- a hooked prolongation that develops during the spawning season on the lower jaw of a male salmon or trout.
- a thin, wedgelike strip of metal for controlling the area in which a moving part, as the table of a milling machine, slides.
- a keylike part having a head at each end, used with a matching cotter as a fastening.
- (in carpentry or ironwork) a heavy metal strap for fastening two members together.
- to fasten (parts) together by means of a gib.
Origin of gib1
First recorded in 1555–65; origin uncertain
- a cat, especially a male cat.
- a castrated cat.
Origin of gib2
1350–1400; Middle English gib(be), short for Gilbert proper name
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Examples from the Web for gib
De second year my business not good, and I only gib five dollars.
In Glenkindie, 'Gib, his man,' is the vile betrayer of the noble harper and his lady.The Balladists
"I s'pose ye're goin' to gib it up now, boss," said the captain.A Jolly Fellowship
Frank R. Stockton
Why did they sit back and let them grow as they pleased, Gib?Control Group
"I tink I'd better bleed him and gib him a dose ob calomel," returned Sam.Clotelle
William Wells Brown
- a metal wedge, pad, or thrust bearing, esp a brass plate let into a steam engine crosshead
- (tr) to fasten or supply with a gib
C18: of unknown origin
- a male cat, esp a castrated one
C14: probably a shortening and alteration of the proper name Gilbert
- an informal name for Gibraltar
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Word Origin and History for gib
familiar abbreviation of Gilbert. As a typical name for a cat, from c.1400.
type of iron hook, 1560s, of unknown origin. As a piece of wood or metal to hold something else in place, from 1795.
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