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FRE'QUENT, a. [Fr. from L. frequens.]

  1. Often seen or done; often happening at short intervals; often repeated or occurring. We made frequent visits to the hospital.
  2. Used often to practice any thing. He was frequent and loud in his declamations against the revolution.
  3. Full; crowded; thronged. [Not used.] Milton.

FRE'QUENT, v.t. [L. frequento; Fr. frequenter.]

To visit often; to resort to often or habitually. The man who frequents a dram-shop, an ale-house, or a gaming-table, is in the road to poverty, disgrace and ruin. He frequented the court of Agustus. Dryden.


Accessible. [Not used.] Sidney.


The practice of frequenting. Southey.


  1. The act of frequenting. Chesterfield.
  2. The habit of visiting often.

FRE-QUENT'A-TIVE, a. [It. frequentativo; Fr. frequentatif.]

In grammar, signifying the frequent repetition of an action; as a frequentative verb.


Often visited.


One who often visits or resorts to customarily.


Often visiting or resorting to.


Often; many times; at short intervals; commonly.


The quality of being frequent or often repeated.

FRERE, n. [Fr.]

A brother.


Cool walks; shady places.

FRES'CO, n. [It. fresco, fresh.]

  1. Coolness; shade; a cool refreshing state of the air; duskiness. Prior.
  2. A picture not drawn in glaring light, but in dusk. Pope.
  3. A method of painting in relief on walls, performed with water-colors on fresh plaster, or on a wall laid with mortar not yet dry. The colors, incorporating with the mortar, and drying with it, become very durable. It is called fresco, either because it is done on fresh plaster, or because it is used on walls and buildings in the open air. Encyc.

FRESH, a. [Sax. fersc; D. versch; G. frisch; Dan. fersk, and frisk; Sw. frisk; It. fresco; Sp. and Port, id.; Fr. frais, fraiche; Arm. fresg; W. fres, fresq. This is radically the same word as frisk, and it coincides also in elements with brisk, W. brysg, which is from rhys, a rushing, extreme ardency, Eng. rush, which gives the radical sense, though it may not be the same word.]

  1. Moving with celerity; brisk; strong; somewhat vehement; as, a fresh breeze; fresh wind; the primary sense.
  2. Having the color and appearance of young thrifty plants; lively; not impaired or faded; as when we say, the fields look fresh and green.
  3. Having the appearance of a healthy youth; florid; ruddy; as, a fresh-colored young man. Harvey. Addison.
  4. New; recently grown; as, fresh vegetables.
  5. New; recently made or obtained. We have a fresh supply of goods from the manufactory, or from India; fresh tea; fresh raisins.
  6. Not impaired by time; not forgotten or obliterated. The story is fresh in my mind; the ideas are fresh in my recollection.
  7. Not salt; as, fresh water; fresh meat.
  8. Recently from the well or spring; pure and cool; not warm or vapid. Bring a glass of fresh water.
  9. In a state like that of recent growth or recentness; as, to preserve flowers and fruit fresh. Fresh as April, sweet as May. Carew.
  10. Repaired from loss or diminution; having new vigor. He rose fresh for the combat.
  11. New; that has lately come or arrived; as, fresh news; fresh dispatches.
  12. Sweet; in a good state; not stale.
  13. Unpracticed; unused; not before employed; as, a fresh hand on board of a ship.
  14. Moderately rapid; as, the ship makes fresh way.


A freshet. Beverly, Hist. Virginia.

FRESH'EN, v.i.

  1. To grow fresh; to lose salt or saltness.
  2. To grow brisk or strong; as, the wind freshens.

FRESH'EN, v.t. [fresh'n.]

  1. To make fresh; to dulcify; to separate, as water from saline particles; to take saltness from any thing; as, to freshen water, fish or flesh.
  2. To refresh; to revive. [Not used.] Spenser.
  3. In seamen's language, to apply new service to a cable; as, to freshen hawse.


Deprived of saltness; sweetened.


Depriving of saltness; sweetening.


  1. The mingling of fresh water with salt water in rivers or bays, or the increased current of an ebb tide by means of a flood of fresh water, flowing toward or into the sea, and discoloring the water. Beverly. Encyc.
  2. A flood; an overflowing; an inundation; a freshet.


  1. A flood or overflowing of a river, by means of heavy rains or melted snow; an inundation. New England.
  2. A stream of fresh water. Browne.


In law, force done within forty days.


Appearing fresh.

FRESH'LY, adv.

  1. Newly; in the former state renewed; in a new or fresh state.
  2. With a healthy look; ruddily. Shak.
  3. Briskly; strongly.
  4. Coolly.