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Definition of "outrigger" []

  • Nautical 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)
  • Nautical A long thin float attached parallel to a seagoing canoe by projecting spars as a means of preventing it from capsizing. (noun)
  • Nautical A vessel fitted with such a float or beam. (noun)
  • Nautical A support for an oarlock projecting from the side of a racing shell. (noun)
  • Nautical A racing shell fitted with such a support. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "outrigger" in a sentence
  • "The larger sort do not require what we may call the outrigger rowlocks."
  • "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."
  • "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."