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 jibs; 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.


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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.]


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Jib (?), n.


One that jibs, or balks; a jibber.


A stationary condition; a standstill.


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Jib, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Jibbed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Jibbing.] Also Jibb. [Cf. Jib a sail, Gybe.] (Chiefly Naut.)

To shift, or swing round, as a sail, boom, yard, etc., as in tacking.


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