• WordNet 3.6
    • n fife a small high-pitched flute similar to a piccolo; has a shrill tone and is used chiefly to accompany drums in a marching band
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fife fīf (Mus) A small shrill pipe, resembling the piccolo flute, used chiefly to accompany the drum in military music.
    • v. i Fife To play on a fife.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fife A musical instrument of the flute class, usually having a compass of about two octaves upward from the second D above the middle C; a piccolo, or a flute of still higher pitch: much used in military music, particularly with drums.
    • fife To play the fife, or to execute on a fife: as, to fife in a band; to fife a tune.
    • n fife In organ-building, a piccolo stop.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fife fīf a smaller variety of the flute, usually with only one key
    • v.i Fife to play on the fife
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  • Sir Walter Scott
    “Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife! To all the sensual world proclaim. One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fifre, OHG. pfīfa, LL. pipa, pipe, pipare, to play on the pipe, fr. L. pipire, pipare, to peep, pip, chirp, as a chiken. See Pipe


In literature:

Each one could play fiddle, beat drum, blow fife.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
This consisted of a variety of toys and hardware, musical instruments, violins, flutes, fifes, and bird-organs.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The Firth seems a leaden creek, that a man might almost jump across, between well-powdered Lothian and well-powdered Fife.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Here we come with fife and drum!
"The Rover Boys at Colby Hall" by Arthur M. Winfield
He had a charter of lands in Fife, granted to him 31st August 1547.
"The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by John Knox
The Continental army paraded through Philadelphia (August 30, 1781), dusty and ragged, but keeping step to the fife and drum.
"George Washington" by Calista McCabe Courtenay
Here we come with fife and drum!
"The Rover Boys on a Hunt" by Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, II.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
From the east arose the strains of fife and drum.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
In March 1586 the Synod of Fife met at St. Andrews, and James Melville as the retiring Moderator had to preach the opening sermon.
"Andrew Melville" by William Morison

In poetry:

When he heard bugles, and fifes, and drums,
He thought of red, and yellow, and white roses
Bursting in the sunshine,
And smiled as he worked.
"The Painter on Silk" by Amy Lowell
Beat on the drum and blow the fife,
And kiss the vivandiere, my boy.
Fear nothing—that's the whole of life;
Its deepest truth, its soundest joy.
"Doctrine" by Heinrich Heine
Roll your hands in the honey of life,
Kneel to your white-necked strumpets!
You came to your crowns with a squealing fife
But I shall go out with trumpets!
"The Retort Discourteous" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Then through dark boughs its stealthy flight
An owl took; and, at drowsy strife,
The cricket tuned its faery fife;
And like a ghost-flower, silent white,
The wood-moth glimmered into life.
"Dusk In The Woods" by Madison Julius Cawein
Then away! then away! pleasure-seekers in bands,
And view Gullane with its beautiful sands,
Which stretch along the sandy shores of Fife,
Where the tourist can enjoy himself and be free from strife.
"Beautiful North Berwick" by William Topaz McGonagall
We beat the drum slowly and played the fife lowly,
And bitterly wept as we bore him along;
For we all loved our comrade, so brave, young and handsome,
We all loved our comrade although he'd done wrong.
"The Cowboy's Lament (Streets of Laredo)" by Frank Maynard

In news:

Heralding the arrival of the Fourth of July with musket fire accompanied by the fife and drum renditions of: "Yankee Doodle".
Given the opportunity last week to go head-to-head with Governor Fife Symington, Attorney General Grant Woods flinched.
Some floors of the La Quinta Inn & Suites on East 27th Street were locked down as of 8:15 pm Tuesday as police negotiators talked with a man who'd threatened officers, according to Fife police.
In the center of attention, as he has been for years, Fife Symington takes stock of the situation.
In Civil-War era clothing - one in a petticoat, another in his tan suspenders, and all topped with period hats - they strummed their banjos and guitars, and played their fifes and penny whistles.
White River tennis squad defeats Fife, Clover Park Girls Tennis.
The White River High girls rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Fife Trojans Thursday afternoon in tennis competition.
A collision involving a semi-truck and a vehicle has knocked power out to part of Fife and possibly injured children, police said.
Power in Fife restored after two-vehicle collision .
All power has been restored, according to Fife city officials.
Danny Fife leads Keyser in rushing with 1,042 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Dishing with John Kostakis of Fife's Restaurant in Birmingham.
John Kostakis, owner of Fife’s Restaurant (News Staff/Beverly Taylor).
John Kostakis, Owner Fife's Restaurant, 2321 Fourth Ave North, 324-9381.
Buckley City Council voted Tuesday night to purchase emergency dispatch services from the city of Fife.

In science:

Fife, Mathematical aspects of reacting and diffusing systems, Springer Verlag, 1979.
Generalized transition waves and their properties
I wish to acknowledge the invaluable help given by Paul Fife, University of Utah Mathematics Dept. I also wish to thank David W.
Special and general relativity extended to allow for a variable light speed
Speyside; a tourism locale in North East Fife. A mode of transport.
Working Document on Gloss Ontology
The Penrose-Fife system for phase transitions is addressed.
Global and exponential attractors for the Penrose-Fife system
Sprekels, Global solution to the Penrose-Fife phase field model with special heat flux laws, Variations of domain and free-boundary problems in solid mechanics (Paris, 1997), 181–188, Solid Mech.
Global and exponential attractors for the Penrose-Fife system