Dictionary: FRUC'TI-FY – FRU-I'TION

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FRUC'TI-FY, v.i.

To bear fruit. [Unusual.] Hooker.

FRUC'TI-FY, v.t. [Low L. fructifico; Fr. fructifier; fructus, fruit, and facio, to make.]

To make fruitful; to render productive; to fertilize; as, to fructify the earth. Howell.


Produce; fruit. [Not used.] Pownall.

FRUC'TU-OUS, a. [Fr. fructueux.]

Fruitful; fertile; also, impregnating with fertility. Philips.


Fruitfully; fertilely.


Fruitfulness; fertility.


Use; fruition; enjoyment. [Not used.]

FRU'GAL, a. [L. frugalis; Fr. and Sp. frugal; said to be from fruges, corn, grain of any kind. Most probably it is from the root of fruor, for frugor, to use, to take the profit of, which coincides in elements and sense with G. brauchen, Sax. brucan. See Fruit.]

Economical in the use or appropriation of money, goods or provisions of any kind; saving unnecessary expense, either of money or of any thing else which is to be used or consumed; sparing; not profuse, prodigal or lavish. We ought to be frugal not only in the expenditure of money and of goods, but in the employment of time. It is followed by of, before the thing saved; as, frugal of time. It is not synonymous with parsimonious, nor with thrifty, as now used.


  1. Prudent economy; good husbandry or housewifery; a sparing use or appropriation of money or commodities; a judicious use of any thing to be expended or employed; that careful management of money or goods which expends nothing unnecessarily, and applies what is used to a profitable purpose; that use in which nothing is wasted. It is not equivalent to parsimony, the latter being an excess of frugality, and a fault. Frugality is always a virtue. Nor is it synonymous with thrift, in its proper sense; for thrift is the effect of frugality. Without frugality none can become rich, and with it few would be poor. Johnson.
  2. A prudent and sparing use or appropriation of any thing; as, frugality of praise. Dryden.

FRU'GAL-LY, adv.

With economy; with good management; in a saving manner. He seldom lives frugally, that lives by chance.

FRU-GIF'ER-OUS, a. [L. frugifer; fruges, corn, and fero, to bear.]

Producing fruit or corn.

FRU-GIV'O-ROUS, a. [L. fruges, corn, and voro, to eat.]

Feeding on fruits, seeds or corn, as birds and other animals. Nat. Hist.

FRUIT, n. [Fr. fruit; It. frutto; Sp. fruto; from L. fructus; Arm. frouczen, or froehen; D. vrught; G. frucht; Dan. frugt; Sw. frucht. The Latin word is the participle of fruor, contracted from frugor, or frucor, to use, to take the profit of; allied perhaps to Sax. brucan, brycean, G. brauchen, to use, to enjoy. Class Brg, No. 6, 7.]

  1. In a general sense, whatever the earth produces for the nourishment of animals, or for clothing or profit. Among the fruits of the earth are included not only corn of all kinds, but grass, cotton, flax, grapes and all cultivated plants. In this comprehensive sense, the word is generally used in the plural.
  2. In a more limited sense, the produce of a tree or other plant; the last production for the propagation or multiplication of its kind; the seed of plants, or the part that contains the seeds; as wheat, rye, oats, apples, quinces, pears, cherries, acorns, melons, &c.
  3. In botany, the seed of a plant, or the seed with the pericarp.
  4. Production; that which is produced. The fruit of the spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth. Eph. v.
  5. The produce of animals; offspring; young; as, the fruit of the womb, of the loins, of the body. Scripture.
  6. Effect or consequence. They shall eat the fruit of their doings. Is. iii.
  7. Advantage; profit; good derived. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? Rom. vi.
  8. Production, effect or consequence; in an ill sense; as, the fruits of sin; the fruits of intemperance.

FRUIT, v.i.

To produce fruit. [Not well authorized.] Chesterfeld.

FRUIT'AGE, n. [Fr.]

Fruit collectively; various fruits. Milton.


That which produces fruit. Mortimer.


Producing fruit; having the quality of bearing fruit. Mortimer.


The bud that produces fruit. De Cand.


One who deals in fruit; a seller of fruits.

FRUIT'ER-Y, n. [Fr. fruiterie.]

  1. Fruit collectively taken. Philips.
  2. A fruit-loft; a repository for fruit. Johnson.


  1. Very productive; producing fruit in abundance; as, fruitful soil; a fruitful tree; a fruitful season.
  2. Prolific; bearing children; not barren. Be fruitful, and multiply. Gen. i.
  3. Plenteous; abounding in any thing. Pope.
  4. Productive of any thing; fertile; as, fruitful in expedients.
  5. Producing in abundance; generating; as, fruitful in crimes.


  1. In such a manner as to be prolific. Roscommon.
  2. Plenteously; abundantly. Shak.


  1. The quality of producing fruit in abundance; productiveness; fertility; as, the fruitfulness of land.
  2. Fecundity; the quality of being prolific, or producing many young; applied to animals.
  3. Productiveness of the intellect; as, the fruitfulness of the brain.
  4. Exuberant abundance. B. Jonson.


A grove or close plantation of fruit-trees.

FRU-I'TION, n. [from L. fruor, to use or enjoy.]

Use, accompanied with pleasure, corporeal or intellectual; enjoyment; the pleasure derived from use or possession. If the affliction is on his body, his appetites are weakened, and capacity of fruition destroyed. Rogers.