Fife Fife (f[imac]f), n. [F. fifre, OHG. pf[=i]fa, LL. pipa pipe, pipare to play on the pipe, fr. L. pipire, pipare, to peep, pip, chirp, as a chiken. See {Pipe}.] (Mus.) A small shrill pipe, resembling the piccolo flute, used chiefly to accompany the drum in military music. [1913 Webster]

{Fife major} (Mil.), a noncommissioned officer who superintends the fifers of a regiment.

{Fife rail}. (Naut.) (a) A rail about the mast, at the deck, to hold belaying pins, etc. (b) A railing around the break of a poop deck. [1913 Webster]

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  • Fife — Fife, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fifed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {fifing}.] To play on a fife. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • fife — [fīf] n. [Ger pfeife, a pipe, fife < MHG pfife < OHG pfifa < VL * pipa, PIPE] a small flute having from six to eight finger holes, and usually no keys, used mainly with drums in playing marches vt., vi. fifed, fifing to play on a fife… …   English World dictionary

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