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Meaning of FISH

Pronunciation:  fish, fish

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates usually having scales and breathing through gills; "the shark is a large fish"; "in the livingroom there was a tank of colorful fish"
  2. [n]  the flesh of fish used as food; "in Japan most fish is eaten raw"; "after the scare about foot-and-mouth disease a lot of people started eating fish instead of meat"; "they have a chef who specializes in fish"
  3. [n]  the twelfth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about February 19 to March 20
  4. [n]  (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Pisces
  5. [v]  catch or try to catch fish or shellfish; "I like to go fishing on weekends"
  6. [v]  seek indirectly; "fish for compliments"

FISH is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: angle, Pisces, Pisces, Pisces the Fishes
 See Also: alewife, anchovy, angle, aquatic vertebrate, bony fish, brail, cartilaginous fish, catch, caudal fin, chondrichthian, crab, eel, fin, fish scale, fishbone, food, food fish, game fish, grab, gray mullet, haddock, hake, house, human, individual, lateral line, lateral line organ, look for, mansion, milt, mortal, mouthbreeder, mullet, net fish, panfish, person, Pisces, planetary house, prawn, rail, rock salmon, roe, rough fish, salmon, scallop, school, schrod, scollop, scrod, search, seek, seine, shad, shark, shoal, shrimp, sign, sign of the zodiac, smelt, somebody, someone, soul, spawner, star sign, still-fish, stockfish, tail fin, take hold of, trawl, trout



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fish\, n. [F. fiche peg, mark, fr. fisher to fix.]
    A counter, used in various games.
  2. \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
    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
    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;
    {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
    {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.
    {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
       (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
    {Neither fish nor flesh} (Fig.), neither one thing nor the
  3. \Fish\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fished}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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.
  4. \Fish\, v. t. [OE. fischen, fisken, fissen, AS. fiscian;
    akin to G. fischen, OHG. fisc?n, Goth. fisk?n. See {Fish} the
    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}.
Computing Dictionary

(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".

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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing fish swimming in your dream means insights from your unconscious mind. Thus to catch a fish, represents insights which have been brought to the surface. The fish is also an ancient symbol of Christianity and Christian beliefs. Consider also the common phrases "like a cold fish", "fish out of water" or something that is "fishy" about a situation. It may also imply a slippery or elusive situation. Dreaming that you are Seeing or eating fish, symbolizes your beliefs, spirituality, luck, energy and nourishment. It is food for the soul. Seeing a dead fish means disappointment and loss of power/wealth. Dreaming of cooking fish indicates that you are incorporating your new realizations with your spiritual feelings and knowledge. Dreaming that you are cleaning fish, suggests that you are altering your emotional expression in a way that will be presentable to others. You are censoring yourself and not expressing how you completely feel.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A physical mapping approach that uses fluorescent tags to detect hybridization of probes with metaphase chromosomes and with the less-condensed somatic interphase chromatin.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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.

Thesaurus Terms
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