fa

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English

Alternative forms

  • fah

Etymology

From Latin famuli, from the first word of the fourth line of Ut queant laxis, the medieval hymn which solfège was based on because its lines started on each note of the scale successively.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fɑ/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː

Noun

fa (plural fas)

  1. (music) A syllable used in solfège to represent the fourth diatonic (or sixth chromatic) note of a major scale.

Translations

See also

Anagrams

  • AF, af

Catalan

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈfa/
  • Rhymes: -a

Etymology 1

Noun

fa m (plural fas)

  1. (music) fa (fourth note of diatonic scale)

Etymology 2

From the Catalan verb fer (to do).

Verb

fa

  1. third-person singular present indicative form of fer

Preposition

fa

  1. ago

Interjection

fa

  1. (dialectal) A particle used in some dialects to emphasize a negative sentence.

Chichewa

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Verb

-fa (infinitive kufá)

  1. to die

Derived terms

  • Verbal derivations:
    • Applicative: -fera
  • Nominal derivations:
    • imfa (death)

Czech

Noun

fa

  1. Abbreviation of firma.

Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin fa.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /faː/
  • Hyphenation: fa
  • Rhymes: -aː

Noun

fa m (plural fa's, diminutive faatje n)

  1. (music) fa (fourth diatonic (or sixth chromatic) musical note)
  2. (music) F (the musical clef or key)

Derived terms

  • fasleutel

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fa/

Noun

fa m (plural fa)

  1. (music) fa, the fourth diatonic (or sixth chromatic) note 'F'.

Derived terms

  • clef de fa

Further reading

  • “fa” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Galician

Noun

fa m (plural fas)

  1. (music) fa (musical note)
  2. (music) F (the musical note or key)

See also

  • (musical notes) nota musical; , re, mi, fa, sol, la, si (Category: gl:Music)

Gothic

Romanization

fa

  1. Romanization of 𐍆𐌰

Hadza

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fa/, [fʷa]

Verb

fa

  1. to drink

Hungarian

Etymology

From Proto-Uralic *puwe. Cognates include Finnish puu.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈfɒ]
  • Rhymes: -fɒ

Noun

fa (plural fák)

  1. tree (large woody plant)
  2. wood (substance beneath the bark of the trunk or branches of a tree)
  3. (graph theory) tree (connected graph with no cycles)
  4. (computing theory) tree (recursive data structure)
  5. (attributive) wooden (made of wood)

Declension

Derived terms

References

Further reading

  • (tree, wood): fa in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN
  • (“fa”, a syllable used in solfège to represent the fourth note of a major scale; alternative form of ): fa in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN

Italian

Etymology 1

Alternative forms

  • fa', fai (imperative form only)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfa/*
  • Rhymes: -a
  • Hyphenation:
  • Unlike for the musical note below, this word always triggers syntactic gemination. Hence for example fa freddo (it's cold, literally it makes cold) is pronounced /ˈfa‿fˈfreddo/.

Verb

fa

  1. inflection of fare:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative

Adverb

fa

  1. ago
    Synonym: prima

Etymology 2

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfa/°
  • IPA(key): (traditional) /ˈfa/*
  • Rhymes: -a
  • Hyphenation:
  • Unlike for the verb form and derived adverb, this word (and other terms for musical notes) do not trigger syntactic gemination in modern usage, although they did traditionally. Hence fa sol la (fa sol la) is now pronounced /ˈfa ˈsɔl ˈla/, but traditionally /ˈfa‿sˈsɔl ˈla/.

Noun

fa m (invariable)

  1. (music) fa (fourth diatonic (or sixth chromatic) musical note)
  2. F (musical note or key)

Japanese

Romanization

fa

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ふぁ
  2. Rōmaji transcription of ファ

Kabyle

Verb

fa (intensive aorist yettfay, aorist ifa, preterite ifa, negative preterite ifa)

  1. to yawn

Lala (South Africa)

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Verb

-fá

  1. to die

Latvian

Noun

fa m (invariable)

  1. (music) fa, the fourth diatonic (or sixth chromatic) note 'F'.

Luganda

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Verb

fa

  1. to die

Mandarin

Romanization

fa (Zhuyin ˙ㄈㄚ)

  1. Pinyin transcription of 𠲎

fa

  1. Nonstandard spelling of .
  2. Nonstandard spelling of .
  3. Nonstandard spelling of .
  4. Nonstandard spelling of .

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Manx

Etymology

From Old Irish fáth, from Proto-Celtic *wātus (inspired utterance) (compare Welsh gwawd (song, praise, poetry)), from Proto-Indo-European *weh₂t-.

Noun

fa m (genitive singular [please provide], plural [please provide])

  1. reason, cause

Synonyms

  • oyr

Derived terms

  • cre'n fa
  • gyn fa gyn oyr

Mutation


Middle English

Etymology 1

From the oblique stem of Old English ġefāh.

Noun

fa (plural fas)

  1. Alternative form of fo

Etymology 2

From Old English , variant of fāh.

Adjective

fa

  1. Alternative form of fo

Niuean

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *fa, from Proto-Oceanic *pat, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *pat, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *pat, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *əpat, from Proto-Austronesian *Səpat.

