- (of a cat) castrated.
Origin of gibbed
- 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
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Examples from the Web for gibbed
A gibbed slide rest is held to the shears by gibs, as in Fig. 621.
She sprang before Aminta to stop her retreat, and stamped and gibbed, for sign that she would not be driven.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
A frame consisting of two parts, f, f′, is gibbed to the edge of the shears at g and h.
This base has a slide way in which a gibbed slide carrying a head is free to travel longitudinally.
It is gibbed to the bed plate z by the gib f, which is so constructed as to be free from dirt.
- 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
Word Origin and History for gibbed
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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