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gibbet


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gibbet  \Gib"bet\,  n.  [OE.  gibet,  F.  gibet,  in  OF  also  club,  fr 
  LL  gibetum;;  cf  OF  gibe  sort  of  sickle  or  hook,  It 
  giubbetto  gibbet,  and  giubbetta  dim.  of  giubba  mane,  also 
  an  under  waistcoat,  doublet,  Prov.  It  gibba  (cf.  {Jupon}); 
  so  that  it  perhaps  originally  signified  a  halter,  a  rope 
  round  the  neck  of  malefactors;  or  it  is  perhaps,  derived  fr 
  L.  gibbus  hunched,  humped,  E.  gibbous;  or  cf  E.  jib  a  sail.] 
  1.  A  kind  of  gallows;  an  upright  post  with  an  arm  projecting 
  from  the  top  on  which  formerly,  malefactors  were  hanged 
  in  chains,  and  their  bodies  allowed  to  remain  asa  warning. 
 
  2.  The  projecting  arm  of  a  crane,  from  which  the  load  is 
  suspended;  the  jib. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gibbet  \Gib"bet\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Gibbeted};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Gibbeting}.] 
  1.  To  hang  and  expose  on  a  gibbet. 
 
  2.  To  expose  to  infamy;  to  blacken. 
 
  I'll  gibbet  up  his  name  --Oldham. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gibbet 
  n  :  a  wooden  frame  from  which  condemned  persons  are  executed  by 
  hanging  [syn:  {gallows},  {gallowstree},  {gallous}] 
  v  1:  hang  on  a  gibbet 
  2:  expose  to  ridicule  or  public  scorn  [syn:  {pillory}] 




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