Definitions for: Jib


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.]


Jib, n.
1. One that jibs, or balks; a jibber.

2. A stationary condition; a standstill.


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
tacking.

Synonyms: balk, baulk, change course, gybe, jibe, resist

See Also: disobey, flying jib, fore-and-aft sail, sail

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