fact

n.

  1. A doing, making, or preparing.
  2. An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance.
  3. Reality; actuality; truth; as, he, in fact, excelled all the rest; the fact is, he was beaten.
  4. The assertion or statement of a thing done or existing; sometimes, even when false, improperly put, by a transfer of meaning, for the thing done, or supposed to be done; a thing supposed or asserted to be done; as, history abounds with false facts.