Fair

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fair \Fair\ (f[^a]r), adjective [Compar. {Fairer}; superl. {Fairest}.] [OE. fair, fayer, fager, AS. f[ae]ger; akin to OS. & OHG. fagar, Icel. fagr, Sw. fager, Dan. faver, Goth. fagrs fit, also to E. fay, G. f["u]gen, to fit. fegen to sweep, cleanse, and prob. also to E. fang, peace, pact, Cf. {Fang}, {Fain}, {Fay} to fit.]

1. Free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection; unblemished; clean; pure.

A fair white linen cloth. --Book of Common Prayer.

2. Pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful.

Who can not see many a fair French city, for one fair French made. --Shak.

3. Without a dark hue; light; clear; as, a fair skin.

The northern people large and fair-complexioned. --Sir M. Hale.

4. Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; favorable; -- said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as, a fair sky; a fair day.

You wish fair winds may waft him over. --Prior.

5. Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unincumbered; open; direct; -- said of a road, passage, etc.; as, a fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view.

The caliphs obtained a mighty empire, which was in a fair way to have enlarged. --Sir W. Raleigh.

6. (Shipbuilding) Without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; flowing; -- said of the figure of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines.

7. Characterized by frankness, honesty, impartiality, or candor; open; upright; free from suspicion or bias; equitable; just; -- said of persons, character, or conduct; as, a fair man; fair dealing; a fair statement. "I would call it fair play." --Shak.

8. Pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; -- said of words, promises, etc.

When fair words and good counsel will not prevail on us, we must be frighted into our duty. --L' Estrange.

9. Distinct; legible; as, fair handwriting.

10. Free from any marked characteristic; average; middling; as, a fair specimen.

The news is very fair and good, my lord. --Shak.

{Fair ball}. (Baseball) (a) A ball passing over the home base at the height called for by the batsman, and delivered by the pitcher while wholly within the lines of his position and facing the batsman. (b) A batted ball that falls inside the foul lines; -- called also a {fair hit}.

{Fair maid}. (Zool.) (a) The European pilchard ({Clupea pilchardus}) when dried. (b) The southern scup ({Stenotomus Gardeni}). [Virginia]

{Fair one}, a handsome woman; a beauty,

{Fair play}, equitable or impartial treatment; a fair or equal chance; justice.

{From fair to middling}, passable; tolerable. [Colloq.]

{The fair sex}, the female sex.

Syn: Candid; open; frank; ingenuous; clear; honest; equitable; impartial; reasonable. See {Candid}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fair \Fair\, adverb Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably.

{Fair and square}, justly; honestly; equitably; impartially. [Colloq.]

{To bid fair}. See under {Bid}.

{To speak fair}, to address with courtesy and frankness. [Archaic]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fair \Fair\, noun

1. Fairness, beauty. [Obs.] --Shak.

2. A fair woman; a sweetheart.

I have found out a gift for my fair. --Shenstone.

3. Good fortune; good luck.

Now fair befall thee ! --Shak.

{The fair}, anything beautiful; women, collectively. "For slander's mark was ever yet the fair." --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fair \Fair\, verb (used with an object)

1. To make fair or beautiful. [Obs.]

Fairing the foul. --Shak.

2. (Shipbuilding) To make smooth and flowing, as a vessel's lines.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fair \Fair\, noun [OE. feire, OF. feire, F. foire, fr. L. fariae, pl., days of rest, holidays, festivals, akin to festus festal. See {Feast}.]

1. A gathering of buyers and sellers, assembled at a particular place with their merchandise at a stated or regular season, or by special appointment, for trade.

2. A festival, and sale of fancy articles. erc., usually for some charitable object; as, a Grand Army fair; a church fair.

3. A competitive exhibition of wares, farm products, etc., not primarily for purposes of sale; as, the Mechanics' fair; an agricultural fair.

4. an exhibition by a number of organizations, including governmental organizations, for the purpose of acquainting people with such organizations or their members, not primarily for commercial purposes; as, the 1939 World's Fair. [PJC]

Meet me in St. Louis, Louis Meet me at the fair Don't tell me the lights are shining Anyplace but there. --Song (1904: words by Andrew B. Sterling, music by Kerry Mills, popularized by Billy Murray. Prominent in the movie "Meet Me In St. Louis", 1944) [PJC]

{After the fair}, Too late. [Colloq.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

fair

adverb

1: in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating; "they played fairly" [syn: {fairly}, {fair}, {clean}] [ant: {below the belt}, {unfairly}]

2: without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner; "deal fairly with one another" [syn: {fairly}, {fair}, {evenhandedly}]

adjective

1: free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules; "a fair referee"; "fair deal"; "on a fair footing"; "a fair fight"; "by fair means or foul" [syn: {fair}, {just}] [ant: {unfair}, {unjust}]

2: not excessive or extreme; "a fairish income"; "reasonable prices" [syn: {fair}, {fairish}, {reasonable}]

3: very pleasing to the eye; "my bonny lass"; "there's a bonny bay beyond"; "a comely face"; "young fair maidens" [syn: {bonny}, {bonnie}, {comely}, {fair}, {sightly}]

4: (of a baseball) hit between the foul lines; "he hit a fair ball over the third base bag" [ant: {foul}]

5: lacking exceptional quality or ability; "a novel of average merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling at best" [syn: {average}, {fair}, {mediocre}, {middling}]

6: attractively feminine; "the fair sex"

7: (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections; "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript" [syn: {clean}, {fair}]

8: gained or earned without cheating or stealing; "an honest wage"; "an fair penny" [syn: {honest}, {fair}]

9: free of clouds or rain; "today will be fair and warm"

10: (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored; "a fair complexion"; [syn: {fair}, {fairish}]

noun

1: a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc. [syn: {carnival}, {fair}, {funfair}]

2: gathering of producers to promote business; "world fair"; "trade fair"; "book fair"

3: a competitive exhibition of farm products; "she won a blue ribbon for her baking at the county fair"

4: a sale of miscellany; often for charity; "the church bazaar" [syn: {bazaar}, {fair}]

verb

1: join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly

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