[ fid ]
/ fɪd /
a stout bar of wood or metal placed across a lower spar so as to support a higher one.
a stout bar used to hold a running bowsprit in its extended position.
a wooden or metal pin for parting strands of a rope.
a bar or pin used as a key or toggle.
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Origin of fid
First recorded in 1605–15; origin uncertain
Definition for fid (2 of 3)
a combining form meaning “divided,” “lobed,” occurring in adjectives borrowed from Latin (bifid); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (pinnatifid).
Origin of -fid
<Latin -fidus divided, equivalent to -fid- (variant stem of findere to split) + -us adj. suffix
Definition for fid (3 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for fid (1 of 2)
/ (fɪd) /
a spike for separating strands of rope in splicing
a wooden or metal bar for supporting the heel of a topmast
Word Origin for fid
C17: of unknown origin
British Dictionary definitions for fid (2 of 2)
adj combining form
divided into parts or lobesbifid; pinnatifid
Word Origin for -fid
from Latin -fidus, from findere to split
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