Webster 1913 Edition
fūl; akin to D.
fūlfoul, fetid; Dan.
putito be putrid, L.
putereto stink, be putrid,
πύονpus, to cause to rot, Skr.
pūyto stink. √82. Cf.
Covered with, or containing, extraneous matter which is injurious, noxious, offensive, or obstructive; filthy; dirty; not clean; polluted; nasty; defiled;
foulair; a ship’s bottom is
foulwhen overgrown with barnacles; a gun becomes
foulfrom repeated firing; a well is
foulwith polluted water.
My face is
Job. xvi. 16.
Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive;
Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched.“The foul with Sycorax.”
Who first seduced them to that
Ugly; homely; poor.
Let us, like merchants, show our
Not favorable; unpropitious; not fair or advantageous;
as, a; cloudy or rainy; stormy; not fair; – said of the weather, sky, etc.
foula sky clears not without a storm.
Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating;
Having freedom of motion interfered with by collision or entanglement; entangled; – opposed to
as, a rope or cable may get.
foulwhile paying it out
a ball that first strikes the ground outside of the foul ball lines, or rolls outside of certain limits.–
Foul ball lines
lines from the home base, through the first and third bases, to the boundary of the field.–
a berth in which a ship is in danger of fouling another vesel.–
Foul bill, or
Foul bill of health
a certificate, duly authenticated, that a ship has come from a place where a contagious disorder prevails, or that some of the crew are infected.–
a rough draught, with erasures and corrections; – opposed to fair or clean copy.“Some writers boast of negligence, and others would be ashamed to show their foul copies.”
an uncorrected proof; a proof containing an excessive quantity of errors.–
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.
[Obs.]“If they be any ways offended, they fall foul.”
To fall foul ofor
To run foul of
To make foul water,
to sail in such shallow water that the ship's keel stirs the mud at the bottom.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil;
foulthe face or hands with mire
To incrust (the bore of a gun) with burnt powder in the process of firing.
To cover (a ship's bottom) with anything that impered its sailing;
as, a bottom.
To entangle, so as to impede motion;
as, to; to come into collision with;
foula rope or cable in paying it out
as, one boat.
fouledthe other in a race
To become clogged with burnt powder in the process of firing, as a gun.
To become entagled, as ropes; to come into collision with something;
as, the two boats.
An entanglement; a collision, as in a boat race.
Foul ball, under
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Covered with or containing extraneous matter which is injurious, noxious or offensive; filthy; dirty; not clean; as a foul cloth; foul hands; a foul chimney.
My face is foul with weeping. Job. 16.
2.Turbid; thick; muddy; as foul water; a foul stream.
3.Impure; polluted; as a foul mouth.
4.Impure; scurrilous; obscene or profane; as foul words; foul language.
5.Cloudy and stormy; rainy or tempestuous; as foul weather.
6.Impure; defiling; as a foul disease.
7.Wicked; detestable; abominable; as a foul deed; a foul spirit.
Babylon - the hold of every foul spirit. Rev. 18.
8.Unfair; not honest; not lawful or according to established rules or customs; as foul play.
9.Hateful; ugly; loathsome.
Hast thou forgot the foul witch Sycorax.
10.Disgraceful; shameful; as a foul defeat.
Who first seduced them to that foul revolt?
They are all for rank and foul feeding.
12.Full of gross humors or impurities.
You perceive the body of our kingdom, how foul it is.
13.Full of weeds; as, the garden is very foul.
14.Among seamen, entangled; hindered from motion; opposed to clear; as, a rope is foul.
15.Covered with weeds or barnacles; as, the ship has a foul bottom.
16.Not fair; contrary; as a foul wind.
17.Not favorable or safe; dangerous; as a foul road or bay.
1.To fall foul, is to rush on with haste, rough force and unseasonable violence.
2.To run against; as, the ship fell foul of her consort.