What does fish mean?

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  1. (countable) A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that lives in water, moving with the help of fins and breathing with gills.
  2. (archaic or loosely) Any animal (or any vertebrate) that lives exclusively in water.
  3. (uncountable) The flesh of the fish used as food.
  4. (uncountable) A card game in which the object is to obtain cards in pairs or sets of four (depending on the variation), by asking the other players for cards of a particular rank.
  5. (derogatory) A woman.
  6. (countable, slang) An easy victim for swindling.
  7. (poker) A bad poker player. Compare shark (a good poker player).
  8. (countable, nautical) A makeshift overlapping longitudinal brace, originally shaped roughly like a fish, used to temporarily repair or extend a spar or mast of a ship.
  9. (nautical) A purchase used to fish the anchor.
  10. (countable, nautical) A torpedo.
  11. (zoology) A paraphyletic grouping of the following extant taxonomic groups:
    1. Class Myxini, the hagfish (no vertebra)
    2. Class Petromyzontida, the lampreys (no jaw)
    3. Within infraphylum Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates (also including Tetrapoda)
  12. (cartomancy) The thirty-fourth Lenormand card.
  1. A period of time spent fishing.
  2. An instance of seeking something.
  1. (intransitive) To hunt fish or other aquatic animals.
  2. (transitive) To search (a body of water) for something other than fish.
  3. (intransitive) To (attempt to) find or get hold of an object by searching among other objects.
  4. (intransitive, followed by "for" or "around for") To talk to people in an attempt to get them to say something.
  5. (intransitive, cricket) Of a batsman, to attempt to hit a ball outside off stump and miss it.
  6. (nautical) To repair a spar or mast by fastening a beam or other long object (often called a fish) over the damaged part (see Noun above).
  1. (obsolete) A counter, used in various games.
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