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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
peregrine falcon
▪ The manager was waiting for her at the desk, deftly fidgeting with a half-stuffed peregrine falcon.
▪ Construction activity would have to be curtailed during sensitive seasons. Peregrine falcon.
▪ It is understood there are up to 500 peregrine falcons in Northern Ireland.
▪ One of the most interesting cases that Maureen came across that I knew of was a peregrine falcon.
▪ The Yorkshire Dales national park authority is also to pay a bounty for every peregrine falcon that reaches maturity.
▪ Similarly, the number of peregrine falcons was more than halved between 1939 and 1963.
▪ In Islay in September 1938 they were flying a peregrine falcon at grouse with a bird called Cressida.
▪ By the marks in the sand, it had been felled by a falcon, which made a meal of its flesh.
▪ His falcon flew into a window of the empty castle and did not return.
▪ Not only is the bird's distribution highly individual, its ecology is more finely tuned than that of any other falcon.
▪ See p. 90 for distinctions of Accipitridae from falcons.
▪ The eagles are the masters of the air, lord over kite and falcon, proud of their rights.
▪ The king, trying to find the falcon, wandered in the castle.
▪ The manager was waiting for her at the desk, deftly fidgeting with a half-stuffed peregrine falcon.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Falcon \Fal"con\, n. [OE. faucon, faucoun, OF. faucon, falcon, ?. faucon, fr. LL. falco, perh. from L. falx, falcis, a sickle or scythe, and named from its curving talons. Cf. Falchion.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. One of a family ( Falconid[ae]) of raptorial birds, characterized by a short, hooked beak, strong claws, and powerful flight.

    2. Any species of the genus Falco, distinguished by having a toothlike lobe on the upper mandible; especially, one of this genus trained to the pursuit of other birds, or game.

      In the language of falconry, the female peregrine ( Falco peregrinus) is exclusively called the falcon.

  2. (Gun.) An ancient form of cannon.

    Chanting falcon. (Zo["o]l.) See under Chanting.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-13c., faucon, from Old French faucon "falcon" (12c.), from Late Latin falconem (nominative falco) "falcon" (source also of Old Spanish falcon, Portuguese falcão, Italian falcone, Old High German falcho, German Falke, Dutch valk), probably from Latin falx (genitive falcis) "curved blade, pruning hook, sickle, war-scythe" (see falcate); the bird said to be so called for the shape of its talons, legs, or beak, but also possibly from the shape of its spread wings.\n

\nThe other theory is that the Latin bird name falx is of Germanic origin and means "gray bird" (from the source of fallow (adj.)), which is supported by the antiquity of the word in Germanic but opposed by those who point out that falconry by all evidences was imported from the East, and the Germans got it from the Romans, not the other way round.


n. 1 Any bird of the genus ''Falco'', all of which are bird of prey. 2 A female such bird, a male being a tiercel. 3 A light cannon used from the 15th to the 17th century; a falconet. vb. To hunt with a falcon or falcons.


n. diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight


v. hunt with falcons; "The Arabs like to falcon in the desert"

Falcon, NC -- U.S. town in North Carolina
Population (2000): 328
Housing Units (2000): 102
Land area (2000): 1.249997 sq. miles (3.237477 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.007164 sq. miles (0.018554 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.257161 sq. miles (3.256031 sq. km)
FIPS code: 22620
Located within: North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37
Location: 35.192521 N, 78.648503 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Falcon, NC
Falcon, MS -- U.S. town in Mississippi
Population (2000): 317
Housing Units (2000): 99
Land area (2000): 0.392331 sq. miles (1.016132 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.392331 sq. miles (1.016132 sq. km)
FIPS code: 24180
Located within: Mississippi (MS), FIPS 28
Location: 34.393365 N, 90.255811 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Falcon, MS

Falcón State (, ) is one of the 23 states (estados) that constitute Venezuela. The state capital is Coro.

Falcon (disambiguation)

A falcon is a bird of prey.

Falcon may also refer to:

Falcon (video game series)

The Falcon line of computer games is a series of simulations of the F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft. The games were developed and published by Spectrum HoloByte (later MicroProse). They were noted for their high level of realism unseen in contemporary simulation games.

Falcón (disambiguation)

Falcón is a state in Venezuela

Falcón may also refer to:

Falcon (sniper rifle)

The Falcon is a Czech 12.7 mm caliber bolt-action sniper rifle developed by Zbrojovka Vsetín Inc. (ZVI). The rifle is intended for ground troops and special forces for operations against distant targets up to , such as armored vehicles (AFV) or technical equipment.

Falcón (TV series)

Falcón is a 2012 crime television series based on the books by Robert Wilson, produced by Mammoth Screen for the Sky, Canal+, and ZDF channels.


A falcon is a member of the genus Falco, which includes about 40 species. Falcons are widely distributed on all continents of the world except Antarctica.

