- The definition of a fin is a wing-like limb attached to many animals living in water, used for swimming and balance.
- An example of a fin is what fish use for swimming in the water.
- An example of a fin is what sticks out of the water when a shark is near the surface.
- Fin is a French term meaning the end or finish.
An example of fin is the end of a French movie.
- any of several winglike, membranous organs on the body of a fish, dolphin, etc., used in swimming, turning, and balancing
- anything like a fin in shape or use; specif.,
- any narrow edge or ridge formed in manufacturing, as on a casting by metal forced through the halves of the mold
- any vertical airfoil, fixed or movable, whose chief function is to give stability in flight
- a stabilizing or steering projection on boats or submarines
- Slang a hand or arm
Origin of finMiddle English ; from Old English finn, akin to Dutch vin, German finne ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)pina-, point ; from base an unverified form (s)p(h)ei-, pointed stick from source spit, spike
Origin of finshortened ; from western Yiddish finef, five (cf. eastern; English Yiddish finf) ; from Middle High German vinf ; from Old High German fimf, five
Origin of finFrench
- A membranous appendage extending from the body of a fish or other aquatic animal, used for propelling, steering, or balancing the body in the water.
- Something resembling a fin in shape or function, as:a. A covering for the foot having a flat flexible portion made of rubber or plastic that widens as it extends forward from the toes, used to provide enhanced propulsion in swimming and diving. Also called flipper.b. A fixed or movable airfoil used to stabilize an aircraft, missile, or projectile in flight.c. A thin, usually curved projection attached to the rear bottom of a surfboard for stability.d. A projecting vane used for cooling, as on a radiator or an engine cylinder.e. See tail fin.
verbfinned finned, fin·ning, fins
- To emerge with the fins above water.
- To swim, as a fish.
- To lash the water with the fins. Used of a dying whale.
Origin of finMiddle English, from Old English finn.
top: fins of a typical bony fish
bottom: swimming fins
Origin of finYiddish finf, five, from Old High German funf, finf; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.
- (ichthyology) One of the appendages of a fish, used to propel itself and to manoeuvre/maneuver.
- The fish's fins are designed to minimize water flow.
- A similar appendage of a cetacean or other marine animal.
- a dolphin's fin
- A thin, rigid component of an aircraft, extending from the fuselage and used to stabilise and steer the aircraft.
- The fin stabilises the plane in flight.
- A similar structure on the tail of a bomb, used to help keep it on course.
- A hairstyle, resembling the fin of a fish, in which the hair is combed and set into a vertical ridge along the top of the head from about the crown to the forehead.
- A device worn by divers and swimmers on their feet.
- The divers wore fins to swim faster.
- An extending part on a surface of a radiator, engine, heatsink, etc., used to facilitate cooling.
- A sharp raised edge (generally in concrete) capable of damaging a roof membrane or vapor retarder.
(third-person singular simple present fins, present participle finning, simple past and past participle finned)
Middle English fin, from Old English finn, from Proto-Germanic *finjō, *finjaz (“dorsal fin”) (compare Dutch vin, German Finne, Swedish finne, fena), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pīn- (“backbone, dorsal fin”) (compare Old Irish ind (“end, point”), Latin pinna (“feather, wing”), Tocharian A spin 'hook', Sanskrit sphyá 'splinter, staff').
- (US, slang) A five-dollar bill.
From Yiddish פֿינף (finf, “five”).
- commune in the Somme department in France