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Fail-stop Describes a component or subsystem that, in the event of a failure, produces no output (e.g., of material or data) rather than producing a damaged or incorrect output.
   
Fault-tolerant Describes a system that can suffer failure in a component or subsystem, yet continue to function correctly.
   
Follower A component in a cam system that is driven through a pattern of displacements as it rests against a moving contoured surface.
   
Free energy Free energy is a measure of the ability of a system to do work, such that a reduction in free energy could in principle yield an equivalent quantity of work. The Helmholtz free energy describes the free energy within a system; the Gibbs free energy does not.
   
Free radical A radical.

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