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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: dismast (v)
Definition: To lose the mast in an accident or foul weather, usually used in the past tense; as in: “We were dismasted in the storm.”

Term: displacement (n)
Definition: The weight of a mass of water pushed aside by the intrusion of a ship’s hull. One of the admeasurement of a ship: the weight of a volume of water equal to the underwater volume of a ship’s hull, expressed in tons.

Term: displacement hull (n)
Definition: A hull design that achieves buoyancy by displacing a volume of water equal to its weight. A design of a ship in which the displacement does not change significantly as the vessel moves through the water.
See Also: planing hull, catamaran

Term: displacement speed (n)
Definition: The maximum speed attainable by a displacement hull vessel, a function of its shape, waterline length, displacement and drag. Adding additional power beyond this speed may increase the speed by a small increment, but is not economical.
See Also: hull speed

Term: displacement tonnage (n)
Definition: The weight of a vessel expressed in long tonnes, determined by calculating the volume of seawater in cubic feet displaced by the floating vessel then dividing that result by 35. (Thirty five cubic feet of seawater equals one long tonne.)

Term: distress (n)
Definition: A state of danger to the lives of the passengers and crew of a vessel.
See Also: distress signal

Term: distress signal (n)
Definition: An emergency transmission on the marine radio, or by signaling device such as flares, dye markers, flags or guns, indicating danger to the lives of passengers and crew and requesting help.
See Also: distress

Term: ditty bag (n)
Definition: 1) A small sack in which a seaman stows his sail needles, string, wax, tape and other gear he uses to maintain sails, lines and rigging. 2) A sack in which a seaman carries his personal belongings.

Term: diurnal (adj)
Definition: Occurring at daily intervals. When referring to the tide chart, a diurnal tide means that the elapsed time between high tides would be about 24 hours; as in: “The tides in this region are diurnal.”
See Also: semi-diurnal

Term: dock (n)
Definition: 1. The designated water area, alongside or between piers,intended for ships to tie up for the purpose of loading or unloading cargo and passengers. (Thanks to Robert Bourke) 2. A platform or bulkhead next to navigable water where boats can tie up.
See Also: wharf, pier

Term: dock (v)
Definition: To navigate a boat alongside a wharf or into a slip.

Term: dockage (n)
Definition: The charge or fee for tying up at a dock; as in: “Dockage is $2.00 per foot per night.”

Term: docklines, dock lines (n)
Definition: Ropes specifically made up for use when securing the vessel to the dock.
See Also: rope, cordage

Term: dockmaster (n)
Definition: The manager of a docking facility.
See Also: wharfinger, wharfmaster

Term: dockside (n)
Definition: 1) The dock, or specifically that part of the dock alongside a ship. 2) The land area immediately adjacent to the dock.

Term: document (v)
Definition: To register a vessel with the government and furnish her with a number. A documented vessel enjoys certain privileges when operating in foreign waters, and incurs certain responsibilities in time of war.
See Also: register

Term: documentation (n)
Definition: !) The procedure of documenting a vessel. 2) The papers that entitle a vessel to be treated to special priviledges when entering a foreign port.

Term: documented vessel (n)
Definition: A ship or large private vessel that has been registered with the federal government rather than a state or province. Such vessels display the name of the ship on the stern rather than a registration number.
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Term: dodger (n)
Definition: A piece of fitted material lashed or mounted around the cockpit to provide some protection from spray.

Term: dog (v)
Definition: 1) To secure a hatch by tightening down the dogs. 2) To follow in rotating sequence (a reference to the organisation of watches stood aboard ship).
See Also: dog watch

Term: dog (n)
Definition: A latch for fastening down a hatch, often a sturdy thumb screw or spike screw which turns down over an open-sided hasp.

Term: dog star (n)
Definition: 1) Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens, found in the constellation Canis major (literally “large dog”, hence the dog star). 2) Procyon, another star in Canis Major, which rises before Sirius. (The name Procyon means”before the dog”, and is sometimes mistaken for Sirius.

Term: dog watch (n)
Definition: Either of two two-hour periods of deck duty, between 4 and 6 pm, and between 6 and 8 pm. The dog watches are intended to make service of the evening meal more efficient, and to rotate the watch schedule for the crew.
See Also: watch

Term: dog's body (n)
Definition: 1) A derogatory term for a pudding made of peas that was served aboard ships of the Royal Navy. 2) An inferior who is assigned the menial tasks.
See Also: burgoo

Term: doghouse (n)
Definition: A part of the belowdecks cabin which is raised above the deck level to provide additional headroom below.
See Also: cabin, trunk

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