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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: binnacle (n)
Definition: A stand or housing for the ship’s compass placed where it is easily seen from the helm.

Term: binnacle list (n)
Definition: Sick list. A roster of sick or injured crewmen who are not available for duty. On sailing ships the corpsman would post this list each morning in the ship's binnacle, where is would be handy for the officer on watch. (Thanks to John Hollister)
See Also: binnacle

Term: binocular, binoculars (n)
Definition: An optical instrument consisting of two matched telescopes connected by a bridge and having a device which changes the focal length for proper focus, and which employs lenses and prisms to magnify the image. (The term is commonly used in the plural: binoculars.)
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Term: bireme (n)
Definition: An early Roman galley propelled by two banks of oars.

Term: bitt (n)
Definition: 1) A heavy post substantially mounted on deck or on dockside, having a wider shape or cap or pin near the top, and used for securing lines such as the anchor rode, dock lines, or towing hawser. A bollard. A knighthead. 2) A pair of such posts mounted side by side, used for the same purposes, but which allow a seaman to change the direction of the line affording a better purchase; as in: “Make that line fast to the bitt.”
See Also: bollard, cleat
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Term: bitter end (n)
Definition: The end of a line, especially an anchor rode, which is turned around a bitt. The end of any line which is opposite to the working end. The free or slack end of a line. Ashore: the ultimate culmination of events.

Term: black flag (n)
Definition: The flag of a pirate ship, usually a black field bearing the white image of a skull and crossed bones.
See Also: Jolly Roger, blackjack

Term: black gang (n)
Definition: The engineroom crew, so called because their skin and clothing were dirtied by oil and smoke.
See Also: oiler

Term: blackjack (n)
Definition: 1) A canvas tankard coated with tar to make it watertight and used for drinking. 2) A pirate flag, typically a plain black rectangle

Term: blackstrake (n)
Definition: A strip of extra planking fastened outboard on the hull as chafing gear and protection against impact damage. On early ships these were usually tarred, hence the term blackstrake.
See Also: skid, fender

Term: blackwall hitch (n)
Definition: A knot used for bending a rope onto a hook, such as a cargo hook, easily and quickly tied and untied, and effective only under tension
See Also: knot, hitch

Term: blade (n)
Definition: 1) The flat end of an oar. 2) The curved face(s) of a propeller.

Term: blanket (v)
Definition: To block the wind by sailing on the weather side of another sailboat.

Term: blashing (v)
Definition: Pounding, as a boat will do in short seas when the bow lifts clear of the water then comes crashing down. The term is local to English ports on the North Sea.
See Also: pounding

Term: blast (n)
Definition: The signal of a ship’s whistle; as in: “Sound one blast when passing port to port.”

Term: blip (n)
Definition: The bright spot on a radar scope indicating a return or reflection of the radar signal from some object such as another ship or a buoy.
See Also: radar

Term: block (n)
Definition: A case with one or more sheaves or pulleys mounted on a shaft and having a becket at one end used to gain a mechanical advantage for raising heavy weights, or occasionally as a fairlead.
See Also: pulley, fairlead, block and tackle

Term: block and fall (n)
Definition: Block and tackle.

Term: block and tackle (pron: tay-cl) (n)
Definition: A pair of blocks with line rove through the sheaves, which can be employed as needed for heavy lifting, then stowed.
See Also: Spanish windlas

Term: blow (n)
Definition: A strong or violent wind, as in a storm or hurricane. The term is often used ironically as an understatement; as in: “That was a bit of a blow.” (referring to a hurricane)

Term: blow out (v)
Definition: 1) To tear a sail from carrying too much wind; “I’m afraid we might blow out a sail.” 2) To slacken and dissipate, referring to a storm; as in: “After three days the storm will blow itself out.”

Term: blow the stack (v)
Definition: To force compressed air through the exhaust pipes in order to clean them of creasote deposits.
See Also: stack, funnel

Term: blow up (v)
Definition: To start or originate by blowing wind; as in: “Looks like it may blow up a Nor’easter.”

Term: blower (n)
Definition: A rotary or impeller fan used to exhaust explosive gasses overboard before activating engines or electrical equipment.
See Also: ventilate

Term: blue jacket (n)
Definition: An enlisted man in the navy.
See Also: bluejacket


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