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1    not in accordance with the truth or facts  
2    irregular or invalid  
a false start     
3    untruthful or lying  
a false account     
4    not genuine, real, or natural; artificial; fake  
false eyelashes     
5    being or intended to be misleading or deceptive  
a false rumour     
6    disloyal or treacherous  
a false friend     
7    based on mistaken or irrelevant ideas or facts  
false pride, a false argument     
8    prenominal   (esp. of plants) superficially resembling the species specified  
false hellebore     
9    serving to supplement or replace, often temporarily  
a false keel     
10      (Music)  
a    (of a note, interval, etc.) out of tune  
b    (of the interval of a perfect fourth or fifth) decreased by a semitone  
c    (of a cadence) interrupted or imperfect  
11    in a false or dishonest manner (esp. in the phrase play (someone) false)  
     (Old English fals, from Latin falsus, from fallere to deceive)  
  falsely      adv  
  falseness      n  

false acacia  
      n   another name for the locust tree (see locust (sense 2))  
false alarm  
1    a needless alarm given in error or with intent to deceive  
2    an occasion on which danger is perceived but fails to materialize  
false ankylosis  
      n      a nontechnical name for       pseudoarthrosis  
False Bay  
      n   a bay in SW South Africa, near the Cape of Good Hope  
false bedding  
      n      another name for       cross bedding  
      vb   intr     (Bridge)   to play a misleading card, esp. a high loser, in order to deceive an opponent  
false cirrus  
      n   a type of thick cirrus cloud spreading from the top of a cumulonimbus cloud  
false colour  
      n   colour used in a computer or photographic display to help in interpreting the image, as in the use of red to show high temperatures and blue to show low temperatures in an infrared image converter  
false colours  
      pl n  
1    a flag to which one is not entitled, flown esp. in order to deceive  
the ship was sailing under false colours     
2    an assumed or misleading name or guise  
to trade under false colours     
false dawn  
      n   zodiacal light appearing just before sunrise  
false diamond  
      n   any of a number of semiprecious stones that resemble diamond, such as zircon and white topaz  
false fruit  
      n      another name for       pseudocarp  
false imprisonment  
      n     (Law)   the restraint of a person's liberty without lawful authority  
false joint  
      n      a nontechnical name for       pseudoarthrosis  
false keel  
      n   an extension to the keel of a vessel either for protecting the keel from damage or for reducing leeway  
false memory syndrome  
      n   an alleged condition in which a person undergoing psychotherapy erroneously believes in traumatic events in his or her childhood  
   See also       recovered memory  
false negative  
1    a result in a medical test which wrongly indicates the absence of the condition being tested for  
2    a person from whom such a result is obtained  
false position  
      n   a situation in which a person is forced to act or seems to be acting against his principles or interests  
false positive  
1    a result in a medical test which wrongly indicates the presence of the condition being tested for  
2    a person from whom such a result is obtained  
false pregnancy  
      n      another name for       phantom pregnancy  
false pretences  
      pl n  
1      (Criminal law)   a former name for deception (see obtaining by deception)  
2    a similar misrepresentation used to obtain anything, such as trust or affection (esp. in the phrase under false pretences).  
false relation  
      n     (Music)   a harmonic clash that occurs when a note in one part sounds simultaneously with or immediately before or after its chromatically altered (sharpened or flattened) equivalent appearing in another part,   (Also called (esp. U.S.))    cross relation  
false ribs  
      pl n   any of the lower five pairs of ribs in man, attached behind to the thoracic vertebrae but in front not attached directly to the breastbone  
   See       floating rib  
false scorpion  
      n   any small predatory arachnid of the order Pseudoscorpionida, which includes the book scorpion and is named from the claw-shaped palps, which are poison organs  
false step  
1    an unwise action  
2    a stumble; slip  
false teeth  
      pl n   a denture, esp. a removable complete set of artificial teeth for one or both jaws  
false vampire  
      n   any large insectivorous bat of the family Megadermatidae, of Africa, S and SE Asia, and Australia. They eat insects and small vertebrates but do not feed on blood  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    concocted, erroneous, faulty, fictitious, improper, inaccurate, incorrect, inexact, invalid, mistaken, unfounded, unreal, wrong  
2    lying, mendacious, truthless, unreliable, unsound, untrue, untrustworthy, untruthful  
3    artificial, bogus, counterfeit, ersatz, fake, feigned, forged, imitation, mock, pretended, pseudo     (informal)   sham, simulated, spurious, synthetic  
4    deceitful, deceiving, deceptive, delusive, fallacious, fraudulent, hypocritical, misleading, trumped up  
5    dishonest, dishonourable, disloyal, double-dealing, duplicitous, faithless, false-hearted, hypocritical, perfidious, treacherous, treasonable, two-faced, unfaithful, untrustworthy  
6    play (someone) false      betray, cheat, deceive, double-cross, give the Judas kiss to, sell down the river     (informal)   stab in the back  
   authentic, bona fide, correct, exact, faithful, genuine, honest, kosher     (informal)   loyal, real, right, sincere, sound, true, trustworthy, valid  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
persuade by praise or false promise; coax; wheedle
a false acronym created "backwards", i.e. from a phrase deliberately invented to generate the acronym, e.g. posh "port out starboard home".
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