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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: Q-ship, Q ship (n)
Definition: A warship disguised as a merchant vessel, a tactic employed to draw enemy submarines into gunfire range.

Term: quadrant (n)
Definition: 1) An archaic navigation instrument used to measure the elevation of celestial bodies above the horizon. 2) A piece of metal fabricated in the shape of a quadrant and fastened to the top of the rudder post to which steering cables are attached. (Thanks to David Norman)
See Also: sextant, astrolabe, rudder post

Term: quarantine (n)
Definition: 1) A period of time during which a ship that has contageous disease aboard may not land. 2) A regulation that isolates a ship for health reasons. 3) The moorage where a ship under isolation must remain until cleared by health officials.

Term: quarter (n)
Definition: The stern part of a vessel on either side of the rudder.

Term: quarter berth (n)
Definition: A seaman’s bed located near the stern

Term: quarter gallery (n)
Definition: A decorative balcony attached to the stern quarter of 17th century ships. Some were fitted with ports and latrines for ship's officers, and many adorned with elaborate gilded carvings.(Thanks to John Hollister)
See Also: quarter, head

Term: quarterdeck (n)
Definition: The upper exposed deck at the stern of a vessel, the province of the ship's officers, and usually the location for ceremonial functions and for disciplinary hearings.

Term: quartering (adj)
Definition: Describing seas that are arriving at an angle on the stern.

Term: quartermaster (n)
Definition: A navy petty officer responsible for the ship’s steering equipment and the signals.

Term: quay (pron: kay) (n)
Definition: A pier or dock providing shipside access for passengers and cargo.
See Also: dock, wharf, pier

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

Term: queue (pron: kyou) (n)
Definition: A short braided pigtail of a seaman’s hair, often payed with tar.


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