- 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
- 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
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Examples from the Web for fid
Heeling is the square part of the spar through which the fid hole is cut.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The rope which Fid secured made the task comparatively, easy.True Blue
He accordingly shut the great doors, and put the fid into the staple.
The doors cannot be opened again until the fid is taken out.
The fid should always be fastened to the cross-trees or trestle-trees, by a lanyard.The Seaman's Friend
Richard Henry Dana
- a spike for separating strands of rope in splicing
- a wooden or metal bar for supporting the heel of a topmast
C17: of unknown origin
- divided into parts or lobesbifid; pinnatifid
from Latin -fidus, from findere to split
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Word Origin and History for fid
word-forming element meaning "split, divided into parts," from Latin -fidus, related to findere "to split" (see fissure).
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