from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small three-masted Mediterranean vessel with both square and lateen sails.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, three-masted Mediterranean transport ship
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small three-masted vessel, with projecting bow stern and convex decks, used in the Mediterranean for transporting merchandise, etc. It carries large square sails, or both. Xebecs were formerly armed and used by corsairs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small three-masted vessel, formerly much used by the Algerine corsairs, and now in use to some extent in Mediterranean commerce.
He was the master of a small three-masted vessel called a xebec, armed for privateering, the _San Antonio_, manned by Ivizans, engaged in constant strife with the galliots of the Algerian Moors and with the ships of England, the enemy of Spain.
Yet all such speed was invisible, as the wind vanishes when a swift xebec scuds before a tempest on the Ocean of Urth. We drifted so lazily that if I had not had faith in Apheta and the Hierarchs, I would have feared we would never reach the ship at all and be lost forever in that endless night.
She was a xebec and looked handy enough -- I have always been lucky in my ships.
SHE WAS a xebec, low in the water and narrow at the waist.
"I thank you for my own part," replied I; "but in conscience could you have abandoned us, after taking away our horses, and making us go on board the xebec, whether we would or not?"
The cannonade which Bonaparte had heard since the morning, and the explosion of a Turkish gunboat, which was blown up by the artillery of the xebec, led him to fear that our situation was really perilous.
Cairo obliged us to leave the xebec and get on board a djerm.
He had received a wound in the right hand, when on board the xebec 'Cerf'.
"Here," he said, pointing to the lateen-rigged xebec; "you see that felucca-boat?"
And some of the day the xebec came and hit us abaft the beam.