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fess 1

also fesse  (fĕs)
n. Heraldry
A wide horizontal band forming the middle section of an escutcheon.

[Middle English fesse, from Old French, from Latin fascia, band.]

fess 2

intr.v. fessed, fess·ing, fess·es Informal
To admit to something; confess, often used with up: "won't fess up to being even vaguely liberal" (Jonathan Alter).

[Short for confess.]


informal chiefly (foll by: up) US to make a confession
[C19: shortened from confess]


or fesse


a wide horizontal band across the center of a heraldic field.
[1350–1400; Middle English fesse < Anglo-French « Latin fascia fascia]



v.t., v.i.
Informal. fess up, to confess or concede.
[1830–40; aph. variant of confess]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fess - (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shieldfess - (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shield
ordinary - (heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
heraldry - the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
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You know you have--you can't hide anything, so up and fess, or I won't tell," cried Laurie.
On the scutcheon we'll have a bend OR in the dexter base, a saltire MURREY in the fess, with a dog, couchant, for common charge, and under his foot a chain embattled, for slavery, with a chevron VERT in a chief engrailed, and three invected lines on a field AZURE, with the nombril points rampant on a dancette indented; crest, a runaway nigger, SABLE, with his bundle over his shoulder on a bar sinister; and a couple of gules for supporters, which is you and me; motto, MAGGIORE FRETTA, MINORE OTTO.
A fess -- a fess is -- YOU don't need to know what a fess is.
Arms: Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable.
Argent," Alleyne answered, "a fess azure charged with three lozenges dividing three mullets sable.
It takes some time to tell it, but it happened in a jiffy, in fess In a tenth of a second.
Preoperative symptoms in 30 FESS and 34 FENS patients FESS FENS Total n (%) n (%) n (%) Headache 28 (93.
Starring the legendary Fess Parker, "Daniel Boone" is set against the breathtaking scenery of the Mississippi Valley, and embraces all the classic elements of drama, Western, comedy and action.
In his role as Davy Crockett, Fess Parker helped promote and open Disneyland and through the years he has become a very special member of the Disney family," said Matt Ouimet, president of the Disneyland Resort.
Patients between 17 and 64 years of age were included in the ordinary FESS group, and patients aged 16 years or younger were included in the PESS group.
it's been so busy around here that we would've put Fess IV to