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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: lie off (v)
Definition: To keep at a safe distance from shore or another vessel.

Term: lie to (v)
Definition: Heave to. To stop with the vessel heading into the wind.
See Also: heave to

Term: lie up (v)
Definition: To stay in dock.

Term: lie, lies, lying (v)
Definition: Being at a position or in a direction from the vessel. “She lies two points abaft the starb’d beam.”

Term: life jacket (n)
Definition: A personal flotation device (PFD)in the form of an outer garment made with sufficent flotation material to support a crewman if he goes into the water.
See Also: PFD, life vest

Term: life preserver (n)
Definition: Any device that contains sufficient flotation to support a person in the water.
See Also: personal flotation device (PFD)

Term: life vest (n)
Definition: A personal flotation device (PFD)in the form of a sleeveless outer garment made with sufficent flotation material to support a crewman if he goes into the water.
See Also: PFD, life jacket

Term: lifeboat (n)
Definition: A small sturdy boat launched from shipboard or the beach to save passengers in the event of shipwreck.

Term: lifebuoy (n)
Definition: A float which is thrown to a swimmer in danger of drowning to give him support until he can be rescued.
See Also: buoy

Term: lifelines (n)
Definition: Fencing made of wire and stanchions arranged around the edge of the deck to protect people from falling overboard.
See Also: liferails

Term: liferails (n)
Definition: Substantial solid fencing around the edge of the deck to protect people from falling overboard.
See Also: lifelines

Term: lift (n)
Definition: The hydraulic action on a foil that tends to raise a moving hydrofoil’s hull above the water. 2) A sudden increase in speed of a sailboat or an improvement in the ability to sail close hauled caused by an increase of wind speed or shift in wind direction 3) The aerodynamic capability of a sail to propel a sailboat foreward.

Term: light (n)
Definition: A lighthouse, or any fixed aid to navigation Each light has a distinguishing color and rate of flashing which is described on the chart.
See Also: lighthouse

Term: light air (n)
Definition: Weather conditions offering only enough wind to barely move a sailboat along.
See Also: waft

Term: lighter (n)
Definition: A barge used to unload cargo from ships where there is no adequate harbour.
See Also: barge

Term: lighter (v)
Definition: To take on cargo from a ship and carry it ashore by barge.

Term: lighterage (n)
Definition: 1) Barges engaged in carrying cargo ashore from ships. 2) The cargo which is carried ashore by a lighter. 3) The cost charged for carrying cargo ashore by lighter.

Term: lighthouse (n)
Definition: A major lighted aid to navigation usually situated ashore on promontories or islands to warn of dangerous waters.
See Also: light
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Term: lightship (n)
Definition: A small ship permanently moored near a charted danger to navigation displaying a bright light.

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

Term: limb (n)
Definition: The outer rim of the apparent circle of a celestial body, such as the moon The navigator would use the lower limb of the moon or sun for a celestial sight.
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Term: limber chain (n)
Definition: A length of light chain rove through the limber holes to facilitate cleaning.

Term: limber holes (n)
Definition: Openings let in the frames next to the keelson that allow bilge water to flow to the lowest point in the bilge where the pump is located.
See Also: limbers

Term: limbers (n)
Definition: Openings let in the frames next to the keelson that allow bilge water to flow to the lowest point in the bilge where the pump is located.
See Also: limber holes

Term: limey (n)
Definition: A British sailor, so called because their ships were supplied with limes on long voyages to prevent scurvy.


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