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  1. fid(Noun)

    A pointed tool without any sharp edges, used in weaving or knotwork to tighten and form up weaves or complex knots; used in sailing ships to open the strands of a rope before splicing. Compare marlinespike.

  2. fid(Noun)

    A square bar of wood or iron, with a shoulder at one end, to support the weight of the topmast (on a ship).

  3. fid(Noun)

    A plug of oakum for the vent of a gun.

  4. fid(Noun)

    A small thick piece of anything.

  5. fid(Noun)

    A wooden or metal bar or pin, used to support or steady anything.

  6. fid(Noun)

    A naval euphemism for "penis", derived from the similarity of each of the above to the male reproductive organ.

  7. fid(Verb)

    To support a topmast using a fid.

  8. Origin: Origin unknown.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fid(noun)

    a square bar of wood or iron, used to support the topmast, being passed through a hole or mortise at its heel, and resting on the trestle trees

  2. Fid(noun)

    a wooden or metal bar or pin, used to support or steady anything

  3. Fid(noun)

    a pin of hard wood, tapering to a point, used to open the strands of a rope in splicing

  4. Fid(noun)

    a block of wood used in mounting and dismounting heavy guns

  5. Origin: [Prov. E. fid a small, thick lump.]


  1. Fid

    A fid is a conical tool traditionally made of wood or bone. It is used to work with rope and canvas in marlinespike seamanship. A fid differs from a marlinspike in material and purpose. A marlinespike is used in working with wire rope, may be used to open shackles, and is made of metal. A fid is used to hold open knots and holes in canvas. A fid is used to open the "lays", or strands of rope, synthetic or natural, for splicing said line. A variation of the fid, the Gripfid, is used for ply-split braiding. It adds a jamming cleat to pull a cord back through the cord split by the fid's point. Modern fids are typically made of aluminum, steel, or plastic. Beyond just aiding in holding the rope open or allowing the splicer to push the strands through in the creation of the rope splice, modern push fids have markings on them used for precise measurements in a variety of sizes of rope. These fids are typically 21 or 22 times the diameter of rope to be spliced. A half-inch diameter rope would have any accompanying fid 10.5-11" in length with hash-marks denoting the long and short fid measurements. A short fid is 1/3 a fid length and a long fid is 2/3 the overall fid length. Modern major rope manufacturers such as Yale Cordage, New England Ropes, and Samson Rope Technologies each have full sets of published splicing directions available on their websites. Typically, all splice directions measurements use fid-length as the unit of measurement.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fid

    fid, n. a conical pin of hard wood, used by sailors to open the strands of a rope in splicing: a square bar of wood or iron, with a shoulder at one end, used to support the weight of the topmast or top-gallant-mast when swayed up into place.

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  1. FID

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Anagrams for fid »

  1. DIF, dif, IDF

  2. DIF


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fid in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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