- Highlanders have used it through the ages to help them perform great feats of strength while staving off hunger and thirst.
- When we are done with our grievances, we shall challenge each other to feats of strength.
- These would be feats never previously achieved and one could be excused for thinking of them as over-ambitious.
Late Middle English (in the general sense 'action or deed'): from Old French fait, from Latin factum (see fact).
factory from late 16th century:
The first factories were far from any urban area, in India and southeast Asia. A factory in the late 16th century was a trading company's foreign base or station. The first use of the word in something like the modern sense came in the early 17th century, but until the Victorian era a building where goods were produced was more usually called a manufactory. The root of factory is Latin facere ‘to make or do’, the source of a great many English words such as fact, factor, feat, and feature (all LME). The sense ‘a place where things are made’ probably came from Latin factorium ‘oil press’.
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