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English Dictionary: faculty by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
faculty
n
  1. one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind
    Synonym(s): faculty, mental faculty, module
  2. the body of teachers and administrators at a school; "the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university"
    Synonym(s): staff, faculty
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Faculty \Fac"ul*ty\, n.; pl. {Faculties}. [F. facult[?], L.
      facultas, fr. facilis easy (cf. facul easily), fr. fecere to
      make. See {Fact}, and cf. {Facility}.]
      1. Ability to act or perform, whether inborn or cultivated;
            capacity for any natural function; especially, an original
            mental power or capacity for any of the well-known classes
            of mental activity; psychical or soul capacity; capacity
            for any of the leading kinds of soul activity, as
            knowledge, feeling, volition; intellectual endowment or
            gift; power; as, faculties of the mind or the soul.
  
                     But know that in the soul Are many lesser faculties
                     that serve Reason as chief.               --Milton.
  
                     What a piece of work is a man ! how noble in reason
                     ! how infinite in faculty !               --Shak.
  
      2. Special mental endowment; characteristic knack.
  
                     He had a ready faculty, indeed, of escaping from any
                     topic that agitated his too sensitive and nervous
                     temperament.                                       --Hawthorne.
  
      3. Power; prerogative or attribute of office. [R.]
  
                     This Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
      4. Privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence,
            to do a particular thing; authority; license;
            dispensation.
  
                     The pope . . . granted him a faculty to set him free
                     from his promise.                              --Fuller.
  
                     It had not only faculty to inspect all bishops'
                     dioceses, but to change what laws and statutes they
                     should think fit to alter among the colleges.
                                                                              --Evelyn.
  
      5. A body of a men to whom any specific right or privilege is
            granted; formerly, the graduates in any of the four
            departments of a university or college (Philosophy, Law,
            Medicine, or Theology), to whom was granted the right of
            teaching (profitendi or docendi) in the department in
            which they had studied; at present, the members of a
            profession itself; as, the medical faculty; the legal
            faculty, ect.
  
      6. (Amer. Colleges) The body of person to whom are intrusted
            the government and instruction of a college or university,
            or of one of its departments; the president, professors,
            and tutors in a college.
  
      {Dean of faculty}. See under {Dean}.
  
      {Faculty of advocates}. (Scot.) See under {Advocate}.
  
      Syn: Talent; gift; endowment; dexterity; expertness;
               cleverness; readiness; ability; knack.
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