Hypertext Webster Gateway: "friendship"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Friendship \Friend"ship\, n. [AS. fre['o]ndscipe. See {Friend},
and {-ship}.]
1. The state of being friends; friendly relation, or
attachment, to a person, or between persons; affection
arising from mutual esteem and good will; friendliness;
amity; good will.

There is little friendship in the world. --Bacon.

There can be no friendship without confidence, and
no confidence without integrity. --Rambler.

Preferred by friendship, and not chosen by
sufficiency. --Spenser.

2. Kindly aid; help; assistance, [Obs.]

Some friendship will it [a hovel] lend you gainst
the tempest. --Shak.

3. Aptness to unite; conformity; affinity; harmony;
correspondence. [Obs.]

Those colors . . . have a friendship with each
other. --Dryden.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : the state of being friends [syn: {friendly relationship}]

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