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Definition of GIN

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Gin \Gin\ (j[i^]n), n. [Contr. from Geneva. See 2d {Geneva}.] A strong alcoholic liquor, distilled from rye and barley, and flavored with juniper berries; -- also called {Hollands} and {Holland gin}, because originally, and still very extensively, manufactured in Holland. Common gin is usually flavored with turpentine. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Gin \Gin\, n. [A contraction of engine.] [1913 Webster]
     1. Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare. --Chaucer. Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     2.
        (a) A machine for raising or moving heavy weights, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with a windlass, pulleys, ropes, etc. (b) (Mining) A hoisting drum, usually vertical; a whim. [1913 Webster]

     3. A machine for separating the seeds from cotton; a cotton gin. [1913 Webster]

     Note: The name is also given to an instrument of torture worked with screws, and to a pump moved by rotary sails. [1913 Webster]

     {Gin block}, a simple form of tackle block, having one wheel, over which a rope runs; -- called also {whip gin}, {rubbish pulley}, and {monkey wheel}.

     {Gin power}, a form of horse power for driving a cotton gin.


     {Gin race}, or {Gin ring}, the path of the horse when putting a gin in motion. --Halliwell.

     {Gin saw}, a saw used in a cotton gin for drawing the fibers through the grid, leaving the seed in the hopper.

     {Gin wheel}.
        (a) In a cotton gin, a wheel for drawing the fiber through the grid; a brush wheel to clean away the lint. (b) (Mining) the drum of a whim. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Gin \Gin\, prep. [AS. ge['a]n. See {Again}.] Against; near by; towards; as, gin night. [Scot.] --A. Ross (1778). [1913 Webster]

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Gin \Gin\, conj. [See {Gin}, prep.]
     If. [Scotch] --Jamieson.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Gin \Gin\ (g[i^]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Gan} (g[a^]n), {Gon} (g[o^]n), or {Gun} (g[u^]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Ginning}.] [OE. ginnen, AS. ginnan (in comp.), prob. orig., to open, cut open, cf. OHG. inginnan to begin, open, cut open, and prob. akin to AS. g[imac]nan to yawn, and E. yawn. [root]31. See {Yawn}, v. i., and cf. {Begin}.] To begin; -- often followed by an infinitive without to; as, gan tell. See {Gan}. [Obs. or Archaic] "He gan to pray."
     --Chaucer.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Gin \Gin\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ginned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ginning}.]
     1. To catch in a trap. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

     2. To clear of seeds by a machine; as, to gin cotton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

109 Moby Thesaurus words for "gin":
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