Definition of 'fish'


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1. Informal A person, especially one considered deficient in something.

2. Any of numerous cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates characteristically having fins, gills, and a streamlined body and including the bony fishes, such as catfishes and tunas, and the cartilaginous fishes, such as sharks and rays.

3. Any of various jawless aquatic craniates, including the lampreys and hagfishes.

4. The flesh of such animals used as food.

5. A counter, used in various games.

6. See coarse fish.

7. A name sometimes applied to fishes having ocellated spots of color resembling auxiliary eyes.

8. The zodiacal sign Pisces.

9. A counter used in various games.

10. Chænobryttus gulosus, one of the sun-fishes found in fresh waters of the eastern United States.

11. The codfish: so called specifically by Cape Cod and Cape Ann fishermen, in distinction from fish of other kinds, as mackerel, herring, etc.

12. In popular language, any animal that lives entirely in the water; a swimming as distinguished from a flying or walking animal, including cetaceous mammals, batrachians, mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms, as well as fishes proper: commonly distinguished by some specifying word, as blackfish, shellfish, starfish. See these and other compounds.

13. Fish that are or may be caught with bait.

14. The squid or cuttlefish.

15. A branchiferous or teleostomous vertebrate with dermal plates or membrane-bones superadded to the primordial cranium and shoulder-girdle, and with the branchiæ free outwardly. The sturgeons as well as all the osseous fishes are included in the group thus defined.

16. The meat of a fish or of fishes used as food.

17. In joinery, etc., a piece secured alongside of another to strengthen or stiffen it.

18. Nautical: A purchase used to raise the flukes of an anchor up to the bill-board. Also called a fish-tackle.

19. A long piece of timber or iron used to strengthen a mast or a yard when sprung.

20. The Southern Fish, Piscis Australis or Austrinus.

21. A vertebrate which has gills and fins adapting it for living in the water.

22. Fish having a more or less ossified skeleton: thus distinguished from cartilaginous fish. See cut under Esox.

23. In ichthyology, a fish inhabiting the sea near the shore and in water of moderate depth: thus contrasting with deep-sea fish and pelagic fish.

24. In zoology: Any branchiferous vertebrate with a complete cranium and a lyriform shoulder-girdle. In this sense, the leptocardians and myzonts are excluded, but the selachians are included with true Pisces.

25. See also whitefish.

26. To catch or lay hold of, in water, mud, or some analogous medium or position, as if by fishing; draw out or up; get or secure in any way with some difficulty or search, as if by angling.

27. In railroading, to splice, as rails, with a fish-joint.

28. To pull up or out from or as from some deep place, as if by fishing: as, the boy fished out a top from the depths of his pocket.

29. To obtain by careful search or study or by artifice; elicit by pains or stratagem: as, to fish out a meaning from an obscure sentence, a secret from a person, or an admission from an adverse witness.

30. To hoist the flukes of, as an anchor, up to the bill-board.

31. To attempt to catch fish in; try with any apparatus for catching fish, as a rod or net.

32. To be arranged or adjusted so as to catch fish; bo capable of catching fish: as, the net or pound is fishing; the net was set, but was not fishing; the net fishes seven feet (that is, seven feet deep).

33. To catch by means of any of the operations or processes of fishing: as, to fish minnows or lobsters.

34. To search by dragging, raking, or sweeping.

35. In joinery, to strengthen, as a piece of wood, by fastening another piece above or below it, and sometimes both.

36. Nautical: To strengthen, as a weak spar, by lashing one or more pieces of wood or iron along the weak place.

37. To use in or for fishing: as, gill-nets are fished; an oysterman fishes his boat.

38. To catch or attempt to catch fish; be employed in taking fish by any means, as by angling or drawing nets.

39. To catch or try to catch fish.

40. To catch or try to catch (fish).

41. To seek something in a sly or indirect way.

42. To catch or try to catch fish in.

43. To look for something by feeling one's way; grope.

44. To catch or pull as if fishing.

45. (other fish to fry) Other matters to attend to.

