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
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
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
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
, put on
(used especially of persons) not dependable in devotion or affection; unfaithful; "a false friend"; "when lovers prove untrue" [syn: false, untrue
False \False\, a. [Compar. Falser
; superl. Falsest
falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F.
faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail
1. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit;
dishnest; as, a false witness.
2. Not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance,
vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous; perfidious; as, a false
friend, lover, or subject; false to promises.
I to myself was false, ere thou to me. --Milton.
3. Not according with truth or reality; not true; fitted or
likely to deceive or disappoint; as, a false statement.
4. Not genuine or real; assumed or designed to deceive;
counterfeit; hypocritical; as, false tears; false modesty;
false colors; false jewelry.
False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
5. Not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous; as,
a false claim; a false conclusion; a false construction in
Whose false foundation waves have swept away.
6. Not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which
are temporary or supplemental.
7. (Mus.) Not in tune.
(Arch.), a member having the appearance of an
arch, though not of arch construction.
, an architectural erection above the main
cornice, concealing a roof, but not having windows or
, any bearing which is not directly upon a
vertical support; thus, the weight carried by a corbel has
a false bearing.
(Med.), an abnormal conception in which a
mole, or misshapen fleshy mass, is produced instead of a
properly organized fetus.
(Med.), a spasmodic affection of the larynx
attended with the symptoms of membranous croup, but
unassociated with the deposit of a fibrinous membrane.
or False window
(Arch.), the representation of
a door or window, inserted to complete a series of doors
or windows or to give symmetry.
, 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.
(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.
(Naut.), the timber below the main keel, used to
serve both as a protection and to increase the shio's
(Med.), the fibrinous deposit formed in
croup and diphtheria, and resembling in appearance an
(Naut.), documents carried by a ship giving
false representations respecting her cargo, destination,
etc., for the purpose of deceiving.
(Surg.), an unnatural passage leading off
from a natural canal, such as the urethra, and produced
usually by the unskillful introduction of instruments.
(Law), the intentional false assumption
of the name and personality of another.
(Law), false representations concerning
past or present facts and events, for the purpose of
(Naut.), a thin piece of timber placed on top of
the head rail to strengthen it.
(Mus.), a progression in harmony, in which a
certain note in a chord appears in the next chord prefixed
by a flat or sharp.
(Law), an untrue return made to a process by
the officer to whom it was delivered for execution.
(Anat.), the asternal rebs, of which there are
five pairs in man.
(Arch.), the space between the upper ceiling and
the roof. --Oxford Gloss.
, a false mark or other symbol, used for
(Naut.), a coming up into the wind and filling
away again on the same tack.
(Civil Engin.), construction works to
facilitate the erection of the main work, as scaffolding,
bridge centering, etc.
False \False\, adv.
Not truly; not honestly; falsely. "You play me 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.
2. To betray; to falsify. [Obs.]
[He] hath his truthe falsed in this wise. --Chaucer.
3. To mislead by want of truth; to deceive. [Obs.]
In his falsed fancy. --Spenser.
4. To feign; to pretend to make. [Obs.] "And falsed oft his
beside the mark,
contrary to fact,
not true to,
of bad faith,
off the track,
False Pass, AK,
False Solomon's seal,
bearing false witness,
blue false indigo,
california false morel,
false baby's breath,
false dragon head,
false lily of the valley,
false rue anemone,
false vampire bat,
false vocal cord,
false vocal fold,
great false leopardbane,
oriental false leopardbane,
red false mallow,
scentless false camomile,
sweet false chamomile,
white false indigo,
false saber-toothed tiger,
saddled-shaped false morel
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