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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cook over direct heat in hot oil or fat.
  • transitive v. Slang To destroy (electronic circuitry) with excessive heat or current: "a power surge to the computer that fried a number of sensitive electronic components” ( Erik Sandberg-Diment).
  • intransitive v. To be cooked in a pan over direct heat in hot oil or fat.
  • intransitive v. Slang To undergo execution in an electric chair.
  • n. A French fry. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A dish of a fried food.
  • n. A social gathering at which food is fried and eaten: a fish fry.
  • n.pl. Small fish, especially young, recently hatched fish.
  • n.pl. The young of certain other animals.
  • n.pl. Individuals, especially young or insignificant persons: "These pampered public school boys . . . had managed to evade the long prison sentences that lesser fry were serving” ( Noel Annan).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cook (something) in hot fat.
  • v. To cook in hot fat.
  • v. To suffer because of too much heat.
  • v. To be executed by the electric chair.
  • v. To destroy (something, usually electronic) with excessive heat, voltage, or current.
  • n. (mainly Canada and US) A fried potato.
  • n. A meal of fried sausages, bacon, eggs, etc.
  • n. A state of excitement.
  • n. Offspring; progeny; children; brood.
  • n. Young fish; fishlings.
  • n. A swarm, especially of something small (a fry of children).
  • n. The spawn of frogs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cook in a pan or on a griddle (esp. with the use of fat, butter, or olive oil) by heating over a fire; to cook in boiling lard or fat
  • intransitive v. To undergo the process of frying; to be subject to the action of heat in a frying pan, or on a griddle, or in a kettle of hot fat.
  • intransitive v. To simmer; to boil.
  • intransitive v. To undergo or cause a disturbing action accompanied with a sensation of heat.
  • intransitive v. To be agitated; to be greatly moved.
  • n. A dish of anything fried.
  • n. A state of excitement.
  • n. The young of any fish.
  • n. A swarm or crowd, especially of little fishes; young or small things in general.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dress by heating or roasting with fat in a pan over a fire; cook and prepare for eating in a frying-pan: as, to fry meat or vegetables.
  • Figuratively, to vex; agitate.
  • To heat; parch; render torrid.
  • To be subjected to heat in a pan containing fat over a fire; hence, to suffer a frying effect from great heat; simmer as if in bubbling fat.
  • To ferment, as in the stomach, or, figuratively, in the mind; undergo a seething process.
  • To be agitated; boil.
  • n. That which is fried; a dish of anything fried.
  • n. A state of mental ferment or agitation: as, he keeps himself in a constant fry.
  • n. Seed; offspring: especially with reference to human beings.
  • n. A swarm, as of children or any small animals, now specifically of little fishes; a number of small or insignificant objects: often used in contempt.
  • n. In particular The young of the salmon or of trout at a certain stage of their development.
  • n. A kind of sieve.
  • n. A drain.
  • n. Any small edible fishes, as those of the family Engraulidæ, the anchovies, and certain fishes of the family Clupeidæ, as the sardines, and of the family Atherinidæ.
  • n. The roe of fishes, especially that of such fishes as are used for food.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be excessively hot
  • v. kill by electrocution, as in the electric chair
  • n. English dramatist noted for his comic verse dramas (born 1907)
  • n. a young person of either sex
  • v. cook on a hot surface using fat
  • n. English painter and art critic (1866-1934)

Etymologies

Middle English frien, from Old French frire, from Latin frīgere.
Middle English fri, probably from Anglo-Norman frie, from frier, to rub, from Latin fricāre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French frire, from Latin frīgere ("to roast, fry"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-. Cognate with Ancient Greek φρύγω (phrugō, "I roast, bake"), Sanskrit भृज्ज् (bhṛjjati, "to roast, grill, fry"), भृग् (bhṛg, "the crackling of fire") (Wiktionary)
From Middle English fry ("seed, offspring"), from Old Norse frjó ("seed, semen"), from Proto-Germanic *fraiwan (“seed, semen, offspring”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)per-, *(s)prei- (“to strew, sow”). Cognate with Icelandic frjó ("pollen, seed"), Icelandic fræ ("seed"), Swedish frö ("seed, embryo, grain, germ"), Danish frø ("seed"), Gothic  (fraiw, "seed"). (Wiktionary)

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