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Definitions of female

  1. characteristic of or peculiar to a woman; " female sensitiveness"; " female suffrage"
  2. an animal that produces gametes ( ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes ( spermatozoa)
  3. a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
  4. ( biology) being the sex ( of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes ( ova) from which offspring develop; " a female heir"; " female holly trees bear the berries"
  5. for or composed of women or girls; " the female lead in the play"; " a female chorus"
  6. An individual of the sex which conceives and brings forth young, or ( in a wider sense) which has an ovary and produces ova.
  7. Belonging to the sex which conceives and gives birth to young, or ( in a wider sense) which produces ova; not male.
  8. Belonging to an individual of the female sex; characteristic of woman; feminine; as, female tenderness.
  9. Having pistils and no stamens; pistillate; or, in cryptogamous plants, capable of receiving fertilization.
  10. A human being or animal of the sex which bears young; woman; the plant or flower which bears the pistil and receives the pollen of the male flower.
  11. Pertaining to that sex which produces young; feminine; womanly; having pistils without stamens.
  12. Of the sex that produces young; pertaining to females; ( bot.) having a pistil or fruit- bearing organ.
  13. One of the female sex.
  14. Of the sex that produces young.
  15. Of or pertaining to the sex that brings forth young or produces ova; feminine.
  16. A person or animal of the female sex.
  17. Pertaining to the sex which produces young; pertaining to females; feminine; soft; delicate; bearing the pistil. A female screw, the spiral- threaded cavity into which a screw works. A female die, the concave die into which the male or convex die is struck. Female rhymes, rhymes which consist of a long syllable and a short, so called because in French they end in e, feminine.
  18. Among animals, one of that sex which conceives and brings forth young; among plants, that which produces fruit; that which bears the pistil, and receives the pollen of the male flowers.
  19. One of that sex which conceives and brings forth young.
  20. Not male; pert. to the sex that brings forth young; delicate; female- screw, a spiral- threaded cavity into which another screw turns; the nut.
  21. A pistillate flower ; a female animal, i. e. an egg- producing or young- producing animal - symbol.

Usage examples for female

  1. Well, Father John, as you think it will be of so much service to Feemy, and as, as you say, she has no mother, poor girl, of her own, and no female friend that she can look to, I'll ask her over here. – The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope
  2. " Nay, Squire," she retorted sharply, " pray try to praise me to my female friends." – The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy
  3. " In female dress, Leonora? – NAPOLEON AND BLUCHER by L. Muhlbach
  4. He's been thinking what he'd do, laughed Jack, if the stout female personage in yonder small canoe overbalanced and fell in. – Men, Women and Guns by H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
  5. She was not in the least like what my half- conscious glance at the female in black had taken her to be. – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  6. I rather believe it to be caused by the number of female slaves that find their way into the market. – Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah by Sir Richard Francis Burton
  7. The flames were less bright, and he could not see the female who had been at the window when he went for the ladder. – The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat
  8. I am female, George." – A Damsel in Distress by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  9. What in thunder's wrong with the female? – News from the Duchy by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  10. Amos did so, and was entering by the low massive door, when to his astonishment a female figure pushed past him into the open air. – Amos Huntingdon by T.P. Wilson
  11. It is a strange thing, every time I see M'Clare I am startled all over again at how good- looking he is; seems I forget it between times which is maybe why I never fell for him as most female students do. – The Lost Kafoozalum by Pauline Ashwell
  12. Nearly all of them slaves, too, so there's no variety, except that some are female. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  13. It seemed like it, since no human girl would blush like that at the mention of a female friend. – An Unknown Lover by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  14. Then, too, I've had a little money, and going through the needle's eye is easy business compared to losing the respect of Westville so long as you've got money- unless, of course," he added, " you're a female lawyer. – Counsel for the Defense by Leroy Scott
  15. About, too, to make his formal entrance into the great world, he could not have secured a more valuable and accomplished female friend. – Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli
  16. I glanced hastily away before my eye had quite caught hers; but no female thing needs to give a whole eye to what is going on around her. – The Motor Maid by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  17. So that is a female doctor, is it? – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  18. And a young female at that! – The Heart of Arethusa by Francis Barton Fox
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