• WordNet 3.6
    • n faculty one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind
    • n faculty the body of teachers and administrators at a school "the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Faculty A body of a men to whom any specific right or privilege is granted; formerly, the graduates in any of the four departments of a university or college (Philosophy, Law, Medicine, or Theology), to whom was granted the right of teaching (profitendi or docendi) in the department in which they had studied; at present, the members of a profession itself; as, the medical faculty; the legal faculty, etc.
    • Faculty Ability to act or perform, whether inborn or cultivated; capacity for any natural function; especially, an original mental power or capacity for any of the well-known classes of mental activity; psychical or soul capacity; capacity for any of the leading kinds of soul activity, as knowledge, feeling, volition; intellectual endowment or gift; power; as, faculties of the mind or the soul. "But know that in the soul
      Are many lesser faculties that serve
      Reason as chief."
      "What a piece of work is a man ! how noble in reason ! how infinite in faculty !"
    • Faculty Power; prerogative or attribute of office. "This Duncan
      Hath borne his faculties so meek."
    • Faculty Privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence, to do a particular thing; authority; license; dispensation. "The pope . . . granted him a faculty to set him free from his promise.""It had not only faculty to inspect all bishops' dioceses, but to change what laws and statutes they should think fit to alter among the colleges."
    • Faculty Special mental endowment; characteristic knack. "He had a ready faculty , indeed, of escaping from any topic that agitated his too sensitive and nervous temperament."
    • Faculty (Amer. Colleges) The body of person to whom are intrusted the government and instruction of a college or university, or of one of its departments; the president, professors, and tutors in a college.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n faculty A specific power, mental or physical; a special capacity for any particular kind of action or affection; natural capability: sometimes, but rarely, restricted to an active power: as, the faculty of perception or of speech; a faculty for mimicry: sometimes extended to inanimate things: as, the faculty of a wedge; the faculty of simples. See theory of faculties, below.
    • n faculty A power or privilege conferred; bestowed capacity for the performance of any act or function; ability or authority acquired in any way. In Roman Catholic ecclesiastical law a faculty is specifically an authorization by a superior conferring certain ecclesiastical rights upon a subordinate. The most important faculties are those conferred by the pope upon bishops.
    • n faculty A body of persons on whom are conferred specific professional powers; all the authorized members of a learned profession collectively, or a body associated or acting together in a particular place or institution; when used absolutely (the faculty), the medical profession: as, the learned faculty of the law; the faculty of a college; the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh.
    • n faculty Executive ability; skill in devising and executing or supervising: applied usually to domestic affairs.
    • n faculty In colonial New England, a trade or profession.
    • n faculty In the law of divorce (commonly in the plural), the pecuniary ability of the husband, in view of both his property and his capacity to earn money, with reference to which the amount of the wife's alimony is fixed.
    • n faculty See the adjectives.
    • n faculty In algebra, the product of a series of factors in arithmetical progression, a(a + b) … (a + (m — 1)b).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Faculty fak′ul-ti facility or power to act: any particular ability or aptitude: an original power of the mind: any physical capability or function: personal quality or endowment: right, authority, or privilege to act: license: a department of learning at a university, or the professors constituting it: the members of a profession: executive ability
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  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.”
  • John Berger
    “Is boredom anything less than the sense of one's faculties slowly dying?”
  • John Ciardi
    John Ciardi
    “A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.”
  • Henry Christopher Bailey
    Henry Christopher Bailey
    “Faith is a higher faculty than reason.”
  • Francis Herbert Hedge
    Francis Herbert Hedge
    “Talent is a faculty that is highly developed, but genius commands all the faculties.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. facult, L. facultas, fr. facilis, easy (cf. facul, easily), fr. fecere, to make. See Fact, and cf. Facility
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. facultatemfacilis, easy.


