Definition of jib:
- A stationary condition; a standstill.
- A triangular sail set upon a stay or halyard extending from the foremast or fore- topmast to the bowsprit or the jib boom. Large vessels often carry several jibe; as, inner jib; outer jib; flying jib; etc.
- Alt. of Jibb
- One that jibs, or balks; a jibber.
- The projecting arm of a crane, from which the load is suspended.
- To move restively backward or sidewise, - said of a horse; to balk.
- "Haste and Waste", Oliver Optic.
As soon as the officer I relieve is gone below and out of sight, while the watch is mustering, I walk forward, look round at things generally, and say casually to the captain of the forecastle: 'Just slack off a little of this jib- sheet.- "From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life", Captain A. T. Mahan.
- "The Bars of Iron", Ethel May Dell.