Webster 1913 Edition
fichepeg, mark, fr.
A counter, used in various games.
(fĭsh′ĕz), or collectively,
fisc; akin to D.
visch, OS. & OHG.
fiskr, Sw. & Dan.
Piscatorial. In some cases, such as
fishplate, this word has prob. been confused with
fish, fr. F.
A name loosely applied in popular usage to many animals of diverse characteristics, living in the water.
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
☞ 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.
The twelfth sign of the zodiac; Pisces.
The flesh of fish, used as food.
A purchase used to fish the anchor.
A piece of timber, somewhat in the form of a fish, used to strengthen a mast or yard.
☞ Fish is used adjectively or as part of a compound word; as, fish line, fish pole, fish spear, fish-bellied.
Age of Fishes.
fish (usually salted codfish) shared fine, mixed with mashed potato, and made into the form of a small, round cake.
a beam one of whose sides (commonly the under one) swells out like the belly of a fish.
a species of crow (–
Corvus ossifragus), found on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It feeds largely on fish.
the artifical breeding and rearing of fish; pisciculture.–
a day on which fish is eaten; a fast day.–
any species of merganser.–
the tackle depending from the fish davit, used in hauling up the anchor to the gunwale of a ship.–
a dam or weir in a river for keeping fish or taking them easily.–
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.–
a long kettle for boiling fish whole.–
a dam with a series of steps which fish can leap in order to ascend falls in a river.–
Fish line, or
a line made of twisted hair, silk, etc., used in angling.–
any crustacean parasitic on fishes, esp. the parasitic Copepoda, belonging to–
Argulus, and other related genera. See
the stomach of a fish; also, the air bladder, or sound.–
fish desiccated and ground fine, for use in soups, etc.–
oil obtained from the bodies of fish and marine animals, as whales, seals, sharks, from cods’ livers, etc.–
a fish-eating owl of the Old World genera–
Ketupa, esp. a large East Indian species (
one of the plates of a fish joint.–
a wicker basket, sunk, with a float attached, for catching crabs, lobsters, etc.–
a net attached to stakes, for entrapping and catching fish; a weir.
a broad knife for dividing fish at table; a fish trowel.–
an inclined box set in a stream at a small fall, or ripple, to catch fish descending the current.
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.–
a story which taxes credulity; an extravagant or incredible narration.
A metal colander, with handles, for taking fish from a boiler.
A perforated earthenware slab at the bottom of a dish, to drain the water from a boiled fish.–
a fish slice.–
a weir set in a stream, for catching fish.–
Neither fish nor flesh,
Neither fish nor fowl
neither one thing nor the other.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To attempt to catch fish; to be employed in taking fish, by any means, as by angling or drawing a net.
To seek to obtain by artifice, or indirectly to seek to draw forth;
Sir W. Scott.
fiscian; akin to G.
To catch; to draw out or up;
fishup an anchor
To search by raking or sweeping.
To try with a fishing rod; to catch fish in;
Webster 1828 Edition
1.An animal that lives in water. Fish is a general name for a class of animals subsisting in water, which were distributed by Linne into six orders. They breathe by means of gills, swim by the aid of fins, and are oviparous. Some of them have the skeleton bony, and others cartilaginous. Most of the former have the opening of the gills closed by a peculiar covering, called the gill-lid; many of the latter have no gill-lid, and are hence said to breathe through apertures. Cetaceous animals, as the whale and dolphin, are, in popular language, called fishes, and have been so classed by some naturalists; but they breathe by lungs, and are viviparous, like quadrupeds. The term fish has been also extended to other aquatic animals, such as shell-fish, lobsters, &c. We use fish, in the singular, for fishes in general or the whole race.
2.The flesh of fish, used as food. But we usually apply flesh to land animals.
1.To attempt to catch fish; to be employed in taking fish, by any means, as by angling or drawing nets.
2.To attempt or seek to obtain by artifice, or indirectly to seek to draw forth; as, to fish for compliments.
1.To search by raking or sweeping; as, to fish the jakes for papers.
2.In seamanship, to strengthen, as a mast or yard, with a piece of timber.
3.To catch; draw out or up; as, to fish up a human body when sunk; to fish an anchor.
1.In ships, a machine to hoist and draw up the flukes of an anchor, towards the top of the bow.
2.A long piece of timber, used to strengthen a lower mast or a yard, when sprung or damaged.