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  9  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fish  \Fish\,  n.  [F.  fiche  peg,  mark,  fr  fisher  to  fix.] 
  A  counter,  used  in  various  games. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fish  \Fish\,  n.;  pl  {Fishes},  or  collectively,  {Fish}.  [OE. 
  fisch,  fisc,  fis,  AS  fisc;  akin  to  D.  visch  OS  &  OHG. 
  fisk,  G.  fisch,  Icel.  fiskr,  Sw  &  Dan.  fisk,  Goth.  fisks,  L. 
  piscis,  Ir  iasg.  Cf  {Piscatorial}.  In  some  cases,  such  as 
  fish  joint,  fish  plate,  this  word  has  prob.  been  confused 
  with  fish,  fr  F.  fichea  peg.] 
  1.  A  name  loosely  applied  in  popular  usage  to  many  animals  of 
  diverse  characteristics,  living  in  the  water. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  An  oviparous,  vertebrate  animal  usually  having 
  fins  and  a  covering  scales  or  plates.  It  breathes  by  means 
  of  gills,  and  lives  almost  entirely  in  the  water.  See 
  {Pisces}. 
 
  Note:  The  true  fishes  include  the  Teleostei  (bony  fishes), 
  Ganoidei,  Dipnoi,  and  Elasmobranchii  or  Selachians 
  (sharks  and  skates).  Formerly  the  leptocardia  and 
  Marsipobranciata  were  also  included,  but  these  are  now 
  generally  regarded  as  two  distinct  classes,  below  the 
  fishes. 
 
  3.  pl  The  twelfth  sign  of  the  zodiac;  Pisces. 
 
  4.  The  flesh  of  fish,  used  as  food. 
 
  5.  (Naut.) 
  a  A  purchase  used  to  fish  the  anchor. 
  b  A  piece  of  timber,  somewhat  in  the  form  of  a  fish, 
  used  to  strengthen  a  mast  or  yard. 
 
  Note:  Fish  is  used  adjectively  or  as  part  of  a  compound  word 
  as  fish  line  fish  pole,  fish  spear,  fish-bellied. 
 
  {Age  of  Fishes}.  See  under  {Age},  n.,  8. 
 
  {Fish  ball},  fish  (usually  salted  codfish)  shared  fine,  mixed 
  with  mashed  potato,  and  made  into  the  form  of  a  small 
  round  cake.  [U.S.] 
 
  {Fish  bar}.  Same  as  {Fish  plate}  (below). 
 
  {Fish  beam}  (Mech.),  a  beam  one  of  whose  sides  (commonly  the 
  under  one)  swells  out  like  the  belly  of  a  fish.  --Francis. 
 
  {Fish  crow}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  species  of  crow  ({Corvus 
  ossifragus}),  found  on  the  Atlantic  coast  of  the  United 
  States.  It  feeds  largely  on  fish. 
 
  {Fish  culture},  the  artifical  breeding  and  rearing  of  fish; 
  pisciculture. 
 
  {Fish  davit}.  See  {Davit}. 
 
  {Fish  day},  a  day  on  which  fish  is  eaten;  a  fast  day 
 
  {Fish  duck}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  species  of  merganser. 
 
  {Fish  fall},  the  tackle  depending  from  the  fish  davit,  used 
  in  hauling  up  the  anchor  to  the  gunwale  of  a  ship. 
 
  {Fish  garth},  a  dam  or  weir  in  a  river  for  keeping  fish  or 
  taking  them  easily. 
 
  {Fish  glue}.  See  {Isinglass}. 
 
  {Fish  joint},  a  joint  formed  by  a  plate  or  pair  of  plates 
  fastened  upon  two  meeting  beams,  plates,  etc.,  at  their 
  junction;  --  used  largely  in  connecting  the  rails  of 
  railroads. 
 
  {Fish  kettle},  a  long  kettle  for  boiling  fish  whole. 
 
  {Fish  ladder},  a  dam  with  a  series  of  steps  which  fish  can 
  leap  in  order  to  ascend  falls  in  a  river. 
 
