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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: float (v)
Definition: To rest suspended at the surface of the water.

Term: float plane (n)
Definition: A seaplane operating from the water having floats or pontoons for landing gear.

Term: floatage (n)
Definition: A fee charged for transferring railroad cars onto a barge.
See Also: flotage

Term: floatation (n)
Definition: Flotation
See Also: flotation

Term: floating dock (n)
Definition: 1) A platform buoyed by flotation material and secured to pilings or the shore yet free to rise and fall with the tides. This kind of dock is useful for small vessels because the lines can be secured taut and crew can have access to the boat without the need of ladders. 2) A floating drydock.

Term: flood (v)
Definition: 1) To fill the vessel, or a compartment of the vessel, with water; as in: “Close that valve or you will flood the engine room.” 2) To fill with water, referring to the incoming tide; as in: “The tide will start to flood at noon”

Term: flood tide, flood (n)
Definition: 1) The state of the tide when it is rising. 2) The period of time during which the tide is rising.
See Also: ebb

Term: floor (n)
Definition: 1) The bottom of the ocean. Seabed. 2) A transverse member mounted across the keelson of a wooden boat tying opposing frames and keel together. (usu: plurel)
See Also: deck, sole

Term: floor timbers (n)
Definition: Braces mounted transversely across the keel and tying the frames to the keel.
See Also: floor

Term: flotage (n)
Definition: 1) Any floating material. 2) Floatation.
See Also: flotsam, floatation

Term: flotation (n)
Definition: 1) Buoyant material installed in a vessel to keep it afloat even when swamped. 2) Material used in boats and docks to improve buoyancy; as in: “Styrofoam works very well as flotation under docks.” 3) Buoyant material filling certain life jackets and cushions.
See Also: floatation, flotage

Term: flotilla (n)
Definition: A fleet of ships, especially a grouping of several squadrons of warships.

Term: flotsam (n)
Definition: The floating debris of a shipwreck. Any floating discarded material.
See Also: jetsam

Term: flow (v)
Definition: To rise, referring to the tide.
See Also: flood, ebb

Term: fluke (n)
Definition: 1) The part of an anchor which digs into the bottom ground. See: appendix, anchor. 2) The horizontal tail paddles of a whale or dolphin; as in: “When the whale sounds you can get a clear view of its flukes.”

Term: fly (n)
Definition: The long dimension of a rectangular flag, or the part of a flag not attached to a staff or halyard; as in: “That flag is too large for the boat; the fly is over eight feet!”

Term: fly (v)
Definition: To display a flag by hoisting on a halyard; as in: “Be sure to fly the courtesy flag when entering a foreign port.”

Term: fly bridge (n)
Definition: Flying bridge, and alternate elevated operating station
See Also: flying bridge

Term: flyboat (n)
Definition: Any of a variety of light fast boats found especially in areas of Holland. (From the Dutch "vlieboot".)

Term: flying boat (n)
Definition: A seaplane which floats on its hull.
See Also: float plane, seaplane

Term: flying bridge (n)
Definition: The highest navigation station on a vessel, often an open platform above the cabin affording the helmsman duplicate controls and better visibility.

Term: flying jib (n)
Definition: A triangular sail bent on the outboard end of a jibboom extension at the tack and flown all the way forward of the jib.
See Also: jib, jibboom

Term: fo'c'sle (n)
Definition: Forecastle
See Also: forecastle

Term: fog (n)
Definition: A cloud which forms on or near the surface of a waterway, composed of condensed moisture suspended in the air.
See Also: brume, ice fog

Term: fogbound (adj)
Definition: 1) Unable to move because fog has reduced visibility and made safe navigation impossible. 2) Wrapped or covered in fog.

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