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Definitions of fife

  1. a small high-pitched flute similar to a piccolo; has a shrill tone and is used chiefly to accompany drums in a marching band Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A small shrill pipe, resembling the piccolo flute, used chiefly to accompany the drum in military music. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To play on a fife. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4. A shrill-toned musical instrument of the flute class. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To play on, or play, such an instrument. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A small pipe used as a wind instrument for military music, an octave higher than the flute. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To play on the fife. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. A shrill wind-instrument. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To play the fife. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A small shrill - toned flute-like martial wind - instrument. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Fifer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A small flute-like pipe used as a wind instrument, chiefly in martial music with drums. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. A small flute with one key. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. f[=i]f, n. a smaller variety of the flute, usually with only one key.--v.i. to play on the fife.--ns. FIFE'-M[=A]'JOR (obs.), the chief fifer in a regiment; FIF'ER, one who plays on a fife; FIFE'-RAIL, the rail round the mainmast for belaying-pins. [Fr. fifre, Ger. pfeife, both, acc. to Littré, from L. pip[=a]re, to chirp.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. Kind of small shrill flute used with drum in military music; =fifer. (Vb) play the f.; play (air &c.) on the f.; hence fifer n. [German] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  16. n. [French, Old German, Latin] A small pipe used as a wind-instrument. Cabinet Dictionary
  17. A pipe blown to the drum. Complete Dictionary

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