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Meaning of FIFE

Pronunciation:  fIf

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a small high-pitched flute similar to a piccolo; has a shrill tone and is used chiefly to accompany drums in a marching band

FIFE is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 See Also: flute, transverse flute



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fife\, n. [F. fifre, OHG. pf[=i]fa, LL. pipa pipe, pipare
    to play on the pipe, fr. L. pipire, pipare, to peep, pip,
    chirp, as a chiken. See {Pipe}.] (Mus.)
    A small shrill pipe, resembling the piccolo flute, used
    chiefly to accompany the drum in military music.
    {Fife major} (Mil.), a noncommissioned officer who
       superintends the fifers of a regiment.
    {Fife rail}. (Naut.)
    (a) A rail about the mast, at the deck, to hold belaying
        pins, etc.
    (b) A railing around the break of a poop deck.
  2. \Fife\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fifed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To play on a fife.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Hearing the sound of a fife means that you will be unexpected call on to defend your honor. Dreaming that you are playing a fife means that your strong reputation will remain intact and withstand anything that is said about you.
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