Definitions for: Gin


[n] a form of rummy in which a player can go out if the cards remaining in their hand total less than 10 points
[n] a machine that separates the seeds from raw cotton fibers
[n] a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a noose
[n] strong liquor flavored with juniper berries
[v] trap with a gin; "gin game"
[v] separate the seeds from (cotton) with a cotton gin



Webster (1913) Definition: Gin, prep. [AS. ge['a]n. See Again.]
Against; near by; towards; as, gin night. [Scot.] --A. Ross
(1778).


Gin, conj. [See Gin, prep.]
If. [Scotch] --Jamieson.


Gin, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gan, Gon (?), or Gun (?);
p. pr. & vb. n. Ginning.] [OE. ginnen, AS. ginnan (in
comp.), prob. orig., to open, cut open, cf. OHG. inginnan to
begin, open, cut open, and prob. akin to AS. g[=i]nan to
yawn, and E. yawn. ? See Yawn, v. i., and cf. Begin.]
To begin; -- often followed by an infinitive without to; as,
gan tell. See Gan. [Obs. or Archaic] ``He gan to pray.''
--Chaucer.


Gin, n. [Contr. from Geneva. See 2d Geneva.]
A strong alcoholic liquor, distilled from rye and barley, and
flavored with juniper berries; -- also called Hollands and
Holland gin, because originally, and still very
extensively, manufactured in Holland. Common gin is usually
flavored with turpentine.


Gin, n. [A contraction of engine.]
1. Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare. --Chaucer.
Spenser.

2.
(a) A machine for raising or moving heavy weights,
consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the
top, with a windlass, pulleys, ropes, etc.
(b) (Mining) A hoisting drum, usually vertical; a whim.

3. A machine for separating the seeds from cotton; a cotton
gin.

Note: The name is also given to an instrument of torture
worked with screws, and to a pump moved by rotary
sails.

Gin block, a simple form of tackle block, having one wheel,
over which a rope runs; -- called also whip gin,
rubbish pulley, and monkey wheel.

Gin power, a form of horse power for driving a cotton gin.


Gin race, or Gin ring, the path of the horse when putting
a gin in motion. --Halliwell.

Gin saw, a saw used in a cotton gin for drawing the fibers
through the grid, leaving the seed in the hopper.

Gin wheel.
(a) In a cotton gin, a wheel for drawing the fiber through
the grid; a brush wheel to clean away the lint.
(b) (Mining) the drum of a whim.


Gin, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ginned; p. pr. & vb. n.
Ginning.]
1. To catch in a trap. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

2. To clear of seeds by a machine; as, to gin cotton.

Synonyms: cotton gin, gin rummy, knock rummy, noose, snare

See Also: bathtub gin, booze, disunite, divide, ensnare, entrap, geneva, gin and it, gin and tonic, hard drink, hard liquor, Holland gin, Hollands, John Barleycorn, juniper berries, liquor, machine, martini, part, pink lady, rum, rummy, separate, slipknot, sloe gin, snare, spirits, strong drink, trammel, trap, trap

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