• La Rochefoucauld and his Fair Friends——629
    La Rochefoucauld and his Fair Friends——629
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fair very pleasing to the eye "my bonny lass","there's a bonny bay beyond","a comely face","young fair maidens"
    • adj fair (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored; "a fair complexion"
    • adj fair free of clouds or rain "today will be fair and warm"
    • adj fair (of a baseball) hit between the foul lines "he hit a fair ball over the third base bag"
    • adj fair free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules "a fair referee","fair deal","on a fair footing","a fair fight","by fair means or foul"
    • adj fair gained or earned without cheating or stealing "an honest wage","an fair penny"
    • adj fair (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections "fair copy","a clean manuscript"
    • adj fair attractively feminine "the fair sex"
    • adj fair not excessive or extreme "a fairish income","reasonable prices"
    • adj fair lacking exceptional quality or ability "a novel of average merit","only a fair performance of the sonata","in fair health","the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average","the performance was middling at best"
    • adv fair without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner "deal fairly with one another"
    • adv fair in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating "they played fairly"
    • v fair join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly
    • n fair a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.
    • n fair a sale of miscellany; often for charity "the church bazaar"
    • n fair a competitive exhibition of farm products "she won a blue ribbon for her baking at the county fair"
    • n fair gathering of producers to promote business "world fair","trade fair","book fair"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

It wuz so big that it wuz fairly skairful It wuz so big that it wuz fairly skairful
A few of thousands of clay pipe fragments unearthed at Jamestown. The ones shown range in date from 1600 to 1700. During this 100-year period, pipes developed from small bowls to fairly large ones A few of thousands of clay pipe fragments unearthed at Jamestown. The ones shown range in date from 1600 to 1700....
The morning was truly Venetian, soft and fair as a dream The morning was truly Venetian, soft and fair as a dream

