from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A plain or notched, often wedge-shaped piece of wood or metal designed to hold parts of a machine or structure in place or provide a bearing surface, usually adjusted by a screw or key.
- transitive v. To fasten with a gib.
- n. A male cat, especially a castrated one.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bolt or wedge made from wood or metal used for holding a machine part in place.
- n. A castrated male cat or ferret.
- v. To fasten in place with a gib.
- n. Miscellaneous pieces of a fragged character, most often in first-person shooters.
- v. To blast an enemy or opponent into gibs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A male cat; a tomcat.
- intransitive v. To act like a cat.
- n. A piece or slip of metal or wood, notched or otherwise, in a machine or structure, to hold other parts in place or bind them together, or to afford a bearing surface; -- usually held or adjusted by means of a wedge, key, or screw.
- transitive v. To secure or fasten with a gib, or gibs; to provide with a gib, or gibs.
- intransitive v. To balk. See jib, v. i.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hooked stick.
- n. A wooden support for the roof of a coal-mine.
- n. A piece of iron used to clasp together the pieces of wood or iron of a framing which is to be keyed.
- n. In steam-mach., a fixed wedge used with the driving-wedge or key to tighten the strap which holds the brasses at the end of a connecting-rod.
- n. The projecting arm of a crane; a gibbet. Also jib.
- n. A familiar name for a cat; hence, as a generic name, any cat, especially an old cat: commonly used for the male.
- To behave like a cat.
- To castrate, as a cat.
- To eviscerate or disembowel, as a fish. Also gip.
- n. The wedge or adjusting-shoe by which wear is taken up at a sliding contact, such as a cross-head moving on guides.
- n. A prism.
- n. The hooked mandible of the male salmon or trout which is formed during the breeding-season.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a castrated tomcat
- n. a unit of information equal to 1024 mebibytes or 2^30 (1,073,741,824) bytes
Middle English, probably short for the personal name Gilbert.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown origin (18th century) (Wiktionary)
Shortened from giblet. (Wiktionary)