farthing

Definitions

  • The treasure is all his own, and he shall have every farthing's worth of it
    The treasure is all his own, and he shall have every farthing's worth of it
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n farthing a former British bronze coin worth a quarter of a penny
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Farthing A division of land. "Thirty acres make a farthing land; nine farthings a Cornish acre; and four Cornish acres a knight's fee."
    • Farthing A very small quantity or value. "In her cup was no farthing seen of grease."
    • Farthing The fourth of a penny; a small copper coin of Great Britain, being a cent in United States currency.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n farthing An English piece of money equal to one fourth of a penny; the smallest English coin and money of account. The old silver penny was deeply impressed with a cross, and being broken made four farthings. Later silver farthings were coined; the first copper farthings were issued by Charles II., and they are now made of bronze.
    • n farthing A division of land, probably originally a fourth of a hide; later, a quarter of an acre.
    • n farthing Anything very small; a small quantity.
    • n farthing [In the New Testament farthing is used to translate the Greek name of two small Roman coins, the assarius, worth one and a half cents, and the quadrans, a quarter of an assarius.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Farthing fär′thing the fourth of a penny: anything very small:
    • n Farthing (B.) the rendering for two names of coins, one the fourth part of the other—assarion, used as the Gr. equivalent of the L. as, and kodrantes (L. quadrans), a coin equivalent to two lepta
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. furthing, AS. feórðung, fr. feórða, fourth, feór, feówer, four. See Four
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. féorthing, a fourth part—féortha, fourth, and dim. -ing, or -ling.

Usage

In literature:

You see that bronze farthing there lying on your table.
"On the Eve" by Ivan Turgenev
We'll have every farthing you have got, or we will strip you to the skin, curse me.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Volume 2, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
We'll have every farthing you have got, or we will strip you to the skin, curse me.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
As to the debt to the Duke of Montrose, I have discharged it to the utmost farthing.
"Rob Roy, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Uncle Sam, you shall have every farthing of it.
"Erema" by R. D. Blackmore
She hadn't a farthing, and she has got the whole of the Ayrshire property for her life.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
Good God, he and his family should rather perish than he would touch a farthing of it!
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Don't fear; if a joke were worth a farthing, you would never give that permission.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
If this claret is worth a farthing, it's worth a guinea a bottle.
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
The last farthing of ready money in the possession of Amelius proved to be insufficient to discharge the debt.
"The Fallen Leaves" by Wilkie Collins
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In poetry:

May bid your virtuous gratitude
Their grasping sin surround,
May rob you first, and then restore
A farthing in the pound!
"The Walk Home From Beldagon" by Ernest Jones
He freely pardon'd ev'ry mite,
Yet would no single farthing quit,
Hence ev'ry bliss that falls to me
Is dearly bought, yet wholly free.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
I, gold and silver one possess'd,
And was with lands and houses bless'd;
But now I can't one farthing find
Of all the wealth I left behind.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
'Are not two sparrows sold,' he cried,
'Sold for a farthing? and,' he sighed,
As he pushed his morning post away,
'Are not two sonnets more than they?'
"Faery Gold" by Richard Le Gallienne
Could Homer come himself, distressed and poor And tune his harp at Rhedicina's door,
The rich old vixen would exclaim, (I fear,)
"Begone! no tramper gets a farthing here."
"On The Neglect Of Homer" by William Cowper
With him, thou hast oppress'd, in time agree —
Zacchëus-like, whate'er thou took'st away,
Restore:— ere thou shalt from the gaol get free,
Thou must the debt, to the last farthing, pay.
"A Warning Against Oppression, And A Recommendation Of Restitution " by Rees Prichard

In news:

Schwinns, penny-farthings and Soccer Head.
These pedal-pushers are outfitted with enough straps and buckles to make Houdini drool all over his penny-farthing.
Brian and Katherine Farthing of El Dorado announce the birth of their son, Seth Daniel Farthing .
Kaydence Farthing was born on Dec 30 at Newton Medical Center, weighing 4 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 16 inches long.
She is the daughter of Desiree D Farthing and Christopher B Farthing of Conyers.
Farthing sisters lead Madison past Lebo.
The Penny Farthing 's new general manager and operating partner, Desmond Carreras, is a trained chef and self-described "foodie".
Located in St Augustines historic district and built in 1897, the Penny Farthing Inn is a Victorian-era home with 8 eclectic rooms.
Kerry Ann Doherty & Ian Farthing Photo: Lynne Chagnon.
If m'lady is hankering to pedal her penny-farthing down a bucolic country lane, I'd advise her to stay away from the North Diversion Channel.
Jack and Jill's Laughing Vacation – A Book of Geography Jokes Nonfiction written and illustrated by 2nd grade students Prairie Star Elementary Leawood, KS Project Coordinator: Deborah Kembell Principal: Amy Farthing.
The defending champion Rochester Knighthawks announced the signing of Josh Kacprzak, Mark Farthing, Miller Rusbridge, Ben VanEvery and Chris Courtney to one-year contracts.
Pete flash mob dresses in retro clothes and rides penny farthings.
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In science:

A): First it is worth listing—as a partial review of the story so far—the five main ideas that have led to this conclusion.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
We feel that the sections we have made can be of importance in farthing the field but our main criteria are that the results will have some educational value and that they add a bit of zest to our field.
Interesting,Surprising and Perhaps Amusing Results in Nuclear Physics Calculations Over the the Years
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