faculty: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (fak'ul-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. an ability, natural or acquired, for a particular kind of action: a faculty for making friends easily.
  2. one of the powers of the mind, as memory, reason, or speech: Though very sick, he is in full possession of all his faculties.
  3. an inherent capability of the body: the faculties of sight and hearing.
  4. exceptional ability or aptitude: a president with a faculty for management.
    1. the entire teaching and administrative force of a university, college, or school.
    2. one of the departments of learning, as theology, medicine, or law, in a university.
    3. the teaching body, sometimes with the students, in any of these departments.
  5. the members of a learned profession: the medical faculty.
  6. a power or privilege conferred by the state, a superior, etc.: The police were given the faculty to search the building.
  7. a dispensation, license, or authorization.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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