Gin block
Gin Gin, n. [A contraction of engine.] [1913 Webster] 1. Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare. --Chaucer. Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. (a) A machine for raising or moving heavy weights, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with a windlass, pulleys, ropes, etc. (b) (Mining) A hoisting drum, usually vertical; a whim. [1913 Webster]

3. A machine for separating the seeds from cotton; a cotton gin. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is also given to an instrument of torture worked with screws, and to a pump moved by rotary sails. [1913 Webster]

{Gin block}, a simple form of tackle block, having one wheel, over which a rope runs; -- called also {whip gin}, {rubbish pulley}, and {monkey wheel}.

{Gin power}, a form of horse power for driving a cotton gin.

{Gin race}, or {Gin ring}, the path of the horse when putting a gin in motion. --Halliwell.

{Gin saw}, a saw used in a cotton gin for drawing the fibers through the grid, leaving the seed in the hopper.

{Gin wheel}. (a) In a cotton gin, a wheel for drawing the fiber through the grid; a brush wheel to clean away the lint. (b) (Mining) the drum of a whim. [1913 Webster]


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  • gin block — noun Etymology: gin (II) : an iron or steel tackle block containing one or more pulleys * * * /jin/, Mach. a block having a large sheave in an open metal frame, used esp. to support a cargo whip. [1870 75] …   Useful english dictionary

  • gin block — /jin/, Mach. a block having a large sheave in an open metal frame, used esp. to support a cargo whip. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • Gin — Gin, n. [A contraction of engine.] [1913 Webster] 1. Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare. Chaucer. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) A machine for raising or moving heavy weights, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gin power — Gin Gin, n. [A contraction of engine.] [1913 Webster] 1. Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare. Chaucer. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) A machine for raising or moving heavy weights, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gin race — Gin Gin, n. [A contraction of engine.] [1913 Webster] 1. Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare. Chaucer. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) A machine for raising or moving heavy weights, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gin ring — Gin Gin, n. [A contraction of engine.] [1913 Webster] 1. Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare. Chaucer. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) A machine for raising or moving heavy weights, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gin saw — Gin Gin, n. [A contraction of engine.] [1913 Webster] 1. Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare. Chaucer. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) A machine for raising or moving heavy weights, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gin wheel — Gin Gin, n. [A contraction of engine.] [1913 Webster] 1. Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare. Chaucer. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) A machine for raising or moving heavy weights, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gin pole — noun 1. : any one of the three poles of a hoisting gin 2. : a single pole held in a nearly vertical position by guys that supports a block and tackle used for lifting loads * * * gin pole, a pole, secured by guy ropes, to the top of which tackle… …   Useful english dictionary

  • whip gin — Gin Gin, n. [A contraction of engine.] [1913 Webster] 1. Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare. Chaucer. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) A machine for raising or moving heavy weights, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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