Definitions

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

  • n. An Inuit or Eskimo boat consisting of a light wooden frame covered with watertight skins except for a single or double opening in the center, and propelled by a double-bladed paddle.
  • n. A lightweight canoe that is similar in design.
  • intransitive v. To go, travel, or race in a kayak.
  • transitive v. To go or travel on (a body of water) by kayak: kayaked rapids of the Colorado River.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of small boat, powered by the occupant or occupants using a double-bladed paddle in a sitting position.
  • v. to use a kayak, to travel or race in a kayak
  • v. to traverse a body of water by kayak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light canoe, made of skins stretched over a frame, and usually capable of carrying but one person, who sits amidships and uses a double-bladed paddle. It is peculiar to the Eskimos and other Arctic tribes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hunt or travel in a kayak. Eskimo kayaking near Amadjuak Bay, Baffinland.
  • n. In Greenland, a light fishing-boat, made of sealskins stretched over a wooden frame, having in the middle of the upper side an opening to receive the fisherman, who wraps himself in a flap of sealskin, which is laced close around the hole to prevent the penetration of water.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. travel in a small canoe
  • n. a small canoe consisting of a light frame made watertight with animal skins; used by Eskimos

Etymologies

Canadian Eskimo and Inuit qajaq.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Western Canadian Inuktitut ᖃᔭᖅ (qajaq, "man's boat"), from Proto-Eskimo *qyaq. (Wiktionary)

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  • See tricks in case you want to understand who used specific tags on a page.

    December 23, 2008

  • I, like reesetee, suspect that this tag is the result of someone tagging an entire list at once (you know you can do that, right? Saves A LOT of time!).

    In general, if you're like me at all, you'll see a lot of tags that may bug you in their inaccuracy or impenetrableness, but there's no way to change them unless you are the individual who tagged them as such. Tags help organize stuff, and that sometimes means a given tag is useful only for an individual rather than the collective. I know I have some tags that are important to me on specific lists, and I also know that some others don't like them.

    December 23, 2008

  • No, there isn't--and in any case, that person (who could very well be Yours Truly) may be using this as a sort of "shortcut" tag to avoid having to individually tag an entire list of words when tagging the whole list at once would do.

    Don't know about anyone else, but as far as I'm concerned, you can tag words as you wish, so long as you're not insulting or offensive about it. :-)

    December 23, 2008

  • No.

    December 23, 2008

  • It is a boat, not a ship. Is there any way to remove someone else's erroneous tag?

    December 23, 2008