What does false mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. false(adj)

    not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality

    "gave false testimony under oath"; "false tales of bravery"

  2. false, mistaken(adj)

    arising from error

    "a false assumption"; "a mistaken view of the situation"

  3. false(adj)

    erroneous and usually accidental

    "a false start"; "a false alarm"

  4. false(adj)

    deliberately deceptive

    "false pretenses"

  5. delusive, false(adj)

    inappropriate to reality or facts

    "delusive faith in a wonder drug"; "delusive expectations"; "false hopes"

  6. fake, false, faux, imitation, simulated(adj)

    not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article

    "it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur"; "faux pearls"; "false teeth"; "decorated with imitation palm leaves"; "a purse of simulated alligator hide"

  7. false(adj)

    designed to deceive

    "a suitcase with a false bottom"

  8. false, off-key, sour(adj)

    inaccurate in pitch

    "a false (or sour) note"; "her singing was off key"

  9. assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on, sham(adj)

    adopted in order to deceive

    "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty"

  10. false, untrue(adverb)

    (used especially of persons) not dependable in devotion or affection; unfaithful

    "a false friend"; "when lovers prove untrue"

  11. faithlessly, traitorously, treacherously, treasonably, false(adverb)

    in a disloyal and faithless manner

    "he behaved treacherously"; "his wife played him false"

Wiktionary

  1. false(Adjective)

    Untrue, not factual, factually incorrect.

    Etymology: From false, from fals, from falsus, perfect passive participle of fallo. Uncommon before the 12 century, the word was reinforced in Middle English by fals (compare faus), eventually displacing native les, lese, from leas; See lease, leasing.

  2. false(Adjective)

    Based on factually incorrect premises: false legislation

    Etymology: From false, from fals, from falsus, perfect passive participle of fallo. Uncommon before the 12 century, the word was reinforced in Middle English by fals (compare faus), eventually displacing native les, lese, from leas; See lease, leasing.

  3. false(Adjective)

    Spurious, artificial (as in false teeth).

    Etymology: From false, from fals, from falsus, perfect passive participle of fallo. Uncommon before the 12 century, the word was reinforced in Middle English by fals (compare faus), eventually displacing native les, lese, from leas; See lease, leasing.

  4. false(Adjective)

    A state in Boolean logic that indicates a negative result.

    Etymology: From false, from fals, from falsus, perfect passive participle of fallo. Uncommon before the 12 century, the word was reinforced in Middle English by fals (compare faus), eventually displacing native les, lese, from leas; See lease, leasing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. False

    uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit; dishnest; as, a false witness

    Etymology: [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]

  2. False

    not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance, vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous; perfidious; as, a false friend, lover, or subject; false to promises

    Etymology: [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]

  3. False

    not according with truth or reality; not true; fitted or likely to deceive or disappoint; as, a false statement

    Etymology: [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]

  4. False

    not genuine or real; assumed or designed to deceive; counterfeit; hypocritical; as, false tears; false modesty; false colors; false jewelry

    Etymology: [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]

  5. False

    not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous; as, a false claim; a false conclusion; a false construction in grammar

    Etymology: [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]

  6. False

    not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which are temporary or supplemental

    Etymology: [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]

  7. False

    not in tune

    Etymology: [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]

  8. False(adverb)

    not truly; not honestly; falsely

    Etymology: [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]

  9. False(adj)

    to report falsely; to falsify

    Etymology: [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]

  10. False(adj)

    to betray; to falsify

    Etymology: [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]

  11. False(adj)

    to mislead by want of truth; to deceive

    Etymology: [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]

  12. False(adj)

    to feign; to pretend to make

    Etymology: [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]

Freebase

  1. FALSE

    FALSE is an esoteric programming language designed by Wouter van Oortmerssen in 1993, named after his favorite Boolean value. It is a small Forth-like stack-oriented language, with syntax designed to make the code inherently obfuscated, confusing, and unreadable. It is also noteworthy for having a compiler of only 1024 bytes. According to Van Oortmerssen, FALSE provided the inspiration for various well-known esoteric languages, including brainfuck and Befunge. FALSE is notably more tractable than most esoteric programming languages. The fundamental operations that it provides are reasonably sensible, and there is no gratuitous complexity. In these respects it stands in strong contrast to the behemoths Intercal and Malbolge. The difficulty of programming in FALSE comes mostly from the low-level nature of the language, which has the feel of a Forth-like assembly language. The remainder of the language's awkwardness comes from the concise punctuation-based syntax, which many people find more difficult than a more conventional word-based syntax. The language features basic arithmetic and logical operations, variables, subroutines, control flow statements, and input/output operations. FALSE operations are done using a stack. Its structure is largely based on the Forth programming language.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. False

