Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical A large, fast, heavily armed three-masted Mediterranean galley of the 16th and 17th centuries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of rowable vessel of the 16th and 17th centuries, similar to a galley but larger, and normally equipped with sails.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large galley, having some features of the galleon, as broadside guns; esp., such a vessel used by the southern nations of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. See galleon, and galley.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large galley formerly used in the Mediterranean, carrying generally three masts and perhaps twenty guns, and having castellated structures fore and aft, and seats amidships for the rowers, who were galley-slaves, and numbered sometimes more than three hundred, there being as many as thirty-two oars on a side, each worked by several men.

Etymologies

French galeasse, from Old French, from Old Italian galeaza, augmentative of galea, galley, from Old Proven├žal or Catalan; see galley.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Compared to the low, crowded galley, the galleass was a roomy and much more seaworthy ship.

    Famous Sea Fights From Salamis to Tsu-Shima

  • The galleass was the most splendid vessel of her kind afloat, Don Hugo one of the greatest of Spanish grandees.

    English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century Lectures Delivered at Oxford Easter Terms 1893-4

  • In September a sirocco blew out of Africa, and a Venetian galleass made ready to run for the Adriatic.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • It seemed a somewhat pointless exercise, since the galleass had ceased being a water-capable means of transport quite some time ago.

    The Shadow Of The Lion

  • Through the expanded perception of her dream-sense, Taen recognized the triple ring of force which once shot blazing bands of light around the wings of the stormfalcon she had released from the galleass Crow.

    Stormwarden

  • The helmsman drowsed against the binnacle with the wheel clamped in the friction brake as the galleass drifted under the limp billows of her staysails.

    Stormwarden

  • Skane's Edge Of the seven sailhands who manned the pinnace from the foun'dering of the galleass Crow only four reached the beaches of Skane's Edge alive.

    Stormwarden

  • Mired by the broad yards of her staysails, the galleass began to drink the sea.

    Stormwarden

  • He believed his sister had died, drowned without mercy by Anskiere's hand during the foundering of the galleass Crow.

    Stormwarden

  • The abandoned galleass settled slowly to her deep water grave.

    Stormwarden

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  • You are right, this one is more fun as an ink blot test!

    Gotta get my galleass moving!

    July 20, 2007

  • From the dictionary: A fighting galley, lateen-rigged on three masts, used in the Mediterranean Sea from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Also spelled galliass.

    But it really doesn't matter what it means--this is just a damn funny word. :-)

    July 20, 2007