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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: mayday (interjection)
Definition: The universal spoken word of a radio call for help, indicating that there is immediate danger for loss of life. (From the French "m'aider" meaning "help me". Pronounced "May Day" and always spoken three times to alert all radio operators.)
See Also: pan, securite

Term: mean sun (n)
Definition: A ficticious reference point for determining time accurately, using an imaginary sun traveling along the celestial equator at a constant rate.

Term: meeting (n)
Definition: The situation when two vessels are passing nearly bow to bow.
See Also: crossing, overtaking

Term: Mercator projection (n)
Definition: A chart on which the meridians are drawn parallel to each other, and the parallels of latitude are closer together at the equator than near the poles. This is the conformal projection that is most commonly used for world maps.
See Also: chart

Term: merchant marine (n)
Definition: 1) The body of commerce that involves the shipping business and commercial ships. 2) All the seamen who work on commercial ships.
See Also: merchant marine act

Term: merchant marine 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: jones act

Term: merchantman (n)
Definition: A commercial ship.

Term: mere (n)
Definition: A body of standing water, such as a lake. (Archaic; root of such words as “mer” and “marine” meaning sea.)

Term: meridian (n)
Definition: 1) A great circle passing through both poles. 1) A line of longitude identified in degrees East or West from the prime meridian at Greenwich England.
See Also: longitude, meridian, prime meridian

Term: mermaid (n)
Definition: A fictional sea creature with the upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish.

Term: mess (n)
Definition: The dining compartment on a naval ship, or the group of crewmen who eat their meals at the same time.

Term: messenger (n)
Definition: A light heaving line by which a hawser may be hauled.
See Also: heaving line

Term: messmate (n)
Definition: Companions on board ship, as crewmen who take their meals together.
See Also: shipmate

Term: metacenter (n)
Definition: The center of buoyancy attained by a vessel when it heels or lists.

Term: middy (n)
Definition: Shortened form of midshipman, meaning a student officer.
See Also: midshipman, midships

Term: midshipman (n)
Definition: 1) An undergraduate student at the US Naval Academy. 2) Any young man serving in a training program to become a ship’s officer.
See Also: middy, midships

Term: midships (adv)
Definition: Amidships. At or toward the part of a ship halfway between the bow and stern
See Also: amidships

Term: midstream (adv)
Definition: In the center of a moving body of water, equal distance from the shore on both sides.

Term: mike (n)
Definition: 1) A slang or shortened term for the word "microphone". 2) The phonetic term used on radio transmissions to represent the letter "m".
See Also: phonetic alphabet

Term: minesweeper (n)
Definition: A naval ship equipped to find and disable undersea mines in order to clear a sea passage. Such ships are usually wood so as not to detonate magnetic mines.

Term: minor light (n)
Definition: A lighted aid to navigation not having the large powerful illumination and range of a lighthouse.
See Also: lower lights

Term: mizzen (n)
Definition: 1) The smaller aftermost mast on a ketch or yawl, or the smaller mast forward of the mainmast on a schooner. 2) The sail bent on the smaller mast.

Term: mizzenmast (n)
Definition: The smaller aftermost mast on a ketch or yawl, or the smaller mast forward of the mainmast of a schooner.
See Also: mizzen

Term: molds, moulds (n)
Definition: Working shapes of interior stations fashioned of wood and set up as a framework over which small boats are constructed.
See Also: stations, strongback

Term: monkey (n)
Definition: 1) A small trading vessel with a single square sail. 2) A small cask used to deliver rum to the enlisted mess in the British Navy. 3) A small tandem steam engine 4) An agile seaman who was quick and good at climbing the rigging.
See Also: brass monkey

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