from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates characteristically having fins, gills, and a streamlined body and including the bony fishes, such as catfishes and tunas, and the cartilaginous fishes, such as sharks and rays.
  • noun Any of various jawless aquatic craniates, including the lampreys and hagfishes.
  • noun The flesh of such animals used as food.
  • noun Informal A person, especially one considered deficient in something.
  • intransitive verb To catch or try to catch fish.
  • intransitive verb To look for something by feeling one's way; grope.
  • intransitive verb To seek something in a sly or indirect way.
  • intransitive verb To catch or try to catch (fish).
  • intransitive verb To catch or try to catch fish in.
  • intransitive verb To catch or pull as if fishing.
  • idiom (fish or cut bait) To proceed with an activity or abandon it altogether.
  • idiom (like a fish out of water) Completely unfamiliar with one's surroundings or activity.
  • idiom (neither fish nor fowl) Having no specific characteristics; indefinite.
  • idiom (other fish to fry) Other matters to attend to.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A counter used in various games.
  • noun A vertebrate which has gills and fins adapting it for living in the water.
  • noun In zoology: Any branchiferous vertebrate with a complete cranium and a lyriform shoulder-girdle. In this sense, the leptocardians and myzonts are excluded, but the selachians are included with true Pisces.
  • noun A branchiferous or teleostomous vertebrate with dermal plates or membrane-bones superadded to the primordial cranium and shoulder-girdle, and with the branchiæ free outwardly. The sturgeons as well as all the osseous fishes are included in the group thus defined.
  • noun In popular language, any animal that lives entirely in the water; a swimming as distinguished from a flying or walking animal, including cetaceous mammals, batrachians, mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms, as well as fishes proper: commonly distinguished by some specifying word, as blackfish, shellfish, starfish. See these and other compounds.
  • noun The meat of a fish or of fishes used as food.
  • noun The codfish: so called specifically by Cape Cod and Cape Ann fishermen, in distinction from fish of other kinds, as mackerel, herring, etc.
  • noun The zodiacal sign Pisces.
  • noun Nautical: A purchase used to raise the flukes of an anchor up to the bill-board. Also called a fish-tackle.
  • noun A long piece of timber or iron used to strengthen a mast or a yard when sprung.
  • noun In joinery, etc., a piece secured alongside of another to strengthen or stiffen it.
  • noun Fish that are or may be caught with bait.
  • noun Fish having a more or less ossified skeleton: thus distinguished from cartilaginous fish. See cut under Esox.
  • noun See coarse fish.
  • noun In ichthyology, a fish inhabiting the sea near the shore and in water of moderate depth: thus contrasting with deep-sea fish and pelagic fish.
  • noun The squid or cuttlefish.
  • noun See also whitefish.
  • noun The Southern Fish, Piscis Australis or Austrinus.
  • noun A name sometimes applied to fishes having ocellated spots of color resembling auxiliary eyes.
  • noun Chænobryttus gulosus, one of the sun-fishes found in fresh waters of the eastern United States.
  • To catch or attempt to catch fish; be employed in taking fish by any means, as by angling or drawing nets.
  • To be arranged or adjusted so as to catch fish; bo capable of catching fish: as, the net or pound is fishing; the net was set, but was not fishing; the net fishes seven feet (that is, seven feet deep).
  • To catch by means of any of the operations or processes of fishing: as, to fish minnows or lobsters.
  • To attempt to catch fish in; try with any apparatus for catching fish, as a rod or net.
  • To use in or for fishing: as, gill-nets are fished; an oysterman fishes his boat.
  • To catch or lay hold of, in water, mud, or some analogous medium or position, as if by fishing; draw out or up; get or secure in any way with some difficulty or search, as if by angling.
  • To search by dragging, raking, or sweeping.
  • Nautical: To strengthen, as a weak spar, by lashing one or more pieces of wood or iron along the weak place.
  • To hoist the flukes of, as an anchor, up to the bill-board.
  • In joinery, to strengthen, as a piece of wood, by fastening another piece above or below it, and sometimes both.
  • In railroading, to splice, as rails, with a fish-joint.
  • To obtain by careful search or study or by artifice; elicit by pains or stratagem: as, to fish out a meaning from an obscure sentence, a secret from a person, or an admission from an adverse witness.
  • To pull up or out from or as from some deep place, as if by fishing: as, the boy fished out a top from the depths of his pocket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To catch; to draw out or up.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English fisc.]

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From Old English fiscian, from Proto-Germanic *fiskōnan.

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From Middle English, from Old English fisc, from Proto-Germanic *fiskaz (compare West Frisian/Swedish fisk, Dutch vis, German Fisch), from Proto-Indo-European *pik̑sk̑os, *pisḱ- (compare Irish iasc, Latin piscis, Russian пискарь (piskárĭ) 'groundling', Sanskrit picchā 'calf (leg)', picchila, picchala 'slimy, slippery').


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