Adult falcons have thin, tapered wings, which enable them to fly at high speed and to change direction rapidly. Fledgling falcons, in their first year of flying, have longer flight feathers, which make their configuration more like that of a general-purpose bird such as a broadwing. This makes it easier to fly while learning the exceptional skills required to be effective hunters as adults.

The falcons are the largest genus in the Falconinae subfamily of Falconidae, which itself also includes another subfamily comprising caracaras and a few other species. All these birds kill with their beaks, using a "tooth" on the side of their beaks — unlike the hawks, eagles, and other birds of prey in Accipitridae, which use their feet.

The largest falcon is the gyrfalcon at up to 65 cm in length. The smallest falcons are the kestrels, of which the Seychelles kestrel measures just 25 cm. As with hawks and owls, falcons exhibit sexual dimorphism, with the females typically larger than the males, thus allowing a wider range of prey species.

Some small falcons with long, narrow wings are called " hobbies", and some which hover while hunting are called " kestrels".

As is the case with many birds of prey, falcons have exceptional powers of vision; the visual acuity of one species has been measured at 2.6 times that of a normal human. Peregrine falcons have been recorded diving at speeds of 200 miles per hour (320 km/h), making them the fastest-moving creatures on Earth.

Falcon (comics)

The Falcon (Sam Wilson) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Gene Colan, and introduced in Captain America #117 (Sept. 1969), the character is mainstream comics' first African-American superhero. Falcon uses mechanical wings to fly and has limited telepathic and empathic control over birds. Following Steve Rogers' retirement, Sam Wilson becomes the newest Captain America and leader of the Avengers.

The Falcon's deceased nephew was the Incredible Hulk's sometime-sidekick Jim Wilson, one of the first openly HIV-positive comic-book characters. Jim Wilson's father Gideon Wilson would go on to join the Gamma Corps. Gideon would presumably be Sam's older brother. Sam also has a sister named Sarah Casper and a nephew, named Jody Toby Casper and an unnamed niece.

Anthony Mackie portrays Falcon in the 2014 Marvel Studios film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and reprises his role in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016).

Falcon (sport)

Falcon is a tongue-in-cheek term that is used in different forms of football to describe an accidental knock to the head with the ball.

The phrase originated from rugby league in Australia. On The Footy Show, casual presenter Mario Fenech's weekly segment was introduced by a piece of footage from his playing days showing a ball being passed accidentally into his head. Fenech, being of Maltese descent, has the nickname " The Maltese Falcon", and thus the 'Golden Falcon Award' began to be informally awarded to players whose head came into contact with the football in professional matches. This was shortened to just 'Falcon', and its use became more widespread with use common amongst Australia's sporting codes referring to any instance of an object, usually a ball, coming into contact with a person's head.

Falcon (storage engine)

Falcon was a transactional storage engine being developed for the MySQL relational database management system. Development was stopped after Oracle purchased MySQL. It was based on the Netfrastructure database engine. Falcon was designed to take advantage of Sun's zfs file system.

Architecture analysis showed an interesting mixture of possible performance properties, while low level benchmarks on the first alpha release in 5.1.14-falcon showed that Falcon performed differently from both InnoDB and MyISAM. It did better in several tests, worse in others, with inefficient support for the MySQL LIMIT operation a limitation. Its biggest advantage though is known to be ease of use; Falcon requires minimum maintenance and designed to reconfigure itself automatically to handle all types of loads efficiently.

Falcon (Duinrell)

Falcon is a steel roller coaster at the amusement park Duinrell, located in Wassenaar, Netherlands. The roller coaster is a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter model coaster which was opened to the public on 14 May 2009. At 97 degrees, Falcon has a steeper-than-vertical drop, and the steepest drop of any roller coaster in the Netherlands.

Falcon (surname)

Falcon is a surname. Some possible places of origin are:

  • Pompeyo Falcó, a Roman consul
  • a Scandinavian prince, who arrived in Spain about 1080
  • a prince of Sulcia, called Falcón, who ruled the island of Candia, near Venice, Italy and who married a daughter of King Camirto of Dacia

A possible beginning of the patronymic derivation of Falcon is Saint Falcón, who died in 1147, and is attributed with the popularization of the given name. Another is the Italian surname Falcó and Falcóne, which could easily have become Falcón in Spain.

In the coastal area of Languedoc, Girona and Ibiza there are areas known as Falcó, which may account for the surname in Cataluna, Baleares and Valencia. By 1500, several Languedoc families using the name Faucon came from a Falconi family from Florence, Italy. Among the oldest of Valencia's historical Falcons is Micer Rodrigo Falcon recorded in 1441 as the Chancellery of Aragon. He obtained ownership of the plaza of vice-chancellor in 1460. HIs nephew was the famous doctor of law, Micer Damian Andres Falcon, noted to be "of much eloquent in speech".

