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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: auxiliary (adj)
Definition: Having sails as the principal means of propulsion but also equipped with a small supplementary engine; as in: “We went for a morning sail on board a small auxiliary ketch.”

Term: auxiliary engine (n)
Definition: A motorized propulsion system secondary to sail, normally used only for docking and maneuvering

Term: avast (interjection)
Definition: Stop or cease. (from the Dutch: hold fast ) A shipboard command, archaic and out of use.
See Also: belay

Term: awash (adj)
Definition: 1) Intermittently flooded by waves or tide. Filled with water, flooded; as in: “The cabin sole is awash.” 2) floating, or floating about; as in: “The debris was awash in the harbour.”

Term: aweather (adv)
Definition: Toward the windward or weather side of the ship; as in: “It is safer to leave the mark aweather.”

Term: aweigh (n)
Definition: Raised clear of the bottom, referring to the anchor, indicating that the ship is under way.

Term: awl (n)
Definition: A pointed wooden tool used for unlaying the ply of a rope for splicing.
See Also: marlinspike

Term: awning (n)
Definition: A temporary or collapsible covering made of material supported on a frame or bent on the rigging to provide shade and shelter.

Term: aye, aye-aye (pron: eye-eye) (adv)
Definition: An affirmative answer, meaning the order is understood and will be carried out promptly; as in: “Aye-aye sir.”

Term: azimuth (n)
Definition: An arc of the horizon measured from True North through 360 degrees to determine the direction of a star or other celestial body. Technically, the point where a vertical plane passing through the star and the earth’s center meets the horizontal plane as seen from the observer. In use, the navigator uses tables to determine the approximate azimuth of a star for correct identification before taking a sight with a sextant.

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