What does jib mean?

Definitions for jibdʒɪb

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jib(verb)

    any triangular fore-and-aft sail (set forward of the foremast)

  2. resist, balk, baulk, jib(verb)

    refuse to comply

  3. jibe, gybe, jib, change course(verb)

    shift from one side of the ship to the other

    "The sail jibbed wildly"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jib(verb)

    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

  2. Jib(verb)

    the projecting arm of a crane, from which the load is suspended

  3. Jib(verb)

    to move restively backward or sidewise, -- said of a horse; to balk

  4. Origin: [Named from its shifting from side to side. See Jib, v. i.., Jibe.]


  1. Jib

    A jib is a triangular staysail that sets ahead of the foremast of a sailing vessel. Its tack is fixed to the bowsprit, to the bow, or to the deck between the bowsprit and the foremost mast. Jibs and spinnakers are the two main types of headsails on a modern boat.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jib

    jib, n. a triangular sail borne in front of the foremast in a ship, so called from its shifting of itself.—v.t. to shift a boom sail from one tack to the other.—v.i. to move restively.—ns. Jib′-boom, a boom or extension of the bowsprit, on which the jib is spread; Jib′-door, a door flush with the outside wall, intended to be concealed.—The cut of one's jib, appearance. [Dan. gibbe, to jib; cf. Dut. gijpen, to turn suddenly.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jib in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jib in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Brad Merriman:

    When it comes to videography, nothing beats having aerial footage, even if you have a jib crane, it's still not going to do what a drone does.

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