Gyve Gyve (j[imac]v), n. [Of Celtic origin; cf. W. gefyn, Ir. geibhionn, Gael. geimheal.] A shackle; especially, one to confine the legs; a fetter. [Written also {give}.] [1913 Webster]

Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

With gyves upon his wrist. --Hood. [1913 Webster]

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  • Give — (g[i^]v), v. t. [imp. {Gave} (g[=a]v); p. p. {Given} (g[i^]v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Giving}.] [OE. given, yiven, yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. ge[eth]an, OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth. giban. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • give — [giv] vt. gave, given, giving [ME given (with g < ON gefa, to give), yeven < OE giefan, akin to Ger geben < IE base * ghabh , to grasp, take > L habere, to have: the special Gmc sense of this base results from its use as a substitute… …   English World dictionary

  • give — ► VERB (past gave; past part. given) 1) freely transfer the possession of; cause to receive or have. 2) yield as a product or result. 3) carry out (an action). 4) cause to experience or suffer. 5) state or put forward (information or argument) …   English terms dictionary

  • Give — Give, v. i. 1. To give a gift or gifts. [1913 Webster] 2. To yield to force or pressure; to relax; to become less rigid; as, the earth gives under the feet. [1913 Webster] 3. To become soft or moist. [Obs.] Bacon . [1913 Webster] 4. To move; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • give — vt gave, giv·en, giv·ing 1 a: to make a gift of I give the remainder of my estate to my wife compare convey, sell b: to grant or bestow by formal action the law give s …   Law dictionary

  • give — UK US /ɡɪv/ verb [I or T] (past tense gave, past participle given) ► to offer something to someone or provide them with it, especially without asking for any payment: give sb sth »Can you give me a date for another appointment? give sth to sb »We …   Financial and business terms

  • give — O.E. giefan (W. Saxon) to give, bestow; allot, grant; commit, devote, entrust, class V strong verb (past tense geaf, pp. giefen), from P.Gmc. *gebanan (Cf. O.Fris. jeva, M.Du. gheven, Du. geven, O.H.G. geban, Ger. geben, Goth. giban), from PIE… …   Etymology dictionary

  • give — give; for·give; for·give·ness; mis·give; re·give; un·give; ar·give; …   English syllables

  • give — give, present, donate, bestow, confer, afford are comparable when meaning to convey something or make something over or available to another as his possession. Give is the general term meaning to pass over, deliver, or transmit something which… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • give — [v1] contribute, supply, transfer accord, administer, allow, ante up, award, bequeath, bestow, cede, come across, commit, confer, consign, convey, deed, deliver, dish out*, dispense, dispose of, dole out, donate, endow, entrust, fork over*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Give — may refer to:* Give (album), the third studio album by The Bad Plus * Give (Denmark), a small town * Give (water), charitable bottled water …   Wikipedia

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