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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: lash (v)
Definition: To tie down securely using rope or cords.

Term: lashing (n)
Definition: Cord used for tying down gear.

Term: lateen rig (adj)
Definition: Describing a Mediterranean type of vessel driven by a triangular sail bent on a long spar hoisted at an angle on a low mast.
See Also: sprit rig

Term: lateral marks (n)
Definition: Aids to navigation such as buoys or daymarks which designate a safe channel for entering or leaving harbor or for sailing inland waterways.
See Also: daymark, cardinal mark

Term: lateral stability (adj)
Definition: Pertaining to the ability of a sailboat to resist heeling and movement to lee.

Term: latitude (n)
Definition: The angular distance North or South of the Equator. A parallel of latitude.
See Also: longitude, parallel

Term: launch (n)
Definition: 1) A small boat carried on board ship and used for transportation ashore, for small expeditions and as a lifeboat. 2) The act of putting a boat in the water.
See Also: boat, gig

Term: launch (v)
Definition: To put a boat into the water. To allow a completed ship to slide down the ways into the water for the first time.

Term: launching ramp (n)
Definition: A roadway sloping down into the water for launching boats.
See Also: marine railway, hard

Term: launching tube (n)
Definition: A tunnel leading below from the deck forward of the headstay from which a spinnaker can be quickly hoisted.
See Also: spinnaker

Term: law of the sea (n)
Definition: A body of international public law governing navigation, international waters, mineral rights and boundaries between adjacent nations.
See Also: admiralty law

Term: lay (n)
Definition: 1) The direction of twist of a nine strand rope. When the twisted parts have come apart, the rope is said to have become unlayed. 2) The amount of advance over one complete turn in a strand of rope. 3)The total profit after expenses from a commercial sailing voyage; share (archaic).
See Also: share

Term: lay (v)
Definition: To go purposefully to a location on board, as in: “Lay forward and tend the jib.” 2) To appear in a certain direction, as in “The lighthouse lay off the starboard bow.”

Term: lay by (v)
Definition: Heave to. To bring a vessel into the wind and stop.
See Also: lay to, heave to

Term: lay down (v)
Definition: To draw the lines when designing a vessel.

Term: lay to (v)
Definition: Heave to. To bring a vessel into the wind and stop.
See Also: heave to, lay by

Term: lay up (v)
Definition: To haul a boat out of the water and store it for the winter.

Term: laying down (v)
Definition: Diminishing, referring to the wind strength, as in: "The wind is laying down...let's bend on the drifter."
See Also: light air

Term: laying down (v)
Definition: Diminishing, referring to the wind strength, as in: "The wind is laying down...let's bend on the drifter." (Thanks to Tommy Richardson)
See Also: light air

Term: lazaret, lazarette (n)
Definition: 1) A storage locker located below the after deck. 2) A quarantine ship.
See Also: glory hole

Term: lazy jacks (n)
Definition: Several slack light lines running from the masthead on either side of the sail to the boom to keep the sail in place when lowering.
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Term: leach (n)
Definition: The trailing edge of a three sided marconi rig sail. Also spelled leech.

Term: lead (pron: leed) (v)
Definition: To follow a direction, as in “The jib sheet leads aft to the cockpit.”

Term: lead (pron: leed) (n)
Definition: An opening in sea ice through which a vessel may navigate.
See Also: sea ice

Term: leading light (n)
Definition: A lighted aid to navigation that indicates by colors or ranges the location of safe waters.
See Also: range, sector light


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