fuzz

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fuzz the first beard of an adolescent boy
    • n fuzz a hazy or indistinct representation "it happened so fast it was just a blur","he tried to clear his head of the whisky fuzz"
    • n fuzz uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
    • n fuzz filamentous hairlike growth on a plant "peach fuzz"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fuzz on a tennis ball is intentionally included as a way to give the ball some definite action when it hits the court. It also slows the flight of the ball through the air.
    • n Fuzz Fine, light particles or fibers; loose, volatile matter.
    • v. i Fuzz To fly off in minute particles.
    • v. t Fuzz fŭz To make drunk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fuzz Fine downy particles, as on the surface of some fruits, as the peach; loose fibers, as on the surface of cloth, or separated from it by friction; loose volatile matter.
    • n fuzz A puffball; a fuzzball.
    • fuzz To fly off in minute particles.
    • fuzz To intoxicate; fuddle; fuzzle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Fuzz fuz to fly off in minute particles with a fizzing sound like water from hot iron
    • n Fuzz fine light particles, as dust, down, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prov. E. fuzzy, that ravels (of silk or cotton), D. voos, spongy, fungous, G. faser, filament. E. feaze, to untwist

Usage

In literature:

Then all that day, and the next day, too, That fuzz from the dirtless carpet flew.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
We'll take a tramp for an hour to work the fuzz off our gray matter, and then a nap to freshen us up for the evening.
"The Madness of May" by Meredith Nicholson
The fuzz has disappeared and the bloom is becoming evident.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
And when he took off his tan Panama hat, a white fuzz exploded from his scalp.
"They Twinkled Like Jewels" by Philip José Farmer
The moon rested on its little head and made its fuzz of hair a halo.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
The Martians were standing around grinning at the pile of shovels lying in the fuzz-bush.
"The Terrible Answer" by Arthur G. Hill
He says it reminds him of caterpillar's fuzz.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
He was quite young, not more than twenty-five, and the black fuzz on his face gave him a singularly dirty appearance.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
There was a rough growth of gray-black hair on the crown of the big head and a fuzz of it, less dark, on the face itself.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
The voice was that of an older man, too, belying the youthful complexion, the almost childish features, the soft fuzz of a beard.
"Voyage To Eternity" by Milton Lesser
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In news:

Now it's enjoyed with fuzz balls and crab salads on the Cypress Inn patio.
She named her rabbit "Fuzzes".
Still, anyone familiar with the Brits' 25-year reign in fuzz knows two nights in a row's pushing things.
Jake Gyllenhaal has some new fuzz.
INTERVIEWS Listen to Turbo Fruits' Aching Fuzz-Pop Ode 'Sweet Thang '.
Basic Audio is the Lyon's Den o' Fuzz.
Verve, 1968 Drowning their songs in guitar fuzz and drone, VU made the most extreme disc in their extreme catalog.
Brit thesp to reunite with 'Hot Fuzz' team.
INTERVIEWS Hear Bear Ceuse's Super Fuzz-Pop Slacker-Rager 'Dixie Bros.'.
A mix of gnarly soul, fuzzed-out funk and punk.
On the surface, 500 Days of Summer really is no different than, oh, let's say, The Proposal, in which Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock spun box-office gold from romantic comedy's refrigerator fuzz.
Fuzz Sangiovanni performs with Caravan of Thieves at Winchester Music Hall in Lakewood on Nov 28, 2012.
No answer, just fuzz, from cell phone study.
He wouldn't just sprout some peach fuzz for his mustache.
The "Hot Fuzz" funnyman is in talks to guest star in the period drama from the former "Walking Dead" showrunner.
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In science:

Fuzzing for Software Security Testing and Quality Assurance.
Testing and Debugging Techniques for Answer Set Solver Development
NET applications, and the second one is a fuzz tester for security vulnerabilities.
Applying SMT Solvers to the Test Template Framework
Molnar (2008): Automated Whitebox Fuzz Testing.
CTGEN - a Unit Test Generator for C
For both glueballs and hybrids it is necessary to use “smeared” or “fuzzed” links for the gluon parts of the operator to get good overlap with the ground state particles.
Glueballs and Hybrids (Gluons as Constituents)
Local and fuzzed correlators were fitted simultaneously to constrain fit parameters and a sliding window analysis used to find an appropriate time window for each fit.
Light quark masses from UKQCD's dynamical simulations with O(a)-improved Wilson fermions
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