fair /ˈfær, ˈfɛr/
Fair a. [Compar. Fairer superl. Fairest.]
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. “I would call it fair play.”
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. Baseball (a) 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. Zool. (a) The European pilchard (Clupea pilchardus) when dried. (b) The southern scup (Stenotomus Gardeni). [Virginia]
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. [Colloq.]
The fair sex, the female sex.
Syn: -- Candid; open; frank; ingenuous; clear; honest; equitable; impartial; reasonable. See Candid.
Fair, adv. Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably.
Fair and square, justly; honestly; equitably; impartially. [Colloq.]
To bid fair. See under Bid.
To speak fair, to address with courtesy and frankness. [Archaic]
1. Fairness, beauty. [Obs.]
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. “For slander's mark was ever yet the fair.”
Fair, v. t.
1. To make fair or beautiful. [Obs.]
Fairing the foul. --Shak.
2. Shipbuilding To make smooth and flowing, as a vessel's lines.
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.
After the fair, Too late. [Colloq.]
adj 1: free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception;
or conforming with established standards or rules; "a
fair referee"; "fair deal"; "on a fair footing"; "a
fair fight"; "by fair means or foul" [syn: just]
2: showing lack of favoritism; "the cold neutrality of an
impartial judge" [syn: impartial] [ant: partial]
3: more than adequate in quality; "fair work"
4: not excessive or extreme; "a fairish income"; "reasonable
prices" [syn: fairish, reasonable]
5: visually appealing; "our fair city" [syn: sightly]
6: very pleasing to the eye; "my bonny lass"; "there's a bonny
bay beyond"; "a comely face"; "young fair maidens" [syn: bonny,
7: (of a baseball) hit between the foul lines; "he hit a fair
ball over the third base bag" [ant: foul]
8: of no exceptional quality or ability; "a novel of average
merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair
health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from
mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling
at best" [syn: average, mediocre, middling]
9: attractively feminine; "the fair sex" [syn: fair(a)]
10: (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections;
"fair copy"; "a clean manuscript" [syn: clean]
11: free of clouds or rain; "today will be fair and warm"
12: (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored; "a fair
complexion"; [syn: fairish]
n 1: a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of
skill etc. [syn: carnival, funfair]
2: gathering of producers to promote business; "world fair";
"trade fair"; "book fair"
3: a competitive exhibition of farm products; "she won a blue
ribbon for her baking at the county fair"
4: a sale of miscellany; often for charity; "the church bazaar"
adv 1: in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or
cheating; "they played fairly" [syn: fairly, clean]
2: in a fair evenhanded manner; "deal fairly with one another"
[syn: fairly, without favoring one party, without
favouring one party, evenhandedly]
v : join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly