[ fid ]
/ fɪd /

noun Nautical.

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.

Origin of fid

First recorded in 1605–15; origin uncertain

Definition for fid (2 of 3)

Definition for fid (3 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fid (1 of 2)

/ (fɪd) /

noun nautical

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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