American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A two-masted sailing ship, square-rigged on both masts.
- n. A jail or prison on board a U.S. Navy or Coast Guard vessel.
- n. A jail or guardhouse, especially on the premises of a U.S. military installation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bridge.
- n. A utensil used in breweries and in dairies to set the strainer on.
- n. A kind of iron set over a fire.
- n. A ledge of rocks running out into the sea.
- n. A vessel with two masts square-rigged, nearly like a ship's mainmast and foremast.
- n. The place on board a man-of-war where prisoners are confined.
- n. An abbreviation of Brigade; Brigadier.
- n. nautical A two-masted vessel, square-rigged on both foremast and mainmast
- n. US A jail or guardhouse, especially in a naval military prison or jail on a ship, navy base, or (in fiction) spacecraft.
- n. A Scottish variation of bridge
- n. Brigadier.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Scot. A bridge.
- n. (Naut.) A two-masted, square-rigged vessel.
- n. (Nav.) On a United States man-of-war, the prison or place of confinement for offenders.
- n. two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on both masts
- n. a penal institution (especially on board a ship)
- Shortening of brigadier (Wiktionary)
- Short for brigantine. Senses 2 and 3, from the use of ships as prisons. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The talking point that the military cannot keep the prisoners securely in such facilities as Fort Leavenworth or the Charleston brig is simply laughable.”
“Why, aye, ma'am,' answered Ewart, 'they call the brig so at Dunkirk, sure enough; but along shore here, they call her the JUMPING JENNY.”
“Joe Cross had incidentally said that he believed it was a brig, and that night as Rodd lay half asleep, half wakeful, in his cot, kept from finding the customary repose of a tired lad by the heat of the narrow cabin below, the word brig brought to mind the vessel that had so nearly run upon them in Havre-de-Grace, and in a drowsy stupid way he had pictured her tall tapering spars, the flapping of her stay-sail, and the rush of the storm.”
“‘Why, aye, ma’am,’ answered Ewart, ‘they call the brig so at Dunkirk, sure enough; but along shore here, they call her the JUMPING JENNY.’”
“You know,' he continued, 'that the brig is short about a dozen hands, and I want you to pick up a few likely lads here.”
“He got hold of the Sanderses and their brig; they were brothers, and the brig was the Pride of Banya, and he it was bought the diving-dress — a second-hand one with a compressed air apparatus instead of pumping.”
“The brig was a small compartment, which always surprised Kara Thrace when she thought about it.”
““Do you know that the brig is a mile and a quarter from the shore?” said Herbert.”
“The brig was a good sailer, for she approached rapidly.”
“The captain of the brig was a simple-minded man with a strongish will, and he at once declared that if his casks were not filled in three hours, he would destroy the whole place.”
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