- cotton gin.
- a trap or snare for game.
- any of various machines employing simple tackle or windlass mechanisms for hoisting.
- a stationary prime mover having a drive shaft rotated by horizontal beams pulled by horses walking in a circle.
- to clear (cotton) of seeds with a gin.
- to snare (game).
Origin of gin2
- to begin.
Origin of gin3
- Also called gin rummy. a variety of rummy for two players, in which a player with 10 or fewer points in unmatched cards can end the game by laying down the hand.
- the winning of such a game by laying down a full set of matched cards, earning the winner a bonus of 20 or 25 points.
- to win a game in gin by laying down a hand in which all 10 cards are included in sets.
Origin of gin4
Examples from the Web for ginning
Politics is a coalitions game, and Cuccinelli appears more focused on ginning up his base than on building upon it.Ken Cuccinelli’s Incredibly Lackluster Campaign
October 7, 2013
In effect, an overreaching administration and a supine FISC are ginning up a secret constitution.The Secret FISA Court Must Go
Jennifer Granick, Christopher Sprigman
July 24, 2013
Ginning up enthusiasm for the Barack of 2012 has been a much, much tougher haul.SEIU, AFL-CIO Driving Obama’s Ground Game
November 1, 2012
But when the pool of persuadable voters is smaller than usual, “then ginning up enthusiasm is the name of the game,” said Galston.Democrats Push Envelope on Abortion, Drop Insistence That It Be Rare
September 15, 2012
Already rumors are rife in Islamabad that the U.S. may be ginning up another U.S. SEAL raid to swoop in and snatch him to freedom.Pakistan Sentences Shakil Afridi to 30 Years, Sends U.S. Clear Signal
Ron Moreau, Sami Yousafzai
May 24, 2012
Thus there are collecting, ginning and baling, as preliminary processes.The Story of the Cotton Plant
I visited the cotton-house, where about a dozen of the people were ginning cotton.
Then I began to pay off the women for ginning and preparing their cotton.
So my plans for ginning cotton here are postponed for a while.
The preparation of the cotton for ginning goes on very slowly.
- an alcoholic drink obtained by distillation and rectification of the grain of malted barley, rye, or maize, flavoured with juniper berries
- any of various grain spirits flavoured with other fruit or aromatic essencessloe gin
- an alcoholic drink made from any rectified spirit
- a primitive engine in which a vertical shaft is turned by horses driving a horizontal beam or yoke in a circle
- Also called: cotton gin a machine of this type used for separating seeds from raw cotton
- a trap for catching small mammals, consisting of a noose of thin strong wire
- a hand-operated hoist that consists of a drum winder turned by a crank
- to free (cotton) of seeds with a gin
- to trap or snare (game) with a gin
- an archaic word for begin
- Scot if
- Australian offensive, slang an Aboriginal woman
Word Origin and History for ginning
in slang phrase gin up "enliven, make more exciting," 1887, probably from earlier ginger up in same sense (1849), from ginger in sense of "spice, pizzazz;" specifically in reference to the treatment described in the 1811 slang dictionary under the entry for feague:
... to put ginger up a horse's fundament, and formerly, as it is said, a live eel, to make him lively and carry his tail well; it is said, a forfeit is incurred by any horse-dealer's servant, who shall shew a horse without first feaguing him. Feague is used, figuratively, for encouraging or spiriting one up.
"to begin," c.1200, ginnen, shortened form of beginnen (see begin).
"type of distilled drinking alcohol," 1714, shortening of geneva, altered (by influence of the similarity of the name of the Swiss city, with which it has no other connection) from Dutch genever "juniper" (because the alcohol was flavored with its berries), from Old French genevre, from Vulgar Latin *jeniperus, from Latin juniperus "juniper" (see juniper). Gin and tonic attested by 1873; gin-sling by 1790. Card game gin rummy first attested 1941 (described in "Life" that year as the latest Hollywood fad).
"machine for separating cotton from seeds," 1796, American English, used earlier of various other machineries, from Middle English gin "ingenious device, contrivance" (c.1200), from Old French gin "machine, device, scheme," shortened form of engin, from Latin ingenium (see engine). The verb in this sense is recorded from 1789.