• A few of the many artifacts relating to fishing unearthed at Jamestown: fishhooks, fish-gigs, and lead net weights
    A few of the many artifacts relating to fishing unearthed at Jamestown: fishhooks, fish-gigs, and lead net weights
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gig a booking for musicians "they played a gig in New Jersey"
    • n gig small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood
    • n gig tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain
    • n gig long and light rowing boat; especially for racing
    • n gig a cluster of hooks (without barbs) that is drawn through a school of fish to hook their bodies; used when fish are not biting
    • n gig an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gig jĭg or gĭg A fiddle.
    • n Gig A kind of spear or harpoon. See Fishgig.
    • Gig A light carriage, with one pair of wheels, drawn by one horse; a kind of chaise.
    • Gig (Naut) A long, light rowboat, generally clinkerbuilt, and designed to be fast; a boat appropriated to the use of the commanding officer; as, the captain's gig .
    • n Gig A playful or wanton girl; a giglot.
    • Gig (Mach) A rotatory cylinder, covered with wire teeth or teasels, for teaseling woolen cloth.
    • Gig A top or whirligig; any little thing that is whirled round in play. "Thou disputest like an infant; go, whip thy gig ."
    • v. t Gig gĭg To engender.
    • v. t Gig To fish with a gig.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gig A fiddle.
    • n gig A whirling or rustling sound, as that made by the blowing of wind through the branches of trees.
    • n gig Something that is whirled or moves or acts with rapidity and ease. Specifically — A top; a whirligig.
    • n gig A light carriage with one pair of wheels and drawn by one horse; a one-horse chaise.
    • n gig Nautical, a long narrow rowing-boat, very lightly built, adapted for racing; also, a ship's boat suited for fast rowing, and generally furnished with sails: in the United States navy, a single-banked boat, usually pulling six oars, devoted to the use of the commanding officer.
    • n gig A machine consisting of rotatory cylinders covered with wire teeth for teazeling woolen cloth. See gigging-machine.
    • n gig Sport; fun; lively time.
    • gig To move up and down or spin round; wriggle.
    • gig To fasten the leather strap to the shield.
    • gig In machinery, to use a gig or gigging-machine. See gig, n., 3 .
    • gig To move lightly or rapidly; impart a free, easy motion to.
    • n gig A fishing-spear; a fishgig.
    • n gig A device for taking fish, a kind of pulldevil designed to be dragged through the water. For mackerel, four large barbless fish-hooks are tied back to back, or secured in that position to a piece of wood on which the fishing-line is bent. When mackerel are schooling alongside a vessel but refuse to bite, the gig is thrown out beyond them, allowed to sink a little, and then jerked quickly through the school. Sometimes several fish are caught at once by this method, which is called gigging.
    • gig To spear with a gig, as a fish.
    • gig To fish with a gig or fishgig.
    • n gig A wanton, silly girl; a flighty person. See giglet.
    • gig To engender.
    • n gig In machine-shop practice, a portable appliance for holding a piece of metal upon a machine and presenting it, successively, in two or more positions, to the cutting-tools: also used to assist in guiding the tools to the work. It is made in many forms and is used upon a great variety of machines. It is commonly employed in making standard parts of machines, tools, or motors.
    • n gig In policy, a special combination of three numbers. See policy, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gig gig a light, two-wheeled carriage: a long, light boat:
    • n Gig gig (U.S.) sport, fun
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  • Ernest Hemingway
    “You make your own luck, Gig. You know what makes a good loser? Practice.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. gīgja, fiddle, MHG. gīge, G. geige, Icel. geiga, to take a wrong direction, rove at random, and E. jig,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. gigge, a whirling thing (cf. Whirligig); prob. related to Ice. geiga, to turn in a wrong direction. Cf. Jig.


