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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
You know you have--you can't hide anything, so up and fess, or I won't tell," cried Laurie.
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.
Arms: Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable.
Conversely, clinically significant emphysema is an unusual complication following FESS.
There is nothing very special about any of the activities of these CPAs except for this detail: Fess, Schalter and Rapier all serve as chief financial officers of their organizations.
Now that the facility is complete, production will more than double in 1993 increasing to 16,000 cases," said actor-vintner Fess Parker.
You get it at real cost instead of people throwing numbers at you and then you are not getting good quality," Fess says.
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