46. (fish or cut bait) To proceed with an activity or abandon it altogether.

47. (like a fish out of water) Completely unfamiliar with one's surroundings or activity.

48. (neither fish nor fowl) Having no specific characteristics; indefinite.


1. They recommend eating more red meat and fish.

2. Meanwhile the big fish continue to swim quite happily.

3. It is where celebrities are left undisturbed to enjoy simple fish suppers or go for walks along the endless beaches.

4. Cover and cook for 5 mins while you rinse fish and pat dry.

5. He changed his diet, eating lots of fresh fish and vegetables and cutting carbs and sugar.

6. A viewer may fish for information about how many viewings or offers are on the table.

7. Catching fish is a bonus.

8. fish and chip shops should serve portions in standard sizes to cut obesity, say researchers.

9. Add the smoked haddock and simmer for 4 min, or until the fish is just cooked.

10. We first met in the local fish and chip shop.

11. Pat the fish fillets dry then dust the top generously with salt.

12. These are the cold fish of the commercial world.

13. Swedish cuisine revolves mainly around meat and fish dishes.

14. This can be seen in such contrasting areas as fish farming and grain production.

15. Will he prove neither upfield fish nor midfield fowl?

16. But most of the talk down at the only hotel is about big fish.

17. Stir the fish sauce and white pepper into the stock.

18. Make three deep cuts along the body of the fish.

19. We are trying to revolutionise fish farming.

20. We found out that you have to study what kind of fly catches each fish.

21. The fish go crazy when the lobsters are pulled out of their dens.

22. The limited fresh fish range is supported by a solid frozen section.

23. Veg and fish should be neither hot nor cold but warm.

24. In the meantime he has other fish to fry.

25. We cannot face one more cup of green tea or choke down any more oily fish.

26. Those claiming to be affected range from care homes and property companies to fish shops.

27. Pat the fish dry inside and out using kitchen towel.

28. Most of them included fish and lean meats in their diet.

29. Carefully turn the fillets and cook for a further few minutes until the fish is just cooked through.

30. But they are stiff, bony fish and the young birds cannot eat them easily.

31. You need diversity in age, not just big fish.

32. The insulin of the more advanced bony fish, reptiles, and mammals is a little cluster of six chains.

33. Meat, poultry, and fish• Place raw meat, poultry, or fish in a covered dish to keep the juices from dripping onto other foods, and store it in the back of the refrigerator.

34. -- According to the quantity of fat it contains, fish may be divided into two classes: _ (_a_) dry, or_ lean _fish_, and _ (_b_) oily fish_.

35. fish may also be divided into two classes, according to the water in which they live, fish from the sea being termed _salt-water fish_, and those from rivers and lakes _fresh-water fish_

36. The schooners make three trips to the banks of Newfoundland in a season; the first, or spring cargo, are large, thick fish, which, after being properly salted and dried, are kept alternately above and under ground, till they become so mellow as to be denominated _dumb fish_.

37. Thus, _All fish are cold-blooded_, ∴ _some cold-blooded things are fish: _ this is a sound inference by the mere manner of expression; and equally sound is the inference, _All fish are warm-blooded_, ∴ _some warm-blooded things are fish_.

38. But, marvellous beyond all, the 'great fish' (falsely so translated, since no cetaceous creature can be denominated a _fish_) into which he was received still lived, and accompanied him.

39. More as once I'se heah yo 'say as how yo' had t 'fish an' fish an '_fish_ t' git a bit of a clew. "

40. To get more information about dietary supplement interactions, including fish oil, you can access my free health application at After sign-up, type fish oil into supplements category and scroll over the term fish oil for more information.

