Meaning of the word “fid”


I was typing the abbreviation fwd in a document, and typo’d the word fid instead. It didn’t autocorrect me, so I was intrigued about what it meant.

Wordnet didn’t have anything:

$ wn fid
==> No information available for noun fid

According to Wiktionary

fid (nautical): pointed tool without any sharp edges, used in weaving or knotwork to tighten and form up weaves or complex knots; used in sailing ships to open the strands of a rope before splicing. Compare marlinespike.

Definition five really caught my eye:

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

I’m going to call my next helper script a fid.

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