A faculty refers to any of your mental or physical abilities. If you lose your faculties, you are powerless. The faculty of a school is comprised of the people who work there. Lose them, and you have a different kind of problem.

Faculty comes from the Old French word faculté, which means “skill, accomplishment, or learning.” You may have great faculties of memory, sight, mobility, charm, math, and musicality, but, as Beethoven was in the end, be robbed of your faculty of hearing. Any aptitude or ability — inborn or learned — that you have is a faculty. Also, if you go to school, your teachers make up the faculty of that school.

Primary Meanings of faculty

one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind
the body of teachers and administrators at a school
Full Definitions of faculty

n one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind

mental faculty, module
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the faculty or power of mental concentration
language, speech
the mental faculty or power of vocal communication
memory, retention, retentiveness, retentivity
the power of retaining and recalling past experience
intellect, reason, understanding
the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination
sensation, sense, sensory faculty, sentience, sentiency
the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
volition, will
the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention
modality, sense modality, sensory system
a particular sense
volition in its weakest form
sensibility, sensitiveness, sensitivity
(physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation
absorption, concentration, engrossment, immersion
complete attention; intense mental effort
mental note
special attention with intent to remember
alertness, vigilance, wakefulness, watchfulness
the process of paying close and continuous attention
anamnesis, recollection, remembrance
the ability to recall past occurrences
Type of:
ability, power
possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done

n the body of teachers and administrators at a school

Type of:
a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

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