41. Yes | No | Report from muskiemaster wrote 14 weeks 15 hours ago at least people are getting to see fishing as it happens. and you have to admit seeing these guys pull in fish after fish is appealing and makes you want to get out there yourself and get better at it.

42. ‘Comparable studies of fishes and other aquatic vertebrates are scarce, despite a wealth of neontological data.’

43. ‘Snakes employ shivering thermogenesis, which acts to warm their eggs, amphipods actively ventilate the brood pouch, and fishes fan to increase water circulation.’

44. ‘It seems that they don't know that the first vertebrates were fish.’

45. ‘Included among these vertebrates are sharks, bony fishes, amphibians, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, and dinosaurs.’

46. ‘Among vertebrate classes, fishes exhibit by far the greatest variability in competitive and cooperative behaviors in male reproduction.’

47. ‘Juvenile rockfish that reside in kelp beds are often eaten by many fishes and other marine animals.’

48. ‘Discussions of pectoral fin swimming in fishes have largely focused on the benefits of the fins during hovering, slow swimming and maneuvering.’

49. ‘One species of bacterium sickens cattle, for example, while another attacks frogs, fishes, and other cold-blooded animals.’

50. ‘Several other species of marine fishes spawn on beaches, although actual emergence of adults from water is rare.’

51. ‘A man feels wet when he falls into water, because man is not a water animal: a fish would not feel wet.’

52. ‘Bald eagles feed primarily on marine mammals and fish and would not be a threat to the foxes.’

53. ‘They feed on small bony fishes, snails, worms, shrimps, clams, abalone, and crabs.’

54. ‘The diet of Nile perch consists of fishes, insects, crustacea and mollusks.’

55. ‘The fish and shellfish in the waters around our coast and inland are the finest in the world, and it's no wonder that everyone else in mainland Europe wants rights to them.’

56. ‘Many other Queensland creatures - including various species of fishes and mollusks - hold the distinction of being the most venomous of their kind.’

57. ‘Rays and skates primarily feed on molluscs, crustaceans, worms and occasionally smaller fishes.’

58. ‘All decapod crustaceans and fishes were identified and enumerated, a representative subsample was measured and then all animals were returned to the system.’

59. ‘E. americanus is a predator that as an adult feeds on large insect larvae, crayfishes and other fishes.’

60. ‘Reefs of brilliantly coloured corals and sponges provide shelter for fish, Crustacea, and other animals.’

61. ‘Cindy began naming all the fish and those that were her favorites.’

62. ‘If drinking was to continue after the cooked food had been exhausted, dried meat and fish were served.’

63. ‘You are, however, allowed to eat as much red meat, poultry, fish and fatty foods, like heavy cream, as you want.’

64. ‘For a true taste of Croatian Adriatic cuisine seek out the tiny tavernas where you can eat superb local fish and sea food.’

65. ‘The diet advocates that concentrated carbohydrates like bread and concentrated protein foods like meat and fish should never be eaten at the same time.’

66. ‘It's equally gluggable as an aperitif or with fish and white meat dishes.’

67. ‘Baking is a great method to cook fish, allowing the flesh to cook evenly and stay moist.’

68. ‘The flesh of these fish is reddish and has a reputation for being indigestible.’

69. ‘I have mentioned this numerous times here, but he doesn't eat fish or seafood.’

70. ‘Consumption of fresh foods - meat, fish and fruit - is above average.’

71. ‘Creatine is something that the body either produces naturally or obtains directly from foods such as fish and meat.’

72. ‘Its central ingredients are seasonal produce, whole-grain foods, fish and lean meats.’

73. ‘Cholesterol is made by the liver and also supplied through such foods as meat, fish and dairy products.’

74. ‘Danish food includes a wide variety of fish, meat, bread, cheese, and crispbreads.’

75. ‘George is now on a special dried food made of oily fish and tapioca, with occasional chicken or turkey as a treat.’

76. ‘Typical meals for urban residents consist of fruits and vegetables, meat or fish, bread, and rice.’

