fists

fist

1 [fist]
noun
1.
the hand closed tightly, with the fingers doubled into the palm.
2.
Informal. the hand.
3.
Informal. a person's handwriting.
4.
Printing. index ( def 8 ).
verb (used with object)
5.
to make (one's hand) into a fist.
6.
to grasp in the fist.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English fȳst; cognate with German Faust fist; perhaps akin to five

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fist

2 [fahyst]
noun
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fist (fɪst)
 
n
1.  a hand with the fingers clenched into the palm, as for hitting
2.  Also called: fistful the quantity that can be held in a fist or hand
3.  hand an informal word for index
 
vb
4.  (tr) to hit with the fist
 
[Old English fӯst; related to Old Frisian fest, Old Saxon, Old High German fūst; see five]

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fist
O.E. fyst, from W.Gmc. *fustiz (cf. O.H.G. fust, O.Fris. fest, M.Du. vuust, Ger. Faust), from P.Gmc. *fukhstiz, probably ultimately from PIE *pengke "five" (cf. O.C.S. pesti, Rus. piasti "fist").
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