• WordNet 3.6
    • v fry cook on a hot surface using fat "fry the pancakes"
    • v fry kill by electrocution, as in the electric chair "The serial killer was electrocuted"
    • v fry be excessively hot "If the children stay out on the beach for another hour, they'll be fried"
    • n fry a young person of either sex "she writes books for children","they're just kids","`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
    • n Fry English dramatist noted for his comic verse dramas (born 1907)
    • n Fry English painter and art critic (1866-1934)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fried spiders taste like nuts
    • Fry A dish of anything fried.
    • Fry A state of excitement; as, to be in a fry .
    • Fry A swarm or crowd, especially of little fishes; young or small things in general. "The fry of children young.""To sever . . . the good fish from the other fry .""We have burned two frigates, and a hundred and twenty small fry ."
    • Fry (Zoöl) The young of any fish.
    • Fry To be agitated; to be greatly moved. "What kindling motions in their breasts do fry ."
    • v. t Fry frī To cook in a pan or on a griddle (esp. with the use of fat, butter, or olive oil) by heating over a fire; to cook in boiling lard or fat; as, to fry fish; to fry doughnuts.
    • Fry To simmer; to boil. "With crackling flames a caldron fries .""The frothy billows fry ."
    • Fry To undergo or cause a disturbing action accompanied with a sensation of heat. "To keep the oil from frying in the stomach."
    • Fry To undergo the process of frying; to be subject to the action of heat in a frying pan, or on a griddle, or in a kettle of hot fat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Chinese, the Kentucky Fried Chicken slogan 'Finger-lickin' good' came out as 'Eat your fingers off.'
    • fry To dress by heating or roasting with fat in a pan over a fire; cook and prepare for eating in a frying-pan: as, to fry meat or vegetables.
    • fry Figuratively, to vex; agitate.
    • fry To heat; parch; render torrid.
    • fry To be subjected to heat in a pan containing fat over a fire; hence, to suffer a frying effect from great heat; simmer as if in bubbling fat.
    • fry To ferment, as in the stomach, or, figuratively, in the mind; undergo a seething process.
    • fry To be agitated; boil.
    • n fry That which is fried; a dish of anything fried.
    • n fry A state of mental ferment or agitation: as, he keeps himself in a constant fry.
    • n fry Seed; offspring: especially with reference to human beings.
    • n fry A swarm, as of children or any small animals, now specifically of little fishes; a number of small or insignificant objects: often used in contempt.
    • n fry In particular The young of the salmon or of trout at a certain stage of their development.
    • n fry A kind of sieve.
    • n fry A drain.
    • n fry Any small edible fishes, as those of the family Engraulidæ, the anchovies, and certain fishes of the family Clupeidæ, as the sardines, and of the family Atherinidæ.
    • n fry The roe of fishes, especially that of such fishes as are used for food.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: MacDonalds fries are made with beef flavoring. mmmmmmm.
    • v.t Fry frī to dress food with oil or fat in a pan over the fire: to vex
    • v.i Fry to undergo the action of heat in a frying-pan: to simmer:
    • n Fry a dish of anything fried
    • n Fry frī a swarm of fishes just spawned: a number of small things
    • v.i Fry (Spens.) to boil:—pr.p. fry′ing; pa.p. fried
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  • James French
    James French
    “How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? French fries.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If a mans gonna eat fried chicken, he's gotta get greasy.”


Bigger fish to fry - If you aren't interested in something because it isn't important to you and there are more important things for you to do, you have bigger fish to fry.
Go fry an egg - (USA) This is used to tell someone to go away and leave you alone.
Other fish to fry - If you have other fish to fry, it doesn't matter if one opportunity fails to materialise as you have plenty of others.
Out of the frying pan, into the fire - If you get out of one problem, but find yourself in a worse situation, you are out of the frying pan, into the fire.
Small fry - If someone is small fry, they are unimportant. The term is often used when the police arrest the less important criminals, but are unable to catch the leaders and masterminds.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fri, fry, seed, descendants, cf. OF. froye, spawning, spawn of. fishes, little fishes, fr. L. fricare, tosub (see Friction), but cf. also Icel. fræ, frjō, seed, Sw. & Dan. frö, Goth. fraiw, seed, descendants