77. ‘Add a layer of tomatoes, some capers and some fish, add gelatine preparation and put in the fridge for 10 min.’

78. ‘To prevent foodborne infection, your child also shouldn't eat raw fish, seafood, meat, or uncooked eggs.’

79. ‘The vitamin is found naturally in foods like fish, milk, eggs and meat, and is also usually included in fortified cereals.’

80. ‘It's better to stick to lean cuts of red meat, white meat or fish.’

81. ‘You can experiment with all kinds of sausage, vegetables, cheese dishes, fish and meat.’

82. ‘Their attempt to soften the electorate's impression of her as a scientific cold fish is one of the few amusing spectacles in a grim political landscape.’

83. ‘Perhaps every writer of fiction suspects himself or herself to be a cold fish at heart, a mere spectator of other people's joys and passions.’

84. ‘She has a tendency to use quite clinical language - which masks deep emotions, but can make her look a bit of a cold fish on the page.’

85. ‘Mack, for such a cold fish, is enthralling, partly because of the shimmer of uncertainty about what is true and what is not.’

86. ‘She's a perfectionist and is analytical about her performances but seems afraid of being perceived as a cold fish.’

87. ‘He is too much of a cold fish to capture our hearts and often seems more sullen than smouldering.’

88. ‘In essence, she's calling her an aloof, cold fish - hardly the most enthusiastic endorsement.’

89. ‘Brand himself is a cold fish and a nervous character, who conceives a murderous hatred for his junior officer.’

90. ‘It has also been argued that Robert is just a cold fish and/or that his friends' marital squabbles have scared him off.’

91. ‘So what if he had a reputation as a rather cold fish?’

92. ‘The husband is a convert, obsessed by apologetics, church history, and doctrine - something of a pious cold fish.’

93. ‘Wayne fought to find the words he would need to say to try and strike up a conversation with the normally cold fish of a boy he had for a friend whom he had only known for just over a day.’

94. ‘If German pianists have a reputation for being cold fish, this reputation is belied by playing such as this.’

95. ‘I was silent; was it any wonder I was, as Adam termed it, a cold fish?’

96. ‘Some of this support surely comes from some of the same people who'd considered him something of a cold fish.’

97. ‘And since Kail had many women chasing after him, why would he waste his time on a cold fish?’

98. ‘It is also important, for your purposes, whether she's a cold fish or just madder than hell at you.’

99. ‘She seems too sensitive to survive this earth and her cold fish of a husband, and indeed she doesn't.’

100. ‘This time he's playing a much more sympathetic character, but he's still a cold fish.’

101. ‘If it was all the same guy I shall have to regard him as rather an odd fish.’

102. ‘There is no benefit from hanging an entire shrimp off a hook when fishing for coastal panfish.’

103. ‘fish of this size have been caught by anglers targeting the chub and also by anglers fishing for the sea trout.’

104. ‘He and his girlfriend, Carolina, had gone fishing for the summer, and had turned their cellphone off.’

105. ‘No matter what the size of the reel it is always a good idea to give the line a stretch before fishing.’

106. ‘The three pound line is necessary as I am fishing for very big roach in fast flowing water.’

107. ‘At uni, I tried my hand at fishing for trout and caught nothing all day except a barrel of derision when I slipped and fell into a river.’

108. ‘It was originally thought the gnomes, four old men with fishing rods, may have gone fishing but it now appears that there may be something fishy about their disappearance.’

109. ‘If you're fishing for the first two species, why not try fishing with fly gear or lures.’

110. ‘Apparently the two had gone fishing while she was gone.’

111. ‘We've gone fishing and played basketball with some of the other fellows home on leave and not once over these last two weeks have we talked about the ship.’

112. ‘We'd gone fishing over in Canada a few weeks ago.’

113. ‘Under normal circumstances you would've fixed them on the spot, then gone fishing with him.’

