from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A large boat used in the far East, rarely exceeding 70 tons in burden, two-masted, and commonly carrying small swivel-guns. The Malay pirates employ these boats on account of their swiftness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Naut.) A small armed vessel, with sails and oars, -- used on the Malabar coast.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun nautical A small armed
vessel, with sailsand oars, used on the Malabarcoast.
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The Babu one day remarked with envy that he would soon be deemed worthy of promotion to Angria's own gallivat, whose crew consisted of picked men of all nationalities.
The motion of the gallivat at once ceased, and, the grab slowly creeping up to her, Desmond had to put his helm hard up to avoid a collision.
Could he stow himself on board a grab or gallivat, and try to swim ashore when near some friendly port?
Meanwhile Desmond himself, with the rest of the men, set about preparing the gallivat in which he was about to make his next move.
The gallivat, at any rate, appeared not to have suffered.
What if he could seize a grab or gallivat in the harbor?
The willing rowers on their benches could not know how slowly the vessel was moving, but it was painfully clear to Desmond at the helm; relative to the lights on shore the gallivat seemed scarcely to move at all.
Every other man was straining at his oar in the gallivat.
Miserable as he was, he would not have been a boy if he had not been interested in his novel surroundings; and no intelligent boy could have failed to take an interest in the construction of a gallivat.
He dared not order the men in the gallivat to cease rowing; he dared not leave the helm of the grab; he could but wait and hold his post.