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Fair vs. Pale

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Fairadjective

Beautiful, of a pleasing appearance, with a pure and fresh quality.

‘Monday's child is fair of face.’; ‘There was once a knight who wooed a fair young maid.’;

Paleadjective

Light in color.

‘I have pale yellow wallpaper.’; ‘She had pale skin because she didn't get much sunlight.’;

Fairadjective

Unblemished (figuratively or literally); clean and pure; innocent.

‘one's fair name’; ‘After scratching out and replacing various words in the manuscript, he scribed a fair copy to send to the publisher.’;

Paleadjective

(of human skin) Having a pallor (a light color, especially due to sickness, shock, fright etc.).

‘His face turned pale after hearing about his mother's death.’;

Fairadjective

Light in color, pale, particularly as regards skin tone but also referring to blond hair.

‘She had fair hair and blue eyes.’;

Paleadjective

Feeble, faint.

‘He is but a pale shadow of his former self.’;

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Fairadjective

Just, equitable.

‘He must be given a fair trial.’;

Paleverb

(intransitive) To turn pale; to lose colour.

Fairadjective

Adequate, reasonable, or decent.

‘The patient was in a fair condition after some treatment.’;

Paleverb

(intransitive) To become insignificant.

Fairadjective

Favorable to a ship's course.

Paleverb

(transitive) To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.

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Fairadjective

Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.

‘a fair sky;’; ‘a fair day’;

Paleverb

To enclose with pales, or as if with pales; to encircle or encompass; to fence off.

Fairadjective

Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unencumbered; open; direct; said of a road, passage, etc.

‘a fair mark;’; ‘in fair sight;’; ‘a fair view’;

Palenoun

(obsolete) Paleness; pallor.

Fairadjective

(shipbuilding) Without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; flowing; said of the figure of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines.

Palenoun

A wooden stake; a picket.

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Fairadjective

(baseball) Between the baselines.

Palenoun

(archaic) Fence made from wooden stake; palisade.

Fairnoun

Something which is fair (in various senses of the adjective).

‘When will we learn to distinguish between the fair and the foul?’;

Palenoun

(by extension) Limits, bounds (especially before of).

Fairnoun

(obsolete) A woman, a member of the ‘fair sex’; also as a collective singular, women.

Palenoun

The bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment in civilized company, in the phrase beyond the pale.

Fairnoun

(obsolete) Fairness, beauty.

Palenoun

(heraldry) A vertical band down the middle of a shield.

Fairnoun

A fair woman; a sweetheart.

Palenoun

(archaic) A territory or defensive area within a specific boundary or under a given jurisdiction.

Fairnoun

(obsolete) Good fortune; good luck.

Palenoun

(historical) The parts of Ireland under English jurisdiction.

Fairnoun

A community gathering to celebrate and exhibit local achievements.

Palenoun

(historical) The territory around Calais under English control (from the 14th to 16th centuries).

Fairnoun

An event for public entertainment and trade, a market.

Palenoun

(historical) A portion of Russia in which Jews were permitted to live.

Fairnoun

An event for professionals in a trade to learn of new products and do business, a trade fair.

Palenoun

(archaic) The jurisdiction (territorial or otherwise) of an authority.

Fairnoun

A travelling amusement park (called a funfair in British English and a (travelling) carnival in US English).

Palenoun

A cheese scoop.

Fairverb

To smoothen or even a surface (especially a connection or junction on a surface).

Palenoun

A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened.

Fairverb

To bring into perfect alignment (especially about rivet holes when connecting structural members).

Paleadjective

Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as, a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue.

‘Speechless he stood and pale.’; ‘They are not of complexion red or pale.’;

Fairverb

To construct or design a structure whose primary function is to produce a smooth outline or reduce air drag or water resistance.

Paleadjective

Not bright or brilliant; of a faint luster or hue; dim; as, the pale light of the moon.

‘The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick;It looks a little paler.’;

Fairverb

(obsolete) To make fair or beautiful.

Palenoun

Paleness; pallor.

Fairadverb

clearly, openly, frankly, civilly, honestly, favorably, auspiciously, agreeably

Palenoun

A pointed stake or slat, either driven into the ground, or fastened to a rail at the top and bottom, for fencing or inclosing; a picket.

‘Deer creep through when a pale tumbles down.’;

Fairadjective

Free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection; unblemished; clean; pure.

