Definition of Foul

1. Noun. An act that violates the rules of a sport.

Specialized synonyms: Foul Ball, Personal Foul, Technical, Technical Foul
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Generic synonyms: Infringement, Violation

2. Verb. Hit a foul ball.
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game
Specialized synonyms: Foul Out
Generic synonyms: Hit

3. Adjective. Highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust. "A wicked stench"

4. Verb. Make impure. "The industrial wastes polluted the lake"

5. Adjective. Offensively malodorous. "The kitchen smelled really funky"

6. Verb. Become or cause to become obstructed. "The water pipe is backed up"
Exact synonyms: Back Up, Choke, Choke Off, Clog, Clog Up, Congest
Specialized synonyms: Gum Up, Crap Up, Block, Choke Up, Lug, Stuff, Silt, Silt Up
Generic synonyms: Block, Close Up, Impede, Jam, Obstruct, Obturate, Occlude
Derivative terms: Backup, Clog, Congestion, Congestive
Antonyms: Unclog

7. Adjective. Violating accepted standards or rules. "Fined for unsportsmanlike behavior"
Exact synonyms: Cheating, Dirty, Unsporting, Unsportsmanlike
Similar to: Unfair, Unjust
Derivative terms: Foulness

8. Verb. Commit a foul; break the rules.
Generic synonyms: Play
Specialized synonyms: Hack, Hack

9. Adjective. (of a baseball) not hit between the foul lines.
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game
Similar to: Out-of-bounds
Antonyms: Fair

10. Verb. Spot, stain, or pollute. "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
Exact synonyms: Befoul, Defile, Maculate
Generic synonyms: Attaint, Disgrace, Dishonor, Dishonour, Shame
Derivative terms: Befoulment, Defilement, Defiler, Macula, Maculation

11. Adjective. (of a manuscript) defaced with changes. "Foul (or dirty) copy"
Exact synonyms: Dirty, Marked-up
Similar to: Illegible

12. Verb. Make unclean. "Foul the water"
Generic synonyms: Begrime, Bemire, Colly, Dirty, Grime, Soil

13. Adjective. Characterized by obscenity. "Smutty jokes"
Exact synonyms: Cruddy, Filthy, Nasty, Smutty
Similar to: Dirty
Derivative terms: Filth, Filthiness, Nastiness, Smut, Smut, Smuttiness

14. Verb. Become soiled and dirty.
Generic synonyms: Change

15. Adjective. Disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter. "A nasty pigsty of a room"
Exact synonyms: Filthy, Nasty
Similar to: Dirty, Soiled, Unclean
Derivative terms: Filth, Filth, Filthiness, Foulness, Nastiness

16. Adjective. Especially of a ship's lines etc. "A foul anchor"
Exact synonyms: Afoul, Fouled
Similar to: Tangled

Definition of Foul

1. n. A bird.

2. a. 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.

3. v. t. To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil; as, to foul the face or hands with mire.

4. v. i. To become clogged with burnt powder in the process of firing, as a gun.

5. n. An entanglement; a collision, as in a boat race.

6. n. In various games or sports, an act done contrary to the rules; a foul stroke, hit, play, or the like.

Definition of Foul

1. Adjective. 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. ¹

2. Adjective. Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words; foul language. ¹

3. Adjective. Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched. ¹

4. Adjective. Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease. ¹

5. Adjective. Ugly; homely; poor. ¹

6. Adjective. 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. ¹

7. Adjective. Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating; as, foul play. ¹

8. Adjective. (nautical) 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. ¹

9. Adjective. (baseball) Outside of the base lines; in foul territory. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To make dirty. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To besmirch. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To clog or obstruct. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive nautical) To entangle. ¹

14. Verb. (transitive basketball) To make contact with an opposing player in order to gain advantage. ¹

15. Verb. (transitive baseball) To hit outside of the baselines. ¹

16. Verb. (intransitive) To become clogged. ¹

17. Verb. (intransitive) To become entangled. ¹

18. Verb. (intransitive basketball) To commit a foul. ¹

19. Verb. (intransitive baseball) To hit a ball outside of the baselines. ¹

20. Noun. (sports) A breach of the rules of a game, especially one involving inappropriate contact with an opposing player in order to gain an advantage; as, for example, foot-tripping in soccer, or contact of any kind in basketball. ¹

21. Noun. (bowling) A (usually accidental) contact between a bowler and the lane before the bowler has released the ball. ¹

22. Noun. (baseball) A foul ball, a ball which has been hit outside of the base lines. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Foul

1. offensive to the senses [adj FOULER, FOULEST] / to make foul [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: foul

Medical Definition of Foul

1. 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. "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. 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. "If they be any ways offended, they fall foul." To fall, or run, foul of. See Fall. To make foul water, to sail in such shallow water that the ship's keel stirs the mud at the bottom. Origin: OE. Foul, ful, AS. Ful; akin to D. Vuil, G. Faul rotten, OHG. Ful, Icel. Ful foul, fetid; Dan. Fuul, Sw. Ful foul, Goth. Fuls fetid, Lith. Puti to be putrid, L. Putere to stink, be putrid, pus pus, Gr. Pyon pus, to cause to rot, Skr. Puy to stink. 82. Cf. Defile to foul, File to foul, Filth, Pus, Putrid. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Foul

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fouets
fouette
fouettes
fouetté
fougade
fougades
fougasse
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fougerite
fough
fought
foughten
foughtier
foughty
foul (current term)
foul-mouthed
foul-smelling
foul-spoken
foul-up
foul-weather gear
foul anchor
foul ball
foul balls
foul bill of health
foul language
foul line
foul out
foul play
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