American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Capable of being molded; plastic.
- adj. Formed of a moldable substance, such as clay or earth.
- adj. Of or relating to earthenware or pottery.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Molded into form by art.
- Capable of being molded; plastic: as, fictile clay.
- Having to do with pottery; composed of or consisting in pottery.
- adj. Capable of being molded into the shape of an artifact or art work
- adj. of an art work or artifact Molded of clay or earth
- adj. pottery Of or relating to earthenware
- adj. figuratively Capable of being led or directed
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Molded, or capable of being molded, into form by art; relating to pottery or to molding in any soft material.
- adj. capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material)
- adj. susceptible to being led or directed
- adj. of or relating to the craft of pottery
- Latin fictilus, from fictus (from fingere ("to shape, form, devise")) + -ilis (Wiktionary)
- Latin fictilis, made of clay, from fictus, past participle of fingere, to mold; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Some provision they might make by fictile vessels, coverings, tiles, or flat stones, upon and about the body (and in the same field, not far from these urns, many stones were found underground), as also by careful separation of extraneous matter composing and raking up the burnt bones with forks, observable in that notable lamp of”
“Then we meet him in the Vedas, the Being “by whom the fictile vase is formed; the clay out of which it is fabricated.””
“[Greek: korukion], a leathern sack or bag, which, when well stuffed, the Greeks used to suspend in the gymnasium, like the pendulum of a clock (as may be seem on a fictile vase), to buffet to and fro with blows of the fist.”
“Etruscans in an art in which afterwards they attained to such marvellous perfection, and the only relics now remaining of the fictile statuary for which Veil was so celebrated.”
“You tread loathingly an indescribable earthen floor, and your eye, on entering the apartment, is arrested by a nameless production of the fictile art, certainly not of _Etruscan_ form, which is invariably placed on the _bolster_ of the truck-bed destined presently for your devoted head.”
“No. Much of what is going through the press on the subject of pottery will have its use as promoting the advancement and clearing up the history of fictile art, and will therefore be preserved, while a larger portion will interest only the few who delve into the records of human caprice and whim.”
“The exterior is richly and peculiarly ornamented, to show the progress of fictile art.”
“Art, textile and fictile, degree of Pueblo advancement in 227”
A Study of Pueblo Architecture: Tusayan and Cibola Eighth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1886-1887, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1891, pages 3-228
“And he has slyly told us how, as he stepped aboard that “inland palace,” he bethought him of having written a thesis, three years before, proving that De Witt Clinton's chimera of joining the Hudson and Lake Erie was an idea both fictile and fibrous.”
Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great
“The fictile vessels are all of a very primitive nature, being entirely moulded by hand, and showing no trace of the use of the potter's wheel.”
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