fair


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fair \Fair\ (f[^a]r), a. [Compar. Fairer; superl. Fairest.]
   [OE. fair, fayer, fager, AS. f[ae]ger; akin to OS. & OHG.
   fagar, Icel. fagr, Sw. fager, Dan. faver, Goth. fagrs fit,
   also to E. fay, G. f["u]gen, to fit. fegen to sweep, cleanse,
   and prob. also to E. fang, peace, pact, Cf. Fang, Fain,
   Fay to fit.]
   1. Free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection;
      unblemished; clean; pure.
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            A fair white linen cloth.             --Book of
                                                  Common Prayer.
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   2. Pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful.
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            Who can not see many a fair French city, for one
            fair French made.                     --Shak.
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   3. Without a dark hue; light; clear; as, a fair skin.
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            The northern people large and fair-complexioned.
                                                  --Sir M. Hale.
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   4. Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious;
      favorable; -- said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as,
      a fair sky; a fair day.
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            You wish fair winds may waft him over. --Prior.
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   5. 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.
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            The caliphs obtained a mighty empire, which was in a
            fair way to have enlarged.            --Sir W.
                                                  Raleigh.
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   6. (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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   7. 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." --Shak.
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   8. Pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; --
      said of words, promises, etc.
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            When fair words and good counsel will not prevail on
            us, we must be frighted into our duty. --L'
                                                  Estrange.
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   9. Distinct; legible; as, fair handwriting.
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   10. Free from any marked characteristic; average; middling;
       as, a fair specimen.
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             The news is very fair and good, my lord. --Shak.
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   Fair ball. (Baseball)
       (a) A ball passing over the home base at the height
           called for by the batsman, and delivered by the
           pitcher while wholly within the lines of his position
           and facing the batsman.
       (b) A batted ball that falls inside the foul lines; --
           called also a fair hit.

   Fair maid. (Zool.)
       (a) The European pilchard (Clupea pilchardus) when
           dried.
       (b) The southern scup (Stenotomus Gardeni). [Virginia]
           

   Fair one, a handsome woman; a beauty,

   Fair play, equitable or impartial treatment; a fair or
      equal chance; justice.

   From fair to middling, passable; tolerable. [Colloq.]

   The fair sex, the female sex.

   Syn: Candid; open; frank; ingenuous; clear; honest;
        equitable; impartial; reasonable. See Candid.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fair \Fair\, n.
   1. Fairness, beauty. [Obs.] --Shak.
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   2. A fair woman; a sweetheart.
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            I have found out a gift for my fair.  --Shenstone.
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   3. Good fortune; good luck.
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            Now fair befall thee !                --Shak.
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   The fair, anything beautiful; women, collectively. "For
      slander's mark was ever yet the fair." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fair \Fair\, v. t.
   1. To make fair or beautiful. [Obs.]
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            Fairing the foul.                     --Shak.
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   2. (Shipbuilding) To make smooth and flowing, as a vessel's
      lines.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fair \Fair\, n. [OE. feire, OF. feire, F. foire, fr. L. fariae,
   pl., days of rest, holidays, festivals, akin to festus
   festal. See Feast.]
   1. 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.
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   2. A festival, and sale of fancy articles. erc., usually for
      some charitable object; as, a Grand Army fair; a church
      fair.
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   3. A competitive exhibition of wares, farm products, etc.,
      not primarily for purposes of sale; as, the Mechanics'
      fair; an agricultural fair.
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   4. 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.
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            Meet me in St. Louis, Louis
            Meet me at the fair
            Don't tell me the lights are shining
            Anyplace but there.                   --Song (1904:
                                                  words by
                                                  Andrew B.
                                                  Sterling,
                                                  music by Kerry
                                                  Mills,
                                                  popularized by
                                                  Billy Murray.
                                                  Prominent in
                                                  the movie
                                                  "Meet Me In
                                                  St. Louis",
                                                  1944)
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   After the fair, Too late. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fair \Fair\, adv.
   Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably;
   auspiciously; agreeably.
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   Fair and square, justly; honestly; equitably; impartially.
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   To bid fair. See under Bid.

   To speak fair, to address with courtesy and frankness.
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