American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A light, open, slender boat that has pointed ends and is propelled by paddles.
- v. To carry or send by canoe.
- v. To travel in or propel a canoe.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A light boat designed to be propelled by a paddle or paddles held in the hands without fixed supports. The canoes of savage races are constructed of bark (as the birch-bark canoe of the American Indians) or hides, or formed of the trunks of trees, excavated by burning or cutting them into a suitable shape. The birch-bark canoes are light and can be carried on the shoulders, one large enough for four persons sometimes weighing no more than 40 or 50 pounds. The modern canoe, employed chiefly for pleasure, is a light boat, carvel- or clinker-built, sharp at both ends and with a beam one eighth or one sixth its length; it is usually built of wood, but sometimes of canvas, paper, galvanized iron, or other material, and often provided with sails. The typical wooden cruising canoe is about 14 feet long, 27 to 30 inches beam, decked over, and fitted with water-tight compartments. The paddle is 8 or 10 feet long, and the sails are usually lugs.
- Canoe-shaped. Applied by Pennsylvania geologists to the mountains of that State whose structure gives them a resemblance in form to an Indian canoe. There are anticlinal and synclinal canoe mountains, the one being like the other inverted.
- To paddle a canoe; sail in a canoe.
- n. A small long and narrow boat, propelled by one or more people (depending on the size of canoe), using single-bladed paddles. The paddlers face in the direction of travel, in either a seated position, or kneeling on the bottom of the boat. Canoes are open on top, and pointed at both ends.
- n. slang An oversize, usually older, luxury car.
- v. To ride or paddle a canoe.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A boat used by rude nations, formed of trunk of a tree, excavated, by cutting of burning, into a suitable shape. It is propelled by a paddle or paddles, or sometimes by sail, and has no rudder.
- n. A boat made of bark or skins, used by savages.
- n. A light pleasure boat, especially designed for use by one who goes alone upon long excursions, including portage. It it propelled by a paddle, or by a small sail attached to a temporary mast.
- v. To manage a canoe, or voyage in a canoe.
- v. travel by canoe
- n. small and light boat; pointed at both ends; propelled with a paddle
- Adopted in 16th century from Spanish canoa, borrowed in turn by Columbus from Taino kanoa ("dugout canoe"). (Wiktionary)
- French canoe and Spanish canoa (French, from Spanish), of Cariban origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And then there's the Guinean-born guy suffering from what he describes as canoe sickness, an illness that keeps him from his dream of playing professional soccer.”
“The bottom of his canoe is a wrack of fish — pike and walleyes stacked like driftwood.”
“We decided on the word canoe, which is a word that Christopher Columbus heard from some of the Indians.”
“Did I venture to run the wildest rapids of the creek in the clumsy box which I called my canoe, she trusted her newest frock and ribbons to my seamanship.”
“It was what they call a canoe (so the Flamingoes told me), and most of the men in it were black; but there was one white man who had a curious stick in his hand, which he every now and then would point at some bird or animal, and then he made tire come out of the stick, and the bird or animal generally got hurt.”
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“But where the currents come together he canoe is turned over.”
“We'll have to portage," Corliss said, as Frona turned the canoe from the bank.”
“It was in the fall of 1896 that the two partners came down to the east bank of the Yukon, and drew a Peterborough canoe from a moss-covered cache.”
“She was too gentle to tyrannize over her playfellow, yet she had ruled him abjectly, except when in canoe, or on horse or surf-board, at which times he had taken charge and she had rendered obedience.”
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