to touch; looking directly at one another; standing in front of someone with close proximity; (see Genesis 32:30).
face (-ing, -ed), v. [see face, n.] (webplay: carry, Confidence, darkly, stand).
- Have an opening toward; have a front door toward.
- Meet; see; find; encounter; approach; be visible to; draw near to.
facilitate, v. [Fr. 'render easy'.] (webplay: hell).
Aid; encourage; accommodate; stimulate; make less difficult.
fact (-s), n. [L. factum, thing done < facere, do or make.] (webplay: deny, place, witnesses).
- Reality; truth; experience.
- Creation; invention; making; deed.
- Past event; earlier act; prior circumstances.
- Misfortune; harsh episode; [fig.] strong wind; death.
factory (factories), n. [med. L. < facere, do or make.]
Enterprise; business; work; establishment; mill; building used for fabricating goods; [hypernym] factory whistle; signal siren or alarm from a company building.
fade (-s, -ing), v. [OFr 'dull, insipid, vapid'.] (webplay: banish, brighter; color, disappear, green, grow, leaf, least, lose, man, old, perish, quickly, same, stars, stronger, ways, winter, wrinkled).
- Disperse; slowly disappear; grow dim; lose color or light; (see Isaiah 1:30); [fig.] traces of sunset.
- Lose volume; gradually decrease in sound.
- Wilt; wither; diminish; droop; shrivel; [fig.] die; perish gradually; (see Isaiah 24:4).
- Pass away; decline; perish; begin to expire.
- Lose significance; be transitory; not have lasting value; not have eternal importance; be gradually forgotten; (see 2 Samuel 22:46).