from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A boat with two parallel hulls or floats, especially a light sailboat with a mast mounted on a transverse frame joining the hulls.
- n. A raft of logs or floats lashed together and propelled by paddles or sails.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A raft consisting of two or more logs tied together.
- n. A raft used on the St Lawrence River by lashing two ships together.
- n. A small rectangular raft used in dockyards to protect the hulls of large ships.
- n. A twin-hulled sailing yacht, especially one used for racing, the hulls being connected by a deck carrying the mast, rigging, cockpit and cabin.
- n. A quarrelsome woman; a scold.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of raft or float, consisting of two or more logs or pieces of wood lashed together, and moved by paddles or sail; -- used as a surf boat and for other purposes on the coasts of the East and West Indies and South America. Modified forms are much used in the lumber regions of North America, and at life-saving stations.
- n. Any vessel with twin hulls, whether propelled by sails or by steam; esp., one of a class of double-hulled pleasure boats remarkable for speed.
- n. A kind of fire raft or torpedo bat.
- n. A quarrelsome woman; a scold.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of float or raft used by various peoples.
- n. Any craft with twin hulls, the inner faces of which are parallel to each other from stem to stern, and which is propelled either by sail or by steam. Sometimes shortened to cat.
- n. A quarrelsome woman; a vixen; a scold: a humorous or arbitrary use, with allusion to cat or catamount. See cat, 4.
- n. In lumbering, a small raft carrying a windlass and grapple, used to recover sunken logs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sailboat with two parallel hulls held together by single deck
That word, ironically, is the origin for the English word catamaran, now applied to sleek, luxury yachts.
The man was blowed to pieces, I tell you, by a thing called a catamaran, off the coast o '
And we were fully justified in hoping that we should be successful, for the catamaran was a wonderfully speedy craft, especially before the wind; we calculated that the savages would scarcely average more than four knots per hour paddling in the open sea, even with the wind in their favour, while the catamaran would do ten easily.
A clumsy affair called a catamaran, the acephalous ancestor of the torpedo, was expected to relieve the sea of some thousands of people who had no business there.
It was now the middle of March, and we had taken nothing; neither had we fired our cannon, excepting at a miserable sort of a half boat and half raft, called a catamaran: made of five light logs, with a triangular sail.
A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed. Late A Surgeon On Board An American Privateer, Who Was Captured At Sea By The British, In May, Eighteen Hundred And Thirteen, And Was Confined First, At Melville Island, Halifax, Then At Chatham, In England ... And Last, At Dartmoor Prison. Interspersed With Observations, Anecdotes And Remarks, Tending To Illustrate The Moral And Political Characters Of Three Nations. To Which Is Added, A Correct Engraving Of Dartmoor Prison, Representing The Massacre Of American Prisoners, Written By Himself.
The "Plastiki" catamaran, which is made from 12,500 bottles and is the brainchild of an heir to Britain's Rothschild banking fortune, was greeted by hundreds of well-wishers as it ended the 15,000-kilometre (9,000-mile) journey.
The University of Miami's state-of-the-art 96-foot catamaran, which is named for the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science's first dean, is being used to collect critical data from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Gulf of Mexico.
The simple idea of joining two tankers like a catamaran could be the future of energy storage, researchers say.
Perhaps team 4 gets as far as the 'catamaran' but falters thereafter.
He was talking about the front page of the sports section, where the America's Cup had been taken away from the American team, which had raced a kind of catamaran, and given to the New Zealand team.
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