'False' definitions:

Definition of 'false'

From: WordNet
In a disloyal and faithless manner; "he behaved treacherously"; "his wife played him false" [syn: faithlessly, traitorously, treacherously, treasonably, false]
Not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality; "gave false testimony under oath"; "false tales of bravery" [ant: true]
Arising from error; "a false assumption"; "a mistaken view of the situation" [syn: false, mistaken]
Erroneous and usually accidental; "a false start"; "a false alarm"
Deliberately deceptive; "false pretenses"
Inappropriate to reality or facts; "delusive faith in a wonder drug"; "delusive expectations"; "false hopes" [syn: delusive, false]
Not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article; "it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur"; "faux pearls"; "false teeth"; "decorated with imitation palm leaves"; "a purse of simulated alligator hide" [syn: fake, false, faux, imitation, simulated]
Designed to deceive; "a suitcase with a false bottom"
Inaccurate in pitch; "a false (or sour) note"; "her singing was off key" [syn: false, off-key, sour]
Adopted in order to deceive; "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty" [syn: assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on, sham]
(used especially of persons) not dependable in devotion or affection; unfaithful; "a false friend"; "when lovers prove untrue" [syn: false, untrue]

Definition of 'False'

  • False \False\, a. [Compar. Falser; superl. Falsest.] [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]
  • 1. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit; dishnest; as, a false witness. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. Not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance, vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous; perfidious; as, a false friend, lover, or subject; false to promises. [1913 Webster]
  • I to myself was false, ere thou to me. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
  • 3. Not according with truth or reality; not true; fitted or likely to deceive or disappoint; as, a false statement. [1913 Webster]
  • 4. Not genuine or real; assumed or designed to deceive; counterfeit; hypocritical; as, false tears; false modesty; false colors; false jewelry. [1913 Webster]
  • False face must hide what the false heart doth know. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
  • 5. Not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous; as, a false claim; a false conclusion; a false construction in grammar. [1913 Webster]
  • Whose false foundation waves have swept away. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
  • 6. Not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which are temporary or supplemental. [1913 Webster]
  • 7. (Mus.) Not in tune. [1913 Webster]
  • False arch (Arch.), a member having the appearance of an arch, though not of arch construction.
  • False attic, an architectural erection above the main cornice, concealing a roof, but not having windows or inclosing rooms.
  • False bearing, any bearing which is not directly upon a vertical support; thus, the weight carried by a corbel has a false bearing.
  • False cadence, an imperfect or interrupted cadence.
  • False conception (Med.), an abnormal conception in which a mole, or misshapen fleshy mass, is produced instead of a properly organized fetus.
  • False croup (Med.), a spasmodic affection of the larynx attended with the symptoms of membranous croup, but unassociated with the deposit of a fibrinous membrane.
  • False door or False window (Arch.), the representation of a door or window, inserted to complete a series of doors or windows or to give symmetry.
  • False fire, a combustible carried by vessels of war, chiefly for signaling, but sometimes burned for the purpose of deceiving an enemy; also, a light on shore for decoying a vessel to destruction.
  • False galena. See Blende.
  • False imprisonment (Law), the arrest and imprisonment of a person without warrant or cause, or contrary to law; or the unlawful detaining of a person in custody.
  • False keel (Naut.), the timber below the main keel, used to serve both as a protection and to increase the shio's lateral resistance.
  • False key, a picklock.
  • False leg. (Zool.) See Proleg.
  • False membrane (Med.), the fibrinous deposit formed in croup and diphtheria, and resembling in appearance an animal membrane.
  • False papers (Naut.), documents carried by a ship giving false representations respecting her cargo, destination, etc., for the purpose of deceiving.
  • False passage (Surg.), an unnatural passage leading off from a natural canal, such as the urethra, and produced usually by the unskillful introduction of instruments.
  • False personation (Law), the intentional false assumption of the name and personality of another.
  • False pretenses (Law), false representations concerning past or present facts and events, for the purpose of defrauding another.
  • False rail (Naut.), a thin piece of timber placed on top of the head rail to strengthen it.
  • False relation (Mus.), a progression in harmony, in which a certain note in a chord appears in the next chord prefixed by a flat or sharp.
  • False return (Law), an untrue return made to a process by the officer to whom it was delivered for execution.
  • False ribs (Anat.), the asternal rebs, of which there are five pairs in man.
  • False roof (Arch.), the space between the upper ceiling and the roof. --Oxford Gloss.
  • False token, a false mark or other symbol, used for fraudulent purposes.
  • False scorpion (Zool.), any arachnid of the genus Chelifer. See Book scorpion.
  • False tack (Naut.), a coming up into the wind and filling away again on the same tack.
  • False vampire (Zool.), the Vampyrus spectrum of South America, formerly erroneously supposed to have blood-sucking habits; -- called also vampire, and {ghost vampire}. The genuine blood-sucking bats belong to the genera Desmodus and Diphylla. See Vampire.
  • False window. (Arch.) See False door, above.
  • False wing. (Zool.) See Alula, and Bastard wing, under Bastard.
  • False works (Civil Engin.), construction works to facilitate the erection of the main work, as scaffolding, bridge centering, etc. [1913 Webster]

Definition of 'False'

  • False \False\, adv. Not truly; not honestly; falsely. "You play me false." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Definition of 'False'

  • False \False\, v. t. [L. falsare to falsify, fr. falsus: cf. F. fausser. See False, a.]
  • 1. To report falsely; to falsify. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. To betray; to falsify. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
  • [He] hath his truthe falsed in this wise. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
  • 3. To mislead by want of truth; to deceive. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
  • In his falsed fancy. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
  • 4. To feign; to pretend to make. [Obs.] "And falsed oft his blows." --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Synonyms of 'false'

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