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Ice Cream cone was invented in the summer of 1904 by Charles Menches. It made its debut one year later at the St. Louis World Fair
    • Fair A competitive exhibition of wares, farm products, etc., not primarily for purposes of sale; as, the Mechanics' fair; an agricultural fair.
    • Fair A fair woman; a sweetheart. "I have found out a gift for my fair ."
    • Fair A festival, and sale of fancy articles. erc., usually for some charitable object; as, a Grand Army fair; a church fair .
    • Fair A gathering of buyers and sellers, assembled at a particular place with their merchandise at a stated or regular season, or by special appointment, for trade.
    • Fair an exhibition by a number of organizations, including governmental organizations, for the purpose of acquainting people with such organizations or their members, not primarily for commercial purposes; as, the 1939 World's Fair. "Meet me in St. Louis, Louis
      Meet me at the fair Don't tell me the lights are shining
      Anyplace but there."
    • Fair Characterized by frankness, honesty, impartiality, or candor; open; upright; free from suspicion or bias; equitable; just; -- said of persons, character, or conduct; as, a fair man; fair dealing; a fair statement. "I would call it fair play."
    • adv Fair Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably.
    • Fair Distinct; legible; as, fair handwriting.
    • Fair Fairness, beauty.
    • Fair Free from any marked characteristic; average; middling; as, a fair specimen. "The news is very fair and good, my lord."
    • Fair Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unincumbered; open; direct; -- said of a road, passage, etc.; as, a fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view. "The caliphs obtained a mighty empire, which was in a fair way to have enlarged."
    • Fair Free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection; unblemished; clean; pure. "A fair white linen cloth."
    • Fair Good fortune; good luck. "Now fair befall thee !"
    • Fair Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; favorable; -- said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as, a fair sky; a fair day. "You wish fair winds may waft him over."
    • Fair Pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful. "Who can not see many a fair French city, for one fair French made."
    • Fair Pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; -- said of words, promises, etc. "When fair words and good counsel will not prevail on us, we must be frighted into our duty."
    • Fair To make fair or beautiful. "Fairing the foul."
    • Fair (Shipbuilding) To make smooth and flowing, as a vessel's lines.
    • Fair Without a dark hue; light; clear; as, a fair skin. "The northern people large and fair -complexioned."
    • Fair (Shipbuilding) Without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; flowing; -- said of the figure of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: G.I. Joe was introduced at the annual American International Toy Fair in New York on Feb. 9, 1964.
    • fair Beautiful; comely; free from disfigurement or incongruity; pleasing to the eye: as, a fair landscape.
    • fair Free from imperfections or blemish; pure, clean, unspotted, untarnished, etc.; free from anything that might impair the appearance, quality, or character; not foul: as, a fair copy; fair skies; fair fame.
    • fair Of a light hue; clear in color; not dusky or sallow; not discolored: as, a fair skin or complexion; fair hair; the English are a fair race.
    • fair Free from obscurity or doubt; clear; distinct; positive; direct: as, to get a fair view of a prospect; to take a fair aim.
    • fair Marked by favoring conditions; affording ample facility or advantage; unobstructed; favorable: as, a fair field and no favor; a fair mark; in a fair way to success; a fair subject of ridicule.
    • fair Comparatively favorable or propitious; not obstructive or forbidding; moderately fit or suitable: as, fair weather (as distinguished from clear or foul weather).
    • fair Free from guile, harm, or injustice; not wrongful, erroneous, or blameworthy; impartial; honest; equitable: used both of persons and of things: as, fair dealing; a fair debater; a fair decision.
    • fair Comparatively good or satisfactory; passably or moderately good; free from serious defect; not undesirable, but not excellent: as, a fair income; a fair appearance; he bears a fair reputation.
    • fair Of favorable bearing or import; manifesting or expressing proper feelings or intentions; not harsh or repellent; plausible: as, a fair seeming; to be fair in speech.
    • fair Gracious; kind.
    • fair Level; parallel, as a wall.
    • fair Blond, etc. See white.
    • fair Open, Frank, etc. See candid.
    • n fair A fair or beautiful woman; in general, a woman, especially a beloved woman.
    • n fair Fairness; beauty.
    • fair Kindly; civilly; complaisantly; courteously.
    • fair Honorably; honestly.
    • fair Auspiciously; favorably; happily.
    • fair Fairly; clearly.
    • fair Correctly; straight or direct, as in aiming or hitting.
    • fair To make fair or beautiful.
    • fair Nautical, to adjust; make regular, or fair and smooth; specifically, to form in correct shape, as the timbers of a ship.
    • fair To become fair or beautiful.
    • fair To clear up; cease raining: applied to the weather, in reference to preceding rain: followed commonly by up or off.
    • n fair A stated market in a particular town or city; a regular meeting of buyers and sellers for trade. Among the most celebrated fairs in Europe are those of Frankfort-on-the-Main and Leipsic in Germany, of Nijni-Novgorod in Russia, and of Lyons in France. Fairs appear to have originated in church festivals, which, from the great concourse of people at such times, afforded convenient opportunities for commercial transactions, and this origin is commemorated in the German word messe, which means both the mass and a fair (see kermess). See market.
    • n fair An occasional joint exhibition of articles for sale or inspection; a sale or an exhibition of goods for the promotion of some public interest or the aid of some public charity (see bazaar, 2): as, an agricultural fair; a church fair.
    • n fair Market; chance of selling.
    • n fair Doing; action; affair.
    • fair Same as fare.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Monday's Child is fair of face, Tuesday's child is full of grace, Wednesday's child is full of woe, Thursday's child has far to go, Friday's child is loving and giving, Saturday's child has to work for its living, But a child that's born on the Sabbath Day, Is fair and wise and good and gay.
    • adj Fair fār bright: clear: free from blemish: pure: pleasing to the eye: beautiful: free from a dark hue: of a light shade: free from clouds or rain: favourable: unobstructed: open: prosperous: frank: impartial: just: pleasing: plausible: hopeful: moderate: pretty good
    • n Fair that which is fair:
    • v.t Fair to make fair
    • v.i Fair to clear up, as the weather from rain
    • adv Fair kindly, honestly, clearly: straight:
    • n Fair fār a great periodical market for one kind of merchandise, or for the general sales and purchases of a district: a collection of miscellaneous goods for sale on behoof of charity at a bazaar, &c
    • n Fair (arch.) a woman
    • adv Fair (Shak.) favourably
    • ***


  • Proverb
    “The gods sell all things at a fair price.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Fair flowers are not left standing along the wayside long.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “All is fair in love and golf.”
  • Don Marquis
    “We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Fair and softly goes far.”
  • Francis Edward Smedley
    Francis Edward Smedley
    “All fair in love and war.”


