- a round, pointed wooden tool for separating the strands of a rope in splicing
- a square wooden or metal bar for supporting a topmast
Origin of fidEarly Modern English naut. term from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin of -fidClassical Latin -fidus, split from base of findere: see fission
- A square bar used as a support for a topmast.
- A large tapering pin used to open the strands of a rope before splicing.
Origin of fidOrigin unknown
Origin of -fidLatin -fidus from findere fid- to split ; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.
- (nautical) A pointed tool without any sharp edges, used in weaving or knotwork to tighten and form up weaves or complex knots; used in sailing ships to open the strands of a rope before splicing. Compare marlinespike.
- (nautical) A square bar of wood or iron, with a shoulder at one end, to support the weight of the topmast (on a ship).
- A plug of oakum for the vent of a gun.
- A small thick piece of anything.
- A wooden or metal bar or pin, used to support or steady anything.
- A naval euphemism for "penis", derived from the similarity of each of the above to the male reproductive organ.
(third-person singular simple present fids, present participle fiding, simple past and past participle fided)
- To support a topmast using a fid.
- (law) Abbreviation of fidelity.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Case Names and Institutional Authors in Citations", Table T6, p. 430-431.