  {Fish  line},  or  {Fishing  line},  a  line  made  of  twisted  hair, 
  silk,  etc.,  used  in  angling. 
 
  {Fish  louse}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  crustacean  parasitic  on  fishes, 
  esp.  the  parasitic  Copepoda,  belonging  to  {Caligus}, 
  {Argulus},  and  other  related  genera.  See  {Branchiura}. 
 
  {Fish  maw}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  stomach  of  a  fish;  also  the  air 
  bladder,  or  sound. 
 
  {Fish  meal},  fish  desiccated  and  ground  fine,  for  use  in 
  soups,  etc 
 
  {Fish  oil},  oil  obtained  from  the  bodies  of  fish  and  marine 
  animals,  as  whales,  seals,  sharks,  from  cods'  livers,  etc 
 
 
  {Fish  owl}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  fish-eating  owl  of  the  Old  World 
  genera  {Scotopelia}  and  {Ketupa},  esp.  a  large  East  Indian 
  species  ({K.  Ceylonensis}). 
 
  {Fish  plate},  one  of  the  plates  of  a  fish  joint. 
 
  {Fish  pot},  a  wicker  basket,  sunk,  with  a  float  attached,  for 
  catching  crabs,  lobsters,  etc 
 
  {Fish  pound},  a  net  attached  to  stakes,  for  entrapping  and 
  catching  fish;  a  weir.  [Local,  U.S.]  --Bartlett. 
 
  {Fish  slice},  a  broad  knife  for  dividing  fish  at  table;  a 
  fish  trowel. 
 
  {Fish  slide},  an  inclined  box  set  in  a  stream  at  a  small 
  fall,  or  ripple,  to  catch  fish  descending  the  current. 
  --Knight. 
 
  {Fish  sound},  the  air  bladder  of  certain  fishes,  esp.  those 
  that  are  dried  and  used  as  food,  or  in  the  arts,  as  for 
  the  preparation  of  isinglass. 
 
  {Fish  story},  a  story  which  taxes  credulity;  an  extravagant 
  or  incredible  narration.  [Colloq.  U.S.]  --Bartlett. 
 
  {Fish  strainer}. 
  a  A  metal  colander,  with  handles,  for  taking  fish  from  a 
  boiler. 
  b  A  perforated  earthenware  slab  at  the  bottom  of  a  dish, 
  to  drain  the  water  from  a  boiled  fish. 
 
  {Fish  trowel},  a  fish  slice. 
 
  {Fish}  {weir  or  wear},  a  weir  set  in  a  stream,  for  catching 
  fish. 
 
  {Neither  fish  nor  flesh}  (Fig.),  neither  one  thing  nor  the 
  other 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fish  \Fish\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fished};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Fishing}.] 
  1.  To  attempt  to  catch  fish;  to  be  employed  in  taking  fish, 
  by  any  means  as  by  angling  or  drawing  a  net. 
 
  2.  To  seek  to  obtain  by  artifice,  or  indirectly  to  seek  to 
  draw  forth;  as  to  fish  for  compliments. 
 
  Any  other  fishing  question.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fish  \Fish\,  v.  t.  [OE.  fischen,  fisken,  fissen  AS  fiscian 
  akin  to  G.  fischen,  OHG.  fisc?n,  Goth.  fisk?n.  See  {Fish}  the 
  animal.] 
  1.  To  catch;  to  draw  out  or  up  as  to  fish  up  an  anchor. 
 
  2.  To  search  by  raking  or  sweeping.  --Swift. 
 
  3.  To  try  with  a  fishing  rod;  to  catch  fish  in  as  to  fish  a 
  stream.  --Thackeray. 
 
  4.  To  strengthen  (a  beam,  mast,  etc.),  or  unite  end  to  end 
  (two  timbers,  railroad  rails,  etc.)  by  bolting  a  plank, 
  timber,  or  plate  to  the  beam,  mast,  or  timbers,  lengthwise 
  on  one  or  both  sides.  See  {Fish  joint},  under  {Fish},  n. 
 
