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Fish  (fsh), Hamilton 1808-1893.
American politician who was a U.S. representative from New York, (1843-1845), governor of New York (1849-1850), a U.S. senator (1851-1857), and U.S. secretary of state (1869-1877).

fish  (fsh)
n. pl. fish or fish·es
1. Any of numerous cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates of the superclass Pisces, characteristically having fins, gills, and a streamlined body and including specifically:
a. Any of the class Osteichthyes, having a bony skeleton.
b. Any of the class Chondrichthyes, having a cartilaginous skeleton and including the sharks, rays, and skates.
2. The flesh of such animals used as food.
3. Any of various primitive aquatic vertebrates of the class Cyclostomata, lacking jaws and including the lampreys and hagfishes.
4. Any of various unrelated aquatic animals, such as a jellyfish, cuttlefish, or crayfish.
5. Informal A person, especially one considered deficient in something: a poor fish.
v. fished, fish·ing, fish·es
v.intr.
1. To catch or try to catch fish.
2. To look for something by feeling ones way; grope: fished in both pockets for a coin.
3. To seek something in a sly or indirect way: fish for compliments.
v.tr.
1.
a. To catch or try to catch (fish).
b. To catch or try to catch fish in: fish mountain streams.
2. To catch or pull as if fishing: deftly fished the corn out of the boiling water.
Phrasal Verb:
fish out
To deplete (a lake, for example) of fish by fishing.
Idioms:
fish in troubled waters
To try to take advantage of a confused situation.
fish or cut bait Informal
To proceed with an activity or abandon it altogether.
like a fish out of water
Completely unfamiliar with ones surroundings or activity.
neither fish nor fowl
Having no specific characteristics; indefinite.
other fish to fry Informal
Other matters to attend to: He declined to come along to the movie, saying he had other fish to fry.

[Middle English, from Old English fisc.]

fish [fɪʃ]
n pl fish, fishes
1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Animals)
a.  any of a large group of cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates having jaws, gills, and usually fins and a skin covered in scales: includes the sharks and rays (class Chondrichthyes: cartilaginous fishes) and the teleosts, lungfish, etc. (class Osteichthyes: bony fishes)
b.  (in combination) fishpond Related adjs ichthyic, ichthyoid, piscine
2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Animals) any of various similar but jawless vertebrates, such as the hagfish and lamprey
3. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Animals) (not in technical use) any of various aquatic invertebrates, such as the cuttlefish, jellyfish, and crayfish
4. (Cookery) the flesh of fish used as food
5. Informal a person of little emotion or intelligence a poor fish
6. (Engineering / Mechanical Engineering) short for fishplate
7. (Military / Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) Also called tin fish an informal word for torpedo [1]
a fine kettle of fish an awkward situation; mess
drink like a fish to drink (esp alcohol) to excess
have other fish to fry to have other activities to do, esp more important ones
like a fish out of water out of ones usual place
neither fish, flesh, nor fowl neither this nor that
make fish of one and flesh of another Irish to discriminate unfairly between people
vb
1. (Individual Sports & Recreations / Angling) (intr) to attempt to catch fish, as with a line and hook or with nets, traps, etc.
2. (Individual Sports & Recreations / Angling) (tr) to fish in (a particular area of water)
3. to search (a body of water) for something or to search for something, esp in a body of water
4. (intr; foll by for) to seek something indirectly to fish for compliments See also fish out
[Old English fisc; related to Old Norse fiskr, Gothic fiscs, Russian piskar, Latin piscis]
fishable  adj
fishlike  adj

FISH [fɪʃ]
n acronym for
(Medicine) fluorescence in situ hybridization, a technique for detecting and locating gene mutations and chromosome abnormalities

fish  (fsh)
Plural fish or fishes
Any of numerous cold-blooded vertebrate animals that live in water. Fish have gills for obtaining oxygen, a lateral line for sensing pressure changes in the water, and a vertical tail. Most fish are covered with scales and have limbs in the form of fins. Fish were once classified together as a single group, but are now known to compose numerous evolutionarily distinct classes, including the bony fish, cartilaginous fish, jawless fish, lobe-finned fish, and placoderms.
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anatomy of a female bony fish


fish  /f/  n. fish or fishes [C;U] 1 an animal usu. with scales that lives in water and uses gills to breathe: I love to eat fish that I catch in the ocean. 2 a big fish in a small pond: an important, usu. powerful person in a work or social setting where there is little competition: The well-known professor chose to stay at the small college rather than teach at a large university because he wanted to be a big fish in a small pond. 3 a cold fish: a person who does not show warmth or affection: That man is such a cold fish; he never smiles! 4 to be or feel like a fish out of water: to feel awkward, in the wrong place: I felt like a fish out of water at that fancy restaurant since I usually eat at fast-food places. 5 to be neither fish nor fowl: not to fit into a clear category, confusing: The owners decided to make the newspaper less serious, but now it is neither fish nor fowl, because it limits its serious articles and still has too few of the lighter ones. 6 to drink like a fish: to drink large amounts of alcohol: He used to hate beer, but now he drinks like a fish. 7 to have other fish to fry: to have more important things to do: I cannot spend any more time on that project; I have other fish to fry.
v. fishes 1 [I] to try to catch fish: When I was little, my uncle used to fish with me. 2 fig. [I;T] to search for s.t. with the hand, (syns.) to grope, fumble around: She fished in her bag for a pen. 3 fig. [I;T] to search, inquire (often indirectly): The detective fished for information by asking neighbors if they had seen the crime. 4 to fish for compliments: to ask questions to invite praise: The girl asked her boyfriend if he liked her hair and her dress; she was fishing for compliments. 5 to fish or cut bait: to make a definite decision: He has been deciding whether or not to buy my car for a month now; he has to fish or cut bait because I need to sell it. 6 phrasal v. sep. [T] to fish s.o. or s.t. out: to pull out: Two women fished a little boy out of the water.||They fished him out. fish

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