fog
I. noun Etymology: probably back-formation from foggy Date: 1544 1. a. vapor condensed to fine particles of water suspended in the lower atmosphere that differs from cloud only in being near the ground b. a fine spray or a foam for firefighting 2. a murky condition of the atmosphere or a substance causing it 3. a. a state of confusion or bewilderment <
spent the morning in a fog
>
b. something that confuses or obscures <
hid behind a fog of rhetoric
>
4. cloudiness or partial opacity in a developed photographic image caused by chemical action or stray radiation • fogless adjective II. verb (fogged; fogging) Date: 1599 transitive verb 1. to cover, envelop, or suffuse with or as if with fog <
fog the barns with pesticide
>
2. to make obscure or confusing <
accusations which fogged the real issues
>
3. to make confused 4. to produce fog on (as a photographic film) during development intransitive verb 1. to become covered or thick with fog 2. a. to become blurred by a covering of fog or mist b. to become indistinct through exposure to light or radiation

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  • Fog — (f[o^]g), n. [Dan. sneefog snow falling thick, drift of snow, driving snow, cf. Icel. fok spray, snowdrift, fj[=u]k snowstorm, fj[=u]ka to drift.] 1. Watery vapor condensed in the lower part of the atmosphere and disturbing its transparency. It… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fog — steht für Ian Marko Fog (*1973), dänischer Handballspieler Um die Welt mit Willy Fog, Figur des Trickfilms Shadows and Fog, US Filmkomödie von Woody Allen (1991) The Fog of War, US Dokumentarfilm Bakersfield Fog, US Sportverein Fiber Optical Gyro …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fog — fog1 [fôg, fäg] n. [prob. < Scand, as in ON fok, Dan (sne)fog, driving snow, Norw dial. fuka, sea mist < IE base * pū , to puff up, blow, of echoic orig.] 1. a large mass of water vapor condensed to fine particles, at or just above the… …   English World dictionary

  • Fog — (f[o^]g), n. [Cf. Scot. fog, fouge, moss, foggage rank grass, LL. fogagium, W. ffwg dry grass.] (Agric.) (a) A second growth of grass; aftergrass. (b) Dead or decaying grass remaining on land through the winter; called also {foggage}. [Prov.Eng.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fog — (f[o^]g), v. t. (Agric.) To pasture cattle on the fog, or aftergrass, of; to eat off the fog from. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fog — [n1] heavy mist that reduces visibility brume, cloud, effluvium, film, gloom, grease, ground clouds, haze, London fog, miasma, murk, murkiness, nebula, obscurity, pea soup*, smaze, smog, smoke, smother, soup*, steam, vapor, visibility zero zero* …   New thesaurus

  • Fog — Fog, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fogged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fogging}.] 1. To envelop, as with fog; to befog; to overcast; to darken; to obscure. [1913 Webster] 2. (Photog.) To render semiopaque or cloudy, as a negative film, by exposure to stray light,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fog — (f[o^]g), v. i. [Etymol. uncertain.] To practice in a small or mean way; to pettifog. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Where wouldst thou fog to get a fee? Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fog — Fog, v. i. (Photog.) To show indistinctly or become indistinct, as the picture on a negative sometimes does in the process of development. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fog — der; s <aus gleichbed. engl. fog> dichter Nebel …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • fog — n *haze, smog, mist fog vb Obscure, dim, bedim, darken, eclipse, cloud, becloud, befog, obfuscate Analogous words: *puzzle, perplex, mystify, bewilder, distract: Confuse, muddle, addle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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