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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: headroom (n)
Definition: The vertical measurement between the cabin sole and the overhead.

Term: headsail (n)
Definition: Any sail mounted forward of the most forward mast.
See Also: jib, staysail, spinnaker

Term: headstay (n)
Definition: The most forward of the forestays providing support to the top of the mast.

Term: headway (n)
Definition: The ability of a vessel to move forward through the water.

Term: headwind (n)
Definition: A wind coming directly over the bow.

Term: hearty (n)
Definition: A bold sailor.

Term: heat exchanger (n)
Definition: A plumbing mechanism used for removing excess heat from engine cooling fluids.

Term: heave (v)
Definition: 1) To throw a line 2) To take a strain and haul in on a line.

Term: heave ho (interjection)
Definition: A call used coordinate the efforts of several seamen hauling on a line.
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Term: heave to (v)
Definition: To turn into the wind and set sails to stop or gain control in heavy weather. In practice a sailing vessel will reduce sail, back a foresail, sheet in an after sail and secure the helm to weather. A power vessel would turn into the seas and apply just enough power to maintain position. (Thanks to John Wade)
See Also: lay to, lay by, luff up

Term: heave to (interjection)
Definition: An order from a law enforcement vessel commanding a ship to stop, as in: "Heave to and prepare to be boarded!"
See Also: lay to, lay by

Term: heaving line (n)
Definition: A rope with a heavy knot on the end light enough for a seaman to throw to a dock or another vessel. The bitter end of the heaving line is secured to the end of a heavier dockline or towing line so that it can then be hauled over.
See Also: messenger

Term: heel (n)
Definition: 1) The bottom end of the mast. 2) The amount of leaning angle of a vessel under sail. 3) The aft end of a keel. 4) The hollowed base of a lead weight on the end of a leadline.
See Also: leadline

Term: heel (v)
Definition: To lean or tip under the influence of the wind on sails. Heeling is a normal characteristic of any sailing vessel, and is controlled by the ballast and underwater design of the boat.
See Also: list

Term: helm (n)
Definition: 1) The wheel , tiller or device which is used to steer a ship; as in: “A man can be tired after standing a four-hour watch at the helm.” 2) The position in the wheelhouse where the steering device is located.
See Also: helmsman, tiller, wheel

Term: helmsman (n)
Definition: A crew member assigned the task of steering the ship on a course; as in: “A good helmsman can anticipate the motion of the ship to keep a steady course.”

Term: help (n)
Definition: A cable that was run under the hull of a ship, drawn tight and fastened securely to the deck to keep the planking from opening up under strain. (Ancient)
See Also: frap, frapping, seizing

Term: hemisphere (n)
Definition: One half of a round planetary body, such as the earth.

Term: hemp (n)
Definition: A common Asian plant having tough stalk fibres that are used for making rope. Cannibis Sativa.

Term: hermaphrodite brig (n)
Definition: A two-masted ship square rigged at the foremast and schooner rigged at the main. A brigantine.
See Also: brig, brigantine

Term: high (adv)
Definition: At or toward the direction of the wind as close as the sails will allow.

Term: high and dry (adv)
Definition: Describing a vessel that has beached and, after the tide has fallen, is left completely out of the water.
See Also: beach

Term: high seas (adv)
Definition: On or toward deep water oceans. Referring to ocean waters beyond the continental shelf.

Term: high tide (n)
Definition: The period of time when tidal waters have reached their highest mark before receding.

Term: high water (n)
Definition: High tide.
See Also: high tide


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