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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fiddle  \Fid"dle\,  n.  [OE.  fidele,  fithele,  AS  fi?ele;  akin  to 
  D.  vedel,  OHG.  fidula,  G.  fiedel  Icel.  fi?la,  and  perh.  to 
  E.  viol.  Cf  {Viol}.] 
  1.  (Mus.)  A  stringed  instrument  of  music  played  with  a  bow;  a 
  violin;  a  kit. 
 
  2.  (Bot.)  A  kind  of  dock  ({Rumex  pulcher})  with  fiddle-shaped 
  leaves;  --  called  also  {fiddle  dock}. 
 
  3.  (Naut.)  A  rack  or  frame  of  bars  connected  by  strings,  to 
  keep  table  furniture  in  place  on  the  cabin  table  in  bad 
  weather.  --Ham.  Nav.  Encyc. 
 
  {Fiddle  beetle}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  Japanese  carabid  beetle 
  ({Damaster  blaptoides});  --  so  called  from  the  form  of  the 
  body. 
 
  {Fiddle  block}  (Naut.),  a  long  tackle  block  having  two 
  sheaves  of  different  diameters  in  the  same  plane,  instead 
  of  side  by  side  as  in  a  common  double  block.  --Knight. 
 
  {Fiddle  bow},  fiddlestick. 
 
  {Fiddle  fish}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  angel  fish. 
 
  {Fiddle  head},  an  ornament  on  a  ship's  bow,  curved  like  the 
  volute  or  scroll  at  the  head  of  a  violin. 
 
  {Fiddle  pattern},  a  form  of  the  handles  of  spoons,  forks, 
  etc.,  somewhat  like  a  violin. 
 
  {Scotch  fiddle},  the  itch.  Low 
 
  {To  play}  {first,  or  second},  {fiddle},  to  take  a  leading  or 
  a  subordinate  part  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fiddle  \Fid"dle\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fiddled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Fiddling}.] 
  1.  To  play  on  a  fiddle. 
 
  Themistocles  .  .  .  said  he  could  not  fiddle,  but  he 
  could  make  a  small  town  a  great  city.  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  To  keep  the  hands  and  fingers  actively  moving  as  a  fiddler 
  does  to  move  the  hands  and  fingers  restlessy  or  in  busy 
  idleness;  to  trifle. 
 
  Talking,  and  fiddling  with  their  hats  and  feathers. 
  --Pepys. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fiddle  \Fid"dle\,  v.  t. 
  To  play  (a  tune)  on  a  fiddle. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fiddle 
  n  :  the  highest  member  of  the  violin  family;  this  instrument  has 
  four  strings  and  a  hollow  body  and  an  unfretted 
  fingerboard  and  is  played  with  a  bow  [syn:  {violin}] 
  v  1:  play  the  violin  or  fiddle 
  2:  manipulate  manually  with  no  purpose  or  aim  often  without 
  being  conscious  of  doing  so  "She  played  nervously  with 
  her  wedding  ring";  "Don't  fiddle  with  the  screws"  [syn:  {toy}, 
  {diddle},  {play}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  FIDDLE,  n.  An  instrument  to  tickle  human  ears  by  friction  of  a 
  horse's  tail  on  the  entrails  of  a  cat. 
 
  To  Rome  said  Nero:  "If  to  smoke  you  turn 
  I  shall  not  cease  to  fiddle  while  you  burn." 
  To  Nero  Rome  replied:  "Pray  do  your  worst, 
  'Tis  my  excuse  that  you  were  fiddling  first." 
  Orm  Pludge 
 
 




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