All's fair in love and war - This idiom is used to say that where there is conflict, people can be expected to behave in a more vicious way.
Faint heart never won fair lady - This means that you will not get the partner of your dreams if you lack the confidence to let them know how you feel.
Fair and square - If someone does something fair and square, they do it correctly, following any rules or laws.
Fair crack of the whip - (UK) If everybody has a fair crack of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
Fair game - If something or someone is fair game, then it is acceptable to target, criticise or attack them.
Fair shake of the whip - (USA) If everybody has a fair shake of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
Fair thee well - Meaning completely and fully: I am tied up today to a fair-thee-well.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fair, fayer, fager, AS. fæger,; akin to OS. & OHG. fagar, Icel. fagr, Sw. fager, Dan. faver, Goth. fagrs, fit, also to E. fay, G. fügen, to fit. fegen, to sweep, cleanse, and prob. also to E. fang, peace, pact, Cf. Fang Fain Fay to fit


In literature:

And she wanted, just now, to lay hold of the plan of the fair building of her own life.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The palea is fairly uniform in its structure in many grasses, but it is also subject to variation.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
There's other maids as fair as she t' be found in the world.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
Clif was fairly boiling over with excitement at that discovery.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
The window-blind was not down and he had a fairly good view of the room.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I had a fair knowledge of temperaments, and altogether was enabled to pass fair judgment on the lad.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
Captain Bracebridge is no snob; but he knows his own interests, and won't refuse such fair request.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Your pirate would have been too much for me in a fair set-to.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
A fair troop of warrior-thanes guarding it found he; Heedlessly sleeping, they recked not of sorrow.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
The number of these birds so far north fairly astonished me.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley

In poetry:

And here's a lady
Fair as them all,
Gracious to look upon,
Royally tall.
"Portrait Of A Lady-1" by Cicely Fox Smith
Do I Southward gaze--
Like the ocean there,
Ripening fields of grain
Wave and ripple fair.
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
Sudden it comes to me,
Youth so fair seeming,
That all the night of thee
I have been dreaming.
"The Forsaken Maiden" by Eduard Morike
She had laughter on her lips,
Flowers in her hair–
Once I met Happiness–
Oh, she was fair!
"Once I Met Happiness" by Margaret Widdemer
But lo! now Winter glooms,
And gray is in my hair,
Whither has flown the world
I found so fair?
"Mea Culpa" by Anna Johnston MacManus
How must the trumpet's note,
Savage and shrill,
For requiem o'er thee float,
Thou fair and still!
"Woman On The Field Of Battle" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

00PM 12th Annual Lexington Holiday Craft Fair The 12th Annual Lexington Holiday Craft Fair is located at the agency's 127 E State Street, Gloversville location.
Saturday was a big social event in Buffalo – the annual health fair will welcome hundreds of locals, as they gather at the Johnson County Fair grounds community building to pick up results of their blood and other tests.
Hazel Goodwin has been honored with top honors at the Harford County Farm Fair and the Maryland State Fair.
New Year's Eve Career Fair sponsored by Job Fair Giant, scheduled for Friday, December 28, 2012, at the Embassy Suites-Southfield.
Joseph Truskot is a collector and freelance writer based in Salinas, Calif Most recently he wrote about the Old Town Clovis Antiques Fair and the Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire.
Winners of the Butte County Fair Coloring Contest visited the fair Thursday to see how they placed and where their entries will be shown during the fair.
The Kentucky State Fair is less than a week away, but a new strand of swine flu now has fair officials concerned and calling for new precautions.
Additionally, the fair is seeking people willing to help organize and publicize the fair.
The Fairest of the Fair was crowned Friday at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls.
Andrew Cuomo last week signed legislation permitting licensed farm distilleries to sell liquor at fairs and markets and at the New York State Fair.
The fair, which includes 4-H exhibits, a midway of rides and harness racing, is a perennial prizewinner in state fair competitions.
It was one part science fair and one part world's fair.
Graduate Beginner's Obedience Grand Champion Madison Vogelsmeier, center left, and Reserve Grand Champion Margaret Miles, center right, post with Junior Fair Queen Morgan Sloan, left, and Senior Fair Queen Kaylee McEachern, right.
The Commercial Appeal reports the attendance was not as good as past fairs in Mississippi but still a number that fair officials consider a success.
Abby Harner skipped the Mercer County Banner Fair this year so she could take two steers to the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

In science:

This means that we can be fairly sure of the value of the main term of SN (t) because, as we will show, it depends only on the dominant term of Γt (r).
I. Territory covered by N random walkers on deterministic fractals. The Sierpinski gasket
We are also able to treat module extensions with the same theory, in a fairly natural way.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
Given that the initial disorder is not very strong, the agreement of the RG predictions with the σ ′ (ω , L) from the exact diagonalization is fairly good.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
We assume that the polarization B is fairly large.
A note on polarizations of finitely generated fields
We assume that the polarization B is fairly large.
A note on polarizations of finitely generated fields