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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language: A comprehensive nautical dictionary, complete with usage, examples suggesting good seamanship, images of ships and gear and a nautical blog.


Or click a letter: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


The wind blows free!

The SeaTalk Dictionary has become a standard reference for English nautical language around the world. Check out the Cluster Map at the bottom of this page to see what I mean.

For the past 40 years, this has been a labour of love. The mail I receive from seafaring folks and modellers around the world is truly gratifying. From the very beginning, I wanted this dictionary to be freely available to everyone...no subscriptions, no usernames, no access codes, or charges...and I want to keep it that way.

The SeaTalk Dictionary has always been FREE.

There were no home computers when I got started with this work. I painstakingly typed citations and definitions on 3X5 cards. I still have some of those cards.

My first computer was a Macintosh that cost me $4000 back in the 1990s. That was a big step forward for the dictionary. And then along came the Internet. With a pokey dial-up modem and the technical skill of webmaster Bruce Dienes, I was able to mount my first website seven years ago.

No dot com for SeaTalk. I chose the "info" suffix, because that represented exactly the kind of reference work I had in mind: free to everyone, always available, always growing and getting better. I paid all the bills out of my own pocket. Now I am asking you to help.


The index card was typed over 30 years ago. The illustrated website entry is a great improvement.

SeaTalk remains a free service. That's not going to change. But please, if you can afford to help with this service, pitch in a few dollars. Just click the DONATE button.

Thank you!


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