Fiddle beetle(Zoöl.), a Japanese carabid beetle (Damaster blaptoides); — so called from the form of the body.Fiddle block(Naut.), a long tackle block having two sheaves of different diameters in the same plane, instead of side by side as in a common double block. Knight.Fiddle bow, fiddlestick.Fiddle fish(Zoöl.), the angel fish.Fiddle head, an ornament on a ship's bow, curved like the volute or scroll at the head of a violin.Fiddle pattern, a form of the handles of spoons, forks, etc.,

(Fic"tion*al) a. Pertaining to, or characterized by, fiction; fictitious; romantic."Fictional rather than historical." Latham.

(Fic"tion*ist), n. A writer of fiction. [R.] Lamb.

(Fic"tious) a. Fictitious. [R.] Prior.

(Fic*ti"tious) a. [L. fictitius. See Fiction.] Feigned; imaginary; not real; fabulous; counterfeit; false; not genuine; as, fictitious fame.

The human persons are as fictitious as the airy ones.

Fic*ti"tious*ly, adv.Fic*ti"tious*ness, n.

(Fic"tive) a. [Cf. F. fictif.] Feigned; counterfeit. "The fount of fictive tears." Tennyson.

(Fic"tor) n. [L.] An artist who models or forms statues and reliefs in any plastic material. [R.] Elmes.

(||Fi"cus) n. [L., a fig.] A genus of trees or shrubs, one species of which (F. Carica) produces the figs of commerce; the fig tree.

Ficus Indica is the banyan tree; F. religiosa, the peepul tree; F. elastica, the India-rubber tree.

(Fid) n. [Prov. E. fid a small, thick lump.]

1. (Naut.) A square bar of wood or iron, used to support the topmast, being passed through a hole or mortise at its heel, and resting on the trestle trees.

2. A wooden or metal bar or pin, used to support or steady anything.

3. A pin of hard wood, tapering to a point, used to open the strands of a rope in splicing.

There are hand fids and standing fids (which are larger than the others, and stand upon a flat base). An iron implement for this purpose is called a marline spike.

4. (Mil.) A block of wood used in mounting and dismounting heavy guns.

(Fi*dal"go) n. [Pg. See Hidalgo.] The lowest title of nobility in Portugal, corresponding to that of Hidalgo in Spain.

(Fid"dle) n. [OE. fidele, fithele, AS. fiðele; akin to D. vedel, OHG. fidula, G. fiedel, Icel. fiðla, and perh. to E. viol. Cf. Viol.]

1. (Mus.) A stringed instrument of music played with a bow; a violin; a kit.

2. (Bot.) A kind of dock (Rumex pulcher) with fiddle-shaped leaves; — called also fiddle dock.

3. (Naut.) A rack or frame of bars connected by strings, to keep table furniture in place on the cabin table in bad weather. Ham. Nav. Encyc.

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