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Foul meaning

foul - 25 dictionary results

  1. 1. an act that violates of the rules of a sport
  2. 2. become soiled and dirty
  3. 3. make unclean; " foul the water"
  4. 4. hit a foul ball
  5. 5. thoroughly unpleasant; " filthy ( or foul or nasty or vile) weather we're having"
  6. 6. Covered with, or containing, extraneous matter which is injurious, noxious, offensive, or obstructive; filthy; dirty; not clean; polluted; nasty; defiled; as, a foul cloth; foul hands; a foul chimney; foul air; a ship's bottom is foul when overgrown with barnacles; a gun becomes foul from repeated firing; a well is foul with polluted water.
  7. 7. Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words; foul language.
  8. 8. Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched.
  9. 9. Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease.
  10. 10. Ugly; homely; poor.
  11. 11. Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating; as, foul play.
  12. 12. To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil; as, to foul the face or hands with mire.
  13. 13. To incrust ( the bore of a gun) with burnt powder in the process of firing.
  14. 14. To cover ( a ship's bottom) with anything that impered its sailing; as, a bottom fouled with barnacles.
  15. 15. To entangle, so as to impede motion; as, to foul a rope or cable in paying it out; to come into collision with; as, one boat fouled the other in a race.
  16. 16. To become clogged with burnt powder in the process of firing, as a gun.
  17. 17. To become entagled, as ropes; to come into collision with something; as, the two boats fouled.
  18. 18. An entanglement; a collision, as in a boat race.
  19. 19. See Foul ball, under Foul, a.
  20. 20. Not favorable; unpropitious; not fair or advantageous; as, a foul wind; a foul road; cloudy or rainy; stormy; not fair; - said of the weather, sky, etc.
  21. 21. Having freedom of motion interfered with by collision or entanglement; entangled; - opposed to clear; as, a rope or cable may get foul while paying it out.
  22. 22. See ball, under Foul, a.
  23. 23. Into collision; to an attack.
  24. 24. To make foul; entangle.
  25. 25. Unclean; impure; disgusting; offensive; stormy; unfair; in collision with; entangled.

foul - examples of usage

  1. The pulse is feeble and the breath foul. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. Most of my men I had to take with me, to guard against foul play. - "Brand Blotters", William MacLeod Raine.
  3. Presently Nettleship, near whom I was standing, remarked- " There are two of them closer together than they should be;" and the next instant he exclaimed, " They're foul of each other! - "Paddy Finn", W. H. G. Kingston.
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