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  • v. Present participle of fester.

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

  • n. a fluid product of inflammation
  • n. (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus


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  • The specter of taking this to the Senate is problematic, largely because it would put Senate Democratic leaders in an awkward position by raising the possibility of a bloody floor fight just as the Dem government is taking power in D.C. And on top of that, having the idea festering out there is probably bad P.R. as they pursue the recount. print share

    Franken Camp Downplays Idea That They Want To Take Battle All The Way To The Senate

  • Community and self respect must be returned to the underclass or there will never be enough social workers to prevent this underside of Britain festering.

    Are They Men ?

  • The shooting, which also left three injured, has prompted police and city officials to adopt new measures to tackle what students describe as a festering gang problem at the school on Evergreen just south of Eight Mile. - Local

  • Several experts said campus shootings commonly occur because the shooter has some kind of festering grievance that university officials haven't addressed, and the granting of tenure can be a polarizing and politicized process for many academics.

    Alabama Professor Shot, Killed Brother in 1986

  • COOPER: Really, because I mean, this is kind of festering, especially among some Republicans and on a lot of conservative radio and stuff.

    CNN Transcript Dec 11, 2008

  • Besides, wouldn't it be a wonderful world if the kind of festering plebs who sit twiddling on their phones – and would thus presumably rather watch a movie on it than on the big screen – actually stayed at home and did precisely that, thereby meaning the rest of us could enjoy an idiot-free cinema experience?

    Ridley Scott To Direct Angry Russell Crowe Nottingham Flick

  • It was the kind of festering sore better left undisturbed.

    Trunk Music

  • But otherwise this thing was going to drag out as a kind of festering wound and everybody was going to have to keep paying massive political prices as we went through round after round of these negotiations, and round after round of court orders telling us that we weren't doing a good job.

    Oral History Interview with Martin Gerry, August 28, 1991. Interview L-0157. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • Tell him that each hoof of the horse is similarly, or, if anything, more delicately, constructed, that in each foot the same process of 'festering' is going on, and that upon them the animal has perforce to stand.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • The portion tattooed is sensitive for about 24 hours, but no other evil consequences, such as festering, etc., follow as far as my observations go.

    The Manóbos of Mindanáo Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume XXIII, First Memoir


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  • My adjectival use: 'You need to treat that festering wound.'

    August 22, 2011