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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: Jones Act (n)
Definition: A law of the United States, the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (46 U.S.C. 883), popularly known as the "Jones Act," which requires that only U.S.-built, U.S.-owned, and U.S.-crewed vessels be used to transport merchandise in U.S. domestic trade.
See Also: merchant marine act

Term: juliet (n)
Definition: The phonetic term used on radio transmissions to represent the letter "j".
See Also: phonetic alphabet

Term: jump ship (v)
Definition: To desert from duty at a distant port, or fail to return on board when the ship sails.
See Also: desertion

Term: jumper stay, jumper (n)
Definition: A short stay mounted on the forward part of the upper mast to brace against the force of the backstay. The jumper is fastened at a tang near the masthead, leads over a short jumper strut then back to another tang on the upper mast forming a strong triangle.
See Also: jackstay

Term: jumper strut (n)
Definition: A short brace protruding from the upper mast over which the jumper stay is led.
See Also: jack strut

Term: junk (n)
Definition: 1) An asian ship with several masts carrying full-battened square sails. The foremost mast is typically raked foreward over the bow. 2) Short pieces of old rope, kept on hand for caulking, gun wadding and other handy uses.
See Also: sampan, Chinese junk

Term: jury (adj)
Definition: Describing an improvised repair.

Term: jury rig (n)
Definition: A piece of equipment made out of materials at hand to take the place of a broken part.
See Also: Dutchman

Term: jury rig (v)
Definition: To assemble in an emergency a working part from materials at hand. For example, if the mast were carried away, a seaman might jury rig a replacement mast using a boom.


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