American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A two-masted sailing ship, square-rigged on the foremast and having a fore-and-aft mainsail with square main topsails.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small two-masted vessel, square-rigged on both masts, but with a fore-and-aft mainsail and the mainmast considerably longer than the foremast. It differs from a hermaphrodite brig in having a square topsail and topgallantsail on the mainmast. This term is variously applied by mariners of different nations, but the above is its most generally accepted definition.
- n. A robber.
- n. Robbery.
- n. Same as brigandine.
- n. A quarter-galley, known for its delicate lines, swiftness, and quick handling.
- n. nautical a two-masted vessel, square-rigged on the foremast, but fore-and-aft-rigged on the mainmast
- n. Alternative form of brigandine.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A practical vessel.
- n. A two-masted, square-rigged vessel, differing from a brig in that she does not carry a square mainsail.
- n. See Brigandine.
- n. two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged on the mainmast
- Variant forms. (Wiktionary)
- French brigantin, from Old French brigandin, from Old Italian brigantino, skirmishing ship, from brigante, skirmisher; see brigand. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But I found out that the vessel was not exactly a ship after all, but a sort of half schooner, half brig, -- what they call a brigantine, having two masts, a mainmast and a foremast.”
“In a later chapter an attempt has been made to place before the reader pictures of the galley, the galeasse, and the nef, which were the names attached to the ships then in use; the name brigantine, far from having the significance attached to it by the sailor of the present day, seems to have been a generic term to denote any craft not included in the names already given.”
“Wreck exposed by Cyclone Yasi identified A SHIPWRECK exposed when Cyclone Yasi hit north Queensland has been identified as the brigantine Belle, lost in 1880.”
“I recall a brigantine coming into Leith when I was a child and there can't have been more than three men alive on her, and they were near death's door.”
“The brigantine was a relic of an ancient period of shipbuilding, and her main cabin fitted her excellently.”
“Still in chase of the brigantine, which is making for the land.”
“Yet I had heard of vessels thus modelled for the sake of securing speed, and fitted with a very deep keel to ensure weatherliness, where light draught of water was not a consideration; and it remained to be seen whether the brigantine was a craft of this class.”
“The brigantine was the _Maori Maid_ of Auckland, Captain Heselton, and the supercargo was young Robert Flemming.”
“In short, a brigantine is a mixed vessel, being a brig forward and a sloop aft.”
“It is true the brigantine was a very beautiful, as well as an exceedingly swift vessel; but all this was lost on Rose, who would have admired a horse-jockey bound to the West Indies, in this the incipient state of her nautical knowledge.”
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