Definitions for: Fox


[n] alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs
[n] the Algonquian language of the Fox people
[n] a member of an Algonquian people formerly living west of Lake Michigan along the Fox River
[n] a shifty deceptive person
[n] English religious leader who founded the Society of Friends (1624-1691)
[n] English statesman who supported American independence and the French Revolution (1749-1806)
[n] the gray or reddish-brown fur of a fox
[v] be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"
[v] become discolored with, or as if with, mildew spots
[v] deceive somebody; "We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week"



Webster (1913) Definition: Fox, n.; pl. Foxes. [AS. fox; akin to D. vos, G. fuchs,
OHG. fuhs, foha, Goth. fa['u]h?, Icel. f?a fox, fox fraud; of
unknown origin, cf. Skr. puccha tail. Cf. Vixen.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A carnivorous animal of the genus Vulpes,
family Canid[ae], of many species. The European fox ({V.
vulgaris} or V. vulpes), the American red fox ({V.
fulvus}), the American gray fox (V. Virginianus), and
the arctic, white, or blue, fox (V. lagopus) are
well-known species.

Note: The black or silver-gray fox is a variety of the
American red fox, producing a fur of great value; the
cross-gray and woods-gray foxes are other varieties of
the same species, of less value. The common foxes of
Europe and America are very similar; both are
celebrated for their craftiness. They feed on wild
birds, poultry, and various small animals.

Subtle as the fox for prey. --Shak.

2. (Zo["o]l.) The European dragonet.

3. (Zo["o]l.) The fox shark or thrasher shark; -- called also
sea fox. See Thrasher shark, under Shark.

4. A sly, cunning fellow. [Colloq.]

We call a crafty and cruel man a fox. --Beattie.

5. (Naut.) Rope yarn twisted together, and rubbed with tar;
-- used for seizings or mats.

6. A sword; -- so called from the stamp of a fox on the
blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox. [Obs.]

Thou diest on point of fox. --Shak.

7. pl. (Enthnol.) A tribe of Indians which, with the Sacs,
formerly occupied the region about Green Bay, Wisconsin;
-- called also Outagamies.

Fox and geese.
(a) A boy's game, in which one boy tries to catch others
as they run one goal to another.
(b) A game with sixteen checkers, or some substitute for
them, one of which is called the fox, and the rest the
geese; the fox, whose first position is in the middle
of the board, endeavors to break through the line of
the geese, and the geese to pen up the fox.

Fox bat (Zo["o]l.), a large fruit bat of the genus
Pteropus, of many species, inhabiting Asia, Africa, and
the East Indies, esp. P. medius of India. Some of the
species are more than four feet across the outspread
wings. See Fruit bat.

Fox bolt, a bolt having a split end to receive a fox wedge.


Fox brush (Zo["o]l.), the tail of a fox.

Fox evil, a disease in which the hair falls off; alopecy.


Fox grape (Bot.), the name of two species of American
grapes. The northern fox grape (Vitis Labrusca) is the
origin of the varieties called Isabella, Concord,
Hartford, etc., and the southern fox grape ({Vitis
vulpina}) has produced the Scuppernong, and probably the
Catawba.

Fox hunter.
(a) One who pursues foxes with hounds.
(b) A horse ridden in a fox chase.

Fox shark (Zo["o]l.), the thrasher shark. See {Thrasher
shark}, under Thrasher.

Fox sleep, pretended sleep.

Fox sparrow (Zo["o]l.), a large American sparrow
(Passerella iliaca); -- so called on account of its
reddish color.

Fox squirrel (Zo["o]l.), a large North American squirrel
(Sciurus niger, or S. cinereus). In the Southern
States the black variety prevails; farther north the
fulvous and gray variety, called the cat squirrel, is
more common.

Fox terrier (Zo["o]l.), one of a peculiar breed of
terriers, used in hunting to drive foxes from their holes,
and for other purposes. There are rough- and smooth-haired
varieties.

Fox trot, a pace like that which is adopted for a few
steps, by a horse, when passing from a walk into a trot,
or a trot into a walk.



Fox wedge (Mach. & Carpentry), a wedge for expanding the
split end of a bolt, cotter, dowel, tenon, or other piece,
to fasten the end in a hole or mortise and prevent
withdrawal. The wedge abuts on the bottom of the hole and
the piece is driven down upon it. Fastening by fox wedges
is called foxtail wedging.

Fox wolf (Zo["o]l.), one of several South American wild
dogs, belonging to the genus Canis. They have long,
bushy tails like a fox.


Fox, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Foxed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Foxing.] [See Fox, n., cf. Icel. fox imposture.]
1. To intoxicate; to stupefy with drink.

I drank . . . so much wine that I was almost foxed.
--Pepys.

2. To make sour, as beer, by causing it to ferment.

3. To repair the feet of, as of boots, with new front upper
leather, or to piece the upper fronts of.


Fox, v. i.
To turn sour; -- said of beer, etc., when it sours in
fermenting.

Synonyms: bedevil, befuddle, Charles James Fox, confound, confuse, discombobulate, dodger, fob, fuddle, George Fox, play a trick on, pull a fast one on, slyboots, throw, trick

See Also: Algonquian, Algonquian, Algonquian language, Algonquin, Algonquin, Alopex lagopus, amaze, arctic fox, baffle, be, beat, beguiler, bewilder, canid, canine, cheat, cheater, cozen, deceive, deceiver, delude, demoralize, disorient, disorientate, dumbfound, flummox, fur, get, gravel, gray fox, grey fox, kit fox, lead on, mystify, national leader, nonplus, pelt, perplex, pose, prairie fox, puzzle, red fox, religionist, religious person, Reynard, slicker, snooker, solon, spot, statesman, stupefy, trickster, Urocyon cinereoargenteus, vex, Vulpes fulva, Vulpes macrotis, Vulpes velox, Vulpes vulpes, white fox

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