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 for fin
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fin \Fin\ (f[i^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Finned; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Finning.] [Cf. Fin of a fish.]
     To carve or cut up, as a chub.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fin \Fin\, n. [See Fine, n.]
     End; conclusion; object. [Obs.] "She knew eke the fin of his
     intent." --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fin \Fin\, n.[OE. finne, fin, AS. finn; akin to D. vin, G. &
     Dan. finne, Sw. fena, L. pinna, penna, a wing, feather. Cf.
     pen a feather.]
     1. (Zool.) An organ of a fish, consisting of a membrane
        supported by rays, or little bony or cartilaginous
        ossicles, and serving to balance and propel it in the
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: Fishes move through the water chiefly by means of the
           caudal fin or tail, the principal office of the other
           fins being to balance or direct the body, though they
           are also, to a certain extent, employed in producing
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     2. (Zool.) A membranous, finlike, swimming organ, as in
        pteropod and heteropod mollusks.
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     3. A finlike organ or attachment; a part of an object or
        product which protrudes like a fin, as:
        (a) The hand. [Slang]
        (b) (Com.) A blade of whalebone. [Eng.] --McElrath.
        (c) (Mech.) A mark or ridge left on a casting at the
            junction of the parts of a mold.
        (d) (Mech.) The thin sheet of metal squeezed out between
            the collars of the rolls in the process of rolling.
        (e) (Mech.) A feather; a spline.
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     4. A finlike appendage, as to submarine boats.
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     5. (A["e]ronautics) A fixed stabilizing surface, usually
        vertical, similar in purpose to a bilge keel on a ship.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Apidose fin. (Zool.) See under Adipose, a.
     Fin ray (Anat.), one of the hornlike, cartilaginous, or
        bony, dermal rods which form the skeleton of the fins of
     Fin whale (Zool.), a finback.
     Paired fins (Zool.), the pectoral and ventral fins,
        corresponding to the fore and hind legs of the higher
     Unpaired fins, or Median fins (Zool.), the dorsal,
        caudal, and anal fins.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one [syn:
           five, 5, V, cinque, quint, quintet, fivesome,
           quintuplet, pentad, fin, Phoebe, Little Phoebe]
      2: one of a pair of decorations projecting above the rear
         fenders of an automobile [syn: tail fin, tailfin, fin]
      3: one of a set of parallel slats in a door or window to admit
         air and reject rain [syn: louver, louvre, fin]
      4: a shoe for swimming; the paddle-like front is an aid in
         swimming (especially underwater) [syn: flipper, fin]
      5: a stabilizer on a ship that resembles the fin of a fish
      6: organ of locomotion and balance in fishes and some other
         aquatic animals
      v 1: equip (a car) with fins
      2: propel oneself through the water in a finning motion
      3: show the fins above the water while swimming; "The sharks
         were finning near the surface" [syn: fin, break water]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  98 Moby Thesaurus words for "fin":
     Australian crawl, C, C-note, G, G-note, Little Phoebe, Pentateuch,
     Phoebe, V, aquaplaning, aquatics, backstroke, balneation, bathe,
     bathing, breaststroke, buck, butterfly, cartwheel, cent, century,
     cinque, copper, crawl, dime, diving, dog paddle, dollar,
     dollar bill, fifty cents, fish, fishtail, five, five bucks,
     five cents, five dollars, five hundred dollars, five-dollar bill,
     five-hundred-dollar bill, five-spot, fiver, fivesome, flapper,
     flipper, floating, four bits, frogskin, grand, half G, half a C,
     half dollar, half grand, hundred-dollar bill, iron man, mill,
     mullet, natation, nickel, penny, pentachord, pentad, pentagon,
     pentagram, pentahedron, pentameter, pentapody, pentarchy,
     pentastich, pentathlon, quarter, quincunx, quint, quintet,
     quintuplet, red cent, sawbuck, sidestroke, silver dollar, skin,
     smacker, surfboarding, surfing, swim, swimming, ten cents,
     ten-spot, tenner, thousand dollars, thousand-dollar bill,
     treading water, twenty-dollar bill, twenty-five cents, two bits,
     two-dollar bill, two-spot, wading, waterskiing, yard

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