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A triangular staysail set forward of the mast.
- ‘I have seen others opt for a cutter-type arrangement leaving the small jib and adding a genoa.’
- ‘With smooth proficiency, the trimmers backed the jib, and the mainsail was eased, swinging the bow around.’
- ‘Though there were as many misses as hits, the main sail, jib, and one other were burning.’
- ‘They were long open boats with a large spritsail and jib.’
- ‘The rig is fractional and most boats were sold with a mainsail and 120% jib as standard equipment.’
2The projecting arm of a crane.
- ‘A few seagulls circled, squawked at Joe, and two pigeons on the crane's jib watched him intently.’
- ‘It involves the employment of a second lift cylinder on the jib or secondary boom.’
- ‘Either can be equipped with hydraulic jibs; this gives the operator extended horizontal and vertical reach on both of the cranes.’
- ‘‘I first saw the jib and then it just crashed into the premises,’ he said.’
- ‘In its ordinary sense it conveys to us an item of plant with a projecting boom or jib over which are braced lifting wires and pulleys.’
- ‘Over the hangar mouth the jib of the winch can be spotted.’
- ‘The immediate area around the crane is still cordoned off for safety reasons, due to the risk of parts of the broken jib falling.’
- ‘The driver, who left the scene after the accident, jumped from the cab just seconds before the jib of the crane plunged down onto the seashore.’
- ‘The jib or projecting arm of a crane probably derives from gibbet, and gibe and gybe are often written jibe.’
- ‘They nested at the jib's end last spring, and have come back again.’
- ‘In that post I said that I managed to delete the photo of the JCB with the jib extended.’
- ‘At least we know the roller-furled jib works, though overall it isn't exactly a great advert for Sunfast (the makers of the yacht).’
- ‘As I mentioned before, I could not get the model to turn in a reasonable circle with the canard jibs alone, either in a glide or under electric power.’
- ‘In yesterday's windy conditions, the front jib of the crane dangled at the former gasometer site, the damaged part swaying towards buildings.’
- ‘Overhead power cables broke the fall of the crane as the jib of the machine tore a gaping hole in the roof of the single storey premises.’
- ‘The wreck lay intact on its port side, its masts and crane jibs spreading themselves across the sand and gravel seabed.’
- ‘Finally, after setting down a bundle of rebar, the crane operator did not raise the jib line all the way back to the top.’
- ‘The 20-foot placing jib both rotates and articulates, allowing access to the pump discharge around corners and through windows.’
- ‘The crane jib came to rest on the pontoon narrowly missing a civilian shipwright working beside Young Endeavour.’
- ‘With three telescopic boom sections and an articulating jib, sections of pump hose are added as needed to accommodate the distance to placement.’
Mid 17th century: of unknown origin.
1 (of an animal, especially a horse) stop and refuse to go on.‘he jibbed at the final fence’
stop at, stop short at, baulk at, shy at, retreat fromView synonyms
- ‘The horses slithered down the shallow bank and onto the glassy surface at a rapid trot, but the black was mistrustful of the insecure footing and jibbed skittishly.’
- 1.1(of a person) be unwilling to do or accept something.‘he jibs at paying large bills’
baulk at, fight shy of, shy away from, recoil from, shrink from, draw back from, stop short ofView synonyms
- ‘But, although I jib slightly at the supernatural Skellig's curative powers and the sentimental conclusion, the story has legs as well as wings.’
- ‘Others have jibbed at this categorisation, but I remain of the opinion that this would be the effect in legal terms of the view that no further resolution is required.’
- ‘No doubt, some purists will still jib at this usage.’
- ‘The amount cab owners pay for their licence could include a free access card, although few would jib at the £7 annual fee required to become a ‘gate’ user.’
- ‘Dealing with declaration one, I understood that you were jibbing at the word ‘unlawfully’ in Mr Clayton's draft.’
- ‘American scholars have jibbed at adopting this usage, and many prefer terms without the denotative baggage of caste, such as ‘status groups.’’
- ‘It jibbed at invading England in 1940, though it did undertake a number of amphibious operations in the Baltic Sea in June 1941, and later in the Black Sea.’
- ‘That is why we jib slightly the description of this case as a negligent misstatement case.’
- ‘So he would just throw himself into his collar and it would never occur to him to jib or give up.’
- ‘Mr. Gilmartin jibbed and commented that the demand made the Mafia look like monks.’
- ‘One may jib, like George Orwell, at Greene's belief that a brutally stupid gangster is capable of intellectual subtlety.’
- ‘Perhaps if the heroic hymnic patriotism had been proposed, the sarcastic young firebrand of the piano concerto (etc.) would have jibbed.’
Early 19th century: perhaps related to French regimber (earlier regiber) to buck, rear; compare with jibe.
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