Foul

Definition of Foul

Pronunciation: foul
n.1.A bird.
a.1.Covered with, or containing, extraneous matter which is injurious, noxious, offensive, or obstructive; filthy; dirty; not clean; polluted; nasty; defiled; as, a foul cloth; foul hands; a foul chimney; foul air; a ship's bottom is foul when overgrown with barnacles; a gun becomes foul from repeated firing; a well is foul with polluted water.
My face is foul with weeping.
- Job. xvi. 16.
2.Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words; foul language.
3.Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched.
Who first seduced them to that foul revolt?
- Milton.
4.Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease.
5.Ugly; homely; poor.
Let us, like merchants, show our foulest wares.
- Shak.
6.Not favorable; unpropitious; not fair or advantageous; as, a foul wind; a foul road; cloudy or rainy; stormy; not fair; - said of the weather, sky, etc.
So foul a sky clears not without a storm.
- Shak.
7.Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating; as, foul play.
8.Having freedom of motion interfered with by collision or entanglement; entangled; - opposed to clear; as, a rope or cable may get foul while paying it out.
Foul anchor
(Naut.) See under Anchor.
Foul ball
(Baseball) a ball that first strikes the ground outside of the foul ball lines, or rolls outside of certain limits.
Foul ball lines
(Baseball) lines from the home base, through the first and third bases, to the boundary of the field.
Foul berth
(Naut.) a berth in which a ship is in danger of fouling another vesel.
Foul bill
a certificate, duly authenticated, that a ship has come from a place where a contagious disorder prevails, or that some of the crew are infected.
Foul copy
a rough draught, with erasures and corrections; - opposed to fair or clean copy.
Foul proof
an uncorrected proof; a proof containing an excessive quantity of errors.
- Cowper.
Foul strike
(Baseball) a strike by the batsman when any part of his person is outside of the lines of his position.
To fall foul
to fall out; to quarrel.
To fall foul of
See under Fall.
- Burton.
To make foul water
to sail in such shallow water that the ship's keel stirs the mud at the bottom.
v. t.1.To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil; as, to foul the face or hands with mire.
[imp. & p. p. Fouled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fouling.]
2.(Mil.) To incrust (the bore of a gun) with burnt powder in the process of firing.
3.To cover (a ship's bottom) with anything that impered its sailing; as, a bottom fouled with barnacles.
4.To entangle, so as to impede motion; as, to foul a rope or cable in paying it out; to come into collision with; as, one boat fouled the other in a race.
v. i.1.To become clogged with burnt powder in the process of firing, as a gun.
2.To become entagled, as ropes; to come into collision with something; as, the two boats fouled.
n.1.An entanglement; a collision, as in a boat race.
2.(Baseball) See Foul ball, under Foul, a.
3.In various games or sports, an act done contrary to the rules; a foul stroke, hit, play, or the like.

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