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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fact  \Fact\,  n.  [L.  factum,  fr  facere  to  make  or  do  Cf 
  {Feat},  {Affair},  {Benefit},  {Defect},  {Fashion},  and  {-fy}.] 
  1.  A  doing  making,  or  preparing.  [Obs.] 
 
  A  project  for  the  fact  and  vending  Of  a  new  kind  of 
  fucus,  paint  for  ladies.  --B.  Jonson 
 
  2.  An  effect  produced  or  achieved;  anything  done  or  that 
  comes  to  pass;  an  act  an  event;  a  circumstance. 
 
  What  might  instigate  him  to  this  devilish  fact  I  am 
  not  able  to  conjecture.  --Evelyn. 
 
  He  who  most  excels  in  fact  of  arms.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  Reality;  actuality;  truth;  as  he  in  fact  excelled  all 
  the  rest;  the  fact  is  he  was  beaten. 
 
  4.  The  assertion  or  statement  of  a  thing  done  or  existing; 
  sometimes  even  when  false,  improperly  put  by  a  transfer 
  of  meaning,  for  the  thing  done  or  supposed  to  be  done  a 
  thing  supposed  or  asserted  to  be  done  as  history  abounds 
  with  false  facts. 
 
  I  do  not  grant  the  fact  --De  Foe. 
 
  This  reasoning  is  founded  upon  a  fact  which  is  not 
  true.  --Roger  Long. 
 
  Note:  TheTerm  fact  has  in  jurisprudence  peculiar  uses  in 
  contrast  with  low  as  attorney  at  low  and  attorney  in 
  fact  issue  in  low  and  issue  in  fact  There  is  also  a 
  grand  distinction  between  low  and  fact  with  reference 
  to  the  province  of  the  judge  and  that  of  the  jury,  the 
  latter  generally  determining  the  fact  the  former  the 
  low  --Burrill  Bouvier. 
 
  {Accessary  before},  or  {after},  {the  fact}.  See  under 
  {Accessary}. 
 
  {Matter  of  fact},  an  actual  occurrence;  a  verity;  used 
  adjectively:  of  or  pertaining  to  facts;  prosaic; 
  unimaginative;  as  a  matter-of-fact  narration. 
 
  Syn:  Act  deed;  performance;  event;  incident;  occurrence; 
  circumstance. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fact 
  n  1:  a  piece  of  information  about  circumstances  that  exist  or 
  events  that  have  occurred;  "first  you  must  collect  all 
  the  facts  of  the  case" 
  2:  a  statement  or  assertion  of  verified  information  about 
  something  that  is  the  case  or  has  happened;  "he  supported 
  his  argument  with  an  impressive  array  of  facts" 
  3:  an  event  known  to  have  happened  or  something  known  to  have 
  existed;  "your  fears  have  no  basis  in  fact";  "how  much  of 
  the  story  is  fact  and  how  much  fiction  is  hard  to  tell" 
  4:  a  concept  whose  truth  can  be  proved;  "scientific  hypotheses 
  are  not  facts" 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  FACT 
 
  {Fully  Automated  Compiling  Technique} 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  fact 
 
  intelligence,  programming>  The  kind  of  {clause} 
  used  in  {logic  programming}  which  has  no  {subgoals}  and  so  is 
  always  true  (always  succeeds).  E.g. 
 
  wet(water). 
  male(denis). 
 
  This  is  in  contrast  to  a  {rule}  which  only  succeeds  if  all  its 
  subgoals  do  Rules  usually  contain  {logic  variables},  facts 
  rarely  do  except  for  oddities  like  "equal(X,X).". 
 
  (1996-10-20) 
 
 




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