favn

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse faðmr.

Noun[edit]

favn

  1. arms, embrace
    at falde i søvn i nogens favn
    to fall asleep in someone's arms
  2. (nautical) unit of length
  3. armload

Declension[edit]


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Bokmål Wikipedia has an article on:
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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /faʋn/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aʋn
  • Hyphenation: favn

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse faðmr (embrace, fathom), from Proto-Germanic *faþmaz (outstretched arms; embrace, fathom), from Proto-Indo-European *peth₂- (to spread out, fly).

Noun[edit]

favn m (definite singular favnen, indefinite plural favner, definite plural favnene)

  1. an embrace; outstretched arms (grip formed in space between the chest and more or less outstretched arms)
    • 1885, Henrik Ibsen, Brand, page 262:
      Brand, vær mild, min favn er varm
      Fire, be gentle, my arms are warm
    • 1907, Bernt Lie, Mot Overmagt, page 36:
      vi må gjøre Herren vor Gud og Frelserens favn aapen og … vid
      we must make the Lord our God and the Savior's embrace open and ... wide
    • 1907, Bernt Lie, Mot Overmagt, page 235:
      [han] glemte sin dødens angst og sin sjælevaande i hendes favn
      [he] forgot his anguish of death and his soul-spirit in her embrace
    • 1920, Sigrid Undset, Kransen, page 174:
      hun [syntes] det var som at ha et barn i favnen
      she [thought] it was like having a child in her arms
    • 2004, Kim Småge, Dobbeltmann:
      å komme hjem … og gå rett inn i ei favn
      to come home… and walk straight into an embrace
    • 1885, Henrik Ibsen, Brand, page 269:
      Jesus, jeg har råbt dit navn, aldrig tog du mig i favn
      Jesus, I have called your name, you never took me in your arms
    • 1999, Kim Småge, Koksbiter og trollsplint:
      faren tar Lydia i favn, bysser henne, trøster
      her father takes Lydia in her arms, kisses her, comforts her
    ta i (sin) favn
    to embrace
    ha favnen full av blomster
    have your arms full of flowers
    1. (literary, euphemistic) an embrace; intercourse (sexual intercourse involving humans)
      hvile i sin elskedes favnrest in the arms of one's beloved
      Synonym: favntak
  2. (literary) something that envelops, receives like an embrace
    • 1852, Henrik Wergeland, Samlede Skrifter II, page 198:
      vi nærmere i dalens favn os føle Norges hjerte
      we closer in the embrace of the valley we feel the heart of Norway
    • 1943, Johan Sebastian Welhaven, Samlede Digterverker I, page 181:
      og thinget – o, jeg bøier mig ved synet: … en sum af goder slutter det i favnet
      and the thing - oh, I bow at the sight:… a sum of goods ends it in the arms
    • 1909, Henrik Ibsen, Efterladte Skrifter I, page 196:
      [snekken bar] rigdom i sin favn
      [the snail carried] wealth in his arms
    • 2001, Hans Herbjørnsrud, Vi vet så mye:
      vindkastene tok huset i favn etter favn så det knistret som når en slår armene hardt om en vidjekorg
      the gusts of wind took the house in arms after arms so it crackled like when you wrap your arms hard around a wicker basket
  3. (nautical) a fathom (unit of length for water depth notionally based upon the width of grown man's outstretched arms but standardized as 6 feet (about 1.8 m))
    ankre på 6 favner vann, 6 favners dypanchors at 6 fathoms of water, 6 fathoms deep
    30 favner (anker)kjetting30 fathoms (anchor) chain
    noen sildegarn og 60 favner linesome herring nets and 60 fathoms line
  4. (Units of measure) a unit of mass measurement for firewood (equal to 2x2 meters with a length of 0.6 meters, originally 6x6 feet with a length of 1 cubit)
    • 2011, Lars Mytting, Hel ved, page 103:
      med 60 cm vedlengde skal en favn være 1 meter høy og 4 meter lang
      with a length of 60 cm, a favn should be 1 meter high and 4 meters long
    Coordinate terms: meterfavn, storfavn

Etymology 2[edit]

From the verb favne (to embrace), from Old Norse faðma.

Noun[edit]

favn n (definite singular favnet, indefinite plural favn, definite plural favna or favnene)

  1. (poetic, rare) an embrace; intercourse
    • 1907, Johan Sebastian Welhaven, Samlede Digterverker II, page 118:
      hans arm var udrakt, villig til et favn
      his arm was outstretched, willing to an embrace
    Synonym: favntak

Etymology 3[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

favn

  1. imperative of favne

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