• WordNet 3.6
    • n fakir a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fakir an Oriental Muslim or Hindu religious ascetic or begging monk who is regarded as a holy man or a wonder worker.
    • n Fakir See Faker.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fakir A Mohammedan religious mendicant or ascetic “who is in need of mercy, and poor in the sight of God, rather than in need of worldly assistance” (Hughes, Dict. of Islam). Fakirs are of two great classes: those who are “with the law,” and govern their conduct according to the principles of Islam, and those who are “without the law,” and do not rule their lives according to the principles of any religious creed, though they call themselves Mussulmans. The former usually enter one of the various religious orders, and are then commonly known as dervishes. Hughes. See dervish.
    • n fakir A Hindu devotee or ascetic; a yogi.
    • n fakir A misspelling of faker.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fakir fa-kēr′ or fā′kėr a member of a religious order of mendicants or penitents in India, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. confused with Fakir an oriental ascetic
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar. faqîr, a poor man, fakr, faqr, poverty.


In literature:

But you reappeared in Mandalay, attired as a street fakir; and you limped all the way to Rangoon.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Cousin Rho, what's a fakir?
"The Faith Healer" by William Vaughn Moody
Neurotics, hoodoos and fakirs are worse than a plague; there's contagion in their fooling.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
Perhaps no professional man in China earns as much as these fakirs.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
The cheap professional fakir, sneaking in to get money that ought to go to the Hospital!
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
Drove to Amber, the ancient city of the Rajpoots, now almost uninhabited, except by Fakirs.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Masochism presents a certain analogy with the religious ecstasy of fakirs and flagellants who flog themselves.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Made a business of following fairs as a fakir.
"The Social Work of the Salvation Army" by Edwin Gifford Lamb
His diet was as meager as that of an Indian fakir, though not otherwise resembling it.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
You're a regular Hindoo fakir and for all I know you may have hypnotized the whole crowd of us.
"The Go Ahead Boys and the Treasure Cave" by Ross Kay
Now, how did you happen to fall in with those fakirs?
"Young Auctioneers" by Edward Stratemeyer
I will go to this fakir and learn from him to be a fakir too.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
He's a damned fakir, and you know it.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
I sought out in Peshawar a holy fakir whom I know.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
All five fakirs listened with rapt attention.
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
I had this watch now, and made up my mind I would trade it to the "fakir" and get a lot of pies for us all.
"Adventures and Reminiscences of a Volunteer" by George T. Ulmer
No one was at first visible; but at that very moment the fakir came out from the temple.
"Guy in the Jungle" by William Murray Graydon
This is the body of a Fakir, a stately man with fine features, and past the prime of life.
"Reminiscences" by Hans Mattson
Some were rank fakirs, who every now and then grew rich before they were discovered.
"Harper's Round Table, October 15, 1895" by Various
They're fakirs, all right!
"John Marsh's Millions" by Charles Klein

In poetry:

Heaven visits man with days of sadness,
Embitters oft his nights with tears;
Blest is the Fakir who with gladness
Views Mecca in declining years.
"The Bakchesarian Fountain" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
The desert's hair-grown hermit sunk
The saner brute below;
The naked Santon, hashish-drunk,
The cloister madness of the monk,
The fakir's torture-show!
"The Brewing Of Soma" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

She's 34, a graceful serpent-wielding dancer dubbed "the Mother Fakir".
Abdul Fakir, left, Levi Stubbs , Lawrence Payton and Renaldo Benson in the year of one of their biggest hits, Reach Out I'll Be There.

In science:

Fakir ([77, 78], and references therein) has suggested to use astrometry to detect periodic variations in apparent angular separations of appropriate light sources, caused by gravitational waves emitted by isolated sources of gravitational radiation.
General Relativistic Theory of Light Propagation in the Field of Radiative Gravitational Multipoles
Fakir, Creation of Universes with Nonminimal Coupling (Ph.D. thesis, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1989.) R.
General relativistic cosmology with no beginning of time
This demonstration is an ideal magic demonstration since it is traditionally performed by magicians and fakirs.
Physics Magic
On the other hand, as Makino and Sasaki and Fakir, Habib and Unruh have proved, the amplitude of scalar perturbation in the Jordan frame exactly coincides with that in the Einstein frame.
Non-Minimal Inflation after WMAP3