gybe definition

  • verb:
    • Variant of jibe1.
    • To change tack with the wind crossing behind the boat. (Mostly used of boats and other small sailing craft — the corresponding manoeuver in a sailing ship is to wear.)
    • To shift a fore-and-aft sail instantly and forcefully in one side to the other, while cruising prior to the wind. (additionally jibe.)
    • To sneer (see gibe.)
    • gybe at: to hesitate, vacillate, or balk whenever up against a proposal, plan, or plan of action. (Obsolete)
    • To move from part of a vessel to the other; -- stated associated with the boom of a fore-and-aft sail if the vessel is steered off the wind before the sail fills from the opposing side.
    • shift in one side of the ship to another
  • noun:
    • The work of gybing.
    • a rapid shift of a sail's perspective, or a-sudden change in the path that a boat is sailing.
    • a-sudden change in path or approach; vacillation.
    • A sneer. (see gibe.)
    • An obsolete spelling of gibe.
  • noun-and-verb:
    • identify gibe.
  • others:
    • An obsolete spelling of jibe.

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