Dictionary: FIFE – FIG'MENT

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FIFE, v.i.

To play on a fife.

FIF'ER, n.

One who plays on a fife.

FIF-TEEN', a. [Sax. fiftyn.]

Five and ten.

FIF-TEENTH', a. [Sax. fiftyntha.]

  1. The ordinal of fifteen; the fifth after the tenth.
  2. Containing one part in fifteen.


  1. A fifteenth part.
  2. In music, the double octave.

FIFTH, a. [Sax. fifta. See Five.]

  1. The ordinal of five; the next to the fourth.
  2. Elliptically, a fifth part; or the word may be considered as a noun; as, to give a fifth or two fifths.


In music, an interval consisting of three tones and a semitone. Encyc.

FIFTH'LY, adv.

In the fifth place.

FIF'TI-ETH, a. [Sax. fifteogetha; fif, five, and teogetha, tenth.]

The ordinal of fifty; as, the fiftieth part of a foot. This may be used elliptically; as, a fiftieth of his goods, part being understood; or in this case, the word may be treated in grammars as a noun, admitting a plural; as, two fiftieths.

FIF'TY, a. [Sax. fiftig; fif, five, and Goth. tig, ten.]

Five tens; five times ten; as, fifty men. It may be used as a noun in the plural. And they sat down by fifties. Mark vi.

FIG, n. [L. ficus; Sp. figo or higo; It. fico; Fr. figue; G. feige; D. vyg; Heb. פגי; Ch. פגה.]

  1. The fruit of the fig-tree, which is of a round or oblong shape, and a dark purplish color, with a pulp of a sweet taste. But the varieties are numerous; some being blue, others red, and others of a dark brown color. Encyc.
  2. The fig-tree. Pope.

FIG, v.t.

  1. To insult with ficoes or contemptuous motions of the fingers. [Little used.] Shak.
  2. To put something useless into one's head. [Not used.] L'Estrange.


A species of apple. Johnson.

FIG'A-RY, n.

A frolick.

FIG'A-RY, n. [for Vagary, is not English.]


An insect of the fly kind. Johnson.


  1. A battle; an engagement; a contest in arms; a struggle for victory, either between individuals, or between armies, ships or navies. A duel is called a single fight or combat.
  2. Something to screen the combatants in ships. Up with your fights and your nettings prepare. Dryden.

FIGHT, v.i. [pret. and pp. fought, pronounced faut. Sax. feahtan, feohtan; G. fechten; D. vegten; Sw. fäckta; Dan. fegter; Ir. fichim.]

  1. To strive or contend for victory, in battle or in single combat: to attempt to defeat, subdue or destroy an enemy, either by blows or weapons; to contend in arms. Come and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon. Judges xi. When two persons or parties contend in person, fight is usually followed by with. But when we speak of carrying on war, in any other form, we may say, to fight against. Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his enemies on every side. 1 Sam. xiv. Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath. 2 Kings xii. It is treason for a man to join an enemy to fight against his country. Hence, To fight against, is to act in opposition; to oppose; to strive to conquer or resist. The stars in their courses fought against Sisera. Judges v.
  2. To contend; to strive; to struggle to resist or check.
  3. To act as a soldier. Shak.

FIGHT, v.t.

  1. To carry on contention; to maintain a struggle for victory over enemies. I have fought a good fight. 2 Tim. iv.
  2. To contend with in battle; to war against. They fought the enemy in two pitched battles. The captain fought the frigate seven glasses. [Elliptical; with being understood.]


One that fights; a combatant; a warrior.


Contention; strife; quarrel. Without were fightings, within were fears. 2 Cor. vii.


  1. Contending in battle; striving for victory or conquest.
  2. adj. Qualified for war; fit for battle. A host of fighting men. 2 Chron. xxvi.
  3. Occupied in war; being the scene of war; as, fighting field. Pope.


The leaf of a fig-tree; also, thin covering, in allusion to the first covering of Adam and Eve.


The Mesembryanthemum, a succulent plant, resembling houseleek. Fam. of Plants. Miller.

FIG'MENT, n. [L. figmentum, from fingo, to feign.]

An invention; a fiction; something feigned or imagined. These assertions are the figments of idle brains. Bp. Lloyd.