In British records, the name was brought into England during the Norman Invasion of 1066. The name Faukonarii is mentioned who worked at Carnarvon Castle in 1282, earning 6d per day in the summer, and 5d in the winter. In 1273, Richard le Faulconer was recorded in Huntingdonshire and William Falconer was documented during the reign of Edward III. In the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, a Geoffrey Faulconer was listed. In some cases this name may have also been an occupational name for a man who worked the 16th-century piece of artillery named after the bird of prey.

Falcon (programming language)

Falcon is an open source, multi-paradigm programming language. Design and implementation is led by Giancarlo Niccolai, a native of Bologna, Italy and Information Technology graduate from Pistoia.

Falcon translates computer source code to virtual machine instructions for evaluation. The virtual machine is intended to be both a stand-alone interpreter as well as for integration in third-party embedding applications.

A core design consideration for the Falcon programming language is to provide acceptably high performing scripting plug-ins to multi threaded data acquisition, reporting and dispersion applications.

As programming languages go, Falcon design leans more towards conciseness of code and expressiveness than general readability. The Falcon implementation does provide facilities for source level documentation and this documentation may become important as the mixed paradigm potential of Falcon scripting attempts to meet the problems faced with programming in the large.

Falcon (album)

Falcon is the second album from Manchester indie rock band The Courteeners. It was officially available for pre-order on 7 December 2009, however it appeared on on 5 December and was released on 22 February 2010. Since release, the album has garnered mixed reviews from many critics, but several major music publications such as NME and Mojo have given the album highly positive reviews. It reached number 6 in the UK Album chart.

The album has also been noted as a much more polished and ambitious album than their debut, St. Jude. The album has seen the release of three singles, " You Overdid It Doll" was released on 15 February 2010, peaking at number 28 in the UK; " Take Over the World" was released on 26 April 2010, peaking at number 144 and "Scratch Your Name Upon My Lips", which was released on 6 December 2010.

Falcon (band)

Falcon is a California vintage style hard rock/ heavy metal power trio band formed in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Perry Grayson. Falcon's sound is loud and raw. Though active in the 2000s, Falcon's sound is throwback to the late 1960s and early 1970s, and they take their cue from luminaries like Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Trapeze, Budgie, Thin Lizzy, Pentagram, Mountain, Free, Bang, Captain Beyond and Buffalo.

Falcon (rocket family)

The Falcon rocket family is an American family of multi-use rocket launch vehicles developed and operated by Space Exploration Technologies ( SpaceX).

The vehicles in this family include the flight-tested Falcon 1 and Falcon 9. The Falcon 1 made its first successful flight on 28 September 2008, after several failures on the initial attempts. The larger Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV)-class Falcon 9 flew successfully into orbit on its maiden launch on 4 June 2010. The Falcon 9 is eventually intended to be a reusable vehicle. SpaceX is currently in production of the first Falcon Heavy launch system. Other designs for boosters with even larger payload lifting capabilities are currently being researched, but not yet confirmed.

Usage examples of "falcon".

The falcon bated again, thrashing furious wings, and Romilly struggled to maintain the sense of herself, not merging into the terror and fury of the angry bird, at the same time trying to send out waves of calm.

He was very proud of his falcons, and seeing them, talons gripped around wooden perches spiked into the sand or around the leather-gauntleted arms of their keepers, I found myself glancing at Whitaker, noticing the same quick, predatory look, the same sharp, beaky features.

Still engaged with the first man, he avoided a lunge from Carabin and then, with the flashing swoop of a falcon, was away and entirely clear of Carabin.

I waited until his patrol car was at the road before I drove to the newspaper and the busy, busy typing of Cece Dee Falcon, society editor.

The hoop was fastened with straps to his shoulders and around the edge of the circler sat three hooded falcons fitted with tinkling bells.

She wished to accustom two young eyases to the hood, and to try the mettle of a new Norway falcon.

In it, a master showed a supposed pupil how to train dogs and falcons, lay traps, recognise a stag by its fumets, and a fox or a wolf by footprints.

Caucasian hawks, Babylonian sakers, German gerfalcons, and pilgrim falcons captured on the cliffs edging the cold seas, in distant lands.

Also, the Khakhan, as usual in this season, had two or three brace of white gerfalcons riding on the sideboards of his carriage, and the whole procession would have to halt whenever we started some game that he wished to fly the falcons at.

He was flying again, going on trips up north and out west to photograph birds he never had before, the marbled godwit, the prairie falcon.

And it did so increase in mee more and more, that I knew not wherewithal I might bridle and restraine my selfe from catching of one of them, like an eager and hotte Falcon comming downe out of the ayre, vpon a couie of Partriges.

When the falcons are hunting the hubara we shall have to follow on foot, and boots protect the ankles and legs from snakes and scorpions.

The falcons started to screech, sensing freedom, and the subject of hubara meat and its desirability was dropped.

She had told that the falcons could kill up to eight or nine times in one day, but as Nadia explained, Raschid thought it unfair to take so much game when they were merely hunting for pleasure, so he normally restricted his bag to two or three hubara per falcon.

If only Lowie could get in touch with the Millennium Falcon, speak to his uncle, he could explain everything directly.