- A bird.
- An entanglement; a collision, as in a boat race.
- See Foul ball, under Foul, a. - Covered with, or containing, extraneous matter which is
injurious, noxious, offensive, or obstructive; filthy; dirty; not
clean; polluted; nasty; defiled; as, a foul cloth; foul hands; a foul
chimney; foul air; a ship's bottom is foul when overgrown with
barnacles; a gun becomes foul from repeated firing; a well is foul with
- Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words;
- Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched.
- Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease.
- Ugly; homely; poor.
- Not favorable; unpropitious; not fair or advantageous;
as, a foul wind; a foul road; cloudy or rainy; stormy; not fair; --
said of the weather, sky, etc.
- Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a
game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating;
as, foul play.
- Having freedom of motion interfered with by collision or
entanglement; entangled; -- opposed to clear; as, a rope or cable may
get foul while paying it out. - To become clogged with burnt powder in the process of
firing, as a gun.
- To become entagled, as ropes; to come into collision with
something; as, the two boats fouled. - To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil; as,
to foul the face or hands with mire.
- To incrust (the bore of a gun) with burnt powder in the
process of firing.
- To cover (a ship's bottom) with anything that impered its
sailing; as, a bottom fouled with barnacles.
- To entangle, so as to impede motion; as, to foul a rope or
cable in paying it out; to come into collision with; as, one boat
fouled the other in a race.