Fid meaning

fĭd
A large tapering pin used to open the strands of a rope before splicing.
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A square bar used as a support for a topmast.
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Divided into parts or lobes.

Pinnatifid.

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A round, pointed wooden tool for separating the strands of a rope in splicing.
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A square wooden or metal bar for supporting a topmast.
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Split or separated into (a specified number or kind of) parts.

Palmatifid.

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(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.
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(nautical) A square bar of wood or iron, with a shoulder at one end, to support the weight of the topmast (on a ship).
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A plug of oakum for the vent of a gun.
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A small thick piece of anything.
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A wooden or metal bar or pin, used to support or steady anything.
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A naval euphemism for "penis", derived from the similarity of each of the above to the male reproductive organ.
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To support a topmast using a fid.
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(law) Abbreviation of fidelity.
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Origin of fid

  • L -fidus, split < base of findere: see fission

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Latin -fidus from findere fid- to split bheid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown.

    From Wiktionary