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Webster 1913 Edition


Fester

Fes′ter

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Festered
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Festering
.]
[OE.
festern
, fr.
fester
,
Noun.
;
or fr
.
OF
.
festrir
, fr.
festre
,
Noun.
See
Fester
,
Noun.
]
1.
To generate pus; to become imflamed and suppurate;
as, a sore or a wound
festers
.
Wounds immedicable
Rankle, and
fester
, and gangrene.
Milton.
Unkindness may give a wound that shall bleed and smart, but it is treachery that makes it
fester
.
South.
Hatred . . .
festered
in the hearts of the children of the soil.
Macaulay.
2.
To be inflamed; to grow virulent, or malignant; to grow in intensity; to rankle.

Fesˊter

,
Verb.
T.
To cause to fester or rankle.
For which I burnt in inward, swelt’ring hate,
And
festered
ranking malice in my breast.
Marston.

Fes′ter

,
Noun.
[OF.
festre
, L.
fistula
a sort of ulcer. Cf.
Fistula
.]
1.
A small sore which becomes inflamed and discharges corrupt matter; a pustule.
2.
A festering or rankling.
The
fester
of the chain their necks.
I. Taylor.

Webster 1828 Edition


Fester

FES'TER

,
Verb.
I.
[L. pestis, pus, or pustula.]
To rankle; to corrupt; to grow virulent.
We say of a sore or wound, it festers.
Passion and unkindness may give a wound that shall bleed and smart; but it is treachery that makes it fester.

Definition 2022


fester

fester

English

Verb

fester (third-person singular simple present festers, present participle festering, simple past and past participle festered)

  1. To become septic; to become rotten.
    • Milton
      Wounds immedicable / Rankle, and fester, and gangrene.
  2. To worsen, especially due to lack of attention.
    Deal with the problem immediately; do not let it fester.
    • Macaulay
      Hatred [] festered in the hearts of the children of the soil.
  3. To cause to fester or rankle.
    • Marston
      For which I burnt in inward, swelt'ring hate, / And fester'd rankling malice in my breast.

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Danish

Noun

fester c

  1. plural indefinite of fest

Verb

fester

  1. present tense of feste

German

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɛstɐ

Adjective

fester

  1. inflected form of fest

Norwegian Bokmål

Noun

fester m

  1. indefinite plural of fest

Verb

fester

  1. present tense of feste

Swedish

Noun

fester

  1. indefinite plural of fest