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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: bar pilot (n)
Definition: A ship operator with special expertise for the local conditions of a particular harbour entrance, who hires himself out to visiting ships to conduct them safely over a bar and into the harbour.
See Also: bar, shoal, pilot

Term: Barber hauler (n)
Definition: Running fairlead for the jib sheet used to adjust the jib flatter.
See Also: fairlead

Term: barcalonga (n)
Definition: A small Mediterranean sailing vessel.

Term: bare a hand (interjection)
Definition: An order to join in and help with the work; take hands out of pockets and put them to use; as in: “Tell the Bosun to come on deck and bare a hand.”

Term: bare poles (adj)
Definition: Describing a ship that has taken down all of its sails in a violent storm.

Term: bareboat (n)
Definition: A boat which is chartered without crew.

Term: barge (n)
Definition: 1) A large flat-bottomed square-ended vessel used for transporting bulk cargo such as coal in inland or near-shore waters, pushed or towed by a tugboat. 2) A large auxiliary vessel used by the commander of a flagship: the Admiral’s barge. 3) An elaborate pleasure boat used as a state vessel.

Term: bark, barque (n)
Definition: 1) A three masted sailing ship, square-rigged at the fore and main masts, and fore-and -aft rigged at the mizzen 2) A small sailing ship, or any vessel propelled by sail or oars.
See Also: embark

Term: barkentine, barquentine (n)
Definition: A three-masted sailing ship square-rigged at the foremast, and fore-and-aft rigged at the main and mizzen This rig is a functional improvement on the bark, affording the ship better ability to weather.
See Also: bark

Term: barnacle (n)
Definition: A marine crustacean of the subclass cirripedia which adheres to rocks, docks and boat bottoms as an adult, feeding by gathering nutrients on its feathery appendages called cirri. Regarded as a nuisance by mariners because colonies of barnacles on the bottom of a vessel increase water resistance and slow the ship.

Term: barndoor rudder (n)
Definition: A slang term for a very large rudder.
See Also: rudder

Term: barograph (n)
Definition: An instrument for measuring barometric pressure and recording the readings over a period of time to graphically display pressure changes.
See Also: barometer

Term: barometer (n)
Definition: An instrument for measuring local barometric pressure, indicating the measurement on a scale calibrated in millibars or inches of mercury. By monitoring changes in barometric pressure, the seaman gains advance warning of impending weather systems.

Term: barometric pressure (n)
Definition: The weight of a column of air extending vertically from the observer’s position to the limits of the atmosphere, measured by an instrument employing a column of mercury. Changes in the weight of such a theoretical air mass have been shown to indicate impending changes in the weather.
See Also: barometer

Term: barque; barquentine (n)
Definition: Old spelling for bark and barkentine.

Term: barratry (n)
Definition: A legal term in admiralty law for the fraudulent act of causing damage to a ship or cargo, including desertion, scuttling and theft.
See Also: admiralty law, law of the sea

Term: barrier reef (n)
Definition: A coral reef lying offshore and running parallel to the beach which blocks access to navigation

Term: basin (n)
Definition: 1) A docking facility located along a tidal river or in a harbour; as in: “yacht basin”. 2) A small depression in the ocean floor. 3) A large depression in the earth’s surface filled with seawater; as in: “Atlantic basin”.

Term: bathyscaphe (pron: bath-i-scafe) (n)
Definition: A relatively small submersible vessel specially constructed to withstand enormous pressure and used to explore the deep ocean floor; as in: “The Alvin and the Trieste are two famous examples of the bathyscaphe.”

Term: bathysphere (n)
Definition: A hollow sphere heavily built of steel alloy and designed to withstand enormous outside pressure, used to carry observers to the deep ocean floors. The bathysphere, which was lowered on a cable and could not maneuver, has been largely replaced by the bathyscaphe for deep ocean exploration
See Also: bathyscaphe, submersible

Term: batten (n)
Definition: 1) A thin strip of wood or other rigid but flexible material which, when inserted into a fitted pocket in a sail, flattens the leach. 2) A strip of wood employed to cover the seams in certain methods of planking. 3) Strips of wood, often scrap, nailed over deck covers to secure them for a storm. 4) A long flexible strip of wood which is temporarily nailed along the frames of a ship abuilding to adjust the lines before planking up.

Term: batten pocket (n)
Definition: A slot sewn into the roach of a sail into which battens are inserted.
See Also: batten, roach

Term: batten seam (adj)
Definition: A method of construction used for double planking wooden boats in which the lighter weight inboard planks are placed parallel to the outboard planks, but offset so that the seams and joints are covered. The method affords considerable longitudinal strength, and reduces the likelihood of leaking, at the expense of greater weight.

Term: batten, batten down (v)
Definition: To employ strips of scrap wood to secure removable hatches in preparation for a storm; as in: “Go forward and batten down that hatch.”
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Term: battle cruiser (n)
Definition: A large warship carrying heavy armament, which is smaller, faster and more manoeuvrable than a battleship. Modern cruisers carry aircraft and are armed with missiles.


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