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Shoe \Shoe\ (sh[=oo]), n.; pl. Shoes (sh[=oo]z), formerly Shoon (sh[=oo]n), now provincial. [OE. sho, scho, AS. sc[=o]h, sce['o]h; akin to OFries. sk[=o], OS. sk[=o]h, D. schoe, schoen, G. schuh, OHG. scuoh, Icel. sk[=o]r, Dan. & Sw. sko, Goth. sk[=o]hs; of unknown origin.]

  1. A covering for the human foot, usually made of leather, having a thick and somewhat stiff sole and a lighter top. It differs from a boot on not extending so far up the leg.

    Your hose should be ungartered, . . . yourshoe untied.

    Spare none but such as go in clouted shoon.

  2. Anything resembling a shoe in form, position, or use. Specifically:

    1. A plate or rim of iron nailed to the hoof of an animal to defend it from injury.

    2. A band of iron or steel, or a ship of wood, fastened to the bottom of the runner of a sleigh, or any vehicle which slides on the snow.

    3. A drag, or sliding piece of wood or iron, placed under the wheel of a loaded vehicle, to retard its motion in going down a hill.

    4. The part of an automobile or railroad car brake which presses upon the wheel to retard its motion.

    5. (Arch.) A trough-shaped or spout-shaped member, put at the bottom of the water leader coming from the eaves gutter, so as to throw the water off from the building.

    6. (Milling.) The trough or spout for conveying the grain from the hopper to the eye of the millstone.

    7. An inclined trough in an ore-crushing mill.

    8. An iron socket or plate to take the thrust of a strut or rafter.

    9. An iron socket to protect the point of a wooden pile.

    10. (Mach.) A plate, or notched piece, interposed between a moving part and the stationary part on which it bears, to take the wear and afford means of adjustment; -- called also slipper, and gib.

      Note: Shoe is often used adjectively, or in composition; as, shoe buckle, or shoe-buckle; shoe latchet, or shoe-latchet; shoe leathet, or shoe-leather; shoe string, shoe-string, or shoestring.

  3. The outer cover or tread of a pneumatic tire, esp. for an automobile. Shoe of an anchor. (Naut.)

    1. A small block of wood, convex on the back, with a hole to receive the point of the anchor fluke, -- used to prevent the anchor from tearing the planks of the vessel when raised or lowered.

    2. A broad, triangular piece of plank placed upon the fluke to give it a better hold in soft ground.

      Shoe block (Naut.), a block with two sheaves, one above the other, and at right angles to each other.

      Shoe bolt, a bolt with a flaring head, for fastening shoes on sleigh runners.

      Shoe pac, a kind of moccasin. See Pac.

      Shoe stone, a sharpening stone used by shoemakers and other workers in leather.


Slipper \Slip"per\, n.

  1. One who, or that which, slips.

  2. A kind of light shoe, which may be slipped on with ease, and worn in undress; a slipshoe.

  3. A kind of apron or pinafore for children.

  4. A kind of brake or shoe for a wagon wheel.

  5. (Mach.) A piece, usually a plate, applied to a sliding piece, to receive wear and afford a means of adjustment; -- also called shoe, and gib.

    Slipper animalcule (Zo["o]l.), a ciliated infusorian of the genus Paramecium.

    Slipper flower.(Bot.) Slipperwort.

    Slipper limpet, or Slipper shell (Zo["o]l.), a boat shell.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

familiar abbreviation of Gilbert. As a typical name for a cat, from c.1400.


type of iron hook, 1560s, of unknown origin. As a piece of wood or metal to hold something else in place, from 1795.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A bolt or wedge made from wood or metal used for holding a machine part in place. 2 A castration male cat or ferret. 3 A male cat; a tomcat. vb. To fasten in place with a gib. Etymology 2

n. (lb en video games) miscellaneous pieces of a fragged character, most often in first-person shooters. vb. (lb en video games) To blast an enemy or opponent into gibs. Etymology 3

n. (context New Zealand English) plasterboard. vb. (context New Zealand English) To install plasterboard.

  1. n. a castrated tomcat

  2. [also: gibbing, gibbed]

Gib (video gaming)

Gibs (pronounced 'jibs'), short for giblets, is a humorous term referring to the variably-sized body parts (" guts"), fragments, and offal produced when non-player characters or game players are damaged or killed in video games. According to John Romero in IGN's interview, Adrian Carmack has been credited for coining the term "gibs". To "gib" one's opponents is to hit them with such force (often with explosives) that they rupture.


A gib or gib-arm is the horizontal or near-horizontal beam used in many types of crane to support the load clear of the main support.

Usually gib-arms are attached to a vertical mast or tower or sometimes to an inclined boom. In other jib-less designs such as derricks, the load is hung directly from a boom which is often anomalously called a jib.

The diminutive form gibbet (meaning short forked beam) may be misused to describe an entire gallows structure employed in gibbeting or hanging.

Usage examples of "gib".

Gib us dis day our dayey bread, and forGib us our trelspasses as we forGib dem dat trelspass ayenst us.

You see, my wife was giben by de ole man to missy when her war a little girl, and fortunate it was dat he had made out de papers all right and presented dem to her.

Tonight she felt like a fairy princess who had been granted one wisha wonderful wish of spending time alone with Gib, getting to know him better under less dangerous and strained circumstances.

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A pleasant land it is in sooth of murmuring waters, fishful streams where sport the gurnard, the plaice, the roach, the halibut, the gibbed haddock, the grilse, the dab, the brill, the flounder, the pollock, the mixed coarse fish generally and other denizens of the aqueous kingdom too numerous to be enumerated.

Man-of-war, buccra, Man-of-war, buccra, He de boy for me, Man-of-war, buccra, Man-of-war, buccra, Gib pictareen to me.

Gib as a commander - he had the Espiègle and then the Argus - a big black-haired red-faced domineering cove, younger than me but with much more influence - a member for Carton and Stranraer's heir, his nephew - and he was made post in the same month.

The ancient fist ax, carried by Gib, was better evidence that they existed than had been Taylor's words.

So it’s Penitent’s Pass to Wormseye Scrub, round Gibbing Water, skirt Kar Torrer Kingdom and over Cold Claw Sound .

When he rode away from the Moorman outfit and started running with Gib Gentry and Ben Stowe, Eli Patterson warned him against it.

There comes a time for a man to draw a line, and Mike Shevlin had drawn his, and he had ridden away from Rafter, from Gib Gentry, Ben Stowe, and all the rest of them.

They lived outside the city of memory, in pleasant comfort: Trotter, who was her favorite, and the old sow Truffling, and the piglets Hib, Nib, Jib, Bib, Gib, Rib, and Tib, some of whom she could tell apart, but she could not now recall which ones had been slaughtered and salted and which ones kept over the winter.