from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A projecting beam or spar run out from the side of a vessel to help in securing the masts or from a mast to be used in extending a rope or sail.
  • noun A long thin float attached parallel to a seagoing canoe by projecting spars as a means of preventing it from capsizing.
  • noun A vessel fitted with such a float or beam.
  • noun A support for an oarlock projecting from the side of a racing shell.
  • noun A racing shell fitted with such a support.
  • noun A projecting frame extending laterally beyond the main structure of a vehicle, aircraft, or machine to stabilize the structure or support an extending part.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A frame used on a farm wagon, to enable it to carry larger loads, as of hay.
  • noun Nautical: A spar rigged out from a ship's top or crosstrees, to spread the breast-backstays.
  • noun Any boom rigged out from a ship's side to hang boats by.
  • noun A heavy spar or strong beam of wood placed across a ship's deck, lashed securely to both sides of the ship, and having tackles from its projecting ends to the masthead, to assist in securing the mast while the ship is hove down.
  • noun Any spar thrust out to help to give a lead to a purchase or to extend a sail.
  • noun An iron bracket fixed to the outside of a boat and carrying a rowlock at its extremity, designed to increase the leverage of the oar.
  • noun Hence A light boat provided with such apparatus.
  • noun A frame rigged out from the side of canoes in the islands of the Indian and Pacific oceans, to form a counterpoise and prevent the boat from upsetting.
  • noun In machinery: A pulley or wheel extended outside of the general frame of a machine.
  • noun The jib of a crane, or a joist projecting from a building to support a hoisting-tackle.
  • noun See the quotation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Any spar or projecting timber run out for temporary use, as from a ship's mast, to hold a rope or a sail extended, or from a building, to support hoisting teckle.
  • noun A projecting support for a rowlock, extended from the side of a boat.
  • noun A boat thus equipped.
  • noun A projecting contrivance at the side of a boat to prevent upsetting, as projecting spars with a log at the end; also used attributively, as an outrigger canoe.
  • noun (Aeronautics) A projecting frame used to support the elevator or tail planes, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nautical any of various projecting beams that provide support for a mast or, fitted with a float, provide support for a canoe
  • noun nautical an outrigger canoe
  • noun an extention mechanism, often retractable when not in use, on a boat, vehicle, or structure which helps stabilize the boat, vehicle, or structure to keep it from tipping over

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

  • noun a stabilizer for a canoe; spars attach to a shaped log or float parallel to the hull


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The larger sort do not require what we may call the outrigger rowlocks.

    Man on the Ocean A Book about Boats and Ships

  • This is prevented by an outrigger, which is formed of elastic rods of tough wood, which, being firmly bound together, project at right angles from the upper works.

    Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon

  • The outrigger is a log of wood fixed at the end of two poles, which lie across the vessel, projecting eight or ten feet, according to her size.

    Captain Cook His Life, Voyages, and Discoveries

  • Being so narrow it would have upset, but it had an outrigger, which is a plank, or log, as long as the boat, pointed at the fore end.

    Taking Tales Instructive and Entertaining Reading

  • "One of them is associated with a waka outrigger of which there's only ever been two other finds in New Zealand," he says.

    Radio New Zealand News Headlines

  • Mr. Harcourt and his outrigger were again skimming on the surface and floating about Rose; Mr. Greydon either had some excuse for calling on Arthur, or called without any excuse at all, except the old hackneyed one of "the fatality," and by his manner to Janet, Blanche was led to the comfortable conviction that, by giving Mr. Greydon this living, she should at once provide her village with an unexceptionable pastor, and pay off some of her debt of gratitude to the Hopkinson family.

    The Semi-Detached House

  • Here's a page about the kind of outrigger canoe I purchased (I bought a used canoe, yellow on the top instead of the blue shown in the photos).

    March 8th, 2008

  • There's also a report here from JordanCon 2009, where among other things the story for the 'outrigger' Wheel of Time novels Jordan planned before his death can be found.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • There's also a report here from JordanCon 2009, where among other things the story for the 'outrigger' Wheel of Time novels Jordan planned before his death can be found.

    Wheel of Time Book 12 Cover Blurb

  • Sanderson also confirmed that Tor Books want the sequel/'outrigger' trilogy which is, at least in part, the story of Mat and Tuon on the Seanchan home continent to be written, but, although Jordan created more detailed notes of Seanchan than have appeared in the books, he didn't create an outline for the books.

    Updates from Sanderson, Martin, Williams & Lynch


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