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


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

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