- an alcoholic drink obtained by distillation and rectification of the grain of malted barley, rye, or maize, flavoured with juniper berries
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- Winea clear, colorless alcoholic liquor distilled with juniper berries and other flavorings: [uncountable]bought some gin.[countable]bought a gin and tonic.
gin4 /dʒɪn/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
- GamesAlso called gin rummy. a card game, a variety of rummy for two players.
- Gamesa hand in this game in which the cards are matched in sets, winning extra points.
- Winean alcoholic liquor obtained by distilling grain mash with juniper berries.
- Winean alcoholic liquor similar to this, made by redistilling spirits with flavoring agents, esp. juniper berries, orange peel, angelica root, etc.
- shortened from geneva 1705–15
gin2 (jin),USA pronunciation n., v., ginned, gin•ning.
- TextilesSee cotton gin.
- a trap or snare for game.
- Mechanical Engineeringany of various machines employing simple tackle or windlass mechanisms for hoisting.
- Mechanical Engineeringa stationary prime mover having a drive shaft rotated by horizontal beams pulled by horses walking in a circle.
- Textilesto clear (cotton) of seeds with a gin.
- to snare (game).
- Middle English gyn, aphetic variant of Old French engin engine 1150–1200
gin3 (gin),USA pronunciation v.i., v.t., gan, gun, gin•ning. [Archaic.]
- to begin.
- Middle English ginnen, Old English ginnan, aphetic variant of onginnan, beginnen to begin 1150–1200
gin4 (jin),USA pronunciation n., v., ginned, gin•ning. [Cards.]
- GamesAlso called gin rummy. a variety of rummy for two players, in which a player with 10 or fewer points in unmatched cards can end the game by laying down the hand.
- Gamesthe winning of such a game by laying down a full set of matched cards, earning the winner a bonus of 20 or 25 points.
- Gamesto win a game in gin by laying down a hand in which all 10 cards are included in sets.
- perh. special use of gin1 1955–60
gin5 (gin),USA pronunciation conj. [Chiefly Scot. and Southern Appalachian.]
- Dialect Terms, Scottish Termsif;
- 1665–75; variously explained as sense development of gien given (see gie, -en3); as contraction of gif if + an2 (compare iffen); or as aphetic form of again
gin6 (jin),USA pronunciation n. [Australian Informal.]
- British Termsa female Aborigine.
- British Termsan Aboriginal wife.
- Dharuk di-yin
- a primitive engine in which a vertical shaft is turned by horses driving a horizontal beam or yoke in a circle
- Also called: cotton gin a machine of this type used for separating seeds from raw cotton
- a trap for catching small mammals, consisting of a noose of thin strong wire
- to free (cotton) of seeds with a gin
- to trap or snare (game) with a gin
- an archaic word for begin
- Austral offensive slang an Aboriginal woman