    fawls, adj. deceptive or deceiving: untruthful: unfaithful to obligations: untrue: not genuine or real, counterfeit: hypocritical: not well founded, or not according to rule: artificial, as opposed to natural, of teeth, &c.—adv. incorrectly: faithlessly.—n. (Shak.) falsehood: untruth.—v.t. (Shak.) to betray.—ns. False conception, a uterine growth consisting of some degenerate mass instead of a fœtus; False′face, a mask.—adjs. False′-faced (Shak.), hypocritical; False′-heart′ed, treacherous, deceitful.—n. False′hood, state or quality of being false: want of truth: want of honesty: deceitfulness: false appearance: an untrue statement: a lie.—adv. False′ly.—ns. False′ness; Fals′er (Spens.), a deceiver, a liar.—adjs. Falsid′ical, deceptive; Fals′ish, somewhat false.—ns. Fals′ism, a self-evident falsity; Fals′ity, quality of being false: a false assertion.—Play one false, to act falsely or treacherously to a person; Put in a false position, to bring any one into a position in which he must be misunderstood. [O. Fr. fals (mod. faux)—L. falsus, pa.p. of fallĕre, to deceive.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'false' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2812

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'false' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3369

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'false' in Adjectives Frequency: #373

Anagrams for false »

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  2. fleas

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of false in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of false in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of false in a Sentence

  1. Albert Einstein, Sc:

    I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

  2. Gerard Hastings:

    It strips away the branding which draws people to the pack, removes any false reassurance that features like pastel colors and soothing descriptors are designed to provide, and makes the health warning more prominent.

  3. Marc Edwards:

    I will not stand by, silently, as any false claims are made about dangers in Flint water….whether they were made by the State of Michigan falsely claiming the water was safe before October 2015, or by an actor who came to Flint after the federal emergency was declared and made unfounded allegations that the water was dangerous for showering or bathing.

  4. Gerhard Schindler:

    Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said. In Macedonia, where refugees reach before streaming into the former Yugoslavia, the government declared a state of emergency for the next year. Macedonia is considering building a fence on its border like Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic did Hungary, although it is not a long term solution, said Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Popovski In Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel initially announced the country would take in 800,000 refugees this year, the head of the BND, Gerhard Schindler, said the most immediate danger comes from jihadists who are already in Germany. Related ImageExpand / ContractWith Western Europe closing its doors, thousands of refugees are stranded along the path from Middle East misery. ( FoxNews.com) For the Jihadists, it is much easier to obtain a false or stolen passport and get on the plane. The real danger comes from Western Europe, jihadists returning to Germany and other European countries, once fought on the fronts of the Middle East.

  5. Johannes Ramaekers:

    This study showed that cannabis increased the number of false memories across all three memory paradigms.

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Translations for false

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  • زائفArabic
  • фалшив, неверен, грешен, изкуственBulgarian
  • gaouBreton
  • fals, incorrecte, artificial, postísCatalan, Valencian
  • nepravdivý, imitovaný, nepravý, falešný, umělýCzech
  • anwir, anghywir, gau, ffugWelsh
  • falsk, kunstigDanish
  • falsch, unecht, unwahrGerman
  • ψευδής, πλαστός, κίβδηλος, νόθοςGreek
  • malveraEsperanto
  • falso, postizoSpanish
  • غلطPersian
  • petollinen, epälojaali, väärä, kelvoton, valheellinen, vale-, perusteeton, teko, vale, epärehellinen, epävireinen, virheellinen, falski, väliaikainen, epätosi, keinotekoinen, keino-Finnish
  • faux, incorrect, artificielFrench
  • bréige, bréag-, falsa, bréagachIrish
  • breugach, fuadain, meallta, mealltachScottish Gaelic
  • falsoGalician
  • תותבת, שקרי, לא נכון, מזוייף, תותבHebrew
  • झूठा, खोटाHindi
  • hamis, mű-Hungarian
  • սխալ, կեղծArmenian
  • falseInterlingua
  • buatan, salahIndonesian
  • errato, bugiardo, falso, posticcio, fintoItalian
  • 虚偽, 偽のJapanese
  • ყალბიGeorgian
  • gawCornish
  • жаңылыш, арамза, ката, жасалмаKyrgyz
  • falsus, mendaxLatin
  • klaidingas, dirbtinis, netikras, neteisingasLithuanian
  • mākslīgs, nepareizs, viltots, kļūdainsLatvian
  • palsu, salahMalay
  • vals, onecht, fout, onwaar, onjuistDutch
  • falskNorwegian
  • falsOccitan
  • fałszywy, nieprawdziwy, sztucznyPolish
  • falso, artificial, erradoPortuguese
  • contrafăcut, neadevăr, fals, artificialRomanian
  • фальшивый, ложный, неправильныйRussian
  • अशुद्ध, असत्यSanskrit
  • osann, konstgjord, falsk, falsktSwedish
  • yanlış, yalan, yapay, sahteTurkish
  • کھوٹا, جھوٹھا, غلطUrdu
  • dobik, neveratikVolapük

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