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.
Special mental endowment; characteristic knack.
Power; prerogative or attribute of office.
Privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence,
to do a particular thing; authority; license; dispensation.
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, ect.
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.