from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Nautical Situated or positioned outside the hull of a vessel.
  • adj. Nautical Being in a position that is away from the center line of the hull of a ship.
  • adj. Situated or positioned toward or nearer the end of a wing of an aircraft.
  • n. An outboard motor.
  • n. A boat with an outboard motor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Situated outside the hull of a vessel.
  • adj. Positioned away from the centre line of a ship or aircraft.
  • n. An outboard motor.
  • n. A vessel fitted with an outboard motor.
  • n. A studio having outboard gear (compressor, equalizer, etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beyond or outside of the lines of a vessel's bulwarks or hull; in a direction from the hull or from the keel; -- opposed to inboard

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, outward: noting anything that is without or on or toward the outside of a ship: as, the outboard works; the outboard end of a propeller-shaft. See inboard.
  • Nautical, in a direction laterally away from the center of a ship: the opposite of inboard: as, to move an object outboard.
  • In mech., situated on the outer side or the side farther from the main center. Thus, the outboard bearing of a flywheel on an engine is the bearing which is farther from the crank than the fly-wheel itself, the inboard bearing being between the fly-wheel and the crank.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. located away from the midline of a vessel or aircraft
  • n. internal-combustion engine that mounts at stern of small boat
  • n. a motorboat with an outboard motor


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