from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long rowboat, pointed at both ends and designed to move and turn swiftly, formerly used in the pursuit and harpooning of whales.
- n. A boat similar to such a rowboat in size and shape; a whaler.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long narrow rowing boat, formerly used in whaling, which is pointed at both ends so that it can move either forwards or backwards equally well.
- n. A boat resembling this and carried on a warship or other ship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A long, narrow boat, sharp at both ends, used by whalemen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long narrow boat, sharp at both ends, and. fitted for steering with an oar as well as with a rudder, used in the pursuit of whales, and, from its handy and seaworthy qualities, also for many other purposes. It is usually from 20 to 30 feet long.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long narrow boat designed for quick turning and use in rough seas
Sorry, no etymologies found.