Pronunciation Noun


  1. A colourless non-aged alcoholic liquor made by distilling fermented grains such as barley, corn, oats or rye with juniper berries; the base for many cocktails.
  2. (uncountable) Gin rummy.
  3. (poker) Drawing the best card or combination of cards.
    Johnny Chan held jack-nine, and hit gin when a queen-ten-eight board was dealt out.
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gin (plural gins)

  1. (obsolete) A trick; a device or instrument.
  2. (obsolete) Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare.
  3. A snare or trap for game.
  4. A machine for raising or moving heavy objects, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with a windlass, pulleys, ropes, etc.
  5. (mining) A hoisting drum, usually vertical; a whim.
  6. A pile driver.
  7. A windpump.
  8. A cotton gin.
  9. An instrument of torture worked with screws.
  • Russian: западня́
  • Russian: лебёдка
Related terms Verb

gin (gins, present participle ginning; past and past participle ginned)

  1. (transitive) To remove the seeds from cotton with a cotton gin.
  2. (transitive) To trap something in a gin.
Pronunciation Verb

gin (gins, present participle ginning; past gan, past participle gun)

  1. (archaic) To begin.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii], [}}: All three of them are deſperate : their great guilt / (Like poyſon giuen to worke a great time after) / Now gins to bite the ſpirits : / : All three of them are deſperate : their great guilt / (Like poyſon giuen to worke a great time after) / Now gins to bite the ſpirits : / {{...}]:
Pronunciation Noun

gin (plural gins)

  1. (Australia, now considered offensive) An Aboriginal woman.
    • 1869, Thomas Livingstone Mitchell, Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Volume 1, [|%22gns%22+australia+OR+aboriginal+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=enFdT6a1BcjtmAWIyLnGDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gin%22|%22gns%22%20australia%20OR%20aboriginal%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 273],
      His next shot was discharged amongst the mob, and most unfortunately wounded the gin already mentioned ; who, with a child fastened to her back, slid down the bank, and lay, apparently dying, with her legs in the water.
    • 1894, Ivan Dexter, Talmud: A Strange Narrative of Central Australia, published in serial form in Port Adelaide News and Lefevre's Peninsula Advertiser (SA), Chapter XXI,
      From my position I could see the gins pointing back, and as the men turned they looked for a moment and then made a wild rush for the entrance.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, D. Appleton-Century, 1943, Chapter XXI, p. 353,
      How they must have laughed about the strutting of her whose mother was a wanton and aunt a gin!
    • 1988, Tom Cole, Hell West and Crooked, Angus & Robertson, 1995, p.179,
      Dad said Shoesmith and Thompson had made one error that cost them their lives by letting the gins into the camp, and the blacks speared them all.
    • 2008, Bill Marsh, Jack Goldsmith, Goldie: Adventures in a Vanishing Australia, [|%22gns%22+australia+OR+aboriginal+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6HddT9uPIenQmAX2xq3PDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gin%22|%22gns%22%20australia%20OR%20aboriginal%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page],
      But there was this gin there, see, what they called a kitchen girl.
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  1. (chiefly, Southern US, Appalachian, Scotland) If.

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