fin

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English fin, from Old English finn, from Proto-Germanic *finjō, *finjaz (dorsal fin) (compare Dutch vin, German Finne, Swedish finne, fena), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pīn- (backbone, dorsal fin) (compare Old Irish ind (end, point), Latin pinna (feather, wing), Tocharian A spin 'hook', Sanskrit sphyá 'splinter, staff').

Noun[edit]

fin (plural fins)

  1. (ichthyology) One of the appendages of a fish, used to propel itself and to manoeuvre/maneuver.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring's fin he had me mesmerized, like Eben Holt's boy at the town hall show. He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.
    The fish's fins are designed to minimize water flow.
  2. A similar appendage of a cetacean or other marine animal.
    a dolphin's fin
  3. A thin, rigid component of an aircraft, extending from the fuselage and used to stabilise and steer the aircraft.
    The fin stabilises the plane in flight.
  4. A similar structure on the tail of a bomb, used to help keep it on course.
  5. A hairstyle, resembling the fin of a fish, in which the hair is combed and set into a vertical ridge along the top of the head from about the crown to the forehead.
  6. A device worn by divers and swimmers on their feet.
    The divers wore fins to swim faster.
  7. An extending part on a surface of a radiator, engine, heatsink, etc., used to facilitate cooling.
  8. A sharp raised edge (generally in concrete) capable of damaging a roof membrane or vapor retarder.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (appendange of a fish):
  • (appendage of a cetacean or other marine animal): flipper (of mammals)
  • (aircraft component):
  • (of a bomb): vane
  • (hairstyle): Mohican
  • (device worn by divers): flipper
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Verb[edit]

fin (third-person singular simple present fins, present participle finning, simple past and past participle finned)

  1. (transitive) To cut the fins from a fish, shark, etc.
  2. (intransitive) To swim in the manner of a fish.
  3. (transitive) To provide (a motor vehicle etc) with fins.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Yiddish פֿינף (finf, five).

Noun[edit]

fin (plural fins)

  1. (US, slang) A five-dollar bill.
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Asturian[edit]

Noun[edit]

fin m, f (plural fins)

  1. end (extreme part)
  2. end (final part, in time)

Bambara[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fin

  1. black

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Crimean Tatar[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fin

  1. Finnish

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Dalmatian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin faenum. Compare Italian fieno, Romanian fân, Friulian fen, Romansch fain, French foin, Portuguese feno, Spanish heno. Alternative form also possibly through a Venetian intermediate as a loan word.

Noun[edit]

fin m

  1. hay

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From late Old Norse fínn.

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Adjective[edit]

fin (neuter fint, definite and plural fine, comparative finere, superlative finest)

  1. fine
  2. choice, classy
  3. delicate
  4. fashionable
  5. grand, posh, genteel

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin finis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fin f (plural fins)

  1. end, close, finish
  2. end, objective, purpose

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Adjective[edit]

fin m (feminine fine, masculine plural fins, feminine plural fines)

  1. thin
  2. fine
  3. (Quebec) kind

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Friulian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin finis.

Noun[edit]

fin m (plural fins)

  1. end

Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fīnis.

Noun[edit]

fin m f (plural fines)

  1. end

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Gothic[edit]

Romanization[edit]

fin

  1. Romanization of 𐍆𐌹𐌽

Guernésiais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French fin < Latin finitus.

Adjective[edit]

fin m (feminine fine, masculine plural fins, feminine plural fines)

  1. fine

Ladin[edit]

Noun[edit]

fin m (plural fins)

  1. aim, end, goal

Ladino[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fīnis.

Noun[edit]

fin f (Latin spelling, Hebrew spelling פין)

  1. end

Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

fin

  1. rafsi of finti.

Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

fin f (plural fins)

  1. end; finish
  2. (figuratively) death

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fin (masculine fin; feminine fin; neuter fint; plural fine; comparative finere; superlative finest)

  1. fine

Old French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fin m (feminine fine)

  1. fine, delicate

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Old Provençal[edit]

Noun[edit]

fin f (oblique plural fins, nominative singular fin, nominative plural fins)

  1. end (final part)

Romanian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From French fin.

Adjective[edit]

fin

  1. fine, delicate
  2. subtle

Etymology 2[edit]

From Vulgar Latin root *fīliānus, from Latin fīlius. Compare also Albanian fijan, Italian figliano.

Noun[edit]

fin m (plural finifeminine equivalent fină)

  1. godson
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Romansch[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Preposition[edit]

fin

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Puter, Vallader) until, till
  2. (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Puter, Vallader) by
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Conjunction[edit]

fin

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun) until
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Adverb[edit]

fin

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Puter, Vallader) as far as
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Etymology 2[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fin m (feminine fina, masculine plural fins, feminine plural finas)

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Puter, Vallader) fine
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  • (Sutsilvan, Surmiran) fegn

Etymology 3[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fin f (plural fins)

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Puter, Vallader) end
Alternative forms[edit]
  • (Sutsilvan, Surmiran) fegn

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin finis.

Noun[edit]

fin m (plural fines)

  1. (sometimes feminine) end
    el fin de semana — the weekend
  2. purpose

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Swedish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Since at least the 16th century, from French fin.

Adjective[edit]

fin (comparative finare, superlative finast)

  1. fine, elegant
  2. good, excellent
  3. thin
  4. subtle

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