- fish1noun (plural same or fishes)1》 a limbless cold-blooded vertebrate animal with gills and fins, living wholly in water.↘the flesh of fish as food.2》 used in names of invertebrate animals living wholly in water, e.g. shellfish, jellyfish.3》 informal a person who is strange in a specified way: he's a cold fish.verb1》 catch fish with a net or hook and line.↘fish in (a body of water).2》 (fish something out) pull or take something out of water or a receptacle.3》 grope or feel for something concealed.4》 try subtly to obtain a response or information: I was not fishing for compliments.Phrasesbig fish an important person.a big fish in a small pond a person who is important only within a limited sphere.a fish out of water a person who feels out of place in their surroundings.have other (or bigger) fish to fry have more important matters to attend to.Derivativesfishable adjectivefishing nounOriginOE fisc (as a noun denoting any animal living exclusively in water), fiscian (v.), of Gmc origin.UsageThe normal plural of fish is fish (a shoal of fish; he caught two huge fish). The older form fishes is still used when referring to different kinds of fish (freshwater fishes of the British Isles).————————fish2noun1》 a flat plate fixed on a beam or across a joint to give additional strength.2》 a long curved piece of wood lashed to a ship's damaged mast or spar as a temporary repair.verb1》 strengthen or mend with a fish.2》 join (rails) with a fishplate.OriginC16: prob. from Fr. fiche, from ficher 'to fix', based on L. figere.
English new terms dictionary. 2014.