In literature:

The plain truth is that he does not possess the faculty of applying his intelligence to everything within his range of observation.
"The Curse of Education" by Harold E. Gorst
The Faculties of Letters formed part of a system established by the Napoleonic legislator.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
EDUCATION: All of the educational institutions are open to both sexes alike and women are on the faculties.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
How connected with the imaginative faculties.
"Modern Painters Volume II (of V)" by John Ruskin
The =Faculties of Investigation= Must be Distinguished.
"The Church, the Schools and Evolution" by J. E. (Judson Eber) Conant
The same faculties, but inimitably developed.
"The Buddhist Catechism" by Henry S. Olcott
His intelligence and perceptive faculties differed not essentially from ours.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
The critical faculty could not be stimulated further without destroying all spontaneous impulse.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Few good judges nowadays, I think, would deny that Leigh Hunt had a certain faculty for poetry, and fewer still would rank it very high.
"Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860" by George Saintsbury
Quite other feelings absorb his reflections and govern his faculties.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë

In poetry:

But when we waken from this dream,
With senses join'd to earth no more,
Our brighten'd faculties will see
No fear, where fear there was before.
"A Dream" by Thomas Frederick Young
He, with the faultless intuition born
Of splendid faculties, sees things aright,
And all his strong, immeasurable scorn
Falls like a thunder on the hypocrite.
"William Bede Dalley" by Henry Kendall
Clean aims, rare faculties, strength and youth,
They have poured them freely forth
For the sake of the sun-steeped land they left
And the far green isle in the north.
"Australia's Men" by Dorothea Mackellar
"This is the stroke which all my peace destroys,
The dagger which no art can draw away,
The thought which every faculty employs,
Withers my bloom, and makes my strength decay.
"The Daughter" by Matilda Betham
God bless ye, Denman Thomps'n, for the good y' do our hearts,
With this music an' these memories o' youth--
God bless ye for the faculty that tops all human arts,
The good ol' Yankee faculty of Truth!
""The Old Homestead"" by Eugene Field
Here, life the undiminished man demands;
New faculties stretch out to meet new wants;
What Nature asks, that Nature also grants;
Here man is lord, not drudge, of eyes and feet and hands,
And to his life is knit with hourly bands.
"The Pioneer" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

CASC faculty decided instead to work with DBR Conveyor Concepts in Michigan who are developing a harvest -assist machine that improves harvest efficiency by eliminating the need for workers to climb ladders.
NYSUT stands ready to support faculty in fight against higher ed cuts.
"The Hellmans ' generosity and confidence in our young faculty over the years has had a profound impact on the scholarship of over 200 promising faculty members," said Suresh Subramani, executive vice chancellor.
The faculty at Eisenhower Middle High School is putting on a show to support students who put on shows.
Doctor Seth Katz is Bradley Hillel 's faculty advisor and assistant professor of English.
"Our state continues to face a tough fiscal situation and our budgets are uncertain at UNT," President V Lane Rawlins wrote in a letter to faculty and staff on Monday.
Mlive.com archives The head of Grand Rapids Community College's faculty association is hopeful that administrators carry through on what he says was a pledge to convert 36 temporary, full-time positions into permanent, full-time positions.
Do you think USC should have supplemented the salary for some of its faculty and staff.
10 million donation to UCLA's history department aims to support graduate students, faculty and more.
In academic year 1999-2000, for example, Yale had nearly 350 tenured faculty members, more than a third of whom were in the humanities.
UT staff, faculty eye boost in pay.
This past week I had the pleasure to offer reflections on the "Theological Foundations of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition" to a faculty seminar at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.
A small gathering of CUNY faculty and staff demand CUNY's Board of Trustees give Playwright Tony Kushner an honorary degree .
At a campus meeting on Friday, the trustees approved new board bylaws, policies for the faculty and staff handbooks.
Howe, 50-year teacher, faculty inductee Friday.

In science:

Moscow State University, Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics.
Simple singularities of multigerms of curves
University of Twente, Faculty of Mathematical Sciences, P.O.
Conservation laws of generalized higher Burgers and linear evolution equations
Faculty of Physics & Nuclear Techniques, University of Mining & Metallurgy al.
Why everything gets slower ?
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, and J.
Transport in one dimensional quantum systems
Nasedkin, Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Rostov State University, Zorge 5, Rostov-on-Don 344090, Russia.
Fundamental Solutions in Plane Problem for Anisotropic Elastic Medium Under Moving Oscillating Source