The Collaborative International Dictionary
Gin \Gin\, prep. [AS. ge['a]n. See Again.]
Against; near by; towards; as, gin night. [Scot.]
--A. Ross (1778).
Gin \Gin\, conj. [See Gin, prep.]
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[=i]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.''
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.
Gin \Gin\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ginned; p. pr. & vb. n. Ginning.]
To catch in a trap. [Obs.]
--Beau. & Fl.
To clear of seeds by a machine; as, to gin cotton.
Gin \Gin\, n. [A contraction of engine.]
Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare.
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.
(Mining) A hoisting drum, usually vertical; a whim.
A machine for separating the seeds from cotton; a cotton gin. Note: The name is also given to an instrument of torture worked with screws, and to a pump moved by rotary sails. 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.
In a cotton gin, a wheel for drawing the fiber through the grid; a brush wheel to clean away the lint.
(Mining) the drum of a whim.
Gin is a spirit which derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries (Juniperus communis). From its earliest origins in the Middle Ages, gin has evolved from a herbal medicine to an object of commerce in the spirits industry. Gin was developed on the basis of the older jenever, and became popular in Great Britain when William of Orange, leader of the Dutch Republic, occupied the English, Scottish and Irish thrones with his wife Mary. Gin is one of the broadest categories of spirits, represented by products of various origins, styles, and flavour profiles that all revolve around juniper as a common ingredient.
Gin is an alcoholic beverage flavoured with juniper berries.
Gin or Gins may also refer to:
Gin is the name of:
- Gin Chow (1857–1933), Chinese immigrant who gained fame in California as a prophet and fortune teller
- Gin Wigmore (born 1986), New Zealand singer songwriter
- Madeline Gins (1941–2014), American artist, architect, and poet
- Gin (Case Closed), a member of the Black Organization in Case Closed
Gin (Cobalt album)
Gin is the third album by the Black Metal band Cobalt. It was released by Profound Lore in 2009.
Etymology 1 n. 1 A colourless non-aged alcoholic liquor made by distilling fermented grains such as barley, corn, oats or rye with juniper berries; the base for many cocktails. 2 (context uncountable English) gin rummy 3 (context poker English) drawing the best card or combination of cards Etymology 2
n. 1 (context obsolete English) A trick; a device or instrument. 2 (context obsolete English) Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare. 3 A snare or trap for game. 4 A machine for raise or moving heavy objects, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with a windlass, pulleys, ropes, etc. 5 (context mining English) A hoisting drum, usually vertical; a whim. 6 A pile driver. 7 A windpump. 8 A cotton gin. 9 An instrument of torture worked with screws. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To remove the seeds from cotton with a cotton gin. 2 (context transitive English) To trap something in a gin. 3 To invent (via Irish), see gin up Etymology 3
vb. (context archaic English) To begin. Etymology 4
n. (context Australia now considered offensive English) An Aboriginal woman.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"type of distilled drinking alcohol," 1714, shortening of geneva, altered (by influence of the similarity of the name of the Swiss city, with which it has no other connection) from Dutch genever "juniper" (because the alcohol was flavored with its berries), from Old French genevre, from Vulgar Latin *jeniperus, from Latin juniperus "juniper" (see juniper). Gin and tonic attested by 1873; gin-sling by 1790. Card game gin rummy first attested 1941 (described in "Life" that year as the latest Hollywood fad).
"machine for separating cotton from seeds," 1796, American English, used earlier of various other machineries, from Middle English gin "ingenious device, contrivance" (c.1200), from Old French gin "machine, device, scheme," shortened form of engin, from Latin ingenium (see engine). The verb in this sense is recorded from 1789.
in slang phrase gin up "enliven, make more exciting," 1887, probably from earlier ginger up in same sense (1849), from ginger in sense of "spice, pizzazz;" specifically in reference to the treatment described in the 1811 slang dictionary under the entry for feague:\n\n... to put ginger up a horse's fundament, and formerly, as it is said, a live eel, to make him lively and carry his tail well; it is said, a forfeit is incurred by any horse-dealer's servant, who shall shew a horse without first feaguing him. Feague is used, figuratively, for encouraging or spiriting one up.\n
"to begin," c.1200, ginnen, shortened form of beginnen (see begin).
n. strong liquor flavored with juniper berries
a machine that separates the seeds from raw cotton fibers [syn: cotton gin]
Usage examples of "gin".
The signal gun aboard Endymion sent out a puff of smoke and a series of flags broke out at the mast-head.
Mellis false-flags Banish with his bullshit mine story if there was a claymore mine on this mountain, it would be command-detonated and Abies would have lit it off with the rest of his fireworks then leads him up to the gun site and fucking drops him cold.
Banish coming down hard on top of the girl with the baby and the gun and Abies falling forward from the act of Fagin being blown back off his feet and settling still on the ground.
The aeronaut carried a gun firing explosive bullets loaded with oxygen, and in addition, and true to the best tradition of Japan, a sword.
Pewts father opened the window agen and pluged a club out into the yard and holered scat and then we kep still and we herd him tell Nat Weeks that he had got his gun loded and if he herd it go of he needent be sirprized.
And suddenly anon this Damian Gan pullen up the smock, and in he throng.
Dame Prudence, and her wise information and teaching, his heart gan incline to the will of his wife, considering her true intent, he conformed him anon and assented fully to work after her counsel, and thanked God, of whom proceedeth all goodness and all virtue, that him sent a wife of so great discretion.
And he anon, withoute tarrying, Did his message, and when that he it told, Urban for joy his handes gan uphold.
And with that word anon there gan appear An old man, clad in white clothes clear, That had a book with letters of gold in hand, And gan before Valerian to stand.
But will the Baas please remember that a gin bottle is not the only bait that the devil sets upon his hook.
If it rained they would huddle under the fading canopy and play bridge and canasta and gin, keeping scored into the hundreds of thousands even though they were sick of cards.
That of the Spanish settlers was entirely ineffectual, and has remained so down to the present day, when still the shattered remnants of the Lules, Lenguas, Mocobios, and the rest, roam on their horses or in their canoes about the Chaco and its rivers, having received no other benefits from contact with the European races but gunpowder and gin.
Eventually, Tachyon rose from his chair and kind of wandered around the apartment for a while, then went to the liquor cabinet, mixed bourbon, gin, Cointreau, vodka, and brandy in a tall cocktail shaker, then gulped the lot.
And after a time he beGan to describe the lay of the land beyond them as he claimed to perceive it in his incense-visions, and Elimotis Gan and Nemeron Dalk provided amplification and correction, and Septach Melayn sketched out a rough chart of it from their words with the tip of his sword on a bare damp patch of soil, smoothing out his errors with the toe of his boot.
As soon as he came into the house he went into the kitchen, where she was preparing dimer, and mixed them both a gin and tonic.