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(1) A fast, light rowboat (six to eight oars) distinguished from a whaleboat by a transom (truncated) stern. Gigs were used in the navy mainly for the departures of commanders; the boats were built of expensive types of wood (primarily redwood) with a lacquer finish and copper or nickel-plated fittings. Gigs have not been used in the navy since the early 20th century.
(2) A long, narrow sports training boat for two to ten crewmen, with oars (sculls or single-bank oars) and projecting oarlocks.
fishing gear consisting of a long line to which are attached gangions with sharply pointed hooks. When fishing, the line is extended horizontally at the depth of the fish run. This type of gear is used mainly for catching fish with soft integuments, such as sturgeons. The chief disadvantage of the method is the injury caused to the fish, which often tear themselves loose from the hooks and later die from the wounds. In the USSR fishing with gigs is prohibited in most bodies of water.
gig(1) (GIGabyte, GIGabit, GIGahertz, etc.). Common slang for some "giga" (billion) measurement. The terms "gigabits" and "gigabytes" are often erroneously interchanged. For details about correct usage, see space/time. See giga, meg, never say and gig economy.
(2) (GIG) (Global Information Grid) (From JP 1-02, Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, www.dtic.mil/doctrine/new_pubs/jp1_02.pdf.) The globally interconnected, end-to-end set of information capabilities, and associated processes for collecting, processing, storing, disseminating, and managing information on demand to warfighters, policy makers, and support personnel. The Global Information Grid includes owned and leased communications and computing systems and services, software (including applications), data, security services, other associated services and National Security Systems. See DOD cyberspace glossary and DOD intelligence glossary.