Jig

Noun

  • (fishing) A type of lure consisting of a hook molded into a weight, usually with a bright or colorful body.
  • (obsolete) A light, humorous piece of writing, especially in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad.
  • (traditional English Morris dancing) A dance performed by one or sometimes two individual dancers, as opposed to a dance performed by a set or team.
  • (mining) An apparatus or machine for jigging ore.
  • (traditional Irish music and dance) A lively dance in 6/8 (double jig), 9/8 (slip jig) or 12/8 (single jig) time; a tune suitable for such a dance. By extension, a lively traditional tune in any of these time signatures. Unqualified, the term is usually taken to refer to a double (6/8) jig.

    "they danced a jig"

  • A device in manufacturing, woodworking, or other creative endeavors for controlling the location, path of movement, or both of either a workpiece or the tool that is operating upon it. Subsets of this general class include machining jigs, woodworking jigs, welders' jigs, jewelers' jigs, and many others.

    "Cutting circles out of pinewood is best done with a compass-style jig."

  • (obsolete) A trick; a prank.
  • (music) A light, brisk musical movement; a gigue.

Verb

  • To move with a skip or rhythm; to move with vibrations or jerks.
  • To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude.
  • To move briskly, especially as a dance.

    "The guests were jigging around on the dancefloor"

  • To sing to the tune of a jig.
  • To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.
  • (fishing) To fish with a jig.
  • (mining) To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve.

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