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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

strike a false note in note British & World English

Appear insincere or inappropriate

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


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