American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small three-masted Mediterranean vessel with both square and lateen sails.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small three-masted vessel, formerly much used by the Algerine corsairs, and now in use to some extent in Mediterranean commerce. It differs from the felucca chiefly in having several square sails as well as lateen sails, while the latter has only lateen sails.
- n. A small, three-masted Mediterranean transport ship
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A small three-masted vessel, with projecting bow stern and convex decks, used in the Mediterranean for transporting merchandise, etc. It carries large square sails, or both. Xebecs were formerly armed and used by corsairs.
- Either from French chébec, from Spanish xabeque (modern jabeque) or Catalan xabec, ultimately from Arabic شبّاك (šabbāk, "small warship, fishing boat"). (Wiktionary)
- French chebec, probably from Catalan xabec, from Arabic šabbāk, from šabaka, to entwine, fasten; see śbk in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He was the master of a small three-masted vessel called a xebec, armed for privateering, the _San Antonio_, manned by Ivizans, engaged in constant strife with the galliots of the Algerian Moors and with the ships of England, the enemy of Spain.”
“Yet all such speed was invisible, as the wind vanishes when a swift xebec scuds before a tempest on the Ocean of Urth. We drifted so lazily that if I had not had faith in Apheta and the Hierarchs, I would have feared we would never reach the ship at all and be lost forever in that endless night.”
“She was a xebec and looked handy enough -- I have always been lucky in my ships.”
“SHE WAS a xebec, low in the water and narrow at the waist.”
“I thank you for my own part," replied I; "but in conscience could you have abandoned us, after taking away our horses, and making us go on board the xebec, whether we would or not?”
“The cannonade which Bonaparte had heard since the morning, and the explosion of a Turkish gunboat, which was blown up by the artillery of the xebec, led him to fear that our situation was really perilous.”
“Cairo obliged us to leave the xebec and get on board a djerm.”
“He had received a wound in the right hand, when on board the xebec 'Cerf'.”
“Here," he said, pointing to the lateen-rigged xebec; "you see that felucca-boat?”
“And some of the day the xebec came and hit us abaft the beam.”
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