Fife (?), n. [F. fifre, OHG. pfifa, LL. pipa pipe, pipare to play on the pipe, fr. L. pipire, pipare, to peep, pip, chirp, as a chiken. See Pipe.] Mus.

A small shrill pipe, resembling the piccolo flute, used chiefly to accompany the drum in military music.

Fife major Mil., a noncommissioned officer who superintends the fifers of a regiment. -- Fife rail. Naut. (a) A rail about the mast, at the deck, to hold belaying pins, etc. (b) A railing around the break of a poop deck.


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Fife, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fifed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. fifing.]

To play on a fife.


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