[ fid ]
/ fɪd /
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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
Other definitions 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
Other definitions for fid (3 of 3)
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How to use fid in a sentence
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.
He whispered his ideas also to Harry and Tim Fid, who agreed to keep a watchful eye on the prisoners.
Fid immediately handed a brace of pistols and a dirk to True Blue, and together they rushed aft.
To prevent his companions from seizing his weapons, Fid drew them from his pocket and bolted off with them round the deck.
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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