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Webster 1913 Edition


Fist

Fist

(fĭst)
,
Noun.
[OE.
fist
,
fust
, AS.
fȳst
; akin to D.
vuist
, OHG.
fūst
, G.
faust
, and prob. to L.
pugnus
, Gr.
πυγμή
fist,
πύξ
with the fist. Cf.
Pugnacious
,
Pigmy
.]
1.
The hand with the fingers doubled into the palm; the closed hand, especially as clinched tightly for the purpose of striking a blow.
Who grasp the earth and heaven with my
fist
.
Herbert.
2.
The talons of a bird of prey.
[Obs.]
More light than culver in the falcon’s
fist
.
Spenser.
3.
(print.)
the index mark [☞], used to direct special attention to the passage which follows.
Hand over fist
(Naut.)
,
rapidly; hand over hand.

Fist

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Fisted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Fisting
.]
1.
To strike with the fist.
Dryden.
2.
To gripe with the fist.
[Obs.]
Shak.

Webster 1828 Edition


Fist

FIST

,
Noun.
The hand clinched; the hand with the fingers doubled into the palm.

FIST

, v.t.
1.
To strike with the fist.
2.
To gripe with the fist.

Definition 2022


fist

fist

See also: FIST

English

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Verb

fist (third-person singular simple present fists, present participle fisting, simple past and past participle fisted)

  1. (intransitive) To break wind.
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Noun

fist (plural fists)

  1. The act of breaking wind; fise.
  2. A puffball.

Etymology 2

From Middle English fist, from Old English fȳst (fist), from Proto-Germanic *funstiz (compare West Frisian fûst, Dutch vuist, German Faust), from Proto-Indo-European *pn̥kʷ-sti (fist) (compare Lithuanian kùmstė, Old Church Slavonic пѧсть (pęstĭ)), from *pénkʷe (five). More at five.

Noun

fist (plural fists)

  1. hand with the fingers clenched or curled inward
    The boxer's fists rained down on his opponent in the last round.
  2. (printing) the pointing hand symbol
  3. (amateur radio) the characteristic signaling rhythm of an individual telegraph or CW operator when sending Morse code
  4. (slang) a person's characteristic handwriting
  5. A group of men.
  6. The talons of a bird of prey.
    • Spenser
      More light than culver in the falcon's fist.
  7. (informal) An attempt at something.
    • 2015, Daniel Taylor, Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero too good for Chelsea as Diego Costa labours (in The Guardian, 16 August 2015)
      City look stronger, fitter and more motivated than last season and even at this early stage the gap feels like a sizeable advantage. Yes, it is way too early to make snap judgments about the impact on the title race. It has, however, been long enough to ascertain that Manuel Pellegrini’s team are going to make a much better fist of it this time.
    • 2005, Darryl N. Davis, Visions of Mind: Architectures for Cognition and Affect (page 144)
      With the rise of cognitive neuroscience, the time may be coming when we can make a reasonable fist of mapping down from an understanding of the functional architecture of the mind to the structural architecture of the brain.
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Verb

fist (third-person singular simple present fists, present participle fisting, simple past and past participle fisted)

  1. To strike with the fist.
    ...may not score a point with his open hand(s), but may score a point by fisting the ball. Damian Cullen. "Running the rule." The Irish Times 18 Aug 2003, pg. 52.
  2. To close (the hand) into a fist.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 29:
      He noticed Ada's trick of hiding her fingernails by fisting her hand or stretching it with the palm turned upward when helping herself to a biscuit.
  3. To grip with a fist.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 34
      I am an officer; but, how I wish I could fist a bit of old-fashioned beef in the fore-castle, as I used to when I was before the mast.
  4. (slang) To fist-****.
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Middle French

Verb

fist

  1. third-person singular past historic of faire