As he came on us the eighth time they hoisted their jib sail.
If we can h'ist the jib we can get some steerage way on her, maybe.
On his return to the deck, therefore, he ordered all hands to stand by the jib sheet while he took the helm himself.
Keep the topsails loose and the jib ready for setting, I may want the sails in a hurry.
If she tries to do the other thing run off to leeward; ease the jib sheets.
"Then you will excuse me if I go home," I added, as I hoisted the jib.
But in that short interval a jib had been blown into ribbons and the foresail torn loose from its treble reefing points.
Then the Polly was turned toward the shore and the jib was lowered.
The topsails, closely-reefed, were let fall, the fore-staysail and jib hoisted.
We kept the foresail and the jib set, and jogged on, doubling amid the ice.
"foresail of a ship," 1660s, gibb, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to gibbet, from notion of a sail "hanging" from a masthead [Barnhart, OED]. Or perhaps from jib (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (1690s), from Dutch gijben, apparently related to gijk "boom or spar of a sailing ship." Said to indicate a ship's character to an observant sailor as a strange vessel approaches at sea; also nautical slang for "face," hence cut of (one's) jib "personal appearance" (1821).
"agree, fit," 1813, of unknown origin, perhaps a figurative extension of earlier jib, gybe (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (see jib). OED, however, suggests a phonetic variant of chime, as if meaning "to chime in with, to be in harmony." Related: Jibed; jibes; jibing.
1560s, perhaps from Middle French giber "to handle roughly," or an alteration of gaber "to mock."
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