fid

fid

[fid]
noun Nautical.
1.
a stout bar of wood or metal placed across a lower spar so as to support a higher one.
2.
a stout bar used to hold a running bowsprit in its extended position.
3.
a wooden or metal pin for parting strands of a rope.
4.
a bar or pin used as a key or toggle.

Origin:
1605–15; origin uncertain

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-fid

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:
< Latin -fidus divided, equivalent to -fid- (variant stem of findere to split) + -us adj. suffix

fid.

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fid (fɪd)
 
n
1.  a spike for separating strands of rope in splicing
2.  a wooden or metal bar for supporting the heel of a topmast
 
[C17: of unknown origin]

-fid
 
adj combining form
divided into parts or lobes: bifid; pinnatifid
 
[from Latin -fidus, from findere to split]

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-fid
comb. form meaning split, divided into parts, from L. -fidus, related to findere to split (see fissure).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
FID
free induction decay
fid.
fidelity
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