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[fur] /fɜr/
any coniferous tree belonging to the genus Abies, of the pine family, characterized by its pyramidal style of growth, flat needles, and erect cones.
the wood of such a tree.
Origin of fir
1250-1300; Middle English firre, Old English fyrh; cognate with Old Saxon furie; akin to Old English furh- (in fuhrwudu pine), Old Norse fura fir, Latin quercus oak (< *perkwu-)
Can be confused
fir, fur.


far-infrared radiation. Unabridged
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  • But for all that he only named two trees, for fir and Scotch fir are both the same.

    Tales from the Fjeld P. Chr. Asbjrnsen
  • With the pointer in his hand he touched the star at the apex of the fir.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • But Tuesday night old Paul Stockton had six fine sheep killed in his upland pasture behind the fir woods.

  • We wandered about in the fir wood, and at last came to a pause and rested.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Through the windows of the car I could dimly see that an apparently endless mass of fir trees were rushing past on each side.

  • But for all that he only named two trees, for fir and Scotch fir are both the same.

  • fir trees scented the air, and a talking machine played the same Russian music that was popular that same moment in New York.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • A splinter of fir was burning in the cresset, and the fire was lighted in the stove.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • I resisted all temptation to deck myself with snowdrops and fir twigs; their subdued tones do not match my aura.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
British Dictionary definitions for fir


any pyramidal coniferous tree of the N temperate genus Abies, having single needle-like leaves and erect cones: family Pinaceae See also red fir, silver fir, balsam fir
any of various other trees of the family Pinaceae, such as the Douglas fir
the wood of any of these trees
Word Origin
Old English furh; related to Old Norse fura, Old High German foraha fir, Latin quercus oak
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Word Origin and History for fir

14c.; Old English had furhwudu "pine wood," but the modern word is more likely from Old Norse fyri- "fir" or Old Danish fyr, all from Proto-Germanic *furkhon (cf. Old High German foraha, German Föhre "fir"), from PIE root *perkos, originally "oak" (cf. Sanskrit paraktah "the holy fig tree," Hindi pargai "the evergreen oak," Latin quercus "oak," Lombardic fereha "a kind of oak").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fir in Technology

1. Finite Impulse Response (filter).
2. Fast Infrared. Infrared standard from IrDA, part of IrDA Data. FIR supports synchronous communications at 4 Mbps (and 1.115 Mbps?), at a distance of up to 1 metre.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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far infrared
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fir in the Bible

the uniform rendering in the Authorized Version (marg. R.V., "cypress") of _berosh_ (2 Sam. 6:5; 1 Kings 5:8, 10; 6:15, 34; 9:11, etc.), a lofty tree (Isa. 55:13) growing on Lebanon (37:24). Its wood was used in making musical instruments and doors of houses, and for ceilings (2 Chr. 3:5), the decks of ships (Ezek. 27:5), floorings and spear-shafts (Nah. 2:3, R.V.). The true fir (abies) is not found in Palestine, but the pine tree, of which there are four species, is common. The precise kind of tree meant by the "green fir tree" (Hos. 14:8) is uncertain. Some regard it as the sherbin tree, a cypress resembling the cedar; others, the Aleppo or maritime pine (Pinus halepensis), which resembles the Scotch fir; while others think that the "stone-pine" (Pinus pinea) is probably meant. (See PINE.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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