Definitions

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

  • n. A small bundle.
  • n. One of the parts of a book published in separate sections. Also called fascicule.
  • n. Botany A bundle or cluster of stems, flowers, or leaves.
  • n. See fasciculus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bundle or cluster.
  • n. : A bundle of skeletal muscle fibers surrounded by connective tissue.
  • n. : A cluster of flowers or leaves, such as the bundles of the thin leaves (or needles) of pines.
  • n. : A discrete bundle of vascular tissue.
  • n. A discrete section of a book issued or published separately.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small bundle or collection; a compact cluster.
  • n. One of the divisions of a book published in parts; fasciculus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bundle; a small collection or connected group; a cluster.
  • n. In mosses, the tissue of elongated cells taking the place of fibrovascular bundles in the nerves, etc.
  • n. In zoology and anatomy, a fasciculus.
  • n. A part of a printed work: a small number of printed or written sheets bound together. Also, in all senses, fasciculus.

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

  • n. a bundle of fibers (especially nerve fibers)
  • n. an installment of a printed work

Etymologies

Latin fasciculus, diminutive of fascis, bundle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fasciculus, a diminutive of fascis ‘bundle’ (see also fasces). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This 2006 photograph depicted a female Aedes aegypti mosquito as she was in the process of beginning the process of acquiring a blood meal from its human host, after having penetrated the skin surface with the sharply-pointed "fascicle".

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  • OED1 has the word, but the first fascicle of the OED was published in 1884, probably three years after this little book.

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  • Working as quickly as Murray and his sub-editors and assistants could do — often 13 hours a day, it was nevertheless five years before the first published fascicle (A-Ant) came from the press in 1884, a “slender, somewhat undistinguished-looking paperback book,” the first of 128 such fascicles that would make up the entire dictionary.

    Analyzing Becky Sharp’s Trash

  • Each town is published separately as a fascicle or folder and includes a series of maps complemented by a detailed text section.

    Irish Historic Towns Atlas project

  • The arrogance of such logic is at best questionable and at worst fascicle.

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  • A fascicle marked very distinctly “1” caught my attention, and I took it up.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • I put down the last fascicle of all, and met his friendly eyes.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • Obs. exc. dial. (ovest); in the century since then (the fascicle Outjet-Ozyat appeared in January 1904) they not only added the second dialect citation, they decided (quite rightly) that it should be entered under the modern spelling.

    languagehat.com: OVEST.

  • I assume "Mr. Blyth" is Edward Blyth, among other things curator of the zoological museum of the Asiatic Society of Bengal; since he died in 1873, over thirty years before the relevant fascicle of the OED appeared, he wouldn't have been available for questioning, but he surely didn't make the word up out of thin air.

    languagehat.com: MINIVET.

  • The information is sketchy, and for most Chen gives little more than a name. 107 Fascicle 59, on the five sons of Sun Quan who did not rule (Sun Liang and Sun Xiu, having been rulers, share a separate fascicle with Sun Hao, the final ruler of Wu), differs somewhat because the mothers of these five are covered in Fascicle 50.

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  • My favorite definition, from botany (taken from the OED) is:

    "A cluster of leaves or flowers with very short stalks growing closely together at the base; a tuft. Also, a bunch of roots growing from one point."

    Note that it has also been spelled: fasickle

    September 27, 2008

  • also fascicule.

    July 24, 2008