Foul n. A bird. [Obs.]
Foul a. [Compar. Fouler superl. Foulest.]
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. “The foul with Sycorax.”
Who first seduced them to that foul revolt? --Milton.
4. Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease.
5. Ugly; homely; poor. [Obs.]
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, or Foul bill of health, 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. “Some writers boast of negligence, and others would be ashamed to show their foul copies.” --Cowper.
Foul proof, an uncorrected proof; a proof containing an excessive quantity of errors.
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. [Obs.] “If they be any ways offended, they fall foul.” --Burton.
To fall foul of or To run foul of. See under Fall.
To make foul water, to sail in such shallow water that the ship's keel stirs the mud at the bottom.
Foul v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fouled p. pr. & vb. n. Fouling.]
1. To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil; as, to foul the face or hands with mire.
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.
Foul, 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.
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.
adj 1: highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; "a
disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a
loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is
repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench"
[syn: disgusting, disgustful, distasteful, loathly,
loathsome, repellent, repellant, repelling, revolting,
skanky, wicked, yucky]
2: offensively malodorous; "a putrid smell" [syn: fetid, foetid,
foul-smelling, funky, noisome, smelly, putrid,
3: violating accepted standards or rules; "a dirty fighter";
"used foul means to gain power"; "a nasty unsporting
serve"; "fined for unsportsmanlike behavior" [syn: cheating(a),
dirty, unsporting, unsportsmanlike]
4: (of a baseball) not hit between the foul lines [ant: fair]
5: (of a manuscript) defaced with changes; "foul (or dirty)
copy" [syn: dirty, marked-up]
6: thoroughly unpleasant; "filthy (or foul or nasty or vile)
weather we're having" [syn: filthy, nasty, vile]
7: characterized by obscenity; "had a filthy mouth"; "foul
language"; "smutty jokes" [syn: filthy, nasty, smutty]
8: disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter;
"as filthy as a pigsty"; "a foul pond"; "a nasty pigsty of
a room" [syn: filthy, nasty]
9: especially of a ship's lines etc; "with its sails afoul"; "a
foul anchor" [syn: afoul(ip), fouled]
n : an act that violates of the rules of a sport
v 1: hit a foul ball
2: make impure; "The industrial wastes polluted the lake" [syn:
3: become or cause to become obstructed; "The leaves clog our
drains in the Fall"; "The water pipe is backed up" [syn: clog,
choke off, clog up, back up, congest, choke]
4: commit a foul; break the rules
5: spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river
by emptying raw sewage into it" [syn: befoul, defile,
6: make unclean; "foul the water"
7: become soiled and dirty