English Online Dictionary. What means fact? What does fact mean?
From Old French fact, from Latin factum (“an act, deed, feat, etc.”); also Medieval Latin for “state, condition, circumstance”; neuter of factus (“done or made”), perfect passive participle of faciō (“do, make”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁- (“to put, place, set”). Old/Middle French later evolved it into faict and fait. Doublet of feat.
- IPA(key): /fækt/
- Rhymes: -ækt
fact (countable and uncountable, plural facts)
- Something actual as opposed to invented.
- Something which is real.
- Gravity is a fact, not a theory.
- Something concrete used as a basis for further interpretation.
- An objective consensus on a fundamental reality that has been agreed upon by a substantial number of experts.
- Information about a particular subject, especially actual conditions and/or circumstances.
- Addition facts include 2 + 2 = 4 and 3 + 4 = 7.
- (databases) An individual value or measurement at the lowest level of granularity in a data warehouse.
- (archaic) Action; the realm of action.
- (law, obsolete except in set phrases) A wrongful or criminal deed.
- (obsolete) A feat or meritorious deed.
- (Something actual): fiction
- (Something objective): opinion
- “fact”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- “fact”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “fact”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- "Conway: 'Alternative Facts'" Merriam-Webster's Trend Watch Merriam-Webster. 2017.
- Used before making a statement to introduce it as a trustworthy one.