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  • The fid, therefore, must be withdrawn every time the top-mast is lowered.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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