from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device used for hanging a person until dead; a gallows.
- n. An upright post with a crosspiece, forming a T-shaped structure from which executed criminals were formerly hung for public viewing.
- transitive v. To execute by hanging on a gibbet.
- transitive v. To hang on a gibbet for public viewing.
- transitive v. To expose to infamy or public ridicule.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An upright post with a crosspiece used for execution and subsequent public display; a gallows.
- v. To execute (someone), or display (a body), on a gibbet.
- v. To expose (someone) to ridicule or scorn.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of gallows; an upright post with an arm projecting from the top, on which, formerly, malefactors were hanged in chains, and their bodies allowed to remain as a warning.
- n. The projecting arm of a crane, from which the load is suspended; the jib.
- transitive v. To hang and expose on a gibbet.
- transitive v. To expose to infamy; to blacken.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of gallows; a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with an arm projecting from the top, on which malefactors were formerly hanged in chains; sometimes, as the famous gibbet of Montfaucon, near Paris, a considerable structure with numerous uprights of masonry, connected by several tiers of cross-beams, and with pits beneath it in which the remains were cast when they fell from the chains; hence, a gallows of any form.
- n. The projecting beam of a crane which sustains the pulleys and the weight to be lifted; a jib.
- n. A great cudgel, such as are thrown at trees to beat down the fruit.
- To hang and expose on a gibbet or gallows; hang upon anything resembling a gibbet.
- Figuratively, to set forth to public gaze; expose to ridicule, scorn, infamy, or the like.
- n. An error for gigot, a shoulder of mutton.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. alternative terms for gallows
- v. expose to ridicule or public scorn
- v. hang on an execution instrument
Middle English gibet, from Old French, diminutive of gibe, staff, probably from Frankish *gibb, forked stick.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French gibet (Modern French gibet), either from Frankish *gibb (“forked stick”) or from Latin gibbus ("hunchbacked"). (Wiktionary)