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false British & World English

Not according with truth or fact; incorrect

false English Thesaurus

he gave a false account of his movements

false rib British & World English

Another term for floating rib.

false alarm British & World English

A warning given about something that fails to happen

false card British & World English

A card played in order to give one’s opponents a misleading impression of one’s strength in the suit led

false dawn British & World English

A promising situation which comes to nothing

false face British & World English

A mask, especially as traditionally worn ceremonially by some North American Indian peoples

false fruit British & World English

A fruit formed from other parts of the plant as well as the ovary, especially the receptacle, such as the strawberry or fig

false move British & World English

An unwise or careless action that could have dangerous consequences

false start British & World English

An invalid start to a race, usually due to a competitor beginning before the official signal has been given

false step British & World English

A slip or stumble

false teeth British & World English

Another term for dentures (see denture).

false topaz British & World English

Another term for citrine.

false widow British & World English

A spider resembling the black widow, some species of which are moderately poisonous to humans

false acacia British & World English

A North American tree with compound leaves and dense hanging clusters of fragrant white flowers, widely grown as an ornamental

false bedding British & World English

Another term for cross-bedding.

false bottom British & World English

A hidden compartment formed by a partition close to the bottom of a suitcase, box, or other container, in which objects may be concealed

false colour British & World English

Colour added during the processing of a photographic or computer image to aid interpretation of the subject

false cypress British & World English

A conifer of a genus that includes Lawson’s cypress

false economy British & World English

An apparent financial saving that in fact leads to greater expenditure

false friend British & World English

A word or expression that has a similar form to one in a person’s native language, but a different meaning (for example English magazine and French magasin ‘shop’)

false gharial British & World English

A rare, narrow-snouted crocodile that resembles the gharial, native to Indonesia and Malaysia

false-hearted British & World English

Deceitful or unfaithful

false memory British & World English

An apparent recollection of an event that did not actually occur, especially one of childhood sexual abuse that arises during psychotherapy or psychoanalysis

false sunbird British & World English

A small asity of Madagascar that resembles a sunbird

false vampire British & World English

A large carnivorous bat that includes rodents, reptiles, and other small vertebrates among its prey:

false position British & World English

A situation in which one is compelled to act in a manner inconsistent with one’s true nature or principles

false negative British & World English

A test result which wrongly indicates that a particular condition or attribute is absent

false positive British & World English

A test result which wrongly indicates that a particular condition or attribute is present

false pregnancy British & World English

An abnormal condition in which signs of pregnancy such as amenorrhea, nausea, and abdominal swelling are present in a woman who is not pregnant

false pretences British & World English

Behaviour intended to deceive others

false scorpion British & World English

A minute arachnid which has pincers but no long abdomen or sting, occurring abundantly in leaf litter

false helleborine British & World English

A herbaceous plant of the lily family which resembles a helleborine, with pleated leaves and a tall dense spike of small flowers, found in north temperate regions

false imprisonment British & World English

The state of being imprisoned without legal authority

false consciousness British & World English

(Especially in Marxist theory) a way of thinking that prevents a person from perceiving the true nature of their social or economic situation

false coral snake British & World English

A harmless snake that mimics the bright coloration of the venomous coral snakes

play someone false British & World English

Deceive or cheat someone

true-false test British & World English

A test consisting of statements that must be marked as either true or false

false memory syndrome British & World English

A condition in which a person has an apparent recollection of an event that did not actually occur, especially one of childhood sexual abuse that arises during psychotherapy or psychoanalysis

strike a false note British & World English

Appear insincere or inappropriate

sail under false colours British & World English

Disguise one’s true nature or intentions

false position in false British & World English

A situation in which one is compelled to act in a manner inconsistent with one’s true nature or principles

flax British & World English

Used in names of other plants of the flax family (e.g. purging flax) or plants that yield similar fibre (e.g. false flax)

false oxlip in oxlip British & World English

A natural hybrid between a primrose and a cowslip

false oat in false British & World English

Used in names of plants, animals, and gems that superficially resemble the thing properly so called, e.g. false oat

albacore British & World English

A tuna of warm seas, which travels in large schools and is of commercial importance as a food fish

false hellebore in false helleborine British & World English

A herbaceous plant of the lily family which resembles a helleborine, with pleated leaves and a tall dense spike of small flowers, found in north temperate regions

false flax in flax British & World English

Used in names of other plants of the flax family (e.g. purging flax) or plants that yield similar fibre (e.g. false flax)

False Dmitri in Godunov, Boris British & World English

(1550–1605), tsar of Russia 1598–1605. A counsellor of Ivan the Terrible, he succeeded Ivan’s son as tsar. His reign was marked by famine, doubts over his involvement in the earlier death of Ivan’s eldest son, and the appearance of a pretender, the so-called False Dmitri


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