Jig
Jig Jig, n. [OF. gigue a stringed instrument, a kind of dance, F. gigue dance, tune, gig; of German origin; cf. MHG. g[=i]ge fiddle, G. geige. Cf. {Gig} a fiddle, {Gig} a whirligig.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Mus.) A light, brisk musical movement. [1913 Webster]

Hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A light, humorous piece of writing, esp. in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

A jig shall be clapped at, and every rhyme Praised and applauded. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

4. A piece of sport; a trick; a prank. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Is't not a fine jig, A precious cunning, in the late Protector? --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

5. A trolling bait, consisting of a bright spoon and a hook attached. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mach.) (a) A small machine or handy tool; esp.: (Metal Working) A contrivance fastened to or inclosing a piece of work, and having hard steel surfaces to guide a tool, as a drill, or to form a shield or template to work to, as in filing. (b) (Mining) An apparatus or a machine for jigging ore. [1913 Webster]

{Drill jig}, a jig for guiding a drill. See {Jig}, 6 (a) .

{Jig drilling}, {Jig filing} (Metal Working), a process of drilling or filing in which the action of the tool is directed or limited by a jig.

{Jig saw}, a sawing machine with a narrow, vertically reciprocating saw, used to cut curved and irregular lines, or ornamental patterns in openwork, a scroll saw; -- called also {gig saw}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • jig — jig·a·boo; jig·a·ma·ree; jig; jig·gered; jig·gers; jig·get; jig·gety; jig·gish; jig·gly; jig·gy; jig·man; rig·a·ma·jig; thing·um·a·jig; what·you·may·jig·ger; jig·ger; jig·gle; thing·a·ma·jig; …   English syllables

  • jig — jig1 [jig] n. [prob. < MFr giguer, to gambol, dance < gigue, a fiddle < MHG giga (akin to ON gigja) < OHG * gigan (> Ger dial. geigen), to move back and forth] 1. a) a fast, springy sort of dance, usually in triple time b) the… …   English World dictionary

  • Jig — Jig, v. i. 1. To dance a jig; to skip about. [1913 Webster] You jig, you amble, and you lisp. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To move with a skip or rhythm; to move with vibrations or jerks. The fin would jig off slowly, as if it were looking for nothing …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jig — Jig, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Jigged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Jigging}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To sing to the tune of a jig. [1913 Webster] Jig off a tune at the tongue s end. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude. Ford. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jig — (n.) lively dance, 1560s, perhaps related to M.Fr. giguer to dance, or to the source of Ger. Geige violin. Meaning piece of sport, trick is 1590s, now mainly in phrase the jig is up (first attested 1777 as the jig is over). As a verb from 1580s …   Etymology dictionary

  • jig — ● jig nom masculin (anglais jig) Appareil de concentration gravimétrique dans lequel la matière traitée est soumise à un mouvement vertical alternatif, appelé pistonnage …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Jig —   [englisch, dʒɪg], Bezeichnung für einen englisch irischen Volkstanz, der am häufigsten im 6/8 Takt, jedoch auch in einer Reihe anderer Taktarten (2/4, 2/2, 9/8, 3/8, 9/4, 6/4) vorkommt. Musikalisch handelte es sich dabei ursprünglich um… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Jig — [dʒig] die; , s <aus gleichbed. engl. jig zu altfr. giguer »tanzen, springen«>: 1. seit dem 16. Jh. auf den brit. Inseln verbreiteter Volkstanz ohne feste Form. 2. engl. Schreibung für ↑Gigue …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • jig — ► NOUN 1) a lively dance with leaping movements and music in compound time. 2) a device that guides tools and holds materials or parts securely. ► VERB (jigged, jigging) 1) dance a jig. 2) move up and down with a quick jerky motion …   English terms dictionary

  • Jig — Jig. См. Зажимное устройство. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

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