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Meaning of FESTER

Pronunciation:  'festur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a sore that has become inflamed and formed pus
  2. [v]  ripen and generate pus; "her wounds are festering"

FESTER is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: maturate, suppurate, suppurating sore
 See Also: discharge, eject, expel, release, sore



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fes"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Festered}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Festering}.] [OE. festern, fr. fester, n.; or fr. OF.
    festrir, fr. festre, n. See {Fester}, n.]
    1. To generate pus; to become imflamed and suppurate; as, a
       sore or a wound festers.
             Wounds immedicable Rankle, and fester, and gangrene.
             Unkindness may give a wound that shall bleed and
             smart, but it is treachery that makes it fester.
             Hatred . . . festered in the hearts of the children
             of the soil.                          --Macaulay.
    2. To be inflamed; to grow virulent, or malignant; to grow in
       intensity; to rankle.
  2. \Fes`ter\, v. t.
    To cause to fester or rankle.
          For which I burnt in inward, swelt'ring hate, And
          festered ranking malice in my breast.    --Marston.
  3. \Fes"ter\, n. [OF. festre, L. fistula a sort of ulcer.
    Cf. {Fistula}.]
    1. A small sore which becomes inflamed and discharges corrupt
       matter; a pustule.
    2. A festering or rankling.
             The fester of the chain their necks.  --I. Taylor.
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