Definitions of jib

  1. refuse to comply
  2. shift from one side of the ship to the other; " The sail jibbed wildly"
  3. any triangular fore- and- aft sail ( set forward of the foremast)
  4. 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.
  5. The projecting arm of a crane, from which the load is suspended.
  6. One that jibs, or balks; a jibber.
  7. A stationary condition; a standstill.
  8. Alt. of Jibb
  9. To move restively backward or sidewise, - said of a horse; to balk.
  10. A large three cornered sail projecting beyond the edge of the vessel; the projecting arm or beam of a crane.
  11. To move restlessly backwards or sideways: a d of a horse.
  12. Jibbed.
  13. Jibbing.
  14. A triangular sail borne in front of the foremast in a ship, so called from its shifting of itself.
  15. To shift a boom sail from one tack to the other.
  16. To move restively.
  17. Triangular sail in front of the foremast.
  18. A triangular sail extending from the foretopmast head to the jib boom or the bowsprit.
  19. The foremost sail of a ship, extending from the outer end of the jib- boom toward the fore- top- mast- head.
  20. To shift a boom- sail from one side of a vessel to the other.
  21. To move restively hackwards or sideways. Flying jib, a sail sometimes set upon a boom rigged out beyond the jib- boom. Middle jib, a similar sail set between the two preceding.
  22. The foremost sail of a ship, which shifts of itself from side to side as required by the wind; the projecting beam of a crane.
  23. To move restively sidewise or backward, as a horse.

Usage examples for jib

  1. Clearly the jib- sails which made it a field- tent were intended to serve also as the pockets of the hold- all. – A Journal of Impressions in Belgium by May Sinclair
  2. They'll go till they drop if they like the job, and if they don't, it's nothing but jib- jib- jib. – The Fugitive (Third Series Plays) by John Galsworthy
  3. Having thus lost the benefit of her head sail, she rounded to, and her jib- boom came in contact with our fore rigging. – The Portland Sketch Book by Various
  4. Don't know, Major, but p'raps she wish make you understand that she like cut of your jib. – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  5. Hard down with the helm- fly the jib- sheet- check headbraces- look out now, my lads." – Newton Forster by Frederick Marryat
  6. The brig's helm being jammed hard down, the graceful craft flew up into the wind with a broad sheer, and soon she rose and fell on the waves under her main- topsail, jib, and boom- mainsail, her foresail hanging in the brails, and her foretopsail still flying loose. – The Ruined Cities of Zululand by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
  7. I am a very good judge of seamen, remember, and I don't like the cut of this man's jib. – The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  8. The stream was strong and up to our knees, and level with the tonga floor, and the horses getting frightened began to jib. – A Holiday in the Happy Valley with Pen and Pencil by T. R. Swinburne
  9. " Then," said the skipper, " we will haul the fore- sheet to windward, let our jib- sheets flow, and wait a quarter of an hour to see what comes of it. – The Log of a Privateersman by Harry Collingwood
  10. The boom was topped- up in a moment, the jib- sheet let fly, and the boat's nose ran crashing through the sedges which in this part fringed the bank. – The Bushman Life in a New Country by Edward Wilson Landor
  11. The schooner trembled to her keel under the reverse, but next moment, the other sails still drawing, the jib flapped back again and hung idle. – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  12. I like the cut of the boy's jib, so say yes or no- how is it to be? – Seven Frozen Sailors by George Manville Fenn
  13. The waves got bigger too, and begun sloppin' over the bow, up where Ferdie was managin' the jib. – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  14. Scarcely had we set the storm jib than the wind struck it, and away we flew over the now fast- rising seas. – A Yacht Voyage Round England by W.H.G. Kingston
  15. At one time Trask thought the delay in getting on was due to Peth, for the mate was most deliberate in going about, and it was half an hour after the order had been given to put the schooner on a new tack before Peth got down his jib and shouted for a lee helm. – Isle o' Dreams by Frederick F. Moore
  16. Hammond and me dodged around the deckhouse; the Malays broke and run, one up the main rigging, two down the fo'castle hatch and one out on the jib- boom. – Cape Cod Stories The Old Home House by Joseph C. Lincoln
  17. He pulled the sail out, unfolded it, and found it to be the jib of some schooner. – Lost in the Fog by James De Mille
  18. Ah, my friend, I know the cut of your jib, I fancy. – Captain Dieppe by Anthony Hope
  19. Caliban, get a jib loosed! – The Pirate Woman by Aylward Edward Dingle
  20. I trembled as I saw the third mate, with several other men, taking in the jib. – Old Jack by W.H.G. Kingston