gib

gib

1 [gib]
noun
1.
a hooked prolongation that develops during the spawning season on the lower jaw of a male salmon or trout.
2.
Machinery.
a.
a thin, wedgelike strip of metal for controlling the area in which a moving part, as the table of a milling machine, slides.
b.
a keylike part having a head at each end, used with a matching cotter as a fastening. See diag. under exploded view.
3.
(in carpentry or ironwork) a heavy metal strap for fastening two members together.
verb (used with object), gibbed, gibbing.
4.
to fasten (parts) together by means of a gib.

Origin:
1555–65; origin uncertain

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gib

2 [gib]
noun
1.
a cat, especially a male cat.
2.
a castrated cat.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English gib(be), short for Gilbert proper name

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gib1 (ɡɪb)
 
n
1.  a metal wedge, pad, or thrust bearing, esp a brass plate let into a steam engine crosshead
 
vb , gibs, gibbing, gibbed
2.  (tr) to fasten or supply with a gib
 
[C18: of unknown origin]

gib2 (ɡɪb)
 
n
a male cat, esp a castrated one
 
[C14: probably a shortening and alteration of the proper name Gilbert]

Gib (dʒɪb)
 
n
an informal name for Gibraltar

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