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Pronunciation : Fin
Part of Speech : v.
Etymology : [Cf. Fin of a fish.]
Definition : Defn: To carve or cut up, as a chub.

t. [imp. & p. p. Finned; p. pr. & vb. n. Finning.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Fin
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [See Fine, n.]
Definition : Defn: End; conclusion; object. [Obs.] "She knew eke the fin of his intent." Chaucer.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Fin
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [OE. finne, fin, AS. finn; akin to D. vin, G. & Dan. finne, Sw. fena, L. pinna, penna, a wing, feather. cf. pen a feather.]
Definition : 1. (Zoöl.)

Defn: An organ of a fish, consisting of a membrane supported by rays, or little bony or cartilaginous ossicles, and serving to balance and propel it in the water.

Note: Fishes move through the water chiefly by means of the caudal fin or tail, the principal office of the other fins being to balance or direct the body, though they are also, to a certain extent, employed in producing motion.

2. (Zoöl.)

Defn: A membranous, finlike, swimming organ, as in pteropod and heteropod mollusks.

3. A finlike organ or attachment; a part of an object or product which protrudes like a fin, as: (a) The hand. [Slang] (b) (Com.) A blade of whalebone. [Eng.] McElrath. (c) (Mech.) A mark or ridge left on a casting at the junction of the parts of a mold. (d) (Mech.) The thin sheet of metal squeezed out between the collars of the rolls in the process of rolling. Raymond. (e) (Mech.) A feather; a spline.

4. A finlike appendage, as to submarine boats. Apidose fin. (Zoöl.) See under Adipose, a. -- Fin ray (Anat.), one of the hornlike, cartilaginous, or bony, dermal rods which form the skeleton of the fins of fishes. -- Fin whale (Zoöl.), a finback. -- Paired fins (Zoöl.), the pectoral and ventral fins, corresponding to the fore and hind legs of the higher animals. -- Unpaired, or Median, fins (Zoöl.), the dorsal, caudal, and anal fins.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913


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