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fancy


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fancy  \Fan"cy\,  n.;  pl  {Fancies}.  [Contr.  fr  fantasy,  OF 
  fantasie,  fantaisie  F.  fantaisie  L.  phantasia,  fr  Gr 
  ????????  appearance,  imagination,  the  power  of  perception  and 
  presentation  in  the  mind,  fr  ????????  to  make  visible,  to 
  place  before  one's  mind,  fr  ???????  to  show  akin  to  ????, 
  ???,  light,  Skr.  bh[=a]to  shine.  Cf  {Fantasy},  {Fantasia}, 
  {Epiphany},  {Phantom}.] 
  1.  The  faculty  by  which  the  mind  forms  an  image  or  a 
  representation  of  anything  perceived  before  the  power  of 
  combining  and  modifying  such  objects  into  new  pictures  or 
  images;  the  power  of  readily  and  happily  creating  and 
  recalling  such  objects  for  the  purpose  of  amusement,  wit, 
  or  embellishment;  imagination. 
 
  In  the  soul  Are  many  lesser  faculties,  that  serve 
  Reason  as  chief.  Among  these  fancy  next  Her  office 
  holds  --Milton. 
 
  2.  An  image  or  representation  of  anything  formed  in  the  mind; 
  conception;  thought;  idea;  conceit. 
 
  How  now  my  lord  !  why  do  you  keep  alone,  Of 
  sorriest  fancies  your  companoins  making  ?  --Shak. 
 
  3.  An  opinion  or  notion  formed  without  much  reflection; 
  caprice;  whim;  impression. 
 
  I  have  always  had  a  fancy  that  learning  might  be 
  made  a  play  and  recreation  to  children.  --Locke. 
 
  4.  Inclination;  liking,  formed  by  caprice  rather  than  reason; 
  as  to  strike  one's  fancy;  hence  the  object  of 
  inclination  or  liking. 
 
  To  fit  your  fancies  to  your  father's  will  --Shak. 
 
  5.  That  which  pleases  or  entertains  the  taste  or  caprice 
  without  much  use  or  value. 
 
  London  pride  is  a  pretty  fancy  for  borders. 
  --Mortimer. 
 
  6.  A  sort  of  love  song  or  light  impromptu  ballad.  [Obs.] 
  --Shak. 
 
  {The  fancy},  all  of  a  class  who  exhibit  and  cultivate  any 
  peculiar  taste  or  fancy;  hence  especially,  sporting 
  characters  taken  collectively,  or  any  specific  class  of 
  them  as  jockeys,  gamblers,  prize  fighters,  etc 
 
  At  a  great  book  sale  in  London,  which  had 
  congregated  all  the  fancy.  --De  Quincey. 
 
  Syn:  Imagination;  conceit;  taste;  humor;  inclination;  whim; 
  liking.  See  {Imagination}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fancy  \Fan"cy\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fancied},  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Fancying}.] 
  1.  To  figure  to  one's  self  to  believe  or  imagine  something 
  without  proof. 
 
  If  our  search  has  reached  no  farther  than  simile  and 
  metaphor,  we  rather  fancy  than  know  --Locke. 
 
  2.  To  love.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fancy  \Fan"cy\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  form  a  conception  of  to  portray  in  the  mind;  to 
  imagine. 
 
  He  whom  I  fancy,  but  can  ne'er  express.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  have  a  fancy  for  to  like  to  be  pleased  with 
  particularly  on  account  of  external  appearance  or  manners. 
  ``We  fancy  not  the  cardinal.''  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  believe  without  sufficient  evidence;  to  imagine 
  (something  which  is  unreal). 
 
  He  fancied  he  was  welcome,  because  those  arounde  him 
  were  his  kinsmen.  --Thackeray. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fancy  \Fan"cy\,  a. 
  1.  Adapted  to  please  the  fancy  or  taste;  ornamental;  as 
  fancy  goods. 
 
  2.  Extravagant;  above  real  value. 
 
  This  anxiety  never  degenerated  into  a  monomania, 
  like  that  which  led  his  [Frederick  the  Great's] 
  father  to  pay  fancy  prices  for  giants.  --Macaulay. 
 
  {Fancy  ball},  a  ball  in  which  porsons  appear  in  fanciful 
  dresses  in  imitation  of  the  costumes  of  different  persons 
  and  nations. 
 
  {Fancy  fair},  a  fair  at  which  articles  of  fancy  and  ornament 
  are  sold,  generally  for  some  charitable  purpose. 
 
  {Fancy  goods},  fabrics  of  various  colors,  patterns,  etc.,  as 
  ribbons,  silks,  laces,  etc.,  in  distinction  from  those  of 
  a  simple  or  plain  color  or  make 
 
  {Fancy  line}  (Naut.),  a  line  rove  through  a  block  at  the  jaws 
  of  a  gaff;  --  used  to  haul  it  down 
 
  {Fancy  roller}  (Carding  Machine),  a  clothed  cylinder  (usually 
  having  straight  teeth)  in  front  of  the  doffer. 
 
  {Fancy  stocks},  a  species  of  stocks  which  afford  great 
  opportunity  for  stock  gambling,  since  they  have  no 
  intrinsic  value,  and  the  fluctuations  in  their  prices  are 
  artificial. 
 
  {Fancy  store},  one  where  articles  of  fancy  and  ornament  are 
  sold. 
 
  {Fancy  woods},  the  more  rare  and  expensive  furniture  woods, 
  as  mahogany,  satinwood,  rosewood,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fancy 
  adj  :  not  plain;  decorative  or  ornamented;  "fancy  handwriting"; 
  "fancy  clothes"  [ant:  {plain}] 
  n  1:  something  many  people  believe  that  is  false;  "they  have  the 
  illusion  that  I  am  very  wealthy"  [syn:  {illusion},  {fantasy}, 
  {phantasy}] 
  2:  fancy  was  held  by  Coleridge  to  be  more  casual  and 
  superficial  than  imagination 
  3:  a  predisposition  to  like  something  "he  had  a  fondness  for 
  whiskey"  [syn:  {fondness},  {partiality}] 
  v  1:  imagine;  see  in  one's  mind;  "I  can't  see  him  on  horseback!" 
  "I  can  see  what  will  happen"  [syn:  {visualize},  {envision}, 
  {project},  {see},  {figure},  {picture},  {image}] 
  2:  have  a  fancy  or  particular  liking  or  desire  for  "She 
  fancied  a  necklace  that  she  had  seen  in  the  jeweler's 
  window"  [syn:  {go  for},  {take  to}] 




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