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Fife

 (fīf)
A region of eastern Scotland between the Firths of Forth and Tay. It was once a Pict kingdom.

fife

 (fīf)
n.
A small, high-pitched, transverse flute used primarily to accompany drums in a military or marching band.
v. fifed, fif·ing, fifes
v.intr.
To play a fife.
v.tr.
To perform (a piece or tune) on or as if on a fife.

[Probably German Pfeife, from Middle High German pfīfe, from Old High German pfīffa, from Vulgar Latin *pīpa, from Latin pīpāre, to chirp.]

fif′er n.

fife

(faɪf)
n
(Instruments) a small high-pitched flute similar to the piccolo and usually having no keys, used esp in military bands
vb
(Music, other) to play (music) on a fife
[C16: from Old High German pfīfa; see pipe1]
ˈfifer n

Fife

(faɪf)
n
(Placename) a council area and historical county of E central Scotland, bordering on the North Sea between the Firths of Tay and Forth: coastal lowlands in the north and east, with several ranges of hills; mainly agricultural. Administrative centre: Glenrothes. Pop: 352 040 (2003 est). Area: 1323 sq km (511 sq miles)

Fife

(faɪf)
n
(Biography) Duncan. See Duncan Phyfe

fife

(faɪf)
n., v. fifed, fif•ing. n.
1. a high-pitched transverse flute used commonly in military and marching musical groups.
v.i., v.t.
2. to play on a fife.
[1540–50; < German Pfeife pipe1]
fif′er, n.

Fife

(faɪf)

n.
a region in E Scotland: formerly a county. 352,100; 504 sq. mi. (1305 sq. km).
Also called Fife•shire (ˈfaɪf ʃɪər, -ʃər)

fife


Past participle: fifed
Gerund: fifing

Imperative
fife
fife
Present
I fife
you fife
he/she/it fifes
we fife
you fife
they fife
Preterite
I fifed
you fifed
he/she/it fifed
we fifed
you fifed
they fifed
Present Continuous
I am fifing
you are fifing
he/she/it is fifing
we are fifing
you are fifing
they are fifing
Present Perfect
I have fifed
you have fifed
he/she/it has fifed
we have fifed
you have fifed
they have fifed
Past Continuous
I was fifing
you were fifing
he/she/it was fifing
we were fifing
you were fifing
they were fifing
Past Perfect
I had fifed
you had fifed
he/she/it had fifed
we had fifed
you had fifed
they had fifed
Future
I will fife
you will fife
he/she/it will fife
we will fife
you will fife
they will fife
Future Perfect
I will have fifed
you will have fifed
he/she/it will have fifed
we will have fifed
you will have fifed
they will have fifed
Future Continuous
I will be fifing
you will be fifing
he/she/it will be fifing
we will be fifing
you will be fifing
they will be fifing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fifing
you have been fifing
he/she/it has been fifing
we have been fifing
you have been fifing
they have been fifing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fifing
you will have been fifing
he/she/it will have been fifing
we will have been fifing
you will have been fifing
they will have been fifing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fifing
you had been fifing
he/she/it had been fifing
we had been fifing
you had been fifing
they had been fifing
Conditional
I would fife
you would fife
he/she/it would fife
we would fife
you would fife
they would fife
Past Conditional
I would have fifed
you would have fifed
he/she/it would have fifed
we would have fifed
you would have fifed
they would have fifed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fife - a small high-pitched flute similar to a piccolofife - a small high-pitched flute similar to a piccolo; has a shrill tone and is used chiefly to accompany drums in a marching band
flute, transverse flute - a high-pitched woodwind instrument; a slender tube closed at one end with finger holes on one end and an opening near the closed end across which the breath is blown
Translations
ناي، مِزْمار
pikola
pibe
harántfuvola
flauta
fleita
mazā flauta

fife

[faɪf] Npífano m

fife

[ˈfaɪf] nfifre m

fife

n (Mus) → Querpfeife f

fife

(faif) noun
a type of small flute.
References in classic literature ?
The old writer, like all of the people in the world, had got, during his long fife, a great many notions in his head.
Each, in its utmost development, supposes a high degree of intimacy and heart-knowledge; each renders one individual dependent for the food of his affections and spiritual fife upon another: each leaves the passionate lover, or the no less passionate hater, forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his subject.
In the distance, one could see a long wavering line of torches drifting down the main street, and could hear the throbbing of the bass drum, the clash of cymbals, the squeaking of a fife or two, and the faint roar of remote hurrahs.
Monseigneur (often a most worthy individual gentleman) was a national blessing, gave a chivalrous tone to things, was a polite example of luxurious and shining fife, and a great deal more to equal purpose; nevertheless, Monseigneur as a class had, somehow or other, brought things to this.
He was taken to Bow Street, as well as I remember, on the completion of his fifteenth journey; when four-and-sixpence, and a second-hand fife which he couldn't play, were found upon his person.
The drum and fife, the rattle of arms, and the shouts of boys were heard from morning till night.
Fife, ten, twenty-fife more fish than come he say there was.
Got an engagement at the theayter, with his father, to play the fife in a military piece.
She thought of the collar and cuff manufactory and the eternal moan of the proprietor: "What een hell do you sink I pie fife dolla a week for?
Each time they draw their breath, they utter an articulate cry of "ay-ay," which ends in a sound rising from deep in the chest, but shrill like the note of a fife.
Instead of the gong for dinner, let us hear a whistle from the Spartan fife.
English bugles woke them in the morning; at nightfall they went to bed to the note of the British fife and drum: all the country and Europe was in arms, and the greatest event of history pending: and honest Peggy O'Dowd, whom it concerned as well as another, went on prattling about Ballinafad, and the horses in the stables at Glenmalony, and the clar't drunk there; and Jos Sedley interposed about curry and rice at Dumdum; and Amelia thought about her husband, and how best she should show her love for him; as if these were the great topics of the world.