114. ‘Picking it up her mind wandered to when her won father had gone fishing with her and her brother.’

115. ‘I thought this was very strange as we had never gone fishing before or done anything together that involved being outdoors.’

116. ‘The missing man is believed to have gone fishing alone early on Thursday morning.’

117. ‘The effect of byelaw 5 is to impose a regime of mandatory catch and release for salmon fished with rod and line in the early part of the season, up to 16 June.’

118. ‘Local fishermen fishing for the local market are not depleting the stocks.’

119. ‘I am an avid fisherman and have been fishing for salmon all my life: I am now 53.’

120. ‘For the local fishermen, however, fishing for the snappers is a way of life.’

121. ‘In many northeastem waters, rainbow smelt is taken by dip netters during their spawning runs and is commonly used for bait by anglers fishing for trout and salmon.’

122. ‘A friend of mine who fishes a very easy water has in the past few weeks landed 98 carp.’

123. ‘Jack fished some fast water just upstream of Redscar wood known as Duck Island.’

124. ‘Now, the final nail in the coffin, drastic cuts in the number of days our few remaining fishermen are allowed to fish our own waters.’

125. ‘Fly fishers in the salt water environment need something entirely different to their freshwater counterpart on the chalk stream, as does the angler who fishes big reservoirs.’

126. ‘If you are found to be fishing club waters without a current paid up member-ship you are not insured and maybe asked to leave or could face action from the club.’

127. ‘You're fishing new water each day, and you get into areas that the big yachts can't reach.’

128. ‘He spent several months fishing Belizean waters, but never was able to come ashore.’

129. ‘Mr Murray, who regularly fishes this stretch of water, added: ‘Our hard work helped to reduce the impact on the canal and to restore it to its former quality.’’

130. ‘Other stories come from ‘the time before this time,’ when the Hinchinbrook waters were fished differently.’

131. ‘The answer of course is that these waters are lucrative and these countries have fished their own waters to the levels where they have insufficient stocks.’

132. ‘Maybe because these waters haven't been fished by people too much.’

133. ‘Through a gap in the branches, only the most meagre stretch of water could be fished before the fly dragged hopelessly across the surface.’

134. ‘The people of India have always lived along the coast, and have always fished the waters.’

135. ‘A stone's throw from a mosaic pike, two lads fished the muddy waters.’

136. ‘Next week I return to England and look at a water that had not been fished for 20 years and was full of massive tench.’

137. ‘In response, I fished for my tiny silver cell phone and flipped it open.’

138. ‘Then he reached into his back pocket and pulled out his wallet, fishing a business card out of it.’

139. ‘He pulled on his jacket and fished the keys out of his pocket.’

140. ‘Leaping over the king size bed, Roy fished the grenade out of his jacket and pulled the pin, holding the timing clip down.’

141. ‘Carly rummaged around in the cooler, and fished out a six-pack of soda.’

142. ‘She watched as Lily broke eggs into a bowl and fished out pieces of shell with her fingers.’

143. ‘He reached into his pocket and fished out his wallet to pay Collin.’

144. ‘After a short spell of silence, I reached back into the van and fished out a bulky wooden box covered in black and white square.’

145. ‘He reached inside his pocket, fished out another cigarette and lit it.’

146. ‘Finally, I reached into the compartment of the case, and fished out a reed.’

147. ‘He pulled out his wallet and fished out a five-dollar bill for his tab.’

148. ‘She grabbed her bag, fished out her wallet, and pulled out a credit card.’

149. ‘Nicole put her hand in her plaid skirt and fished out a set of keys.’

150. ‘She pulled out a little notepad from her pocket and fished out a pen.’

151. ‘She fished out four quarters from her purse and handed in to the girl.’

152. ‘The Irishman reached back and fished out the folder, placing it on his lap as he deposited the coffee mug in its place.’

153. ‘Jules took the hint and fished out a crumpled ten-euro note from her purse.’

