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 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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