from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A projecting beam or spar run out from the side of a vessel to help in securing the masts or from a mast to be used in extending a rope or sail.
- n. Nautical A long thin float attached parallel to a seagoing canoe by projecting spars as a means of preventing it from capsizing.
- n. Nautical A vessel fitted with such a float or beam.
- n. Nautical A support for an oarlock projecting from the side of a racing shell.
- n. Nautical A racing shell fitted with such a support.
- n. A projecting frame extending laterally beyond the main structure of a vehicle, aircraft, or machine to stabilize the structure or support an extending part.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any of various projecting beams that provide support for a mast or, fitted with a float, provide support for a canoe
- n. an outrigger canoe
- n. an extention mechanism, often retractable when not in use, on a boat, vehicle, or structure which helps stabilize the boat, vehicle, or structure to keep it from tipping over
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any spar or projecting timber run out for temporary use, as from a ship's mast, to hold a rope or a sail extended, or from a building, to support hoisting teckle.
- n. A projecting support for a rowlock, extended from the side of a boat.
- n. A boat thus equipped.
- n. A projecting contrivance at the side of a boat to prevent upsetting, as projecting spars with a log at the end; also used attributively, as an outrigger canoe.
- n. A projecting frame used to support the elevator or tail planes, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical: A spar rigged out from a ship's top or crosstrees, to spread the breast-backstays.
- n. Any boom rigged out from a ship's side to hang boats by.
- n. A heavy spar or strong beam of wood placed across a ship's deck, lashed securely to both sides of the ship, and having tackles from its projecting ends to the masthead, to assist in securing the mast while the ship is hove down.
- n. Any spar thrust out to help to give a lead to a purchase or to extend a sail.
- n. An iron bracket fixed to the outside of a boat and carrying a rowlock at its extremity, designed to increase the leverage of the oar.
- n. Hence A light boat provided with such apparatus.
- n. A frame rigged out from the side of canoes in the islands of the Indian and Pacific oceans, to form a counterpoise and prevent the boat from upsetting.
- n. In machinery: A pulley or wheel extended outside of the general frame of a machine.
- n. The jib of a crane, or a joist projecting from a building to support a hoisting-tackle.
- n. See the quotation.
- n. A frame used on a farm wagon, to enable it to carry larger loads, as of hay.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stabilizer for a canoe; spars attach to a shaped log or float parallel to the hull
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