Definitions

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  • n. A large ornamental letter formerly used at the start of a chapter or section of a book.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large ornamental letter used, esp. by the early printers, at the commencement of the chapters and other divisions of a book.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A combination of flowers or ornamental types of decoration, in imitation of the engraved head-bands of the early printers: a typographic fashion in England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Etymologies

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Abbreviation of facsimile.

Examples

  • The passage is this; speaking of "eminent persons buried" at Waltham Abbey, he says: "we spoil all, if we forget Robert Passellew, who was _dominus fac totum_ in the middle -- and _fac nihil_ towards the end -- of the reign of Henry III."

    Notes and Queries, Number 20, March 16, 1850

  • The next line creates a simple wrapper function to hide away the accumulator base value of int fac = (int n) = fac_.

    B# .NET Technical Community Homepage

  • I know as a fac (and it pretty well shows the young genlmn's carryter), that he went that very day and ordered 2 new coats, on porpos to be introjuiced to the lords in.

    The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush

  • I know as a fac (and it pretty well shows the young genlmn’s carryter), that he went that very day and ordered 2 new coats, on porpos to be introjuiced to the lords in.

    The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush

  • F * éff fábulous * fábyələss façàde * fəsàd fâcelift one word facêtious * fəsêeshəss fácîle fáction

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • Some Scheme implementations accepts the more readable name fac depends on the implementation: some implementations support infinite precision numbers (this is required by the R6RS) but some implementations do not.

    Artima Weblogs

  • To see this little seventy year old nun saying "fac" over and over again is ...

    hamletwildie Diary Entry

  • The Lord deals wi 'fac's nane the less' at they canna help bein 'teeps.

    Donal Grant, by George MacDonald

  • I was, during several years, a kind of fac-totum servant to a country clergyman, where I picked up a good many scraps of learning, particularly -- in some branches of the mathematics.

    The Letters of Robert Burns

  • 'It had been much more to the Honour of the Eagle's Conduct, and of the young Hero himself, first to ha' let him ha 'fac'd his Enemy in the Field, and as soon as he had beaten him, the Ebronians would have acknowledg'd him fast enough; or his own Victorious Troops might have

    The Consolidator or, Memoirs of Sundry Transactions from the World in the Moon

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