Definition of Jig

1. Verb. Dance a quick dance with leaping and kicking motions. "Sam and Sue jig"

2. Noun. Music in three-four time for dancing a jig.
Exact synonyms: Gigue
Generic synonyms: Dance Music

3. Noun. A fisherman's lure with one or more hooks that is jerked up and down in the water.
Generic synonyms: Fish Lure, Fisherman's Lure

4. Noun. A device that holds a piece of machine work and guides the tools operating on it.
Generic synonyms: Device

5. Noun. Any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping.
Generic synonyms: Folk Dance, Folk Dancing

Definition of Jig

1. n. A light, brisk musical movement.

2. v. t. To sing to the tune of a jig.

3. v. i. To dance a jig; to skip about.

4. v. i. To move with a skip or rhythm; to move with vibrations or jerks.

Definition of Jig

1. Noun. (context: music) A light, brisk musical movement; a gigue. ¹

2. Noun. (context: traditional Irish music and dance) A lively dance in 6/8 time; a tune suitable for such a dance. By extension, a lively traditional tune in 6/8 time. ¹

3. Noun. (context: traditional English Morris dancing) A dance performed by one or sometimes two individual dancers, as opposed to a dance performed by a set or team. ¹

4. Noun. (context: fishing) A type of lure consisting of a hook molded into a weight, usually with a bright or colorful body. ¹

5. Noun. A device in manufacturing, woodworking, or other creative endeavors for controlling the location, path of movement, or both of either a workpiece or the tool that is operating upon it. Subsets of this general class include machining jigs, woodworking jigs, welders' jigs, jewelers' jigs, and many others. ¹

6. Verb. To move briskly, especially as a dance. ¹

7. Verb. (context: fishing) To fish with a jig. ¹

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Definition of Jig

1. to bob [v JIGGED, JIGGING, JIGS] - See also: bob

Medical Definition of Jig

1. 1. A light, brisk musical movement. "Hot and hasty, like a Scotch jib." (Shak) 3. A light, humorous piece of writing, especially. In rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad. "A jig shall be clapped at, and every rhyme Praised and applauded." (Beau. & Fl) 4. A piece of sport; a trick; a prank. "Is't not a fine jig, A precious cunning, in the late Protector?" (Beau & Fl) 5. A trolling bait, consisting of a bright spoon and a hook attached. 6. A contrivance fastened to or inclosing a piece of work, and having hard steel surfaces to guide a tool, as a drill, or to form a shield or templet to work to, as in filing. An apparatus or a machine for jigging ore. Drill jig, a jig for guiding a drill. See Jig. 6 . Jig drilling, Jig filing, a process of drilling or filing in which the action of the tool is directed or limited by a jig. Jig saw, a sawing machine with a narrow, vertically reciprocating saw, used to cut curved and irregular lines, or ornamental patterns in openwork, a scroll saw; called also gig saw. Origin: OF. Gigue a stringed instrument, a kind of dance, F. Gigue dance, tune, gig; of German origin; cf. MHG. Gige fiddle, G. Geige. Cf. Gig a fiddle, Gig a whirligig. 1. To sing to the tune of a jig. "Jig off a tune at the tongue's end." (Shak) 2. To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude. 3. To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve. See Jigging. 4. To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine. Origin: Jigged; Jigging. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Jig

jig (current term)
jig borer
jig borers
jig saw

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