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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fair  \Fair\,  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. 
 
  A  fair  white  linen  cloth.  --Book  of 
  Common  Prayer. 
 
  2.  Pleasing  to  the  eye;  handsome;  beautiful. 
 
  Who  can  not  see  many  a  fair  French  city,  for  one 
  fair  French  made  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Without  a  dark  hue;  light;  clear;  as  a  fair  skin. 
 
  The  northern  people  large  and  fair-complexioned. 
  --Sir  M.  Hale. 
 
  4.  Not  overcast;  cloudless;  clear;  pleasant;  propitious; 
  favorable;  --  said  of  the  sky,  weather,  or  wind,  etc.;  as 
  a  fair  sky;  a  fair  day 
 
  You  wish  fair  winds  may  waft  him  over  --Prior. 
 
  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. 
 
  The  caliphs  obtained  a  mighty  empire,  which  was  in  a 
  fair  way  to  have  enlarged.  --Sir  W. 
  Raleigh. 
 
  6.  (Shipbuilding)  Without  sudden  change  of  direction  or 
  curvature;  smooth;  fowing;  --  said  of  the  figure  of  a 
  vessel,  and  of  surfaces,  water  lines,  and  other  lines. 
 
  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. 
 
  8.  Pleasing;  favorable;  inspiring  hope  and  confidence;  -- 
  said  of  words  promises,  etc 
 
  When  fair  words  and  good  counsel  will  not  prevail  on 
  us  we  must  be  frighted  into  our  duty.  --L' 
  Estrange. 
 
  9.  Distinct;  legible;  as  fair  handwriting. 
 
  10.  Free  from  any  marked  characteristic;  average;  middling; 
  as  a  fair  specimen. 
 
  The  news  is  very  fair  and  good,  my  lord.  --Shak. 
 
  {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}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fair  \Fair\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  make  fair  or  beautiful.  [Obs.] 
 
  Fairing  the  foul.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  (Shipbuilding)  To  make  smooth  and  flowing,  as  a  vessel's 
  lines. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  2.  A  festival,  and  sale  of  fancy  articles.  erc.,  usually  for 
  some  charitable  object;  as  a  Grand  Army  fair. 
 
  3.  A  competitive  exhibition  of  wares,  farm  products,  etc., 
  not  primarily  for  purposes  of  sale;  as  the  Mechanics' 
  fair;  an  agricultural  fair. 
 
  {After  the  fair},  Too  late.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fair  \Fair\,  adv 
  Clearly;  openly;  frankly;  civilly;  honestly;  favorably; 
  auspiciously;  agreeably. 
 
  {Fair  and  square},  justly;  honestly;  equitably;  impartially. 
  [Colloq.] 
 
  {To  bid  fair}.  See  under  {Bid}. 
 
  {To  speak  fair},  to  address  with  courtesy  and  frankness. 
  [Archaic] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fair  \Fair\,  n. 
  1.  Fairness,  beauty.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  2.  A  fair  woman;  a  sweetheart. 
 
  I  have  found  out  a  gift  for  my  fair.  --Shenstone. 
 
  3.  Good  fortune;  good  luck. 
 
  Now  fair  befall  thee  !  --Shak. 
 
  {The  fair},  anything  beautiful;  women,  collectively.  ``For 
  slander's  mark  was  ever  yet  the  fair.''  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fair 
  adj  1:  free  from  favoritism  or  self-interest  or  bias  or  deception; 
  or  conforming  with  established  standards  or  rules  "a 
  fair  referee;  "fair  deal";  "on  a  fair  footing";  "a 
  fair  fight";  "by  fair  means  or  foul"  [syn:  {just}] 
  [ant:  {unfair}] 
  2:  showing  lack  of  favoritism;  "the  cold  neutrality  of  an 
  impartial  judge"  [syn:  {impartial}]  [ant:  {partial}] 
  3:  more  than  adequate  in  quality;  "fair  work" 
  4:  not  excessive  or  extreme;  "a  fairish  income";  "reasonable 
  prices"  [syn:  {fairish},  {reasonable}] 
  5:  visually  appealing;  "our  fair  city"  [syn:  {sightly}] 
  6:  very  pleasing  to  the  eye;  "my  bonny  lass";  "there's  a  bonny 
  bay  beyond";  "a  comely  face";  "young  fair  maidens"  [syn:  {bonny}, 
  {bonnie},  {comely}] 
  7:  (of  a  baseball)  hit  between  the  foul  lines;  "he  hit  a  fair 
  ball  over  the  third  base  bag"  [ant:  {foul}] 
  8:  of  no  exceptional  quality  or  ability;  "a  novel  of  average 
  merit";  "only  a  fair  performance  of  the  sonata";  "in  fair 
  health";  "the  caliber  of  the  students  has  gone  from 
  mediocre  to  above  average";  "the  performance  was  middling 
  at  best"  [syn:  {average},  {mediocre},  {middling}] 
  9:  attractively  feminine  (especially  in  the  phrase  "the  fair 
  sex")  [syn:  {fair(a)}] 
  10:  (of  a  manuscript)  having  few  alterations  or  corrections; 
  "fair  copy";  "a  clean  manuscript"  [syn:  {clean}] 
  11:  free  of  clouds  or  rain;  "today  will  be  fair  and  warm" 
  12:  (used  of  hair  or  skin)  pale  or  light-colored;  "a  fair 
  complexion";  [syn:  {fairish}] 
  n  1:  a  traveling  show  having  sideshows  and  rides  and  games  of 
  skill  etc  [syn:  {carnival},  {funfair}] 
  2:  a  gathering  of  producers  to  promote  business:  "world  fair"; 
  "trade  fair";  "book  fair" 
  3:  a  competitive  exhibition  of  farm  products;  "she  won  a  blue 
  ribbon  for  her  baking  at  the  county  fair" 
  4:  a  sale  of  miscellany;  often  for  charity;  "the  church  bazaar" 
  [syn:  {bazaar}] 
  adv  1:  in  conformity  with  the  rules  or  laws  and  without  fraud  or 
  cheating;  "they  played  fairly"  [syn:  {fairly},  {clean}] 
  [ant:  {unfairly}] 
  2:  in  a  fair  evenhanded  manner;  "deal  fairly  with  one  another" 
  [syn:  {fairly},  {without  favoring  one  party},  {evenhandedly}] 
  v  :  join  so  that  the  external  surfaces  blend  smoothly 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  FAIR 
 
    An  early  system  on  the  {IBM  705}. 
 
  [Listed  in  CACM  2(5):1959-05-16]. 
 
  (1996-05-13) 
 
 




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