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Meaning of JIB

Pronunciation:  jib

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any triangular fore-and-aft sail (set forward of the foremast)
  2. [v]  shift from one side of the ship to the other; "The sail jibbed wildly"
  3. [v]  refuse to comply

JIB is a 3 letter word that starts with J.


 Synonyms: balk, baulk, change course, gybe, jibe, resist
 See Also: disobey, flying jib, fore-and-aft sail, sail



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Jib\, n. [Named from its shifting from side to side. See
    {Jib}, v. i.., {Jibe}.]
    1. (Naut.) A triangular sail set upon a stay or halyard
       extending from the foremast or fore-topmast to the
       bowsprit or the jib boom. Large vessels often carry
       several jibe; as, inner jib; outer jib; flying jib; etc.
    2. (Mach.) The projecting arm of a crane, from which the load
       is suspended.
    {Jib boom} (Naut.), a spar or boom which serves as an
       extension of the bowsprit. It is sometimes extended by
       another spar called the flying jib boom. [Written also
       {gib boom}.]
    {Jib crane} (Mach.), a crane having a horizontal jib on which
       a trolley moves, bearing the load.
    {Jib door} (Arch.), a door made flush with the wall, without
       dressings or moldings; a disguised door.
    {Jib header} (Naut.), a gaff-topsail, shaped like a jib; a
       jib-headed topsail.
    {Jib topsail} (Naut.), a small jib set above and outside of
       all the other jibs.
    {The cut of one's jib}, one's outward appearance. [Colloq.]
       --Sir W. Scott.
  2. \Jib\, v. i. [Connected with jibe; cf. OF. giber to shake.]
    To move restively backward or sidewise, -- said of a horse;
    to balk. [Written also {jibb}.] [Eng.]
  3. \Jib\, n.
    1. One that jibs, or balks; a jibber.
    2. A stationary condition; a standstill.
  4. \Jib\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Jibbed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Jibbing}.] Also Jibb \Jibb\ [Cf. {Jib} a sail, {Gybe}.]
    (Chiefly Naut.)
    To shift, or swing round, as a sail, boom, yard, etc., as in
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