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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: slog (v)
Definition: To beat into heavy seas.
See Also: pound

Term: sloop (n)
Definition: A sailing vessel carrying a single mast mounted slightly forward of the beam and a jib.

Term: sloop of war (n)
Definition: A warship carrying a single deck of guns.

Term: smack (n)
Definition: A sailing vessel used for coastal fishing.

Term: small bower (n)
Definition: The starboard or reserve anchor, usually deployed only after the best bower has been let down
See Also: best bower, anchor

Term: small circle (n)
Definition: A course line on the surface of the earth that represents the junction of a plane that does not pass through the center of the sphere.
See Also: great circle

Term: small circle (n)
Definition: A course line on the surface of the earth that represents the junction of a plane that does not pass through the center of the sphere. (A course following a parallel of latitude, except for the equator, would be a small circle route.)
See Also: great circle

Term: small craft (n)
Definition: A waterborne vessel incapable of the sea hardiness of a ship. The term is used by the US Coast Guard in warnings of approaching heavy weather. “Small craft warnings are being displayed.”

Term: smallstuff (n)
Definition: String, twine, whipping cord and other kinds of lesser cordage used for binding. lashing and tying off. “Get some small stuff and secure that deck anchor to the chocks.”
See Also: junk

Term: smart (adj)
Definition: Lively and alert.

Term: smartly (adv)
Definition: Pertaining to work that is to be done quickly and correctly.

Term: smoke stack (n)
Definition: The vertical pipe for venting engine exhaust gasses from a motor vessel.
See Also: stack, funnel
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Term: smoking lamp (n)
Definition: An oil lamp that was often mounted outside the galley of wooden ships where sailors could get a light for their pipes. A symbolic smoking lamp is still used on some modern ships to signify times when it is permitted to smoke at designated safe areas.

Term: snag (n)
Definition: A hazard to navigation lying just below the surface of the water.
See Also: ledge

Term: snatch block (n)
Definition: A block with a hinged side which can be opened to allow a bight of line to be looped over the sheave.

Term: snorkle (n)
Definition: An intake and exhaust pipe assembly on a submarine, allowing the vessel to vent gasses and take in fresh air while operating submerged.

Term: snorter (n)
Definition: A light line fastened on the mast with a grommet at the end on which a sprit is suspended.
See Also: becket, snotter

Term: snotter (Nova Scotia)
Definition: A short lanyard which suspends the forward end of a sprit from the mast.
See Also: snorter, becket

Term: snub (v)
Definition: To take a turn on a bitt to check the run of a line.

Term: snug (adj)
Definition: Describing a very sturdy and seaworthy ship.

Term: snug (v)
Definition: To fasten down tight.

Term: soft chine (n)
Definition: Describing a hull shape having a wide angle to the edge formed where the bottom joins the topsides.
See Also: chine

Term: sole (n)
Definition: The deck of a cabin or cockpit.

Term: solo (adv)
Definition: Referring to a vessel operated by a single person
See Also: single hander

Term: sonar (n)
Definition: An electronic instrument that can detect underwater objects, such as submarines. The instrument emits a distinctive bell-like tone through an underwater speaker, then measures the time span until the return of an echo. (Acronym derived from "SOund Navigation And Ranging" - SONAR)
See Also: echo sounder, acoustic navigation


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