Fair

Definition of Fair

Pronunciation: fâr
a.1.Free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection; unblemished; clean; pure.
A fair white linen cloth.
- Book of Common Prayer.
2.Pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful.
Who can not see many a fair French city, for one fair French made.
- Shak.
3.Without a dark hue; light; clear; as, a fair skin.
The northern people large and fair-complexioned.
- Sir M. Hale.
4.Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; favorable; - said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as, a fair sky; a fair day.
You wish fair winds may waft him over.
- Prior.
5.Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unincumbered; open; direct; - said of a road, passage, etc.; as, a fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view.
The caliphs obtained a mighty empire, which was in a fair way to have enlarged.
- Sir W. Raleigh.
6.(Shipbuilding) Without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; flowing; - said of the figure of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines.
7.Characterized by frankness, honesty, impartiality, or candor; open; upright; free from suspicion or bias; equitable; just; - said of persons, character, or conduct; as, a fair man; fair dealing; a fair statement.
8.Pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; - said of words, promises, etc.
When fair words and good counsel will not prevail on us, we must be frighted into our duty.
- L' Estrange.
9.Distinct; legible; as, fair handwriting.
10.Free from any marked characteristic; average; middling; as, a fair specimen.
The news is very fair and good, my lord.
- Shak.
Fair ball
a - (Baseball) A ball passing over the home base at the height called for by the batsman, and delivered by the pitcher while wholly within the lines of his position and facing the batsman.
b - A batted ball that falls inside the foul lines; - called also a fair hit.
Fair maid
a - (Zool.) The European pilchard (Clupea pilchardus) when dried.
b - The southern scup (Stenotomus Gardeni).
Fair one
a handsome woman; a beauty,
Fair play
equitable or impartial treatment; a fair or equal chance; justice.
From fair to middling
passable; tolerable.
The fair sex
the female sex.
adv.1.Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably.
Fair and square
justly; honestly; equitably; impartially.
To bid fair
See under Bid.
To speak fair
to address with courtesy and frankness.
n.1.Fairness, beauty.
2.A fair woman; a sweetheart.
I have found out a gift for my fair.
- Shenstone.
3.Good fortune; good luck.
Now fair befall thee !
- Shak.
The fair
anything beautiful; women, collectively.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To make fair or beautiful.
Fairing the foul.
- Shak.
2.(Shipbuilding) To make smooth and flowing, as a vessel's lines.
n.1.A gathering of buyers and sellers, assembled at a particular place with their merchandise at a stated or regular season, or by special appointment, for trade.
2.A festival, and sale of fancy articles. erc., usually for some charitable object; as, a Grand Army fair; a church fair.
3.A competitive exhibition of wares, farm products, etc., not primarily for purposes of sale; as, the Mechanics' fair; an agricultural fair.
4.an exhibition by a number of organizations, including governmental organizations, for the purpose of acquainting people with such organizations or their members, not primarily for commercial purposes; as, the 1939 World's Fair.
Meet me in St. Louis, Louis
Meet me at the fair
Don't tell me the lights are shining
Anyplace but there.
- Song (1904: words by Andrew B. Sterling, music by Kerry Mills, popularized by Billy Murray. Prominent in the movie "Meet Me In St. Louis", 1944
After the fair
Too late.

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