from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An inherent power or ability.
  • n. Any of the powers or capacities possessed by the human mind. See Synonyms at ability.
  • n. The ability to perform or act.
  • n. Any of the divisions or comprehensive branches of learning at a college or university: the faculty of law.
  • n. The teachers and instructors within such a division.
  • n. A body of teachers.
  • n. All of the members of a learned profession: the medical faculty.
  • n. Authorization granted by authority; conferred power.
  • n. Archaic An occupation; a trade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The scholarly staff at colleges or universities, as opposed to the students or support staff.
  • n. A division of a university (e.g. a Faculty of Science or Faculty of Medicine).
  • n. An ability, skill, or power.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ability to act or perform, whether inborn or cultivated; capacity for any natural function; especially, an original mental power or capacity for any of the well-known classes of mental activity; psychical or soul capacity; capacity for any of the leading kinds of soul activity, as knowledge, feeling, volition; intellectual endowment or gift; power.
  • n. Special mental endowment; characteristic knack.
  • n. Power; prerogative or attribute of office.
  • n. Privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence, to do a particular thing; authority; license; dispensation.
  • n. A body of a men to whom any specific right or privilege is granted; formerly, the graduates in any of the four departments of a university or college (Philosophy, Law, Medicine, or Theology), to whom was granted the right of teaching (profitendi or docendi) in the department in which they had studied; at present, the members of a profession itself
  • n. The body of person to whom are intrusted the government and instruction of a college or university, or of one of its departments; the president, professors, and tutors in a college.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A specific power, mental or physical; a special capacity for any particular kind of action or affection; natural capability: sometimes, but rarely, restricted to an active power: as, the faculty of perception or of speech; a faculty for mimicry: sometimes extended to inanimate things: as, the faculty of a wedge; the faculty of simples. See theory of faculties, below.
  • n. A power or privilege conferred; bestowed capacity for the performance of any act or function; ability or authority acquired in any way.
  • n. A body of persons on whom are conferred specific professional powers; all the authorized members of a learned profession collectively, or a body associated or acting together in a particular place or institution; when used absolutely (the faculty), the medical profession: as, the learned faculty of the law; the faculty of a college; the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh.
  • n. Executive ability; skill in devising and executing or supervising: applied usually to domestic affairs.
  • n. In colonial New England, a trade or profession.
  • n. In the law of divorce (commonly in the plural), the pecuniary ability of the husband, in view of both his property and his capacity to earn money, with reference to which the amount of the wife's alimony is fixed.
  • n. See the adjectives.
  • n. In algebra, the product of a series of factors in arithmetical progression, a(a + b) … (a + (m — 1)b).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind
  • n. the body of teachers and administrators at a school


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English faculte, from Old French, from Latin facultās, power, ability, from facilis, easy; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.

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From Middle English faculte ("power, property"), from Old French faculte, from Latin facultas ("capability, ability, skill, abundance, plenty, stock, goods, properly, Medieval Latin also a body of teachers"), another form of facilitas ("easiness, facility, etc."), from facul, another form of facilis ("easy, facile"); see facile.


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  • The health and safety head in our faculty is awesome, if a little over-enthusiastic.

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  • The first taught the legal and business aspects of running a dispensary and, because the faculty is active in the cannabusiness, emphasized such practical concerns as not getting robbed (keep your stash in a gun safe) and not getting busted (exude good corporate citizenship — incorporate, pay your taxes, join the Chamber of Commerce; Duncan won over suspicious neighbors by cleaning up all the dog poop on the block).


  • His extramarital love affairs seem to have been Platonic; and although he once spoke of the “brutal sensuality”which “leads me so close to the greatest sins,” he placed what he called his faculty for “depraved fantasy” in the servicenot of love but of power.

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  • Carlyle, in the first of his two essays on Richter (1827), expressly distinguishes true humour from irony, which he describes as a faculty of caricature, consisting "chiefly in a certain superficial distortion or reversal of objects" -- the method of

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  • This would include what he calls the faculty of firasa or "perspicacity, acumen, and minute observation."


  • This unfortunate difference of color, and perhaps of faculty, is a powerful obstacle to the emancipation of these people.

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  • The MoU between the university and CIPET would help students in faculty exchange, joint tie-ups in inter-research programmes and collaborative funding, development of high-performance polymer blends, composites, polymeric nanocomposites, blends and alloys.

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  • Sometimes faculty is so involved in what goes on within the walls of the school that they do not take much time to see what the temperature is outside.

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  • University faculty typically live in an intellectual bubble and are subsidized by an undemanding taxpayer base made up of people who have no idea what the faculty is doing or what the faculty´s goals may be.

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  • I proposed a physician indeed; but he would not hear of one. I have great honour for the faculty; and the greater, as I have always observed that those who treat the professors of the art of healing contemptuously, too generally treat higher institutions in the same manner.

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