Dictionary: FAC-TO'RI-AL – FA'E-RY

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Pertaining to a factory; consisting in a factory. – Buchanan.


A factory; or the business of a factor. – Sherwood.


  1. A house or place where factors reside, to transact business for their employers. The English merchants have factories in the East Indies, Turkey, Portugal, Hamburg, &c.
  2. The body of factors in any place; as, a chaplain to a British factory. Guthrie.
  3. Contracted from manufactory, a building or collection of buildings, appropriated to the manufacture of goods; the place where workmen are employed in fabricating goods, wares or utensils.

FAC-TO'TUM, n. [L. do every thing.]

A servant employed to do all kinds of work. B. Jonson.

FAC'TURE, a. [Fr.]

The art or manner of making. Bacon.

FAC'UL-TY, n. [Fr. faculté; L. facultas, from facio, to make.]

  1. That power of the mind or intellect which enables it to receive, revive or modify perceptions; as, the faculty of seeing, of hearing, of imagining, of remembering, &c.; or in general, the faculties may be called the powers or capacities of the mind. Faculty is properly a power belonging to a living or animal body.
  2. The power of doing any thing; ability. There is no faculty or power in creatures, which can rightly perform its functions, without the perpetual aid of the Supreme Being. Hooker.
  3. The power of performing any action, natural, vital or animal. The vital facutly is that by which life is preserved. Quincy.
  4. Facility of performance; the peculiar skill derived from practice, or practice aided by nature; habitual skill or ability; dexterity; adroitness; knack. One man has a remarkable faculty of telling a story; another of inventing excuses for misconduct; a third, of reasoning; a fourth, of preaching.
  5. Personal quality; disposition or habit, good or ill. Shak.
  6. Power; authority. This Duncan / Hath borne his faculties so meek. Shak. [Hardly legitimate.]
  7. Mechanical power; as, the faculty of the wedge. [Not used, nor legitimate.] Wilkins.
  8. Natural virtue; efficacy; as, the faculty of simples. [Not used, nor legitimate.] Milton.
  9. Privilege; a right or power granted to a person by favor or indulgence, to do what by law he may not do; as, the faculty of marrying without the bans being first published, or of ordaining a deacon under age. The archbishop of Canterbury has a court of faculties, for granting such privileges or dispensations. Encyc.
  10. In colleges, the masters and professors of the several sciences. Johnson. One of the members or departments of a university. In most universities there are four faculties; of arts, including humanity and philosophy; of theology; of medicine; and of law. Encyc. In America, the faculty of a college or university consists of the president, professors and tutors. The faculty of advocates, in Scotland, is a respectable body of lawyers who plead in all causes before the courts of session, justiciary and exchequer. Encyc.

FAC'UND, a. [L. facundus, supposed to be from the root of for, fari, to speak.]



Eloquent; full of words.

FA-CUND'I-TY, n. [L. facunditas.]

Eloquence; readiness of speech.

FAD'DLE, v.i.

To trifle; to toy; to play. [A low word.]

FADE, a. [Fr.]

Weak; slight; faint. [Not in use.] Berkeley.

FADE, v.i. [Fr. fade, insipid, tasteless. Qu. L. vado, or Ar. نَفِدَ nafeeda, to vanish, Syr. to fail, to err. See Class Bd, No. 48, 39, 44.]

  1. To lose color; to tend from a stronger or brighter color to a more faint shade of the same color, or to lose a color entirely. A green leaf fades and becomes less green or yellow. Those colors are deemed the best, which are least apt to fade.
  2. To wither, as a plant; to decay. Ye shall be as art oak, whose leaf fadeth. Is. i.
  3. To lose strength gradually; to vanish. When the memory is weak, ideas in the mind quickly fade. Locke.
  4. To lose luster; to grow dim. The stars shall fade away. Addison.
  5. To decay; to perish gradually. We all do fade as a leaf. Is. lxiv. An inheritance that fadeth not away. 1 Pet. l.
  6. To decay; to decline; to become poor and miserable. The rich man shall fade away in his ways. James i.
  7. To lose strength, health or vigor; to decline; to grow weaker. South To disappear gradually; to vanish.

FADE, v.t.

To cause to wither; to wear away; to deprive of freshness or vigor. No winter could his laurels fade. Dryden. This is a man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered. Shak.

FADED, pp.

Become less vivid, as color; withered; decayed; vanished.


Unfading. Coleridge.

FADGE, v.i. [faj; Sax. fægen, gefegen, to unite, to fit together; G. fügen; D. voegen; Sw. foga; Dan. fuge, a seam or joint; W. fag, a meeting in a point. It coincides with L. pango, pegi, pepigi, Gr. πηγω, πηγνυω, L. figo. See רבק, Class Bg, No. 33. See also No. 34, 35. Of this word fay is a contraction.]

  1. To suit; to fit; to come close, as the parts of things united. Hence, to have one part consistent with another. Shak.
  2. To agree; to live in amity. [Ludicrous.] Hudibras.
  3. To succeed; to hit. L'Estrange. [This word is now vulgar, and improper in elegant writing.].


Subject to decay; liable to lose freshness and vigor; liable to perish; not durable; transient; as, a fading flower.


Decay; loss of color, freshness or vigor. Sherwood.

FAD-ING, ppr. [See Fade.]

Losing color; becoming less vivid; decaying; declining; withering.

FA'DING-LY, adv.

In a fading manner.


Decay; liableness to decay. Mountagu.

FAD-Y, a.

Wearing away; losing color or strength. Shenstone.


FAE'CES, n. [FÆ'CES. L.]

Excrement; also, settlings; sediment after infusion or distillation. Quincy.

FA'E-RY, a.

Pertaining to fairies.