Origin of fairing
adjective, fair·er, fair·est.
- (of the sky) bright; sunny; cloudless to half-cloudy.
- (of the weather) fine; with no prospect of rain, snow, or hail; not stormy.
adverb, fair·er, fair·est.
- a woman.
- a beloved woman.
verb (used with object)
- to draw and adjust (the lines of a hull being designed) to produce regular surfaces of the correct form.
- to adjust the form of (a frame or templet) in accordance with a design, or cause it to conform to the general form of a hull.
- to restore (a bent plate or structural member) to its original form.
- to align (the frames of a vessel under construction) in proper position.
- honestly; justly; straightforwardly: He won the race fair and square.
- honest; just; straightforward: He was admired for being fair and square in all his dealings.
Origin of fair1
Synonyms for fair
Related Words for fairingpremium, offering, grant, bonus, relief, tip, benefit, award, souvenir, subsidy, favor, donation, legacy, contribution, reward, endowment, tribute, present, allowance, giveaway
Examples from the Web for fairing
Contemporary Examples of fairing
Because right now, in this economy, no one who is in office is fairing particularly well.Paterson's Got a Bone to Pick
August 28, 2009
Historical Examples of fairing
This so well pleased the knight, that he promised to give him any fairing he might ask for.John Deane of Nottingham
It was Fairing himself who saw this deed which saved Kathleen's life.The Right of Way, Complete
But you must promise me, on your life, on your soul, to keep my fairing a close secret.Norston's Rest
Ann S. Stephens
Ross skirted the clamoring barrier of salkars and headed for the fairing.
Approaching from this angle, the structures of the fairing were between him and the fire.
Word Origin for fairing
- equal shares or treatment
- an expression of appeal for equal shares or treatment
Word Origin for fair
Word Origin for fair
"piece added for streamlining purposes," 1865, from fair (v.) a ship-building word meaning "to make fair or level, to correct curvatures," from fair (adj.).
Old English fæger "beautiful, lovely, pleasant," from Proto-Germanic *fagraz (cf. Old Saxon fagar, Old Norse fagr, Old High German fagar "beautiful," Gothic fagrs "fit"), perhaps from PIE *pek- "to make pretty" (cf. Lithuanian puošiu "I decorate").
The meaning in reference to weather (c.1200) preserves the original sense (opposed to foul). Sense of "light-complexioned" (1550s) reflects tastes in beauty; sense of "free from bias" (mid-14c.) evolved from another early meaning, "morally pure, unblemished" (late 12c.). The sporting senses (fair ball, fair catch etc.) began in 1856. Fair play is from 1590s; fair and square is from c.1600. Fair-haired in the figurative sense of "darling, favorite" is from 1909. First record of fair-weather friends is from 1736.
early 14c., from Anglo-French feyre (late 13c.), from Old French feire, from Vulgar Latin *feria "holiday, market fair," from Latin feriae "religious festivals, holidays," related to festus "solemn, festive, joyous" (see feast).
In addition to the idioms beginning with fair
- fair and square
- fair enough
- fair game
- fair play
- fair sex
- fair shake, a
- fair to middling
- fairy godmother
- all's fair in love and war
- play fair
- turnabout is fair play