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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: log book (n)
Definition: The ship’s record book or journal, containing entries of all the important happenings on board: weather, navigation data, watch keepers’ names, sightings, and other information deemed important to the master. Log.
See Also: log

Term: log on (v)
Definition: To formally join as a working member of the crew of a ship by entering the man's name on the manifest.
See Also: log, manifest, captain's log

Term: log on (v)
Definition: To formally contract as a working member of the crew of a ship by entering the man's name on the manifest.
See Also: log, manifest, captain's log

Term: logged (adj)
Definition: Having the interstitial spaces in the timbers of a wooden ship sodden with water and weakened.
See Also: water logged

Term: loggerhead (n)
Definition: 1) A sturdy post on a whaling launch used to secure the harpoon line. 2) A stick with an iron ball at the end, used as a tool to pay deck seams with tar. (Like a belaying pin, the loggerhead was also a handy weapon.)
See Also: belaying pin

Term: long liner (n)
Definition: A fishing vessel that trawls with a line that may be up to several miles in length and equipped with numerous hooks.

Term: Long Range Acoustic Device (n)
Definition: An electronic loudhailer that employs a parabolic dish to focus a narrow sound beam and project it over long distances. The device can be used for communication, or for emitting a powerful piercing sound capable of disabling attackers.
See Also: LRADª, loudhailer

Term: long shot (n)
Definition: A firing of cannon at a distant target with almost no hope of actually hitting it.

Term: long splice (n)
Definition: A joint of a foot or more between two lines using only part of each lay for the splice so that the line is smooth and even, and will run through a block without binding.
See Also: splice, short splice

Term: longboat (n)
Definition: 1) A lapstrake Viking open ship with a sweeping high sheer forward carrying a figurehead, a single square downwind sail, and rowing stations. 2) The largest launch carried on a ship.

Term: longitude (n)
Definition: A great circle through the poles identified in degrees East or West from the prime meridian at Greenwich England. A meridian of longitude.
See Also: latitude

Term: longshoreman (n)
Definition: A wharf worker who loads and unloads ships.
See Also: stevedore

Term: look alive! (interjection)
Definition: A stern command to crewmembers to rouse themselves to work.

Term: loom (n)
Definition: 1) The shaft of an oar. 2) A distorted shape that becomes gradually visible through fog or bad weather. 3) The glow in the sky marking the direction of a light which is over the horizon

Term: loom (v)
Definition: To become gradually visible but distorted as viewed over the horizon or in bad weather.

Term: loose footed (adj)
Definition: Describing a marconi rigged sail that is attached to the boom only at the tack and clew.
See Also: club footed

Term: LORAN (n)
Definition: A series of navigation transmitters ashore that transmit unique signals that can be identified and located by a ship’s navigator to determine his position LORAN is an acronym for LOng RAnge Navigaion

Term: loudhailer (n)
Definition: An electronic speaking horn used to amplify the voice so that it can be heard at long distances.
See Also: LRAD

Term: low (adj)
Definition: 1) Describing an object in the sky near the horizon Low in the sky. 2) Located near the equator, as in: “He did all his sailing in the low latitudes.”

Term: lower (v)
Definition: 1) To bring down the sail. Douse. 2) To ease a lifeboat over the side and into the water.
See Also: douse

Term: lower branch (n)
Definition: The half of a plane of a meridian that intersects the opposite side of a sphere from a given location.
See Also: upper branch

Term: lower lights (n)
Definition: Minor lighted navigation aids.
See Also: minor light

Term: lower unit (n)
Definition: The transmission, shaft and propeller assembly of an outboard motor.
See Also: Z-drive

Term: LRADª (n)
Definition: Acronym for Long Range Acoustic Device, developed by American Technology Corp. An electronic loudhailer that employs a parabolic dish to focus a narrow sound beam and project it over long distances. The device can be used for communication, or for emitting a powerful piercing sound capable of disabling attackers.
See Also: loudhailer
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Term: LST (n)
Definition: Landing Ship Tank, a ship used by the U.S. Navy to carry battle-ready tanks, troops and cargo to a beach. A ramp on the bow can be let down to put the men and cargo ashore directly on the beach.


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