In literature:

Call the gig's crew away, Mr Foley, and pull in to ascertain what he wants.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
When she got a short distance only from the boat, the captain ordered the sails to be clewed up, and the gig to be lowered.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
In the meantime, the gig with the wounded man had been hoisted up.
"Twice Lost" by W.H.G. Kingston
As we stepped on shore, Mr Harvey directed the gig to return without delay to the frigate.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
This afternoon I landed in the gig, and went up through the gate into the town, but I could not find anyone who spoke English.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
Instead of passing them the gig was steered straight for the boat, and Ruby saw that it was full of men-of-war's men.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
He was taken into the gig, and by this means escaped a sad death.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
He put the boy away from his knees, because he heard the gig coming round.
"The Crofton Boys" by Harriet Martineau
The Captain's gig was the smallest and lightest, and hung near the bow ready to launch.
"The Enchanted Island" by Fannie Louise Apjohn
We went gigging fish too.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various

In poetry:

"Come, lower the Admiral's gig," he cried,
"And over the dancing waves I'll glide;
That low obeisance I may do
To those three kings of Chickeraboo!"
"The Three Kings of Chickeraboo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
VI. I think 'tis somewhere clearly proved
That some great royal prophet loved
A little gig;
And though with warrior fire he glow'd,
The prowess of his heel he shew'd
In many a jig!
"The Irish Jig" by Sydney Owenson
V. New honours to the saint be given
Who taught us first to dance to heaven!
I'm sure of gig,
And laugh and fun , his soul was made,
And that he often danced and play'd
An Irish jig.
"The Irish Jig" by Sydney Owenson
VIII. But I (so little my ambition)
Will fairly own, in meek submission,
(And with some gig)
That for no HOLY head I burn;
One poor LAY heart would serve MY turn
For well danced jig.
"The Irish Jig" by Sydney Owenson
VII. Nay, somewhere too I know they tell
How a fair maiden danced so well,
With so much gig,
That (I can scarce believe the thing)
She won a saint's head from a king For one short jig!
"The Irish Jig" by Sydney Owenson
IX. Since then we know from "truths divine,"
That saints and patriarchs did incline
To fun and gig,
Why let us laugh and dance for ever,
And still support with best endeavour
The Irish Jig.
"The Irish Jig" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

But she pressed on, landing a gig at a fish fry that very weekend.
What job crisis?Columbia Law School managed to get 99 percent of its graduates a gig within nine months of leaving — the top rate among law schools nationally, according to the latest.
Song comes from one of singer's last gigs, in November 2002.
Kamau Bell launches weekly late-night TV comedy gig on FX, with help of mentor Chris Rock.
We've got everything from rock and metal to bluegrass and a rescheduled industrial-instrumental gig.
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr prevailed on Wednesday night's finale of NBC's America's Got Talent, taking home $1 million and a contract to headline a trio of gigs at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
A little rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm of those who braved the elements Saturday morning for a ceremonial groundbreaking on a new Gig Harbor stake center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints .
Chad Kimball, president of L.A.–based apparel brand Obvious Clothing, has an unusual side gig even by La-la Land standards.
Aerosmith star Joey Kramer has befriended a one-legged fan who hurled his prosthetic limb onstage at a gig in a desperate bid to meet the band.
Justin Timberlake jetted to Fayetteville, Arkansas this week for an extra-special gig at the town's Bud Walton Arena -- hosting the Walmart Corporation's Annual Shareholders' meeting.
Wolfgang Puck, celebrity chef and restaurant mogul, likes his new gig as a judge on Bravo's "Top Chef," which begins its 10th season at 9 pm Wednesday, because he knows the contestants are often intimidated by him.
Heart Kicks Off 'Red Velvet Car' Album with Lilith Fair Gigs.
To clear his mind and pay the bills, he takes a gig as a limo driver.
Ron Fair's Next Moves: A&R Gig on 'The Voice'.

In science:

The GIG thus built is a tuple hV ′ , Σ, P ′ , S i, where V ′ equals V ∪ {X } and P ′ is the set of GIG-rules just described.
Graph Interpolation Grammars as Context-Free Automata
It is easy to prove by induction that the derivation produced by this GIG is a leftmost derivation of G.
Graph Interpolation Grammars as Context-Free Automata
Proof outline Now it has been shown that every CFL not containing ǫ is recognized by some GIG, it remains to show that there are languages which can be recognized by Graph Interpolation Grammars but not by Context-Free Grammars.
Graph Interpolation Grammars as Context-Free Automata
Thus, conversion to 2-tiered form is semantically neutral, and it seems therefore legitimate to say that GIGs are strongly equivalent to CFGs on the class of CFLs, even though the derivations obtained with a GIG are necessarily 2-tiered.
Graph Interpolation Grammars as Context-Free Automata
In this sense, the following theorem asserts the strong equivalence of GIGs and CFGs on the class of CFLs.
Graph Interpolation Grammars as Context-Free Automata