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  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}. 




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