Search Result for "fact":
1. a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred;
- Example: "first you must collect all the facts of the case"
2. a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened;
- Example: "he supported his argument with an impressive array of facts"
3. an event known to have happened or something known to have existed;
- Example: "your fears have no basis in fact"
- Example: "how much of the story is fact and how much fiction is hard to tell"
4. a concept whose truth can be proved;
- Example: "scientific hypotheses are not facts"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fact \Fact\ (f[a^]kt), n. [L. factum, fr. facere to make or do. Cf. Feat, Affair, Benefit, Defect, Fashion, and -fy.] 1. A doing, making, or preparing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A project for the fact and vending Of a new kind of fucus, paint for ladies. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 2. An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance. [1913 Webster] What might instigate him to this devilish fact, I am not able to conjecture. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster] He who most excels in fact of arms. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Reality; actuality; truth; as, he, in fact, excelled all the rest; the fact is, he was beaten. [1913 Webster] 4. The assertion or statement of a thing done or existing; sometimes, even when false, improperly put, by a transfer of meaning, for the thing done, or supposed to be done; a thing supposed or asserted to be done; as, history abounds with false facts. [1913 Webster] I do not grant the fact. --De Foe. [1913 Webster] This reasoning is founded upon a fact which is not true. --Roger Long. [1913 Webster] Note: The term fact has in jurisprudence peculiar uses in contrast with law; as, attorney at law, and attorney in fact; issue in law, and issue in fact. There is also a grand distinction between law and fact with reference to the province of the judge and that of the jury, the latter generally determining the fact, the former the law. --Burrill --Bouvier. [1913 Webster] Accessary before the fact, or Accessary after the fact. See under Accessary. Matter of fact, an actual occurrence; a verity; used adjectively: of or pertaining to facts; prosaic; unimaginative; as, a matter-of-fact narration. Syn: Act; deed; performance; event; incident; occurrence; circumstance. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
fact n 1: a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred; "first you must collect all the facts of the case" 2: a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened; "he supported his argument with an impressive array of facts" 3: an event known to have happened or something known to have existed; "your fears have no basis in fact"; "how much of the story is fact and how much fiction is hard to tell" 4: a concept whose truth can be proved; "scientific hypotheses are not facts"Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
140 Moby Thesaurus words for "fact": absolute fact, accepted fact, accomplishment, act, actual fact, actuality, actually, admitted fact, adventure, article, aspect, authenticity, axiom, bald fact, bare fact, basis for belief, body of evidence, brutal fact, case, certainty, chain of evidence, circumstance, clue, cold fact, conceded fact, count, data, datum, deed, demonstrable fact, detail, details, documentation, element, empirical fact, episode, established fact, eternal verities, event, evidence, exhibit, experience, facet, fact of experience, factor, factors, facts, factually, fait accompli, genuineness, given fact, good sooth, grounds, grounds for belief, hap, happening, happenstance, hard fact, historical truth, historicity, in fact, in reality, in truth, incident, incidental, indeed, indication, indisputable fact, inescapable fact, information, instance, item, item of evidence, items, low-down, manifestation, mark, material grounds, matter, matter of fact, minor detail, minutia, minutiae, muniments, mute witness, naked fact, not guesswork, not opinion, observable, occasion, occurrence, particular, particulars, phenomenon, piece of evidence, plain, point, points, positive fact, postulate, premises, proof, provable fact, reality, really, reason to believe, regard, relevant fact, respect, salient fact, self-evident fact, sign, significant fact, simple fact, sober fact, sooth, stubborn fact, symptom, the case, the nitty-gritty, the score, the true, thing, to be sure, token, trueness, truly, truth, truthfully, truthfulness, turn of events, ultimate truth, undeniable fact, unerroneousness, unfallaciousness, unfalseness, veracity, verity, very truth, well-known factThe Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (26 July 2010):
The kind of clause used in logic programming which has no subgoals and so is always true (always succeeds). E.g. wet(water). male(denis). This is in contrast to a rule which only succeeds if all its subgoals do. Rules usually contain logic variables, facts rarely do, except for oddities like "equal(X,X).". (1996-10-20)The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (26 July 2010):
Fully Automated Compiling Technique FACT Honeywell-800 Business Compiler
(FACT, "Honeywell-800 Business Compiler") A pre-COBOL English-like business data processing language for the Honeywell 800, developed ca. 1959. [Sammet 1969, p. 327]. (1994-12-01)Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
FACT. An action; a thing done. It is either simple or compound. 2. A fact is simple when it expresses a purely material act unconnected with any moral qualification; for example, to say Peter went into his house, is to express a simple fact. A compound fact contains the materiality of the act, and the qualification which that act has in its connexion with morals and, the law. To say, then, that Peter has stolen a horse, is to express a compound fact; for the fact of stealing, expresses at the same time, the material fact of taking the horse, and of taking him with the guilty intention of depriving the owner of his property and appropriating it to his own use; which is a violation of the law of property. 3. Fact. is also put in opposition to law; in every case which has to be tried there are facts to be established, and the law which bears on those facts. 4. Facts are also to be considered as material or immaterial. Material facts are those which are essential to the right of action or defence, and therefore of the substance of the one or the other - these must always be proved; or immaterial, which are those not essential to the cause of action - these need not be proved. 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3150-53. 5. Facts are generally determined by a jury,; but there are many facts, which, not being the principal matters in issue, may be decided by the court; such, for example, whether a subpoena has or has not been served; whether a party has or has not been summoned, &c. As to pleading material facts, see Gould. Pl. c. 3, s. 28. As to quality of facts proved, see 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3150. Vide Eng. Ecc. R. 401-2, and the article Circumstances.