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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: render (v)
Definition: To test the way a line passes through a block to be sure it moves freely.

Term: repeater (n)
Definition: An electronic device that receives and amplifies radio signals.

Term: reserve buoyancy (n)
Definition: The attribute of certain hull shapes having ample freeboard to keep their buoyancy or even exhibit extra buoyancy when put under stress in heavy seas or when heavily loaded.

Term: reship (v)
Definition: 1) To sign on for another voyage on a ship. 2) To load cargo again

Term: responder (n)
Definition: The transmitter portion of a transponder.

Term: retriever (n)
Definition: A line attached loosely to the lower part of a spinnaker and used to haul the sail back aboard when lowering.
See Also: spinnaker, chute

Term: return (n)
Definition: The reflection of a radar signal showing a target on the screen.
See Also: echo

Term: revenue cutter (n)
Definition: A fast, lightly armed schooner-rigged ship employed by the US government to enforce tariff laws in the 18th and 19th centuries.
See Also: Coast Guard

Term: revenue cutter service (n)
Definition: An enforcement arm of the US Government established 1790 to enforce tariff laws, and later to offer rescue service. The service became the US Coast Guard in 1915.
See Also: coast guard, revenue cutter

Term: revenuer (n)
Definition: A boat employed in the collection of taxes.

Term: reverse sheer (n)
Definition: A design feature evident in the side view of a vessel where the sheer slopes downward toward the bow or stern

Term: reverse transom (adj)
Definition: Describing the plan view of a vessel where the transom is raked inward. “She’s a reverse transom yawl.”

Term: reverse transom (n)
Definition: The flat outboard stern structure of a ship from keel to deck, having an inward rake rather than the more common outward rake. The design allows for a longer waterline and shorter deck measurement which can be an advantage for a racing sailboat.

Term: rhumb (n)
Definition: 1) Any of the points on a marine compass. 2) A course line on a single heading.
See Also: great circle

Term: rhumb line (n)
Definition: A course line that follows a single heading. A rhumb line will intersect all meridians at the same angle.
See Also: rhumb, great circle

Term: ribbands (n pl)
Definition: Thin strips of wood fastened to the molds to fair them and hold them in place during construction

Term: ribs (n pl)
Definition: The frames of a ship, colloquial.
See Also: frames

Term: ride (v)
Definition: To swing at anchor or on a mooring.

Term: riding light (n)
Definition: Anchor light. A single white light mounted forward in the rigging, visible in all directions, indicating the vessel is at anchor.
See Also: anchor light

Term: rig (n)
Definition: Any of the classic combinations of masts and sails; as in: “Of all the sail plans, nothing is more handsome than the Bermuda rig.”

Term: rig (v)
Definition: To assemble and install the parts of a ship’s rigging.

Term: rigger (n)
Definition: A crewman expert in the arts of sewing, splicing, whipping and knot tying, and who makes and maintains the ropes and sail attachments.

Term: rigging (n)
Definition: 1) All of the wires, blocks, ropes, spars and other hardware installed abovedeck with which the sails are hoisted and trimmed. 2) Booms and tackle for hoisting.

Term: rigging knife (n)
Definition: A knife carried by all seamen and used for cutting rope and marline. Typically a rigging knife has a broad blade, blunt at the tip so it can not be used for stabbing.
See Also: rigging

Term: right (v)
Definition: To turn over a capsized boat so that it is upright again


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