from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small yacht of less than the unit of rating (one ton).


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  • There were, too, moonlight sails in Peggy's little half-rater, which she handled with a master hand.

    Peggy Stewart: Navy Girl at Home

  • She had a little money when she started to school, and with that and what she was able to earn at the school and by teaching during vacations she managed to work her way as -- what was termed rather contemptuously in those days -- a 'half-rater.'

    Booker T. Washington Builder of A Civilization

  • I've sailed a half-rater, and I don't mind getting wet, not a bit. "

    Torchy, Private Sec.


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