  {To  fish  the  anchor}.  (Naut.)  See  under  {Anchor}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crawfish  \Craw"fish`\  (kr[add]"f[i^]sh`),  Crayfish  \Cray"fish`\ 
  (kr[=a]"f[i^]sh`),  n.;  pl  {-fishes}  or  {-fish}.  [Corrupted 
  fr  OE  crevis,  creves,  OF  crevice,  F.  ['e]crevisse,  fr 
  OHG.  krebiz  crab,  G.  krebs.  See  {Crab}.  The  ending  -fish 
  arose  from  confusion  with  E.  fish.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  crustacean  of  the  family  {Astacid[ae]},  resembling  the 
  lobster,  but  smaller,  and  found  in  fresh  waters.  Crawfishes 
  are  esteemed  very  delicate  food  both  in  Europe  and  America. 
  The  North  American  species  are  numerous  and  mostly  belong  to 
  the  genus  {Cambarus}.  The  blind  crawfish  of  the  Mammoth  Cave 
  is  {Cambarus  pellucidus}.  The  common  European  species  is 
  {Astacus  fluviatilis}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fish 
  n  1:  any  of  various  mostly  cold-blooded  aquatic  vertebrates 
  usually  having  scales  and  breathing  through  gills 
  2:  the  flesh  of  fish  used  as  food 
  3:  a  person  who  is  gullible  and  easy  to  take  advantage  of  [syn: 
  {chump},  {fool},  {gull},  {mark},  {patsy},  {fall  guy},  {sucker}, 
  {schlemiel},  {shlemiel},  {soft  touch},  {mug}] 
  4:  a  game  for  two  players  who  try  to  assemble  books  of  cards  by 
  asking  the  opponent  for  particular  cards  [syn:  {go  fish}] 
  v  1:  seek  indirectly;  "fish  for  compliments"  [syn:  {angle}] 
  2:  catch  fish  or  shellfish 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  fish  n.  [Adelaide  University,  Australia]  1.  Another 
  {metasyntactic  variable}.  See  {foo}.  Derived  originally  from  the 
  Monty  Python  skit  in  the  middle  of  "The  Meaning  of  Life"  entitled  "Find 
  the  Fish".  2.  A  pun  for  `microfiche'.  A  microfiche  file  cabinet  may 
  be  referred  to  as  a  `fish  tank'. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  fish 
 
  (Adelaide  University,  Australia)  1.  Another  {metasyntactic 
  variable}.  See  {foo}.  Derived  originally  from  the  Monty 
  Python  skit  in  the  middle  of  "The  Meaning  of  Life"  entitled 
  "Find  the  Fish". 
 
  2.    microfiche.  A  microfiche  file  cabinet  may  be 
  referred  to  as  a  "fish  tank". 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1994-12-01) 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Fish 
  called  _dag_  by  the  Hebrews,  a  word  denoting  great  fecundity 
  (Gen.  9:2;  Num.  11:22;  Jonah  2:1,  10).  No  fish  is  mentioned  by 
  name  either  in  the  Old  or  in  the  New  Testament.  Fish  abounded  in 
  the  Mediterranean  and  in  the  lakes  of  the  Jordan,  so  that  the 
  Hebrews  were  no  doubt  acquainted  with  many  species.  Two  of  the 
  villages  on  the  shores  of  the  Sea  of  Galilee  derived  their  names 
  from  their  fisheries,  Bethsaida  (the  "house  of  fish")  on  the 
  east  and  on  the  west.  There  is  probably  no  other  sheet  of  water 
  in  the  world  of  equal  dimensions  that  contains  such  a  variety 
  and  profusion  of  fish.  About  thirty-seven  different  kinds  have 
  been  found  Some  of  the  fishes  are  of  a  European  type  such  as 
  the  roach,  the  barbel,  and  the  blenny;  others  are  markedly 
  African  and  tropical,  such  as  the  eel-like  silurus.  There  was  a 
  regular  fish-market  apparently  in  Jerusalem  (2  Chr.  33:14;  Neh. 
  3:3;  12:39;  Zeph.  1:10),  as  there  was  a  fish-gate  which  was 
  probably  contiguous  to  it 
 
  Sidon  is  the  oldest  fishing  establishment  known  in  history. 
 




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