Jug may refer to:
- Jug (container), a type of container commonly used to hold liquid
- Jug (musical instrument), a musical instrument used for rhythmic bass accompaniment
Jug is an album by saxophonist Gene Ammons recorded in 1961 and released on the Prestige label.
The jug used as a musical instrument is an empty jug (usually made of glass or stoneware) played with buzzed lips to produce a trombone-like tone. The characteristic sound of the jug is low and hoarse, below the higher pitch of the fiddle, harmonica, and the other instruments in the band.
With an embouchure like that used for a brass instrument, the musician holds the mouth of the jug about an inch from his or her mouth and emits a blast of sound, made by a buzzing of the lips, directly into it. The jug does not touch the musician's mouth, but serves as a resonating chamber to amplify and enrich the sound made by the musician's lips. Changes in pitch are controlled by loosening or tightening the lips. An accomplished jug player might have a two-octave range. Some players augment this sound with vocalizations, didgeridoo style, and even circular breathing. In performance, the jug sound is enhanced if the player stands with his back to a wall, which will reflect the sound towards the audience.
The stovepipe (usually a section of tin pipe, 3" or 4" in diameter) is played in much the same manner, with the open-ended pipe being the resonating chamber. There is some similarity to the didgeridoo, but there is no contact between the stovepipe and the.player's lips.
As a bass instrument, the jug is part of the band's rhythm section, but jug solos are common. Most jug bands use a single jug player, but there are recordings of period bands that used jug sections of two or more players.
Jugs will also produce sound at their main resonance frequency when air is blown across the top opening. This method is not used in bands, since it is relatively quiet and produces only a single pitch. It is typically used for making glass bottles whistle. A larger bottle produces a lower musical pitch while smaller ones produce higher pitches. The pitch of a bottle played in this way may be controlled by changing its volume by adding or emptying contents. Loudness is a function of the speed of the air blown across the top.
A jug is a type of container commonly used to hold liquid. It has an opening, often narrow, from which to pour or drink, and often has a handle. Most jugs throughout history have been made of ceramic, glass or plastic. Some Native American and other tribes created liquid holding vessels by making woven baskets lined with an asphaltum sealer.
In American English usage, a jug is a large container with a narrow mouth and handle for liquids, and may be used to describe thin plastic sealed shop packaging for milk and other liquids. In all other English speaking countries a jug is any container with a handle and a mouth and spout for liquid, and not used for retail packaging. In American English " pitcher" is the usual word for wide-mouthed vessels, but all other English speaking countries these are called "jugs".
Jug is a nickname which may refer to:
- Gene Ammons (1925-1974), American jazz tenor saxophonist
- Earl Bennett (American football guard) (1920-1992), National Football League player during the 1946 season
- Jug Earp (1897-1969), American National Football League player
- Earl Girard (1927-1997), American National Football League player
- Joe Kracher (1913-1981), Major League Baseball player during the 1939 season
- Carl Powis (1928-1999), Major League Baseball player during the 1957 season
- Jug McSpaden (1908-1996), American golfer
- Jug Thesenga (1914-2002), American baseball pitcher
- Jug or Jugg, a nickname for a fisherman from Brighton, England
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Jug \Jug\ (j[u^]g), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jugged (j[u^]gd); p. pr. & vb. n. Jugging (j[u^]g"g[i^]ng).]
To seethe or stew, as in a jug or jar placed in boiling water; as, to jug a hare.
To commit to jail; to imprison. [Slang]
Jug \Jug\, v. i. (Zo["o]l.)
To utter a sound resembling this word, as certain birds do, especially the nightingale.
To nestle or collect together in a covey; -- said of quails and partridges.
Jug \Jug\ (j[u^]g), n. [Prob. fr. Jug, a corruption of, or nickname for, Joanna; cf. 2d Jack, and Jill. See Johannes.]
A vessel, usually of coarse earthenware, with a swelling belly and narrow mouth, and having a handle on one side.
A pitcher; a ewer. [Eng.]
A prison; a jail; a lockup. [Slang]
(pl.) A woman's breasts; as, nice jugs. [vulgar slang]
n. 1 A serve vessel or container, circular in cross-section and typically higher than it is wide, with a relatively small mouth or spout, a handle and often a stopper or top. 2 The amount that a jug can hold. 3 (context slang English) jail. 4 (context vulgar slang chiefly in the plural English) A woman's breasts. 5 (context New Zealand English) A kettle. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To stew in an earthenware jug etc. 2 (context transitive slang English) To put into jail. 3 (context intransitive English) To utter a sound like "jug", as certain birds do, especially the nightingale. 4 (context intransitive of quails or partridges English) To nestle or collect together in a covey.
v. lock up or confine, in or as in a jail; "The suspects were imprisoned without trial"; "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life" [syn: imprison, incarcerate, lag, immure, put behind bars, jail, gaol, put away, remand]
stew in an earthenware jug; "jug the rabbit"
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"deep vessel for carrying liquids," late 15c., jugge, variant of jubbe, of unknown origin, perhaps from jug "a low woman, a maidservant" (mid-16c.), a familiar alteration of a common personal name, Joan or Judith. Use as a musical instrument is attested from 1946. Jughead "klutz" is from 1926; jughandle "tight curved road used for turns" is from 1961. Jugs for "woman's breasts" first recorded 1920 in Australian slang, short for milk jugs.
Usage examples of "jug".
Major Stokes, pleased with their work, had produced three jars of arrack as a reward, and the jugs were being passed from hand to hand.
The Major was very slightly drunk and evidently intent on becoming more drunk for he snatched a whole jug of arrack from a servant, then scooped up two beakers from a table.
They stuffed one member, Pinky, into a tiny hole in a cargo hold on the stern, then took turns bagging the portholes, moonshine jugs, dishes, and other artifacts Pinky extracted.
He went down to the corner with Bock to mail his letter, and when he returned to the den Helen had prepared a large jug of cocoa.
And then, the next day, there are bowls of cashews on the table, a jug of tomato juice.
The sun stood at zenith, so hot and dry beating down on them that she began to think she was going to faint, but they finally stopped under the shade of a ceiba and she was allowed to drink from a jug of water stashed there.
Eadulf told her solemnly as they deposited the jug at her cubiculum and then went out into the quietness of the cloisters.
The children could be signed up for sailing lessons, daylong sailing lessons, overnight sailing lessons that involved trips to uninhabited islands where they would be left for three days with an iron pot and a book of matches and a jug of fresh water and be told to find their own ways home.
Boyd Shreave and Eugenie Fonda were sitting on a duffel bag, eating from plastic containers and sharing a gallon jug of water.
Yaninan sounded like wine pouring out of a jug too fast, glug, glug, glug.
The sudden spurt of flame reflected gorily from the spilled wine and the pieces of shattered jug, but there was no sign of Dust-Mouth.
The city would have been ringed in any event, whether Gurd had been wangled out the jug or not.
For the moment the last angry Bumblebee had disappeared inside it Johnnie Green stole quickly up from behind a haycock and slipped the cork into the mouth of the jug.
Soon he set the jug behind the sheltering haycock and sat down beside it to make further plans.
Smoked sausages wrapped in dock leaves were warming in the embers, and a jug full of holk sat in the flames.