(Jig) n. [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. (Mus.) A light, brisk musical movement.
Hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig.Shak.
3. A light, humorous piece of writing, esp. in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad. [Obs.]
A jig shall be clapped at, and every rhymeBeau. & Fl.
Praised and applauded.
4. A piece of sport; a trick; a prank. [Obs.]
Is't not a fine jig,Beau. & Fl.
A precious cunning, in the late Protector?
5. A trolling bait, consisting of a bright spoon and a hook attached.
6. (Mach.) (a) A small machine or handy tool; esp.: (Metal Working) 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. (b) (Mining) An apparatus or a machine for jigging ore.
Drill jig, a jig for guiding a drill. See Jig, 6 (a). Jig drilling, Jig filing (Metal Working), 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.
(Jig), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jigged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Jigging ]
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. Ford.
3. (Mining) To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve. See Jigging, n.
4. (Metal Working) To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.
(Jig), v. i. To dance a jig; to skip about.
You jig, you amble, and you lisp.Shak.
(Jig"ger) n. [A corrupt. of chigre.] (Zoöl.) A species of flea which burrows beneath the skin.
(Jig"ger), n. [See Jig, n. & v.]
1. One who, or that which, jigs; specifically, a miner who sorts or cleans ore by the process of jigging; also,
the sieve used in jigging.
2. (Pottery) (a) A horizontal table carrying a revolving mold, on which earthen vessels are shaped by
rapid motion; a potter's wheel. (b) A templet or tool by which vessels are shaped on a potter's wheel.
3. (Naut.) (a) A light tackle, consisting of a double and single block and the fall, used for various purposes,
as to increase the purchase on a topsail sheet in hauling it home; the watch tackle. Totten. (b) A small
fishing vessel, rigged like a yawl. [New Eng.] (c) A supplementary sail. See Dandy, n., 2 (b).
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