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

  • n. A notable act or deed, especially an act of courage; an exploit.
  • n. An act of skill, endurance, imagination, or strength; an achievement.
  • n. Obsolete A specialized skill; a knack.
  • adj. Archaic Adroit; dexterous.
  • adj. Archaic Neat; trim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A relatively rare or difficult accomplishment.
  • adj. dexterous in movements or service; skilful; neat; pretty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An act; a deed; an exploit.
  • n. A striking act of strength, skill, or cunning; a trick.
  • transitive v. To form; to fashion.
  • adj. Dexterous in movements or service; skillful; neat; nice; pretty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A deed; especially, a noteworthy or extraordinary act or performance; an exploit: as, feats of arms; feats of horsemanship or of dexterity.
  • n. Synonyms Deed, Feat, Exploit, Achievement. These words are arranged in the order of strength; deed, however, may have a much more elevated character than feat, and even surpass exploit. A deed may, on the other hand, be base or ignoble. It is, therefore, often accompanied by an adjective of quality. A feat is generally an act of remarkable skill or strength: as, the feats of a juggler, a ventriloquist, an athlete. An exploit is especially an act of boldness or bravery, with various degrees of mental power in working it out. An achievement is the result of large ability in planning, and diligence and boldness in executing. Feat, exploit, and achievement differ from act, action, and deed in that the first three always, and the last three only sometimes, represent something great.
  • To form; fashion; set an example to.
  • Neat; skilful; ingenious; deft; clever.
  • Large: as, a pretty feat parcel (a rather large quantity).
  • To make neat.

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

  • n. a notable achievement

Etymologies

Middle English fet, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin factum, from neuter past participle of facere, to make, do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English fet, suitable, from Old French fait, from Latin factus, done, made; see feature.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman fet ("action, deed"), from Old French fait, from Latin factum, from facere ("to do, to make") (Wiktionary)

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