Meaning of fair


Pronunciation: (fâr), [key]
— adj., adv., n., v. -er, -est, -er, -est,
  1. free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge.
  2. legitimately sought, pursued, done, given, etc.; proper under the rules: a fair fight.
  3. moderately large; ample: a fair income.
  4. neither excellent nor poor; moderately or tolerably good: fair health.
  5. marked by favoring conditions; likely; promising: in a fair way to succeed.
    1. (of the sky) bright; sunny; cloudless to half-cloudy.
    2. (of the weather) fine; with no prospect of rain, snow, or hail; not stormy.
  6. (of a wind or tide) tending to aid the progress of a vessel.
  7. unobstructed; not blocked up: The way was fair for our advance.
  8. without irregularity or unevenness: a fair surface.
  9. free from blemish, imperfection, or anything that impairs the appearance, quality, or character: Her fair reputation was ruined by gossip.
  10. easy to read; clear: fair handwriting.
  11. of a light hue; not dark: fair skin.
  12. pleasing in appearance; attractive: a fair young maiden.
  13. seemingly good or sincere but not really so: The suitor beguiled his mistress with fair speeches.
  14. courteous; civil: fair words.
  15. (of a patient's condition) having stable and normal vital signs and other favorable indicators, as appetite and mobility, but being in some discomfort and having the possibility of a worsening state.
  16. scarcely; barely: It was just fair daylight when we started working.
  17. only tolerably good; so-so.
  1. in a fair manner: He doesn't play fair.
  2. straight; directly, as in aiming or hitting: He threw the ball fair to the goal.
  3. favorably; auspiciously.
  4. entirely; completely; quite: It happened so quickly that it fair took my breath away.
  5. to seem likely: This entry bids fair to win first prize.
  6. He won the race fair and square.
    1. honestly; justly; straightforwardly:He won the race fair and square.
    2. honest; just; straightforward:He was admired for being fair and square in all his dealings.
  1. something that is fair.
    1. a woman.
    2. a beloved woman.
  1. to make the connection or junction of (surfaces) smooth and even.
    1. to draw and adjust (the lines of a hull being designed) to produce regular surfaces of the correct form.
    2. to adjust the form of (a frame or templet) in accordance with a design, or cause it to conform to the general form of a hull.
    3. to restore (a bent plate or structural member) to its original form.
    4. to align (the frames of a vessel under construction) in proper position.
  2. to bring (rivet holes in connecting structural members) into perfect alignment.
  3. to make fair.
  1. (of the weather) to clear: It's supposed to fair off toward evening.


Pronunciation: (fâr), [key]
— n.
  1. an exhibition, usually competitive, of farm products, livestock, etc., often combined in the U.S. with entertainment and held annually by a county or state.
  2. a periodic gathering of buyers and sellers in an appointed place.
  3. an exposition in which different exhibitors participate, sometimes with the purpose of buying or selling: a science fair.
  4. an exhibition and sale of articles to raise money, often for some charitable purpose.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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