fagot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fagot bind or tie up in or as if in a faggot "faggot up the sticks"
    • v fagot fasten together rods of iron in order to heat or weld them
    • v fagot ornament or join (fabric) by faggot stitch "He fagotted the blouse for his wife"
    • n fagot a bundle of sticks and branches bound together
    • n fagot offensive term for an openly homosexual man
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • fagot (Mus) A bassoon. See Fagotto.
    • fagot A bundle of pieces of wrought iron to be worked over into bars or other shapes by rolling or hammering at a welding heat; a pile.
    • fagot A bundle of sticks, twigs, or small branches of trees, used for fuel, for raising batteries, filling ditches, or other purposes in fortification; a fascine.
    • fagot A person hired to take the place of another at the muster of a company.
    • fagot An old shriveled woman.
    • v. t Fagot To make a fagot of; to bind together in a fagot or bundle; also, to collect promiscuously.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fagot A bundle of sticks, twigs, or small branches of trees, used for fuel or for other purposes, as in fortifications; a fascine; as a definite amount of wood, a bundle 3 feet long and 24 inches round. See cut under fascine.
    • n fagot The punishment of burning alive, as for heresy; the stake: from the use of fagots of wood in making the fire.
    • n fagot A bundle of pieces of iron or steel, ready to be welded and drawn out into bars; as a definite amount of such metal, 120 pounds avoirdupois.
    • n fagot A person formerly hired to take the place of another at the muster of a military company, or to hide deficiency in its number when it was not full.
    • n fagot A badge worn in medieval times by those who had recanted their heretical opinions. It was designed to show what they had merited but narrowly escaped.
    • n fagot A heap of fishes piled up for the night on the drying-flakes; a bundle of fish, about 100, taken from the flakes and put under shelter at night.
    • fagot To tie together; bind in a fagot or bundle; collect and bind together.
    • fagot Specifically In metallurgy, to cut (bars of metal, usually of iron or steel) into pieces of suitable length, which are then made up into “fagots,” “piles,” or bundles, and, after reheating, welded together, and rolled or drawn out under the hammer into bars. The object of this process is, in some cases, to secure uniformity of texture; in other cases just the opposite. Also pile.
    • fagot To ornament (a fabric) by drawing out a number of threads and tying together in the middle a series of the cross-threads. See fagoting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fagot a bundle of sticks for fuel, fascines, &c.: a stick: anything like a faggot: a bundle of pieces of iron or steel cut off into suitable lengths for welding: a soldier numbered on the muster-roll, but not really existing: a voter who has obtained his vote expressly for party purposes, on a spurious or sham qualification
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., prob. aug. of L. fax, facis, torch, perh. orig., a bundle of sticks; cf. Gr. fa`kelos bundle, fagot. Cf. Fagotto
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. fagot, a bundle of sticks, perh. from L. fax, a torch.

Usage

In literature:

One of the Makololo had risen to put some fresh fagots on a fire burning near him.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
It was the eyes of a deer, then, glancing back the blaze of the oak fagots, that had alarmed them.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Rods are also used across the top of the doorway upon which to place the bundles of fagots or twigs.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
The veil, too, was rent, showing the poisonous, fluted gills; and the toadstool blackened when he cut it with the blade of his fagot-knife.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
Here she sold the fagots for kindling wood to the people of the village.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
Manrico looked, and there he saw his old mother being tied to the stake, the fagots being piled about her.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
Was he not going, perchance like the martyrs of old, to the fagot and the stake?
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
It was a large apartment, full of piles of wood and fagots, with a steelyard on one side.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
Going into the forest, he saw Mr. Badger walking home with a load of fagots and brush on his back.
"Harper's Young People, June 22, 1880" by Various
He mounted his horse and with his rope dragged great bundles of fagots from the thickets.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
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In poetry:

Half-waking from her dreams she turned
And heard the driving wind and rain;
Still on the hearth the fagots burned,
And hail beat on the window-pane.
"Fido" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Men slay the prophets; fagot, rack, and cross
Make up the groaning record of the past;
But Evil's triumphs are her endless loss,
And sovereign Beauty wins the soul at last.
"Elegy On The Death Of Dr. Channing" by James Russell Lowell
Swift leap the crimson flames above the pyre,
As shades of India's night are falling fast;
On high they leap - then sinks the fagot fire,
And dieth slow. All things must end at last.
"The Burning-Ghauts at Benares" by Clark Ashton Smith
Dark loom the ghauts against the stream and sky;
The smoke doth rise and wind in columns grey;
Red flare the flames of fagots, leaping high,
Then smoulder down, as dies the darkling day.
"The Burning-Ghauts at Benares" by Clark Ashton Smith
When reposing that night on my pallet of straw,
By the wolf-scaring fagot that guarded the slain,
At the dead of the night a sweet vision I saw,
And thrice ere the morning I dreamt it again.
"The Soldier's Dream" by Thomas Campbell
"I oft ascend that lofty ridge with toil,
And hew large branches from the oaks;
Then of their leafy glory them I spoil,
And fagots form with vigorous strokes.
Returning tired, your matchless grace I see,
And my whole soul dissolves in ecstasy.
"The Rejoicings Of A Bridegroom" by Confucius