Jib \Jib\ (j[i^]b), 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 jibs; as, inner jib; outer jib; flying jib; etc. [1913 Webster]
2. (Mach.) The projecting arm of a crane, from which the load is suspended. [1913 Webster]
3. One that jibs, or balks; a jibber.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
4. A stationary condition; a standstill.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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. [1913 Webster]
Jib \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.]
[1913 Webster] Jib
Jib \Jib\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Jibbed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Also Jibb \Jibb\ [Cf. Jib a sail, Gybe.]
(Chiefly Naut.) To shift, or swing round, as a sail, boom, yard, etc., as in tacking. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
1: any triangular fore-and-aft sail (set forward of the foremast)
1: refuse to comply [syn: resist, balk, baulk, jib]
2: shift from one side of the ship to the other; "The sail jibbed wildly" [syn: jibe, gybe, jib, change course]
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