• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fascine (Fort. & Engin) A cylindrical bundle of small sticks of wood, bound together, used in raising batteries, filling ditches, strengthening ramparts, and making parapets; also in revetments for river banks, and in mats for dams, jetties, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The ancient Greeks had a fascination with the planet Mars. They attributed the planet to Ares, their god of war, because of its red colour
    • n fascine A fagot; specifically (military), a bundle of rods or small sticks of wood bound at both ends and in the middle, used in fortification, raising batteries, filling ditches, strengthening ramparts, and making parapets. Sometimes fascines dipped in melted pitch or tar are used to set fire to an enemy's lodgments or other works. In civil engineering fascines are used in the construction of sea- and river-walls to prevent the washing away of the shores, or to collect silt, mud, etc., to elevate the bottom, and so form an island, as in Holland.
    • n fascine A bundle of fagots used in oyster-culture for the spat to attach to; a stool.
    • fascine To protect with fascines.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fascine fas-sēn′ (fort.) a brushwood faggot bound together with wire, yarn, or withes, used to fill ditches, &c.
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  • James B. Stockdale
    James B. Stockdale
    “A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear.”
  • Mary Archer
    Mary Archer
    “It sounds extraordinary but it?s a fact that balance sheets can make fascinating reading.”
  • Pearl S. Buck
    “None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.”
  • Elizabeth Goudge
    Elizabeth Goudge
    “Butterflies... not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating --people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. fascina, a bundle of sticks, fr. fascis,. See Fasces
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. fascinafascis, a bundle.


In literature:

That plain muslin gown which never saw India, and was probably made by herself, touched and fascinated me.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
It is refreshing and fascinating to turn from these classical caricatures to the scriptural conception of Satan.
"Quiet Talks on Prayer" by S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
The fascinations of a stay in Strychnine are manifold.
"Shandygaff" by Christopher Morley
The Vortex fascinated Dorothy even while she resisted it.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
It was uncanny, that fascination.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
The Countess Martinengo has certainly given us a most fascinating book.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
Could she resist the fascinations of so handsome a man?
"The Sorcery Club" by Elliott O'Donnell
At last the music began again, and now the familiar "Ragtime" beat fascinatingly upon the air.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was a fascinating spectacle, to be studied or observed and rejoiced in as a spectacle.
"Twelve Men" by Theodore Dreiser
It would have charmed and fascinated the hearer, even if it had uttered incoherent words.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss

In poetry:

"If thus," he mused, "the feminine
And fascinating gender
Is led to love, I, too, can win
Her protestations tender."
And then the poor, misguided chap
Sat down upon the lady's lap.
"The Pampered Lapdog And The Misguided Ass" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
DEAR SHADE OF HIM, who grac'd the mimick scene,
And charm'd attention with resistless pow'r;
Whose wond'rous art, whose fascinating mien,
Gave glowing rapture to the short-liv'd hour!
"Elegy to the Memory of David Garrick, Esq." by Mary Darby Robinson
The Vega cleft by the Xenil,
The fascination and allure
Of the sweet landscape chains the will;
The traveller lingers on the hill,
His parted lips are breathing still
The last sigh of the Moor.
"Castles In Spain. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Beautiful Balmermo on the bonnie banks of Tay,
It's a very bonnie spot in the months of June or May;
The scenery there is charming and fascinating to see,
Especially the surroundings of the old Abbey,
"Beautiful Balmerino" by William Topaz McGonagall
As I stood upon the Dean Bridge and viewed the beautiful scenery,
I felt fascinated and my heart was full of glee,
And I exclaimed in an ecstasy of delight,
In all my travels I never saw such a sight.
"The River of Leith" by William Topaz McGonagall
The eloquence that charms the ear,
The songs of art which fascinate,
Can give no upward wings to prayer,
Nor speed it through the Eternal's gate.
To Him, the music of the bee
Is sweeter than man's vanity.
"Acceptable Worship" by John Bowring

In news:

) Film buffs will be fascinated by "Satyajit Ray," a study of India's most widely acclaimed director.
There is a friend of mine — one of the heroes I have known and loved — who is fascinating in the life lessons he shares and the accumulation of wisdom that seems to come so easily to him.
The flavors of this fascinating area have captured the imagination of travelers for centuries.
The fascination with Truman Capote continues 23 years after his death.
Oprah Radio host Dr Laura Berman talks with Sally Hogshead, author of Fascinate, about how to captivate someone in nine seconds.
Professional bowling is fascinating, but you knew that already.
'Revolution' traces a fascinating evolution.
The Danish WWII drama "Flame & Citron " centers on two freedom fighters who are fascinatingly conflicted.
5 Fascinating Facts About Elvis' Clothier .
Anything that puts aspects of home security or energy monitoring online for my control is fascinating to me.
This insightful and entertaining story of a band that almost-but-didn't-quite make it big in the 1990s is equal parts fascinating autobiography and a hilarious and savvy look at the harsh realities of the music industry.
Horses are the childhood fascination of many, it seems.
Fascination and frustration in reporting on Las Vegas hospital care .
Areas of inquiry once reserved for historians and social scientists are now studied by neuroscientists, and among the most fascinating is cultural conflict.
Wayne Hasson discusses "Fascinating Humpback Whale Facts" on July 25 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.

In science:

This is a fascinating result - intuitively one would expect a 60 atom molecule like the fullerene to behave more like a classical particle than like a quantum mechanical particle! In the following we briefly describe this experiment.
Quantum interference of molecules -- probing the wave nature of matter
This scenario, while conceptually fascinating, is of little (if any) practical relevance.
Device-Independent Randomness Generation in the Presence of Weak Cross-Talk
In recent years, much impetus in modular representation theory of finite groups has originated from attempts to prove various fascinating deep conjectures.
Brou\'e's abelian defect group conjecture for the sporadic simple Janko group J_4 revisited
But, although a fascinating relation to the Hausdorff measure exists.
A Mixed Generalized Multifractal Formalism For Vector Valued Measures
From a theoretical point of view, the vortex pump is a fascinating example of adiabatic quantum dynamics for which the control parameters of the system are varied cyclically but the system does not return to its initial eigenspace.
Vortex pump for a Bose-Einstein condensate utilizing a time-averaged orbiting potential trap