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NOUN (2)

1. someone whose style is out of fashion;
[syn: dodo, fogy, fogey, fossil]

2. the remains (or an impression) of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age and that has been excavated from the soil;


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. characteristic of a fossil;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fossil \Fos"sil\, n. 1. A substance dug from the earth. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Note: Formerly all minerals were called fossils, but the word is now restricted to express the remains of animals and plants found buried in the earth. --Ure. [1913 Webster] 2. (Paleon.) The remains of an animal or plant found in stratified rocks. Most fossils belong to extinct species, but many of the later ones belong to species still living. [1913 Webster] 3. A person whose views and opinions are extremely antiquated; one whose sympathies are with a former time rather than with the present. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fossil \Fos"sil\, a. [L. fossilis, fr. fodere to dig: cf. F. fossile. See Fosse.] 1. Dug out of the earth; as, fossil coal; fossil salt. [1913 Webster] 2. preserved from a previous geological age; as, fossil water from deep wells; -- usually implying that the object so described has had its substance modified by long residence in the ground, but also used (as with fossil water) in cases where chemical composition is not altered. [PJC] 3. (Paleon.) Like or pertaining to fossils; contained in rocks, whether petrified or not; as, fossil plants, shells. [1913 Webster] Fossil copal, a resinous substance, first found in the blue clay at Highgate, near London, and apparently a vegetable resin, partly changed by remaining in the earth. Fossil cork, Fossil flax, Fossil paper, or Fossil wood, varieties of amianthus. Fossil farina, a soft carbonate of lime. Fossil ore, fossiliferous red hematite. --Raymond. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

fossil adj 1: characteristic of a fossil n 1: someone whose style is out of fashion [syn: dodo, fogy, fogey, fossil] 2: the remains (or an impression) of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age and that has been excavated from the soil
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

99 Moby Thesaurus words for "fossil": Methuselah, afterglow, afterimage, ancient manuscript, antediluvian, antique, antiquity, archaism, artifact, back number, balance, butt, butt end, candle ends, cave painting, chaff, conservative, dad, debris, detritus, dodo, elder, end, eolith, fag end, filings, fogy, fud, fuddy-duddy, granny, has-been, holdover, husks, leavings, leftovers, longhair, matriarch, mezzolith, microlith, mid-Victorian, mossback, neolith, odds and ends, offscourings, old believer, old crock, old dodo, old fogy, old liner, old man, old poop, old woman, old-timer, orts, paleolith, parings, patriarch, petrification, petrified forest, petrified wood, petroglyph, plateaulith, pop, pops, rags, reactionary, refuse, regular old fogy, relic, relics, reliquiae, remainder, remains, remnant, residue, residuum, rest, roach, rubbish, ruin, ruins, rump, sawdust, scourings, scraps, shadow, shavings, square, starets, stick-in-the-mud, straw, stubble, stump, survival, sweepings, trace, traditionalist, vestige, waste
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

FOSSIL Fido Opus Seadog Standard Interface Layer
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

fossil n. 1. In software, a misfeature that becomes understandable only in historical context, as a remnant of times past retained so as not to break compatibility. Example: the retention of octal as default base for string escapes in C, in spite of the better match of hexadecimal to ASCII and modern byte-addressable architectures. See dusty deck. 2. More restrictively, a feature with past but no present utility. Example: the force-all-caps (LCASE) bits in the V7 and BSD Unix tty driver, designed for use with monocase terminals. (In a perversion of the usual backward-compatibility goal, this functionality has actually been expanded and renamed in some later USG Unix releases as the IUCLC and OLCUC bits.)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

fossil 1. In software, a misfeature that becomes understandable only in historical context, as a remnant of times past retained so as not to break compatibility. Example: the retention of octal as default base for string escapes in C, in spite of the better match of hexadecimal to ASCII and modern byte-addressable architectures. See dusty deck. 2. More restrictively, a feature with past but no present utility. Example: the force-all-caps (LCASE) bits in the V7 and BSD Unix tty driver, designed for use with monocase terminals. (In a perversion of the usual backward-compatibility goal, this functionality has actually been expanded and renamed in some later USG Unix releases as the IUCLC and OLCUC bits.) 3. The FOSSIL (Fido/Opus/Seadog Standard Interface Level) driver specification for serial-port access to replace the brain-dead routines in the IBM PC ROMs. Fossils are used by most MS-DOS BBS software in preference to the "supported" ROM routines, which do not support interrupt-driven operation or setting speeds above 9600; the use of a semistandard FOSSIL library is preferable to the bare metal serial port programming otherwise required. Since the FOSSIL specification allows additional functionality to be hooked in, drivers that use the hook but do not provide serial-port access themselves are named with a modifier, as in "video fossil". [Jargon File]
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Fossil, OR -- U.S. city in Oregon Population (2000): 469 Housing Units (2000): 245 Land area (2000): 0.763277 sq. miles (1.976878 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.763277 sq. miles (1.976878 sq. km) FIPS code: 26650 Located within: Oregon (OR), FIPS 41 Location: 44.999595 N, 120.214239 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Fossil, OR Fossil