154. ‘Dejectedly, everyone fished out their keys and laid them silently in front of the headmaster.’

155. ‘I fished out a ten dollar bill and handed it to her, grabbing my bag and following her to the cash register.’

156. ‘He had fished out a fifty dollar bill, plus four quarters, one dime, and a nickel.’

157. ‘Every one was helpful and eager to practice their English, proud of their country, if not their politicians, always fishing for compliments.’

158. ‘Joss, meanwhile, is just blatantly fishing for compliments.’

159. ‘The first time I got naked with this guy I was dating, I went fishing for compliments and made a comment about a totally insignificant part of my body.’

160. ‘During lunch she kept fishing for compliments, which I gave her.’

161. ‘I'm not fishing for compliments or anything, but two people have recently asked me when I'll post another story.’

162. ‘You don't bother to say that you aren't fishing for compliments, that you really do mean it.’

163. ‘I was going to ask him what he'd liked best, but though it would probably look like I was fishing for compliments, so let it drop.’

164. ‘He says he's not a singer and is going to quit the show, clearly fishing for compliments.’

165. ‘Choosing to ignore the question - I didn't want to start fishing for compliments - I kept walking along.’

166. ‘When she wasn't fishing for compliments she was sitting in front of one of the televisions and indulging in a rather large glass of sherry.’

167. ‘‘I always knew that,’ I said, since it seemed like the response she was fishing for.’

168. ‘Did he really know, or was he fishing for information?’

169. ‘All the same, investors will keep fishing for information.’

170. ‘Though they tried to appear sympathetic to the cases of detention, the CID was evidently fishing for information to discredit the articles.’

171. ‘She was fishing for information, and Elise immediately recognized it, wisely keeping her mouth shut.’

172. ‘There was silence for a moment; she obviously was fishing for a response.’

173. ‘As he tried to do with reporters, he was always fishing for information.’

174. ‘An important skill in cold reading is the ability to get information without obviously fishing for it.’

175. ‘I fished for an adequate response.’

176. ‘Personally, if I have time, I like to fish for as much information as possible.’

177. ‘Directed by the helicopter, nine people were fished out of the water and they told the rescue team that the boat had been taken over by terrorists.’

178. ‘By the time help arrived, most of the parents had fished their children out of the blackened water.’

179. ‘I fished the phone out of the water, and also my camera, and waded to the shore.’

180. ‘Sailors on board ships can then fish the swimmer out of the water.’

181. ‘They arranged for some support ahead of time, but it seems like they sat there while the local police and rescue workers were left on their own to fish people out of the water.’

182. ‘He dropped the rag into the steaming water, then fished it out with a scrub brush.’

183. ‘Brian yelped with surprise and turned to fish his girlfriend out of the water.’

184. ‘Just talk to paramedic rescue operators who pull people off mountain cliffs and fish them out of 40-foot swells at sea.’

185. ‘They will be accompanied at all times by highly experienced distance swimmers and a rescue boat to fish them out if they get into difficulties.’

186. ‘I'm kneeling by the end of this pool, with my hands in the water, trying to grab hold of this monster to fish it out of there.’

187. ‘He said bikes had been fished out of the river before, but never a barrow.’

188. ‘A handful of shivering Albanians are fished out of the Adriatic, distressed beyond belief, hoping desperately for signs of missing relatives.’

189. ‘Elsewhere, you might expect a few worms would be fished out of the pool with a net and life would go on.’

190. ‘You've probably heard that an infant was fished out of the river earlier in the week.’

191. ‘Richard and volunteers spent two frantic evenings running up and down the road helping newts, toads and frogs cross the road, fishing them out of drains and covering up the grids.’

192. ‘Horrified boat tour tourists faithfully fished his broken body from the water below.’

193. ‘One day, Joe and Les fish the body of a girl out of the water.’

194. in the living room there was a tank of colorful fish

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