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Gid \Gid\, n. [Cf. Giddy, a.] A disease of sheep, characterized by vertigo; the staggers. It is caused by the presence of the C?nurus, a larval tapeworm, in the brain. See C?nurus.


Etymology 1 n. A disease of sheep caused by tapeworm. Etymology 2

n. (context obsolete English) A fiddle.


According to the Book of Mormon, Gid was a Nephite military officer. He is first mentioned as the leader of a band of soldiers Helaman had chosen to take a large body of Lamanite prisoners to Zarahemla. When news reached of a fresh Lamanite army attacking the main Nephite army, the prisoners revolted. Gid then led his men in killing the greater number of these prisoners before returning to help Helaman defeat the attacking army. He later took part in a strategic maneuver that led to the Lamanites abandoning all Nephite cities in his area.

Usage examples of "gid".

Bar-B-Q Lunch, Gid was taking refreshment, this late afternoon of his second day at Adelbert College.

As Gid wandered out with Hatch Hewitt, he resembled a plump spaniel trotting beside a wolf hound.

It was felt that it would be dangerous to meet in the libidinous atmosphere of Tiger Head fraternity, where Gid Planish, as a newly elected member, had a bed, a bureau, two chairs and a portrait of Longfellow.

Hatch, Gid, young Francis Tyne, who was going to study for the ministry, an iron-faced older man who had once been a labor organizer, and David Traub, a handsome, precise lad from New York, forerunner of the eager and rather heroic caravan who were later to escape from too much racial discussion in New York, and emigrate like their fathers.

Somebody snickered--probably Lou Klock--and all his life, however brave and impassioned before an audience that hated him gravely, Gid would always feel watery in the backs of his knees when anybody jeered.

None of them looked worried, and the newly converted collectivist, Gid Planish, definitely glowed.

As he was often to do in his later career as a professional promoter of ideas, Gid nearly convinced himself of the truth of his own crusade.

For a month Hatch looked at Gid with bleakness, and there were no intellectual gallops in his stableyard.

When Lou Klock had gone and Dave Traub had wandered on to the University of Chicago, Hatch was left companionless, and by the end of their freshman year there had been restored between him and Gid a flinching amiability.

On the day after the decease of the Socialist League, Gid sought out the secretary of the college debating society, reminded him that it had been announced on all bulletin boards that the society would debate with the Socialists, who had blown up the Times personally, and suggested that the only way out of such a perilous connection would be for the debating society to elect Gid a member.

Erasmus College was in Eastern Ohio, and Gid had never been so far East--almost into New York State!

But as Gid spoke, the crowd seemed to stretch out endless, and they were all his, all looking at him, all listening to him, and his power was on them.

All that summer after his freshman year, Gid went to sea and met hairy men who had known fog and shipwreck.

The football captain asked his advice as to whether there really was anything to all this Reading that he kept hearing about in his classes, and the leading bootlegger in the village gave Gid a box of thirty Turkish cigarettes.

Diligently harkening to the voice of the Lord, the first Great Organizer, Gid started on his new plans.