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Definition of the noun jib

What does jib mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: jibs

  1. any triangular fore-and-aft sail (set forward of the foremast)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: fore-and-aft sail = any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction
    • more specific term: flying jib = the outermost of two or more jibs

Alternative definition of the noun jib


  1. [nautical] A triangular staysail set forward of the foremast. In a sloop (see image) the basic 'jib' reaches back roughly to the level of the mast.
  2. [nautical] Usually with a modifier, any of a variety of specialty triangular staysails set forward of the foremast.
  3. The projecting arm of a crane
  4. An object that is used for performing tricks while skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, inline skating, or biking. These objects are usually found in a terrain park or skate park.

Definition of the verb jib

What does jib mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: jibbed, jibbing

  1. refuse to comply
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of jib: balk / baulk / resist
    • more generic word: disobey = refuse to go along with; refuse to follow
  2. shift from one side of the ship to the other
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • alternative spelling: jibe
    • synonyms of jib: change course / gybe
    • more generic word: sail = travel on water propelled by wind

Alternative definition of the verb jib


  1. Of a horse, to stop and refuse to go forward.
  2. [figuratively] To stop doing something, to become reluctant to proceed with an activity.


Jib a.k.a. Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport is a joint civilian/military-use airport situated in the town of Ambouli. It serves Djibouti City, the capital of Djibouti. The airport is located approximately 6 kilometres from the city centre. The airport occupies an area of 10 square kilometers. Beside the airport proper, this includes a V.I.P terminal for prime ministers and presidents.

  • also known as Djibouti-Ambouli Airport
  • part of Djibouti


  1. Jib a.k.a. Tiwa Moeithaisong is a film director, film editor, cinematographer, and screenwriter.
  2. Jib a.k.a. Jib Pocthier is an actor.
  3. Jib a.k.a. Pokchat Thiamchai is an actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Byeon In Jib, Jib Polhemus, Park Yong-Jib, Seung-jib Heo, Jib Fronabarger.


  1. Jib is a fictional character from the 2009 film Force of Five.
  2. Jib is a fictional character from the 2012 romantic comedy film ATM.
  3. Jib is a fictional character from the 2006 film Khao Chon Kai.


"Jib" is a film, directed by Thor Wixom.


  1. Jib: In cinematography, a jib is a boom device with a camera on one end, and a counterweight and camera controls on the other. It operates like a see-saw, but with the balance point located close to the counterweight, so that the camera end of the arm can move through an extended arc. A jib permits the camera to be moved vertically, horizontally, or a combination of the two. A jib is often mounted on a tripod or similar support.
  2. Jib a.k.a. Jibu Language: Jibu is a Jukunoid language of Nigeria.
    • also known as Jibanci, Jibawa

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Jib

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Google previewBroken Seas (2012)

True Tales of Extraordinary Seafaring Adventures by Marlin Bree

equally likely explanation for Plant's using the storm jib is that the autopilots were not functioning due to the power failure. This would have required Plant to steer the vessel manually. Flying the storm jib would have made the Coyote easier ...

Google preview[digital] Visual Effects and Compositing (2014)

by Jon Gress

Jib: A jib is a constructed, counterweighted, extending arm that lifts and lowers a camera to accomplish crane movements. Steadicam: A steadicam is a gyroscopically stabilized harness device worn by an operator that allows for smooth, fluid ...

Google previewInventing English (2012)

A Portable History of the Language by Seth Lerer

The Middle English word prison, for example, is a loan word from French; the Modern English word jib is a loan word from Dutch. The word Schadenfreude, however, is not a loan word, as its English users recognize it as a German word and ...

Google previewThe Outdoor Handy Book (2008)

For Playground, Field, and Forest by Daniel Carter Beard

The jib is a simple affair hooked on a ...

Google previewThe Aftermath (2003)

A Novel of Survival by Samuel C. Florman

The jib is the small one in front. This could have been your typical pleasure yacht. There used to be plenty of them sailing between Durban and Madagascar—it's only about two hundred fifty miles across. The waters are called the Mozambique ...

Google previewHow come? How so? That's how things travel (2008)

the wonderful ways in which the world moves by R P Subramanian

The jib is a smaller, fixed sail, usually triangular in shape, which adds to the power of the mainsail.

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary for Children (2001)

by Robert B. Costello

jib. 0f%. jet engine An engine that is driven by a stream of gases. jet lag The feeling of extreme tiredness people feel after traveling a long distance through different time zones in an airplane: It took us two days to recover from jet lag.

Google previewHenley's Encyclopaedia of Practical Engineering and Allied Trades ... (1908)

Cranes are used which fulfil the varied requirements of building and fitting out ; fixed, portable, jib cranes, and derricks, overhead travelling cranes, cantilever cranes, heavy and light, endowed with greater or less degree of mobility. The earlier ...

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1875)

Being a Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering

Jib. on a stay, forward of the fore stay-sail, between the fore-top mast-head and jib-boom in large vessels. It occupies a position between the mast-head and bowsprit in cutters, schooners, and small craft, and does not necessarily run on a stay.

Google previewAcademic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology (1992)

by Christopher G. Morris, Academic Press

jib boom Mechanical Engineering, the inclined or horizontal boom or strut of a crane supported by a stationary or retractable guy wire. jib crane Mechanical Engineering, a crane, constructed on a vertical ...

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Scrabble value of J8I1B3

The value of this 3-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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