Dictionary: FUR – FUR'LONG

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FUR, n. [Fr. fourrure, from fourrer, to put on, to thrust in, to stuff; Sp. aforrar; Arm. feura. The sense seems to be, to stuff, to make thick, or to put on and thus make thick. In Welsh, fer is dense, solid.]

  1. The short, fine, soft hair of certain animals, growing thick on the skin, and distinguished from the hair, which is longer and coarser. Fur is one of the most perfect non-conductors of heat, and serves to keep animals warm in cold climates.
  2. The skins of certain wild animals with the fur; peltry; as, a cargo of furs.
  3. Strips of skins with fur, used on garments for lining or for ornament. Garments are lined or faced with fur.
  4. Hair in general; a loose application of the word.
  5. A coat of morbid matter collected on the tongue in persons affected with fever.

FUR, v.t.

  1. To line, face or cover with fur; as, a furred robe.
  2. To cover with morbid matter, as the tongue.
  3. To line with a board, as in carpentry.

FU-RA'CIOUS, a. [L. furax, from furor, to steal.]

Given to theft; inclined to steal; thievish. [Little used.]


Thievishness. [Little used.]

FUR'BE-LOW, n. [Fr. It. and Sp. falbala.]

A piece of stuff plaited and puckered, on a gown or petticoat; a flounce; the plaited border of a petticoat or gown.

FUR'BE-LOW, v.t.

To put on a furbelow; to furnish with an ornamental appendage of dress. Prior.


Furnished with a furbelow.


Adorning with a furbelow.

FUR'BISH, v.t. [Ir. forbire; Fr. fourbir.]

To rub or scour to brightness; to polish; to burnish; as, furbish a sword or spear; to furbish arms.


That may be furbished. Sherwood.


Scoured to brightness; polished; burnished.


One who polishes or makes bright by rubbing; one who cleans.


Rubbing to brightness; polishing.

FUR'CATE, a. [L. furca, a fork.]

Forked; branching like the prongs of a fork. Lee, Botany.


A forking; a brunching like the tines of a fork. Brown.

FUR'DLE, v.t. [Fr. fardeau, a bundle.]

To draw up into a bundle. [Not used.] Brown.

FUR'FUR, n. [L.]

Dandruf; scurf; scales like bran.

FUR-FU-RA'CEOUS, a. [L. furfuraceus.]

Scaly; branny; scurfy; like bran.

FU'RI-OUS, a. [L. furiosus; It. furioso; Fr. furieux. See fury.]

  1. Rushing with impetuosity; moving with violence; as, furious stream; a furious wind or storm.
  2. Raging; violent; transported with passion; as, a furious animal.
  3. Mad; phrenetic.

FU'RI-OUS-LY, adv.

With impetuous motion or agitation; violently; vehemently; as, to run furiously; to attack one furiously.


  1. Impetuous motion or rushing; violent agitation.
  2. Madness; phrensy; rage.

FURL, v.t. [Fr. ferler; Arm. farlea; Sp. aferrar, to grapple, to seize, to furl; Port. ferrar.]

To draw up; to contract; to wrap or roll a sail close to the yard, stay or mast, and fasten it by a gasket or cord. Mar. Dict.

FURL'ED, pp.

Wrapped and fastened to a yard, &c.

FURL'ING, ppr.

Wrapping or rolling and fastening to a yard, &c.

FUR'LONG, n. [Sax. furlang; far or fur and long, or furh, a furrow, the length of a furrow.]

A measure of length; the eighth part of a mile; forty rods, poles or perches.