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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: fagged (v)
Definition: Frayed, referring to the end of a line that has become unlayed.

Term: Fahrenheit (adj)
Definition: Relating to a scale for measuring temperature in which the freezing point of water under strict conditions is 32 degrees and the boiling point is 212 degrees.
See Also: Celsius, centigrade

Term: fail (v)
Definition: To weaken and break under stress; as in: “After a day in heavy seas the bobstay failed.”
See Also: carry away

Term: fair (adj)
Definition: 1) Referring to the shape of a vessel’s hull, smooth and flawless, with one curve flowing into the next one smoothly and with beauty, having no bumps or bulges or imperfections of line or construction which catch the eye. 2) Having sunshine and moderate winds and seas.
See Also: large

Term: fair (v)
Definition: To design and shape the hull forms of a vessel so that battens, planks and frames can be bent into place without breaking, and produce a hull with long flowing curves.

Term: fair-weather sailor (n)
Definition: One who ventures out on his boat only on fine days. The term is often derogatory, implying that the operator is not sufficiently competent or courageous to face the challenges of heavy winds and seas.

Term: fairing (n)
Definition: A part added during construction of a vessel for appearance’s sake in order to make a smooth line, and having no structural purpose.

Term: fairlead (n)
Definition: A block, padeye, ring or any other kind of gear which controls the path of a ship’s running rigging, and keeps it from fouling or chafing.
See Also: bullseye

Term: fairway (n)
Definition: A navigable deep channel leading through a harbor or along a shoreline.
See Also: channel, waterway

Term: fake (n)
Definition: A loop of line laid out on deck ready to use.

Term: fake (v)
Definition: To loosely lay out a piece of cordage on the deck ready for easy use. In practice, a seaman will lay out the line in the shape of a large figure of eight to keep the line from hockling.
See Also: flake, hockle

Term: fall (n)
Definition: 1) The free end of a block and tackle hoist, or the end to which the power is applied. 2) A block and tackle hoist, sometimes called a “block and fall”, or simply a “fall”.
See Also: block and fall

Term: fall block (n)
Definition: That part of a block and tackle system attached to the object that is to be hoisted or moved.
See Also: running block

Term: fall off (v)
Definition: To turn the boat away from the direction of the wind; to bear off alee.
See Also: head up

Term: false colors (n)
Definition: 1) A flag of a friendly nation flown by a pirate ship to deceive another ship into a sense of security. 2) A flag flown in order to deceive during war, once considered a clever strategy by warships of many nations. Before launching an attack, that flag was struck and the true colors hoisted.
See Also: true colors

Term: false keel (n)
Definition: A sacrificial wooden plate fastened to the bottom of the keel.
See Also: wormshoe

Term: false start (n)
Definition: An instance when a racing sailboat does not have all parts of the boat behind the starting line at the gun, obliging that vessel to return behind the line before beginning the first leg of a race.

Term: faltboat (n)
Definition: A small, collapsible canoe, usually made of rubberised material stretched over a frame.
See Also: foldboat

Term: fantail (n)
Definition: A rounded counter deck, or afterdeck which protrudes over the stern of a ship.

Term: fast (n)
Definition: Secure or cleated, as in a dock line. (Beware: “Make it fast,” means to secure a line to a bitt or cleat with a hitch or turns so that it will not slip. The phrase does not mean to hurry up.)

Term: fastenings (n pl)
Definition: Any of the common hardware used to join the boards and timbers of a wooden boat, such as screws, rivets, nails, trunnels, bolts and nuts.

Term: fathom (n)
Definition: A unit of measurement equal to six feet, used to measure water depth and the length of anchor rode. Note: The root of the word means "embrace", and derives its nautical use from the seaman’s practice of measuring a line by stretching it out as far as his arms reach, which is roughly six feet.
Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2006/10/fathom.html

Term: fathom (v)
Definition: To measure the water depth with a lead line.
See Also: sound, lead line

Term: fathometer (n)
Definition: A trade name for an instrument that measures water depth by emitting an electronic signal through the water and measuring the elapsed time for the signal to reflect off the bottom and return.
See Also: depth sounder

Term: fatigue (v)
Definition: To weaken as a result of constant strain and movement caused by wind and seas (referring to ship's gear and rigging).

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