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Other Gibbet Definition

[n] instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which condemned persons are executed by hanging
[v] expose to ridicule or public scorn
[v] hang on a gibbet

Misc. Definitions

\Gib"bet\, n. [OE. gibet, F. gibet, in OF. also club, fr. LL. gibetum;; cf. OF. gibe sort of sickle or hook, It. giubbetto gibbet, and giubbetta, dim. of giubba mane, also, an under waistcoat, doublet, Prov. It. gibba (cf. {Jupon}); so that it perhaps originally signified a halter, a rope round the neck of malefactors; or it is, perhaps, derived fr. L. gibbus hunched, humped, E. gibbous; or cf. E. jib a sail.]
1. 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 asa warning.
2. The projecting arm of a crane, from which the load is suspended; the jib.
\Gib"bet\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gibbeted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gibbeting}.]
1. To hang and expose on a gibbet.
2. To expose to infamy; to blacken. I'll gibbet up his name. --Oldham.

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