What does the word gin mean?

Usage examples for gin

  1. There were gin- palaces at all the corners; the women drank, in proportion to their resources, as badly as the men, and the children were fed with the stuff in infancy, and began for themselves as early as they could beg or steal a copper of their own. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  2. The fire- waters of our own time- the gin and the rum, which have wrought us all such incalculable mischief- were not discovered then. – The Coming of the Friars by Augustus Jessopp