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Meaning of JIG

Pronunciation:  jig

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping
  2. [n]  music in three-four time for dancing a jig
  3. [v]  dance a jig
 

JIG is a 3 letter word that starts with J.

 

 See Also: ballroom music, dance, dance music, danceroom music, folk dance, folk dancing, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Jig\, n. [OF. gigue a stringed instrument, a kind of dance,
    F. gigue dance, tune, gig; of German origin; cf. MHG. g[=i]ge
    fiddle, G. geige. Cf. {Gig} a fiddle, {Gig} a whirligig.]
    1. (Mus.) A light, brisk musical movement.
    
             Hot and hasty, like a Scotch jib.     -- Shak.
    
    3. A light, humorous piece of writing, esp. in rhyme; a farce
       in verse; a ballad. [Obs.]
    
             A jig shall be clapped at, and every rhyme Praised
             and applauded.                        --Beau. & Fl.
    
    4. A piece of sport; a trick; a prank. [Obs.]
    
             Is't not a fine jig, A precious cunning, in the late
             Protector?                            -- Beau & Fl.
    
    5. A trolling bait, consisting of a bright spoon and a hook
       attached.
    
    6. (Mach.)
       (a) A small machine or handy tool; esp.: (Metal Working) A
           contrivance fastened to or inclosing a piece of work,
           and having hard steel surfaces to guide a tool, as a
           drill, or to form a shield or templet to work to, as
           in filing.
       (b) (Mining) An apparatus or a machine for jigging ore.
    
    {Drill jig}, a jig for guiding a drill. See {Jig}, 6
       (a) .
    
    {Jig drilling}, {Jig filing} (Metal Working), a process of
       drilling or filing in which the action of the tool is
       directed or limited by a jig.
    
    {Jig saw}, a sawing machine with a narrow, vertically
       reciprocating saw, used to cut curved and irregular lines,
       or ornamental patterns in openwork, a scroll saw; --
       called also {gig saw}.
    
    
  2. \Jig\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Jigged}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Jigging}.]
    1. To sing to the tune of a jig.
    
             Jig off a tune at the tongue's end.   -- Shak.
    
    2. To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude. --Ford.
    
    3. (Mining) To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve.
       See {Jigging}, n.
    
    4. (Metal Working) To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a
       jigging machine.
    
    
  3. \Jig\, v. i.
    To dance a jig; to skip about.
    
          You jig, you amble, and you lisp.        -- Shak.
    
    
  4. \Jig\, v. i.
    To move with a skip or rhythm; to move with vibrations or
    jerks.
    
          The fin would jig off slowly, as if it were looking for
          nothing at all.                          --Kipling.
    
    
 
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