‘A fair white linen cloth.’;

Palenoun

That which incloses or fences in; a boundary; a limit; a fence; a palisade.

Fairadjective

Pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful.

‘Who can not see many a fair French city, for one fair French made.’;

Palenoun

A space or field having bounds or limits; a limited region or place; an inclosure; - often used figuratively.

Fairadjective

Without a dark hue; light; clear; as, a fair skin.

‘The northern people large and fair-complexioned.’;

Palenoun

A region within specified bounds, whether or not enclosed or demarcated.

Fairadjective

Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; favorable; - said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as, a fair sky; a fair day.

‘You wish fair winds may waft him over.’;

Palenoun

A stripe or band, as on a garment.

Fairadjective

Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unincumbered; open; direct; - said of a road, passage, etc.; as, a fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view.

‘The caliphs obtained a mighty empire, which was in a fair way to have enlarged.’;

Palenoun

One of the greater ordinaries, being a broad perpendicular stripe in an escutcheon, equally distant from the two edges, and occupying one third of it.

Fairadjective

Without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; flowing; - said of the figure of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines.

Palenoun

A cheese scoop.

Fairadjective

Characterized by frankness, honesty, impartiality, or candor; open; upright; free from suspicion or bias; equitable; just; - said of persons, character, or conduct; as, a fair man; fair dealing; a fair statement.

Palenoun

A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened.

Fairadjective

Pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; - said of words, promises, etc.

‘When fair words and good counsel will not prevail on us, we must be frighted into our duty.’;

Paleverb

To turn pale; to lose color or luster.

‘Apt to pale at a trodden worm.’;

Fairadjective

Distinct; legible; as, fair handwriting.

Paleverb

To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.

‘The glowworm shows the matin to be near,And 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire.’;

Fairadjective

Free from any marked characteristic; average; middling; as, a fair specimen.

‘The news is very fair and good, my lord.’;

Paleverb

To inclose with pales, or as with pales; to encircle; to encompass; to fence off.

‘[Your isle, which stands] ribbed and paled inWith rocks unscalable and roaring waters.’;

Fairadverb

Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably.

Palenoun

a wooden strip forming part of a fence

Fairnoun

Fairness, beauty.

Paleverb

turn pale, as if in fear

Fairnoun

A fair woman; a sweetheart.

‘I have found out a gift for my fair.’;

Paleadjective

very light colored; highly diluted with white;

‘pale seagreen’; ‘pale blue eyes’;

Fairnoun

Good fortune; good luck.

‘Now fair befall thee !’;

Paleadjective

(of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble;

‘the pale light of a half moon’; ‘a pale sun’; ‘the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street’; ‘a pallid sky’; ‘the pale (or wan) stars’; ‘the wan light of dawn’;

Fairnoun

A gathering of buyers and sellers, assembled at a particular place with their merchandise at a stated or regular season, or by special appointment, for trade.

Paleadjective

lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness;

‘a pale rendition of the aria’; ‘pale prose with the faint sweetness of lavender’; ‘a pallid performance’;

Fairnoun

A festival, and sale of fancy articles. erc., usually for some charitable object; as, a Grand Army fair; a church fair.

Paleadjective

abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress;

‘the pallid face of the invalid’; ‘her wan face suddenly flushed’;

Fairnoun

A competitive exhibition of wares, farm products, etc., not primarily for purposes of sale; as, the Mechanics' fair; an agricultural fair.

Paleadjective

not full or rich;

‘high, pale, pure and lovely song’;

Fairnoun

an exhibition by a number of organizations, including governmental organizations, for the purpose of acquainting people with such organizations or their members, not primarily for commercial purposes; as, the 1939 World's Fair.

‘Meet me in St. Louis, LouisMeet me at the fairDon't tell me the lights are shiningAnyplace but there.’;

Paleadjective

light in colour or shade; containing little colour or pigment

‘choose pale floral patterns for walls’;

Fairverb

To make fair or beautiful.

‘Fairing the foul.’;

Paleadjective

(of a person or their complexion) having less colour than usual, typically as a result of shock, fear, or ill health

‘she looked pale and drawn’;

Fairverb

To make smooth and flowing, as a vessel's lines.

Paleadjective

(of a light) not strong or bright

‘a pale dawn’;

Fairnoun

a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.

