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 for Faculties
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              But know that in the soul
              Are many lesser faculties that serve
              Reason as chief.                      --Milton.
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              What a piece of work is a man ! how noble in reason
              ! how infinite in faculty !           --Shak.
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     2. Special mental endowment; characteristic knack.
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              He had a ready faculty, indeed, of escaping from any
              topic that agitated his too sensitive and nervous
              temperament.                          --Hawthorne.
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     3. Power; prerogative or attribute of office. [R.]
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              This Duncan
              Hath borne his faculties so meek.     --Shak.
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     4. Privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence,
        to do a particular thing; authority; license;
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              The pope . . . granted him a faculty to set him free
              from his promise.                     --Fuller.
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              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.
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     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, etc.
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     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.
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     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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