from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A swift Malayan sailboat with a triangular sail and single outrigger.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sailing vessel found in the waters of Micronesia and Indonesia; it has a single, large outrigger and a triangular sail
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sailing canoe of the Ladrone Islands and Malay Archipelago, having its lee side flat and its weather side like that of an ordinary boat. The ends are alike. The canoe is long and narrow, and is kept from overturning by a cigar-shaped log attached to a frame extending several feet to windward. It has been called the flying proa, and is the swiftest sailing craft known.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of Malay vessel remarkable for swiftness, formerly much used by pirates in the Eastern Archipelago.
His proa is the only vessel that is provided with a compass; it also has one or two swivels or small guns, and is perhaps armed with muskets.
His proa is the only vessel provided with a compass; it also has one or two swivel or small guns, and is perhaps armed with musquets.
His mention at the bottom of page 19 of sailors immediately made me think of the degree of specialization in an 18th or 19th century man-of-war, compared to the very little division of labor in, for example, a trireme or a proa.
The traditional dugout canoe, proa, and catamaran used for fishing and marine transportation require high-quality hardwood.
The traditional oru is a Pacific proa-type vessel with a single outrigger.
Sunda, Banca, Rhio, Dryan, Malacca, and Singapore, since 1823, and have known some few European vessels and many native proas taken; but, in all my voyages up and down, I never saw a boat or proa that I felt certain was a pirate.
One of our visitors was very communicative, and by means of signs and a few words of the Malay language, which we understood, he explained that their Rajah's proa was armed with two small guns, and carried a compass.
A small coasting proa was seen to the northward but soon afterwards lost sight of, steering towards Timor.
When we landed we found a piece of wood upon the beach with a nail-hole in it: it had probably been part of a Malay proa; for a fleet of such visitors, consisting of twenty-six vessels on the trepang fishery, was seen in this neighbourhood by the French in 1801; * and, according to their report, annually visit this part of the coast.
On running alongside the proa, the letter was displayed, but they appeared frightened and unwilling to bring to, and repeatedly pointed towards the headmost proa in which their Rajah sailed.