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fid Tweet Definition of fid Like Definition of fid on Facebook
  1. (nautical) 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.
  2. A square bar of wood or iron, with a shoulder at one end, to support the weight of the topmast (on a ship).
  3. A plug of oakham for the vent of a gun.
  4. A small thick piece of anything.
  5. A wooden or metal bar or pin, used to support or steady anything.
verb to fid
  1. To support a topmast using a fid.
fireman Tweet Definition of fireman Like Definition of fireman on Facebook
noun (firemen)
  1. (firefighting) A person who is skilled in the work of fighting fire.
    1. (firefighting) A fireman that is of the male sex (see usage note).
  2. (railroading) A man who keeps the fire going underneath a steam boiler (originally, shoveling coal by hand), particularly on a railroad locomotive.
  3. (railroading) By extension of the above, an assistant on any locomotive, whether steam-powered or not.
  4. (baseball) A relief pitcher.
float Tweet Definition of float Like Definition of float on Facebook
  1. A buoyant device used to support something in water or another liquid.
Attach the and the weight to the fishing line, above the hook.
  1. A sort of trowel used for finishing concrete surfaces.
When pouring a new driveway, you can use a two-by-four as a .
  1. An elaborately decorated trailer or vehicle, intended for display in a parade or pageant.
That covered in roses is very pretty.
  1. (finance) Funds committed to be paid but not yet paid.
Our bank does a nightly sweep of accounts, to adjust the so we stay within our reserves limit.
  1. (context, finance, AU, and other Commonwealth countries?) An offering of shares in a company (or units in a trust) to members of the public, normally followed by a listing on a stock exchange.
2006, You don't actually need a broker to buy shares in a when a company is about to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. — w:Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Australian Securities and Investments Commission financial tips article, Buying shares in a float
  1. (banking) The total amount of checks/cheques or other drafts written against a bank account but not yet cleared and charged against the account.
No sir, your current is not taken into account, when assets are legally garnished.
  1. (insurance) Premiums taken in but not yet paid out.
We make a lot of interest from our nightly .
  1. (programming) Short form of floating-point number.
That routine should not have used an int, it should be a .
  1. A soft beverage with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream floating in it.
It's true - I don't consider anything other than root-beer with vanilla ice-cream to be a "real" .
  1. A small sum of money put in a cashier's till at the start of business to enable change to be made.
foot Tweet Definition of foot Like Definition of foot on Facebook
noun (feet)
  1. (countable, Anatomy) The part of a human"s body below the ankle. Used to stand and walk.
  2. (countable, Zoology) The equivalent part of an animal"s body.
  3. (countable) The bottom of anything; as, the foot of the stairs, the foot of a printed page.
  4. (countable) A short projection on the bottom of a piece of equipment to support it.
  5. (countable) A unit of measure equal to twelve inches and one third of a yard, equal to exactly 30.48 centimetres.
  6. (context, countable, prosody) The basic measure of rhythm in a poem.
  7. (countable, nautical) The bottom edge of a sail.
To make the mainsail fuller in shape, the outhaul is eased to reduce the tension on the of the sail.
  1. Printing. the bottommost part of a type page or printed page
  2. (used with the plural verb) foot soldiers; infantry.
  1. (transitive) To use the foot to kick (usually a ball).
  2. (transitive) To pay (a bill).
forestay Tweet Definition of forestay Like Definition of forestay on Facebook
  1. (nautical) A stay that extends from the top of the foremast to the bow or bowsprit of a sailing ship
foul Tweet Definition of foul Like Definition of foul on Facebook
  1. (basketball) The act of making contact with an opposing player in order to gain advantage.
  2. (baseball) A foul ball, a ball which has been hit outside of the base lines.
Jones hit a up over the screen.
  1. (transitive) To make dirty.
He's fouled her diapers.
  1. (transitive) To besmirch.
He's fouled his reputation.
  1. (transitive) To clog or obstruct.
The hair has fouled the drain.
  1. (transitive, nautical) To entangle.
The kelp has fouled the prop.
  1. (transitive, basketball) To make contact with an opposing player in order to gain advantage.
Smith fouled him hard.
  1. (transitive, baseball) To hit outside of the baselines.
Jones fouled the ball off the facing of the upper deck.
  1. (intransitive) To become clogged.
''The drain fouled.
  1. (intransitive) To become entangled.
The prop fouled on the kelp.
  1. (intransitive, basketball) To commit a foul.
Smith fouled within the first minute of the quarter.
  1. (intransitive, baseball) To hit a ball outside of the baselines.
Jones fouled for strike one.
  1. Covered with, or containing, extraneous matter which is injurious, noxious, offensive, or obstructive; filthy; dirty; not clean; polluted; nasty; defiled; as, a foul cloth; foul hands; a foul chimney; foul air; a ship's bottom is foul when overgrown with barnacles; a gun becomes foul from repeated firing; a well is foul with polluted water.
Cap'n, she's all fouled up.
  1. Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words; foul language.
The rascal spewed forth a series of pronouncements.
  1. Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched.
He has a set of friends.
  1. Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease.
This food is making me wretch.
  1. Ugly; homely; poor.
  2. Not favorable; unpropitious; not fair or advantageous; as, a foul wind; a foul road; cloudy or rainy; stormy; not fair; -- said of the weather, sky, etc.
Some weather is brewing.
  1. Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating; as, foul play.
Foul play is not suspected.
  1. (nautical) Having freedom of motion interfered with by collision or entanglement; entangled; -- opposed to clear; as, a rope or cable may get foul while paying it out.
We've got a anchor.
  1. (baseball) Outside of the base lines.
Jones hit ball after foul ball.
founder Tweet Definition of founder Like Definition of founder on Facebook
  1. One who founds, establishes, and erects; one who lays a foundation; an author; one from whom something originates; one who endows.
  2. The iron worker in charge of the blast furnace and the smelting operation.
  • 1957: The term 'founder' was applied in the British iron industry long afterwards to the ironworker in charge of the blast furnace and the smelting operation. — H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 161.
  1. Fill with water and sink.
    • 1719: w:Daniel Defoe, Daniel Defoe, w:Robinson Crusoe, Robinson Crusoe
    • : We were not much more than a quarter of an hour out of our ship but we saw her sink, and then I understood for the first time what was meant by a ship foundering in the sea.
      1. To fall; to stumble and go lame, as a horse.
      2. To fail; to miscarry.

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