Fist vs Fiat - What's the difference?

fist | fiat |

As verbs the difference between fist and fiat

is that fist is to break wind while fiat is to make (something) happen.

As nouns the difference between fist and fiat

is that fist is the act of breaking wind; fise while fiat is an authoritative command or order to do something; an effectual decree.

As an initialism FIST

is future Infantry Soldier Technology.

As a proper noun Fiat is

an automobile manufactured by the Italian firm Fiat S.p.A..

As a phrase FIAT is

fix it again Tony, a derogatory slang phrase for Fiat, a backronym.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(Webster 1913)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) fisten, fiesten, from (etyl) .


(en verb)
  • To break wind.
  • Derived terms
    * (l)


    (en noun)
  • The act of breaking wind; fise.
  • A puffball.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) fist, from (etyl) 'five'. More at five.


    (en noun)
  • hand with the fingers clenched or curled inward
  • The boxer's fists rained down on his opponent in the last round.
  • (printing) the pointing hand symbol
  • (ham radio) the characteristic signaling rhythm of an individual telegraph or CW operator when sending Morse code
  • (slang) a person's characteristic handwriting
  • A group of men.
  • The talons of a bird of prey.
  • * Spenser
  • More light than culver in the falcon's fist .
  • (informal) An attempt at something.
  • * 2005 , Darryl N. Davis, Visions of Mind: Architectures for Cognition and Affect (page 144)
  • With the rise of cognitive neuroscience, the time may be coming when we can make a reasonable fist of mapping down from an understanding of the functional architecture of the mind to the structural architecture of the brain.
    * bunch of fives * fist-size * ductus
    Derived terms
    * fisty * iron fist * hand over fist * fistful * rule with an iron fist


    (en verb)
  • To strike with the fist.
  • ...may not score a point with his open hand(s), but may score a point by fisting the ball.'' Damian Cullen. "Running the rule." ''The Irish Times 18 Aug 2003, pg. 52.
  • To close (the hand) into a fist.
  • * 1969 , Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor , Penguin 2011, p. 29:
  • He noticed Ada's trick of hiding her fingernails by fisting her hand or stretching it with the palm turned upward when helping herself to a biscuit.
  • To grip with a fist.
  • * 1851 ,
  • I am an officer; but, how I wish I could fist a bit of old-fashioned beef in the fore-castle, as I used to when I was before the mast.
  • (slang) To fist-fuck.
  • See also

    * knuckle * punch


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    (en noun)
  • An authoritative command or order to do something; an effectual decree.
  • * 1788 , Alexander Hamilton,
  • The reflection that the fate of a fellow-creature depended on his sole fiat , would naturally inspire scrupulousness and caution; [...]
  • (English law) A warrant of a judge for certain processes.
  • (English law) An authority for certain proceedings given by the Lord Chancellor's signature.
  • Derived terms

    * fiat money * fiat currency


    (en verb)
  • (jargon used in academic debate) To make (something) happen.
  • References

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