jig

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v jig dance a quick dance with leaping and kicking motions
    • n jig any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping
    • n jig a device that holds a piece of machine work and guides the tools operating on it
    • n jig a fisherman's lure with one or more hooks that is jerked up and down in the water
    • n jig music in three-four time for dancing a jig
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jig (Mus) A light, brisk musical movement. "Hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig ."
    • Jig A light, humorous piece of writing, esp. in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad. "A jig shall be clapped at, and every rhyme
      Praised and applauded."
    • Jig A piece of sport; a trick; a prank. "Is't not a fine jig ,
      A precious cunning, in the late Protector?"
    • Jig (Mach) A small machine or handy tool
    • Jig A trolling bait, consisting of a bright spoon and a hook attached.
    • Jig (Mach) An apparatus or a machine for jigging ore.
    • Jig (Metal Working) To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.
    • Jig To dance a jig; to skip about. "You jig , you amble, and you lisp."
    • Jig 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 at all."
    • Jig To sing to the tune of a jig. "Jig off a tune at the tongue's end."
    • Jig (Mining) To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve. See Jigging n.
    • Jig To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jig A rapid, irregular dance for one or more persons, performed in different ways in different countries; a modification of the country-dance.
    • n jig Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is usually triple and rapid: often used in the eighteenth century as a component of a suite.
    • n jig A lively song; a catch.
    • n jig A kind of entertainment in rime, partly sung and partly recited.
    • n jig A piece of sport; a prank; a trick.
    • n jig A small, light mechanical contrivance: same as jigger, 2: used especially in composition: as, a drilling-jig, shaving-jig, etc. Specifically— A jigging-machine.
    • jig To play or dance a jig.
    • jig To move skippingly or friskily; hop about; act or vibrate in a lively manner. Compre jigget.
    • jig To use a jig in fishing; fish with a jig: as, to jig for bluefish.
    • jig To sing in jig time; sing as a jig.
    • jig To jerk, jolt, or shake; cause to move by jogs or jolts.
    • jig To produce an up-and-down motion in.
    • jig In metallurgy, to separate the heavier metalliferous portion of (the mingled ore and rock or veinstone obtained in mining) from the lighter or earthy portions, by means of a jig or jigging-machine. The jig was originally a box with a metallic bottom perforated with holes. In this the ore was placed, and the whole was moved rapidly up and down by hand in water, thus causing the material in the box to arrange itself in layers according to its specific gravity. Jigging is now usually dune by more complicated machinery, acting continuously; but the principle remains the same. The essential feature of a jigging-machine is the admission of the water from below; in the bud the the water comes in contact with the ore from above.
    • jig To catch (a fish) by jerking a hook into its body.
    • jig In felting, to harden and condense by repeated blows from rods.
    • jig In well-boring, to drill with a spring-pole.
    • jig To trick; cheat; impose; upon; bamboozle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jig jig a quick, lively tune: a quick dance suited to the tune
    • v.i Jig to dance a jig:—pr.p. jig′ging; pa.p. jigged
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Quotations

  • Matt Groening
    Matt Groening
    “Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. gigue, a stringed instrument, a kind of dance, F. gigue, dance, tune, gig; of German origin; cf. MHG. gīge, fiddle, G. geige,. Cf. Gig a fiddle, Gig a whirligig

Usage

In literature:

It is too cruel to tag her round after me, jigging this way and that like the skiff there in our wake.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
But anyway you take it the jig's up if they want it to be.
"Mitch Miller" by Edgar Lee Masters
Merriwell felt that "the jig was up" with him.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
He was beginning to have a shadowy idea of the relation of pieces in his jig-saw puzzle.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
It seemed as if I was dancing in my sleep, but I would not give up and jigged him down.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
She began to cripple and jig most painfully for one of her size and dignity.
"Little Miss Grouch" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Tom and Harry danced a jig for sheer joy.
"The Grammar School Boys of Gridley" by H. Irving Hancock
Just watch once and see the silly jig they dance around a lamp.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
He certainly snatched you out of a damn bad hole in jig time.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
Then Tom did a jig in his delight.
"The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle" by Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
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In poetry:

Ah it is so very big,
And we are so very small!
So we dance a fairy jig
To the fiddle's rise and fall.
"A Lover's Quarrel Among the Fairies" by William Butler Yeats
And now is standing in the mist,
And jigging backward there,
Shrilling with fingers and with breath,
A tin-whistle player!
"The Tin-Whistle Player" by Padraic Colum
But though the fiddlers saw a jig
I used to foot when I was wed,
I'll walk me home and feed the pig,
And go a lonesome man to bed.
"The Widower" by Robert W Service
For there's the town av all the land!
And twic't the week, be-gorries!
They're playing jigs upon the band,
And joomping there in sacks-- and-- and--
And racing, wid wheelborries!
"The Town Karnteel" by James Whitcomb Riley
For there's the town av all the land
Where twic't the week, be-gorries!
They're playing jigs upon the band,
And joomping there in sacks-- and-- and--
And racing, wid wheelborries!
"The Town Karnteel" by James Whitcomb Riley
Oh! they ha' jigs to fit their little veet.
They woulden dance, you know, at their fine ball,
The dree an' vow'r han' reels that we do sprawl
An' kick about in, when we men do meet.
"Eclogue:--The Veäiries" by William Barnes

In news:

Tools/Machines New Products EZ Pro mortise-and-tenon jig .
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Julia O'Rouke from the movie " Jig "by Sue Bourne.
REVIEWS Carolina Chocolate Drops, 'Genuine Negro Jig .
The Venom™ Battery Assembly Jig is the most advanced jig currently available.
Some 'near- jig ' ideas.
I have built so many frameson it that I can now just lay a pattern on the jig and know where to cutthe hole in the frame to weld a piece of pipe, o...
' To thank his fans for their support, the Compton rapper released a fiery new track called ' Jig Is Up (Dump'n)' featuring J.
We have a cut table that is set up for a miter saw that has jigs for wedges.
Jigging nabs plenty of these tasty sportfish.
It's a swim jig designed by swim jig guru and touring pro Casey Martin.
The tools you need to build the jigs and frame are a tablesaw, a jigsaw, a router with a 1/2-in.
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In science:

The first cavity and the copper model were tuned with a tuning jig designed for the SNS cavities.
Status Report on Multi-Cell Superconducting Cavity Development for Medium-Velocity Beams
The second Nb cavity was tuned with a new custom-built jig for the bg = 0.47 cavity.
Status Report on Multi-Cell Superconducting Cavity Development for Medium-Velocity Beams
This assembly jig also ensured that the fiber ends terminate along a circumference of 420 mm.
Prototype development of the Integral-Field unit for VIRUS
Assembly consisted of alternately stacking tungsten plates and fiber ribbons in a jig, the lower half of Fig. 2a and also Fig. 2b.
A Tungsten / Scintillating Fiber Electromagnetic Calorimeter Prototype for a High-Rate Muon g-2 Experiment
The fiber ends were aligned with the right-side jig face, while the tungsten plates were positioned roughly 0.5 cm from this jig edge.
A Tungsten / Scintillating Fiber Electromagnetic Calorimeter Prototype for a High-Rate Muon g-2 Experiment
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