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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: engine instruments (n)
Definition: All of the guages that monitor the function and condition of the power plant.

Term: engine room (n)
Definition: A lower compartment for housing the propulsion system of a ship.

Term: engine room telegraph (n)
Definition: A mechanical signaling device for communicating propulsion orders and acknowledgements between the bridge and the engine room.

Term: engineer (n)
Definition: The position of any crewmember responsible for the maintenance and operation of the ship’s engines. The rank or rating of such crewmembers.

Term: ensign (n)
Definition: 1) The flag which identifies the nationality of a ship. 2) The national flag of a ship emblazoned with a nautical symbol, such as an anchor. 3) The entry level rank of a young naval officer.

Term: enter (v)
Definition: To clear customs and perform other administrative duties upon arrival at a foreign port before allowing passengers or crew to go ashore.

Term: entrance (n)
Definition: An opening which allows safe access to a harbour; as in: “The entrance is clearly marked with buoys and lights.”

Term: entry (n)
Definition: The shape of a hull forward to the bow, describing the tendancy of the hull to part the water and push it down and to the sides.
See Also: run

Term: ephemeris (n)
Definition: A catalogue of tables showing the location of various celestial bodies at specific moments in time throughout the year; consulted by the navigator in preparation for taking sights of celestial bodies.
See Also: astronomical almanac, nautical almanac

Term: EPIRB (n)
Definition: Acronym for Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon, a radio transmitter that emits a distinctive distress signal to aircraft and satellite receivers supplying an exact position for search and rescue missions. (Note: some EPIRB units are now outdated and should be replaced.) Click here for current US Coast Guard infomation on EPIRBs
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Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2006/01/epirb.html

Term: epoxy (n)
Definition: A polymer resin used for coatings and adhesives. The glue employs a chemical reaction between a resin and a hardener, therefore it is mixed just before application. As the reaction takes place, the mixture “goes off”, hardens and binds.

Term: equation of time (n)
Definition: A correction added to apparent time to calculate local mean time, an important figure in determining a position using celestial navigation.

Term: equator (n)
Definition: 1) A great circle of the earth which is equidistant from both poles at every point; zero degrees latitude. The line. 2) A great circle of the celestial sphere whose plane is perpendicular to the axis of the earth.
See Also: great circle

Term: equatorial (adj)
Definition: Relating to the geographic equator of the earth.

Term: equinox (n)
Definition: The day, twice each year, when the sun is perpendicular to the earth’s equator, causing day or night to be exactly 12 hours anywhere on the earth. The term means, literally, “equal-night”. The event occurs about March 21 (the vernal equinox) and September 23 (the autumnal equinox) each year.

Term: escort (n)
Definition: One or more armed ships which accompany other more vulnerable vessels in order to provide protection; as in: “An aircraft carrier always has an escort of destroyers.”

Term: estuary (n)
Definition: An area of waterway where river water flows into the sea. When there is abundant outflow and a filling tide such areas can be very turbulent.

Term: even keel (n)
Definition: In a state of stability, having the waterline at the same marks on both sides of a ship, not listing or heeling.
See Also: Plimsoll line

Term: evening star (n)
Definition: A bright star or planet clearly visible in the west just after sunset when the horizon is still clearly visible. The evening star is often the planet Venus, which is used for one of the star sights taken by a celestial navigator in the evening.

Term: exposed anchorage (n)
Definition: A location which is unprotected from the weather or seas and is therefore a poor choice for mooring or anchoring.
See Also: protected anchorage.

Term: external ballast (n)
Definition: Heavy weight built into the bottom of the keel of the vessel to increase stability.
See Also: ballast

Term: eye bolt (n)
Definition: A threaded metal shaft with a loop at one end, often used for fastening a painter in a small boat.

Term: eyesplice (n)
Definition: A permanent loop made up in the end of a line by weaving the end through the lays in the bight. The loop is made large for docklines, or small for anchor lines or for securing a line to a block, and can be made up over a thimble.
See Also: long splice, short splice

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