1. Mus. A stringed instrument of music played with a bow; a violin; a kit.
2. Bot. A kind of dock (Rumex pulcher) with fiddle-shaped leaves; -- called also fiddle dock.
3. Naut. A rack or frame of bars connected by strings, to keep table furniture in place on the cabin table in bad weather.
Fiddle beetle Zool., a Japanese carabid beetle (Damaster blaptoides); -- so called from the form of the body.
Fiddle block Naut., a long tackle block having two sheaves of different diameters in the same plane, instead of side by side as in a common double block. --Knight.
Fiddle bow, fiddlestick.
Fiddle fish Zool., the angel fish.
Fiddle head, See fiddle head in the vocabulary.
Fiddle pattern, a form of the handles of spoons, forks, etc., somewhat like a violin.
Scotch fiddle, the itch. (Low)
To play first fiddle, or To play second fiddle, to take a leading or a subordinate part. [Colloq.]
Fid·dle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fiddled p. pr. & vb. n. Fiddling ]
1. To play on a fiddle.
Themistocles . . . said he could not fiddle, but he could make a small town a great city. --Bacon.
2. To keep the hands and fingers actively moving as a fiddler does; to move the hands and fingers restlessy or in busy idleness; to trifle.
Talking, and fiddling with their hats and feathers. --Pepys.
Fid·dle v. t. To play (a tune) on a fiddle.
n : bowed stringed instrument that is the highest member of the
violin family; this instrument has four strings and a
hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played
with a bow [syn: violin]
v 1: avoid (one's assigned duties); "The derelict soldier shirked
his duties" [syn: shirk, shrink from, goldbrick]
2: commit fraud and steal from one's employer; "We found out
that she had been fiddling for years"
3: play the violin or fiddle
4: play on a violin; "Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely"
5: manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; "She
played nervously with her wedding ring"; "Don't fiddle
with the screws"; "He played with the idea of running for
the Senate" [syn: toy, diddle, play]
6: play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or
dishonestly; "Someone tampered with the documents on my
desk"; "The reporter fiddle with the facts" [syn: tamper,
7: try to fix or mend; "Can you tinker with the T.V. set--it's
not working right"; "She always fiddles with her van on
the weekend" [syn: tinker]