Paleadjective

inferior or unimpressive

‘the new cheese is a pale imitation of continental cheeses’;

Fairnoun

gathering of producers to promote business;

‘world fair’; ‘trade fair’; ‘book fair’;

Paleverb

become pale in one's face from shock or fear

‘I paled at the thought of what she might say’;

Fairnoun

a competitive exhibition of farm products;

‘she won a blue ribbon for her baking at the county fair’;

Paleverb

seem or become less important

‘all else pales by comparison’;

Fairnoun

a sale of miscellany; often for charity;

‘the church bazaar’;

Palenoun

a wooden stake or post used with others to form a fence.

Fairverb

join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly

Palenoun

a conceptual boundary

‘bring these things back within the pale of decency’;

Fairadjective

free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; or conforming with established standards or rules;

‘a fair referee’; ‘fair deal’; ‘on a fair footing’; ‘a fair fight’; ‘by fair means or foul’;

Palenoun

an area within determined bounds, or subject to a particular jurisdiction.

Fairadjective

showing lack of favoritism;

‘the cold neutrality of an impartial judge’;

Palenoun

another term for English Pale

Fairadjective

more than adequate in quality;

‘fair work’;

Palenoun

the areas of Russia to which Jewish residence was formerly restricted.

Fairadjective

not excessive or extreme;

‘a fairish income’; ‘reasonable prices’;

Palenoun

a broad vertical stripe down the middle of a shield.

Fairadjective

visually appealing;

‘our fair city’;

Fairadjective

very pleasing to the eye;

‘my bonny lass’; ‘there's a bonny bay beyond’; ‘a comely face’; ‘young fair maidens’;

Fairadjective

(of a baseball) hit between the foul lines;

‘he hit a fair ball over the third base bag’;

Fairadjective

of no exceptional quality or ability;

‘a novel of average merit’; ‘only a fair performance of the sonata’; ‘in fair health’; ‘the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average’; ‘the performance was middling at best’;

Fairadjective

attractively feminine;

‘the fair sex’;

Fairadjective

(of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections;

‘fair copy’; ‘a clean manuscript’;

Fairadjective

free of clouds or rain;

‘today will be fair and warm’;

Fairadjective

(used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored;

‘a fair complexion’;

Fairadverb

in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating;

‘they played fairly’;

Fairadverb

in a fair evenhanded manner;

‘deal fairly with one another’;

Fairadjective

treating people equally without favouritism or discrimination

‘the group has achieved fair and equal representation for all its members’; ‘a fairer distribution of wealth’;

Fairadjective

just or appropriate in the circumstances

‘to be fair, this subject poses special problems’; ‘it's not fair to take it out on her’;

Fairadjective

(of a means or procedure) not violent

‘try first by fair means’;

Fairadjective

(of hair or complexion) light; blonde

‘a pretty girl with long fair hair’;

Fairadjective

(of a person) having a light complexion or hair

‘he's very fair with blue eyes’;

Fairadjective

considerable though not outstanding in size or amount

‘he did a fair bit of coaching’;

Fairadjective

moderately good

‘he believes he has a fair chance of success’;

Fairadjective

complete; utter

‘this cow is a fair swine’;

Fairadjective

(of weather) fine and dry

‘a fair autumn day’;

Fairadjective

(of the wind) favourable

‘they set sail with a fair wind’;

Fairadjective

beautiful

‘the fairest of her daughters’;

Fairadjective

(of words) specious despite being initially attractive

‘the Sophists have plenty of brave words and fair devices’;

Fairadverb

without cheating or trying to achieve unjust advantage

‘no one could say he played fair’;

Fairadverb

to a high degree

‘she'll be fair delighted to see you’;

Fairnoun

a beautiful woman

‘pursuing his fair in a solitary street’;

Fairnoun

a gathering of stalls and amusements for public entertainment

‘I won a goldfish at the fair’;

Fairnoun

a periodic gathering for the sale of goods.

Fairnoun

an exhibition to promote particular products

‘the European Fine Art Fair’;

Fairnoun

an annual competitive exhibition of livestock, agricultural products, etc., held by a town, county, or state.

Fairverb

(of the weather) become fine

‘looks like it's fairing off some’;

Fairverb

streamline (a vehicle, boat, or aircraft) by adding fairings

‘it is fully faired and race ready’;

Fair

A fair (archaic: faire or fayre) is a gathering of people for a variety of entertainment or commercial activities. It is normally of the essence of a fair that it is temporary with scheduled times lasting from an afternoon to several weeks.

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