(Gid"dy-head`) n. A person without thought fulness, prudence, or judgment. [Colloq.] Burton.
(Gid"dy-head`ed) a. Thoughtless; unsteady.
(Gid"dy-paced`) a. Moving irregularly; flighty; fickle. [R.] Shak.
(Gie) v. t. To guide. See Gye . [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Gie) v. t. To give. [Scot.] Burns.
(Gier"-ea`gle) n. [Cf. D. gier vulture, G. gier, and E. gyrfalcon.] (Zoöl.) A bird referred to in
the Bible (Lev. xi. 18and Deut. xiv. 17) as unclean, probably the Egyptian vulture
(Gier"-fal`con) n. [Cf. Gier- eagle, Gyrfalcon.] (Zoöl.) The gyrfalcon.
(Gie"seck*ite) n. [Named after Karl Giesecke.] (Min.) A mineral occurring in greenish gray
six-sided prisms, having a greasy luster. It is probably a pseudomorph after elæolite.
(Gif) conj. [AS. See If.] If. [Obs.]
Gif is the old form of if, and frequently occurs in the earlier English writers. See If.
(Gif"fard in*ject"or) (Mach.) See under Injector.
(Giff"gaff) n. [Reduplicated fr. give.] Mutual accommodation; mutual giving. [Scot.]
(Gif"fy) n. [Obs.] See Jiffy.
(Gift) n. [OE. gift, yift, yeft, AS. gift, fr. gifan to give; akin to D. & G. gift, Icel. gift, gipt, Goth.
gifts See Give, v. t.]
1. Anything given; anything voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a
present; an offering.
Shall I receive by gift, what of my own, . . .Milton.
I can command ?
2. The act, right, or power of giving or bestowing; as, the office is in the gift of the President.
3. A bribe; anything given to corrupt.
Neither take a gift, for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise.Deut. xvi. 19.
4. Some quality or endowment given to man by God; a preëminent and special talent or aptitude; power; faculty; as,
the gift of wit; a gift for speaking.
5. (Law) A voluntary transfer of real or personal property, without any consideration. It can be perfected
only by deed, or in case of personal property, by an actual delivery of possession. Bouvier. Burrill.
Gift rope (Naut), a rope extended to a boat for towing it; a guest rope.
Syn. Present; donation; grant; largess; benefaction; boon; bounty; gratuity; endowment; talent; faculty.
Gift, Present, Donation. These words, as here compared, denote something gratuitously imparted
to another out of one's property. A gift is something given whether by a superior or an inferior, and is
usually designed for the relief or benefit of him who receives it. A present is ordinarly from an equal
or inferior, and is always intended as a compliment or expression of kindness. Donation is a word of
more dignity, denoting, properly, a gift of considerable value, and ordinarly a gift made either to some