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council area (1993 est. pop. 351,200), 510 sq mi (1,322 sq km), and former county, E Scotland, between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay. The land rises to 1,500 ft (457 m) in the Lomond Hills. Fishing villages of great antiquity dot the eastern coast. One of Scotland's most prosperous areas, Fife has pastures and productive farmland in the central valleys of the Leven and Eden and rich coal fields in the west and east. One of the new townsnew towns,
planned urban communities in Great Britain, developed by long-term loans from the central government and first authorized by the New Towns Act of 1946. The chief purpose of the act was to reduce congestion in the great cities (or at least prevent its increase) through
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, GlenrothesGlenrothes
, town (1991 pop. 33,639), Fife, E Scotland, on the Leven River. Glenrothes was designated one of the new towns in 1948 to provide housing, community services, and increased social and economic diversity for an expanding mining area.
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 was opened there in 1959 and has since become industrially diversified. KirkcaldyKirkcaldy
, town (1991 pop. 46,356) and district, Fife, E Scotland, on the Firth of Forth. Industries textiles and furniture manufacture and light electrical engineering. Its port engages in coastal trade.
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 was a center of linoleum manufacture. Other industries are linen weaving and brewing.

Fife was once a Pictish kingdom. Saint AndrewsSaint Andrews,
town (1991 pop. 11,302), Fife, E Scotland, on the North Sea. A summer resort, it is famous for its golf courses. It was the seat of an archbishop from 908 and the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland until the Reformation. St.
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, seat of Scotland's oldest university, was the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland until the Reformation, and DunfermlineDunfermline
, city (1991 pop. 52,105), Fife, E central Scotland, on the Firth of Forth. It is a center for the manufacture of table linen and terylene, a synthetic fabric, and has silk mills, collieries, and engineering works.
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 was once a royal burgh. Under the Local Government Act of 1973, the county of Fife became a region in 1975, and in the local government reorganization of 1996, the region became a council area.


small transverse flute with six to eight finger holes adopted for military music by Swiss regiments serving in France in the late 15th cent. The fife was used in the British army until the end of the 19th cent. The piccolopiccolo,
small transverse flute pitched an octave higher than the standard flute. Its tone is bright and shrill, and it can produce the highest notes in the orchestral range. The piccolo is used in orchestras and especially in military bands. See fife.
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 has largely replaced the fife in modern use.


a small high-pitched flute similar to the piccolo and usually having no keys, used esp in military bands


a council area and historical county of E central Scotland, bordering on the North Sea between the Firths of Tay and Forth: coastal lowlands in the north and east, with several ranges of hills; mainly agricultural. Administrative centre: Glenrothes. Pop.: 352 040 (2003 est.). Area: 1323 sq. km (511 sq. miles)
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The Scottish Government has supported the taskforce with Au6 million and there is still much work to do to ensure this best supports local communities and the wider Fife economy.
Well done to East Fife for taking a stand against the abusive idiots who threaten to spoil the occasion for everyone else.
After the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Fife graduated from the UO with a degree in general sciences, he was not drafted in 2004 but signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions, the same team that had made Harrington the No.
East Fife boss Gary Naysmith said: "I thought our winner was offside but I'll take it as so many breaks have gone against us this season.
Chris Blight returned from injury at Fife last night, but Jake Morissette, Rupert Quiney, Mark Richardson and Adam Harding were all missing.
Playing at elementary schools allows the Fife and Drum Corps a great opportunity to reach today's youth," explained Staff Sgt.
After researching her family history, and finding she had a war hero as an ancestor Ms Fife decided to create an award in honour of him.
Project director Mike Small said: "It's not about eating food only from Fife, it's simply about seeing if you can increase the local food you eat.
Fife was devoted to her husband, her high school sweetheart, with whom she was married to for 54 years.
Former East Fife manager David Baikie quit earlier this week with the side sixth in the 10-team table.
David Cameron should apologise to the workers at Rosyth and the people of Fife.
Laura Weselmann, attorney with Harlowe & Falk LLP in Tacoma, Washington, provided legal services to the seller, Nissan of Fife.