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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: bow line (n)
Definition: A rope used in docking, specifically made up to lead from the bow forward to the dock.

Term: bow thruster (n)
Definition: An auxiliary motor and propeller mounted athwartships at the bow, and employed to maneuver the ship sideways.
See Also: thruster

Term: bower (n)
Definition: An anchor carried at the bow of a ship ready to deploy.

Term: bowline (pron: beau-lun) (n)
Definition: 1) A knot used to form a loop or eye in the end of a line. This knot does not slip, and is easily unbent. 2) A line leading forward from the weather clew of a squaresail to keep the sail taut.
See Also: knot, hitch

Term: bowman (n)
Definition: The oarsman at the bow position of a pulling boat.

Term: bowse (v)
Definition: Alternate spelling of bouse.
See Also: bouse

Term: bowsprit (n)
Definition: A sturdy spar projecting forward over the bow to which the forestay is fastened providing a wide bearing angle for support of the mast, and offering additional space on which sails can be rigged.
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Term: bowsprit shrouds (n)
Definition: Opposing cables fitted horizontally from the end of the bowsprit to chainplates on the bows to support the bowsprit.
See Also: bobstay, headstay

Term: box (v)
Definition: 1) To tack a square-rigged vessel by luffing up, backing with the helm reversed until the sails are hauled around and filled, then bearing off. 2) To name all 32 points of the compass in order, a drill for apprentice seamen, still used as an exercise in discipline at naval or merchant marine academies.
See Also: box haul, box the compass

Term: box the compass (v)
Definition: To name all 32 points of the compass in sequence.
See Also: box
Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2005/11/box-compass.html

Term: boxhaul (v)
Definition: To tack a square-rigged vessel short round. To perform this maneuver, the sails were backed to take way off with the helm held to weather, causing the ship to go astern until the eye of the wind was on the other side. Then the sails were handled around to the new tack. This method of tacking required split second crew coordination, and was used only when absolutely necessary, such as when caught under a lee shore in light winds.

Term: boy (the) (n)
Definition: The ship's boy, or cabin boy, referring to a young boy who served the captain and ran errands.
See Also: ship's boy, cabin boy

Term: brace (n)
Definition: A line rigged to the end of a yard used to change the angle of a square sail to the wind.
See Also: splice the main brace

Term: brace (v)
Definition: To turn a yard on a square rigged sail, or to change the angle of a square sail to the wind; as in: “Go forward and brace the foresail aback.”
See Also: brace up, brace in

Term: brace in (v)
Definition: To trim a squaresail so that it lies more across the beam.
See Also: brace, brace up

Term: brace up (v)
Definition: To trim a squaresail so that it lies on a more fore and aft angle.
See Also: brace, brace in

Term: braid (n)
Definition: 1) A type of cordage in which the strands are woven together rather than twisted. 2) Decorative piping on the sleeve of a naval officer designating rank. 3) High ranking naval officers.

Term: brail (n)
Definition: 1) One of a series of lines used to haul a square sail up to the yard and secure it furled. 2) A line used to secure a furled fore and aft sail to the boom.

Term: brail up (v)
Definition: To haul up the foot of a squaresail using small lines. Once brailed up, the sail could then be furled and secured to the yard.

Term: brake (n)
Definition: A device on the windlass used to control or slow the descent of the anchor.

Term: brass (n)
Definition: An alloy of copper and zinc commonly used for fittings, accessories and decorative pieces on board ship. 2) The bright metal fittings and ornaments on board; as in: “Polish the brass.” 3) The senior officers; as in: “The brass are coming to inspect the ship.”
See Also: braid

Term: brass monkey (n)
Definition: Reputedly a metal plate mounted by the cannons for storing cannonballs. In very cold weather the balls could shrink, allowing them to roll off...hence the expression: "freeze the balls off a brass monkey." That story is nonsense, and the expression is more likely naughty than nautical. In fact, the cannonballs were stored on a wooden rack called a garland.
See Also: monkey, garland
Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2005/12/garlands-and-brass-monkeys.html

Term: bravo (n)
Definition: The phonetic term used on radio transmissions to represent the letter "b".
See Also: phonetic alphabet

Term: breach (n)
Definition: 1) A hole or opening broken in the hull through which water will enter. 2) The action of a whale when it leaps clear out of the water. 3) The event of a wave sweeping entirely over the deck of a ship.
See Also: breech, clean breach

Term: breach (v)
Definition: 1) To break an opening or hole in the hull of a ship. 2) (referring to a whale) To leap clear out of the water.
See Also: scuttle


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