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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: hail (v)
Definition: 1) To call another ship at sea, either by radio or shouting, to get her attention 2) To be registered as representing a certain port of origin, as in: “She hails from New Orleans.”

Term: hail (n)
Definition: A call or salutation from one ship to another.

Term: halcyon days (adj)
Definition: Peaceful, calm and pleasant days at sea. (This is a reference to the halcyon, a mythical bird like a kingfisher who nested at sea around the winter solstace and caused the seas to be calm.)

Term: half breadth (n)
Definition: One of the views of a ship’s design drawings showing half of the vessel as seen from overhead. The lines of the half breadth are superimposed over the lines drawings to correct the lines and make them fair.

Term: half mast (adv)
Definition: Referring to a flag flown well below the masthead as a sign of mourning.

Term: half model (n)
Definition: A scale model fashioned out of wood of only one side of a ship design, used to visualize the lines and as a reference when building the ship.

Term: halyard (n)
Definition: An arrangement of line and blocks employed to hoist a sail or flag.

Term: hammock (n)
Definition: A mesh fabric slung between two points either as a berth or a place to store gear. A sleeping hammock slung fore and aft is self leveling on board a rolling vessel, and affords an easier sleep for the seaman
See Also: berth

Term: hamper (v)
Definition: To interfere with the normal movement of a ship by ignoring the rules of the road.

Term: hand (n)
Definition: A working seaman, as in: "All hands, on deck!"
See Also: deckhand

Term: hand (in) (v)
Definition: To furl a sail, as in "hand in the mains'l!"
See Also: furl, secure

Term: hand over hand (adv)
Definition: Describing a lively way to raise a light sail, hauling with one hand while reaching up with the other, and hauling again.
See Also: hoist, haul

Term: handsomely (adv)
Definition: Describing a shipboard task that is done with care and attention to detail.

Term: handspike (n)
Definition: A lever bar, as might be used on a capstan.
See Also: marlinspike

Term: handy (adj)
Definition: Referring to a vessel that is easy to sail and which controls with little effort.

Term: hanging locker (n)
Definition: A storage compartment tall enough to hang garments.

Term: hanks (n)
Definition: Snap hooks sewn to the luff of a sail for bending the sail onto a stay.
See Also: lacing

Term: harbor, harbour (n)
Definition: A safe, protected waterway adjacent to shore facilities.

Term: harborage (n)
Definition: A sheltered waterway used for mooring and docking.

Term: harbormaster (n)
Definition: A local government official who regulates and enforces the rules for operation in the harbor.

Term: hard (adv)
Definition: All the way over, as in the steering direction “hard astarboard.” Firmly, completely, as in “hard aground.”

Term: hard (n)
Definition: A large gently-sloping harbourside area that is uncovered at low water,and covered to a sufficent depth at high water that a boat may be launched. "The Town Hard can be found at the end of Mill Lane." The hard may also be used to careen a boat for scrubbing the bottom and making minor repairs. (Thanks to Tony Hays and John Hollister)
See Also: careen, launching ramp

Term: hard aground (adv)
Definition: Describing the situation when a vessel has its keel lodged firmly in the bottom and cannot move.
See Also: aground

Term: hard alee (adv)
Definition: All the way opposite the wind, as a tiller direction when tacking: “Ready about...hard alee!”

Term: hard aport (adv)
Definition: A turn all the way over as far as the helm will allow in the direction of the port side of the vessel.


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