In literature:

Fried fish, soused fish, and baked fish.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
Who ever heard that fried ham and eggs were bad for anybody?
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
Shape with the hands into cutlets, roll in bread crumbs and fry in hot lard.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
These sausages may be fried in the ordinary way.
"A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes" by Charles Elmé Francatelli
Dey didn't fry nothin' dem days; leastwise dey never give de slaves no fried victuals.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Once mother was frying pancakes for supper.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
To slack these flames wherein I fry?
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
A long-handled frying-pan is seen hanging by the side of the slave-kitchen fireplace.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Then have fryed Clary, and fryed Pistaches in Yolks of Eggs.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
That morning Aunt Maria had prepared an extra treat, a platter of golden slices of fried mush.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers

In poetry:

On thy green banks I loved to lie
When high the sun and blue the sky—
Thy silver waters gushing by—
Watching the trout and minnow fry
O'er pearly pebbles gleam.
"Calder--A Memory" by Janet Hamilton
Wilt thou be tortur'd in th' infernal flame?
Wilt thou in ever-burning sulphur fry?
Only that thou may'st clothe thyself with shame,
And in th' embraces of a harlot lie?
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
What though the greedy fry
Be taken with false baites
Of worded balladry,
And think it poesy?
They die with their conceits,
And only piteous scorn upon their folly waits.
"An Ode to Himself" by Ben Jonson
Has ever weakness won esteem?
Or counts it as a prized ally?
They who have read in History deem
It ranks among the slavish fry,
Whose claim to live justiciary Fates deny.
"The Call" by George Meredith
Oh! how my tongue now fries in dreadful dole,
Because his precious blood I lightly priz'd!
And, Oh! what tortures rack my very soul,
Because the name of Jesus I despis'd!
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
"Oh! how I long, how ardently desire,
To view those rosy fingers strike the lyre!
For late, when bees to change their climes began,
How did I see them thrum the frying-pan!
"Colemira. A Culinary Eclogue" by William Shenstone

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Matt Caron's Blossoming Onion and Avocado Fries.
10 low country shrimp 1 tsp garlic, chopped 1 oz olive oil 1 tsp bacon bits, use real bacon and fry it crisp and crumble it 1 TBSP mushrooms 1 tsp chives (or green onions) 3 oz fresh spinach.
Martin Griff/The Times A serving of Pacific Triple Tail Snapper with sweet potato fries awaits consumption in front of the raw bar at the Blue Point Grill in Princeton.
Lunch: 11:30 am to 3 pm Mon-Fri. Well-prepared fresh seafood is the specialty at this beautifully renovated space in the Warehouse District.
Lunch: 11:30 am to 3 pm Mon-Fri.
C3 Fall Celebration Fish Fry and Bluegrass Gospel Music.
Here, Southern fried chicken is the mission.
I for one will be indulging in the funnel cakes, turkey legs, curly fries, fried snickers, and fried Twinkies.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the spring onions until soft.
Packwood Lions Fish Fry Description: The Packwood Lions are sponsoring a Fish Fry on Saturday, November 17th from 5 to 7pm.

In science:

We then show that an equivalent result may be obtained from low-rate samples of the individual signals ϕm (t). A necessary condition for implementing our approach is that Φ (t; θ), generated from {ϕm (t)}M m=1 satisfying (5), is also FRI of similar form.
Compressed Beamforming in Ultrasound Imaging
In the next section, we focus on justifying the assumption that Φ (t; θ) may be treated within the FRI framework.
Compressed Beamforming in Ultrasound Imaging
FRI Modeling of the Beamformed Signal Throughout this section we apply three reasonable assumptions.
Compressed Beamforming in Ultrasound Imaging
CS Approach for Signal Reconstruction Throughout the previous sections, we addressed the problem of ultrasound signal reconstruction, within the FRI framework.
Compressed Beamforming in Ultrasound Imaging
As shown in , for various FRI problems, the relationship between the unknown signal parameters and its subset of Fourier series coefficients takes the form of a spectral analysis pro blem.
Compressed Beamforming in Ultrasound Imaging