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-fid(word root) divided
Examples of words with the root -fid: bifid
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1. A square bar used as a support for a topmast.
2. A large tapering pin used to open the strands of a rope before splicing.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Nautical Terms) a spike for separating strands of rope in splicing
2. (Nautical Terms) a wooden or metal bar for supporting the heel of a topmast
[C17: of unknown origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a stout bar of wood or metal placed across a lower spar to support a higher one.
2. a stout bar used to hold a running bowsprit in its extended position.
[1605–15; orig. uncertain]
a combining form meaning “having parts or lobes” of the kind specified by the initial element: bifid; pinnatifid.
[< Latin -fidus, derivative of findere to split]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
A wooden pin, usually only a few inches long, tapered to a point and used to separate the strands of small rope. A marlinespike is generally much heavier, often of metal, and used on steel cable and larger rope.
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