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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: admiralty mile (n)
Definition: A nautical mile.

Term: admiralty pattern (adj)
Definition: Specifying a type of anchor used on British ships of previous centuries, characterised by a straight shank with two arched arms ending in leaf-shaped flukes.

Term: adrift (adj or adv)
Definition: 1) Without power, oar or sail to provide control to the ship. (RR) under way with no way on, not secured to shore, or anchored or aground. 2) Drifting, at the mercy of the wind and current; having no means of directing the motion of the vessel.

Term: advance (v)
Definition: To determine your position on a chart by calculating the distance and course travelled since the previous fix; as in: “Advance your position”
See Also: dead reckoning

Term: advance (n)
Definition: The distance a ship travels in its original heading after putting the helm over for a course change.

Term: aerodynamics (n)
Definition: The study of the effect of air moving across a foil and creating forces that act upon a body in motion In sailing, aerodynamics is the study of the way wind across the sails drives the boat.

Term: afloat (adj or adv)
Definition: Borne on top of the water; floating.

Term: afoul (of) (n)
Definition: Tangled with, or in a collision with.

Term: aft (adj)
Definition: Near the stern of a ship. as in: “Stand watch on the aft deck.”

Term: aft (adv)
Definition: Near, toward or at the stern of a ship. as in: “He called all hands aft.”

Term: after (adj)
Definition: Located toward the stern of a ship; as in: “Secure the after hatch.”

Term: after cabin (n)
Definition: The captain’s cabin aft having spacious accomodation and its own companionway.

Term: afterdeck (n)
Definition: All parts of the upper deck of a ship that lies abaft amidships.

Term: afterhook (n)
Definition: The joint between the keel timber and stern timber of a wooden vessel.

Term: agger (n)
Definition: Two consecutive high or low tides that show little range.
See Also: double tide

Term: aground (adv)
Definition: The position of a ship when the hull is lodged in the bottom or on the shore and cannot manoeuvre; as in: “Keep to the center of the channel or you will run aground.”
See Also: run aground

Term: ahead (adv)
Definition: 1) Forward, specifically a directive passed to the engine room indicating choice of shaft rotation 2) An order given to the helmsman indicating shaft rotation; as in: “All ahead one-third.”
See Also: astern

Term: ahead reach (n)
Definition: The distance traveled by a ship underway at full speed with engines reversed until she comes to a full stop.

Term: ahoy (interjection)
Definition: A shouted expression used to hail or attract the attention of another ship or a person ashore. This old fashioned term is anachronistic in modern times, and should be used sparingly, if at all. Try “HELLOOO!”
Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2006/02/nautical-anachronisms.html

Term: ahull (adv)
Definition: Lying adrift in heavy seas without power or sail set.
See Also: heave to

Term: aid to navigation (n)
Definition: Any of the markers and lights that are placed in nearshore waters to guide mariners to harbour and warn of unsafe waters.
See Also: navigation aid
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Term: air boat (n)
Definition: A light flat-bottomed boat propelled by a pusher-type airplane propeller mounted high aft, and steered by an aircraft rudder mounted in the air stream of the propeller. Air boats are commonly used in extremely shallow waters such as the Everglades swamp in Florida where they are capable of travelling over grass and even exposed shoals at very high speeds.

Term: air cushion vehicle (n)
Definition: A vessel having large downward-facing fans which generate a cushion of air lifting the vessel just above the surface of the water (or land). Such vessels have been used by the military as river patrol boats, and commercial carriers have also used larger models as passenger ships. By reducing or eliminating water resistance, the boats are capable of great speeds.

Term: aircraft carrier (n)
Definition: A navy ship with a landing deck for launching and recovering aircraft.

Term: airfoil (n)
Definition: A shape of material, such as a blade, wing or sail, over which air is forced to flow faster on one side than the other causing lift. (Note: not a traditional nautical term, but often applied to the shape of a fore and aft sail to explain its capacity to drive a ship to weather.)
See Also: hydrofoil


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