Numeral

fa

  1. four

Norman

Etymology

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation

Noun

fa m (plural fas)

  1. (Jersey) suit (clothing)

Synonyms

  • suit

Northern Ndebele

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Verb

-fá

  1. to die

Inflection

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Latin famuli, from the first word of the fourth line of Ut queant laxis, the medieval hymn on which solfège was based because its lines started on each note of the scale successively. Through Italian.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fɑː/

Noun

fa m (definite singular fa-en, indefinite plural fa-ar, definite plural fa-ane)

  1. (music) fa, a syllable used in solfège to represent the fourth diatonic (or sixth chromatic) note of a major scale.

Coordinate terms

  • (scale of solfège): do, re, mi, fa, sol or so, la, ti, do

References

  • “fa” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Old Frisian

Etymology

From Proto-West Germanic *fą̄han, from Proto-Germanic *fanhaną. Cognates include Old English fōn, Old Saxon fāhan and Old Dutch fān.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfaː/

Verb

  1. (transitive) to catch

Descendants

  • West Frisian: fange

References

  • Bremmer, Rolf H. (2009) An Introduction to Old Frisian: History, Grammar, Reader, Glossary, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, →ISBN

Old Irish

Alternative forms

  • , ba,

Etymology

Apparently a derivative of some form of the copula is that is from Proto-Indo-European *bʰuH-.

Conjunction

fa (triggers lenition)

  1. (in indirect interrogative clauses) or
    • c. 800, Würzburg Glosses on the Pauline Epistles, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1987, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. I, pp. 499–712, Wb. 23b32
    • c. 800–825, Diarmait, Milan Glosses on the Psalms, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1987, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. I, pp. 7–483, Ml. 90c19
    • c. 845, St. Gall Glosses on Priscian, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1975, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. II, pp. 49–224, Sg. 12b7

Further reading

  • Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors (2019), “1 fa, ba, fo”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language

Old Swedish

Etymology

From Old Norse , from Proto-Germanic *fanhaną.

Verb

  1. to seize, take
  2. to get, receive

Conjugation

Descendants

  • Swedish:

Phuthi

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Verb

-fá

  1. to die

Inflection

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Scots

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fa/

Pronoun

fa

  1. Doric form of wha (who)

Shona

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Verb

-fá (infinitive kufá)

  1. to die

Derived terms

  • rufu

Sotho

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-páa.

Verb

fa

  1. to give

South Marquesan

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *fa, from Proto-Oceanic *pat, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *pat, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *pat, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *əpat, from Proto-Austronesian *Səpat.

Numeral

fa

  1. four

Southern Ndebele

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Verb

-fá

  1. to die

Inflection

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfa/, [ˈfa]

Noun

fa m (plural fa)

  1. fa (fourth diatonic (or sixth chromatic) musical note)

Derived terms

Interjection

fa

  1. (Argentina) ew, phew (expression of disgust)
    Synonyms: puaj, guácala

Further reading

  • “fa” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.

Sranan Tongo

Etymology 1

Adverb

fa

  1. how

Conjunction

fa

  1. as soon as

Etymology 2

Short for a phrase such as fa fu yu? or fa a e go?

Interjection

fa?

  1. hi; how are you?; how's it going?

Swahili

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Pronunciation

Verb

-fa (infinitive kufa)

  1. to die
  2. to stop, come to an end

Conjugation

Derived terms

  • Verbal derivations:
    • Applicative: -fia
    • Causative: -fisha (murder)
    • Passive: -fiwa (mourn, be bereaved)
  • Nominal derivations:
    • kifa (death)
    • mafa (cemetery)

Related terms

  • -fu (dead)
  • kifo (death)
  • mfu (dead person)

See also

  • -ua (kill)

Swazi

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Verb

-fá

  1. (intransitive) to die

Inflection

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Tsonga

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Verb

fa

  1. to die

Tuvaluan

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *fa, from Proto-Oceanic *pat, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *pat, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *pat, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *əpat, from Proto-Austronesian *Səpat.

Numeral

fa

  1. four

Venda

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Verb

fa

  1. to die

Venetian

Noun

fa m (invariable)

  1. (music) fa (fourth diatonic (or sixth chromatic) musical note)
  2. F (musical note or key)

Adverb

fa

  1. as, like

Volapük

Preposition

fa

  1. by (indicating an agent)

Westrobothnian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /foː/, /fɒː/, /fɑː/
  • Rhymes: -óː

Etymology 1

From Old Norse , from Proto-Germanic *fanhaną.

Verb

fa (preterite fekk or fikk, plural fing, supine fatt or faije)

  1. To receive, obtain.
  2. To have children.
  3. To give, hand.
  4. (reflexive, intransitive) To convalesce.
  5. (auxiliary verb) May.
Derived terms
  • anfått
  • seinfatt

Etymology 2

From Old Norse fár, from Proto-Germanic *fawaz.

Adjective

fa

  1. Few.
Derived terms
  • famönnes
  • fang
  • fangfor
  • faräjj
  • faräjjes
  • feengt
  • fått

Wuvulu-Aua

Etymology

From Proto-Oceanic *pat, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *pat, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *əpat, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *əpat, from Proto-Austronesian *Səpat.

Numeral

fa

  1. four

Xhosa

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [fá]

Verb

-fá

  1. (intransitive) to die

Inflection

This verb needs an inflection-table template.

Derived terms

  • umfi

Zulu

Etymology

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Pronunciation

IPA(key): /fá/

Verb

-fá

  1. (intransitive) to die

Inflection

Derived terms

References

  • C. M. Doke; B. W. Vilakazi (1972), “fa”, in Zulu-English Dictionary, →ISBN: “fa (imper. yifa, 6.3)”

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