something that actually exists; reality; truth:
Your fears have no basis in fact.
something known to exist or to have happened:
Space travel is now a fact.
a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true:
Scientists gather facts about plant growth.
something said to be true or supposed to have happened:
The facts given by the witness are highly questionable.
Law.. Often, facts. an actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence.
Compare , .
after the fact, Law. after the commission of a crime:
an accessory after the fact.
before the fact, Law. prior to the commission of a crime:
an accessory before the fact.
in fact, actually; really; indeed:
In fact, it was a wonder that anyone survived.
an event or thing known to have happened or existed
a truth verifiable from experience or observation
a piece of information: get me all the facts of this case
(law) (often pl) an actual event, happening, etc, as distinguished from its legal consequences. Questions of fact are decided by the jury, questions of law by the court or judge
(philosophy) a proposition that may be either true or false, as contrasted with an evaluative statement
(criminal law) after the fact, after the commission of the offence: an accessory after the fact
(criminal law) before the fact, before the commission of the offence
as a matter of fact, in fact, in point of fact, in reality or actuality
fact of life, an inescapable truth, esp an unpleasant one
the fact of the matter, the truth
1530s, “action,” especially “evil deed,” from Latin factum “event, occurrence,” literally “thing done,” neuter past participle of facere “to do” (see factitious). Usual modern sense of “thing known to be true” appeared 1630s, from notion of “something that has actually occurred.” Facts of life “harsh realities” is from 1854; specific sense of “human sexual functions” first recorded 1913.
In addition to the idiom beginning with
after the fact
is that a fact
matter of fact
the frequently seen in the sky sunset; afterlight. a second or secondary , as in heated metal before it ceases to become incandescent. the pleasant remembrance of a past experience, glory, etc.: She basked in the afterglow of her stage triumph. (def 3). Contemporary Examples In the afterglow of the Arab Spring, Randall Lane polls […]
a , as of crops or timber, one harvesting, cutting, etc.; second crop. Historical Examples The aftergrowth with the different crops varied considerably. Inorganic Plant Poisons and Stimulants Winifred E. Brenchley The most important advantage of the process is the elimination of the aftergrowth problem. Chlorination of Water Joseph Race Thus happiness hath root In […]
the owner of a yacht or his guests. the officers quartered in the stern of a vessel. Historical Examples The rear crew brought down the afterguard of logs to the pond. The Riverman Stewart Edward White afterguard, muster your buckets and brushes and wash down the decks. The Rover’s Secret Harry Collingwood Men openly sharpened […]
Anatomy. a hollow, pumplike organ of blood circulation, composed mainly of rhythmically contractile smooth muscle, located in the chest between the lungs and slightly to the left and consisting of four chambers: a right atrium that receives blood returning from the body via the superior and inferior vena cavae, a right ventricle that pumps the […]