Definition of fid in English:

fid

Syllabification: fid

noun

Nautical
  • 1A thick peg, wedge, or supporting pin, in particular.
  • 1.1A square wooden or iron bar that takes the weight of a topmast stepped to a lower mast by being passed through holes in both masts.
    More example sentences
    • The fid, therefore, must be withdrawn every time the top-mast is lowered.
    • The topmast is held in place by a fid, or pin passing through the masthead and topmast.
  • 1.2A conical pin or spike used in splicing rope.
    More example sentences
    • A tapered wooden spike called a 'fid' is the traditional splicing tool commonly used for splicing natural fiber twisted rope.
    • The fid is hollow so that a strand can be led into it and fed through the rope.

Origin

early 17th century: of unknown origin.

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