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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: stand (v)
Definition: 1) To hold a course. 2) To perform regular duties, as in “Stand your watch.”

Term: stand by (obj)
Definition: 1) Radio language signifying “Wait by the receiver for further traffic.” 2) To remain close to a vessel in distress in order to render aid.

Term: stand down (v)
Definition: To turn over responsibility to another crewman and go off duty for a period of time.

Term: stand off (v)
Definition: 1) To move away from another ship, or from the shore. 2) To tack back and forth offshore, out of reach of shore batteries.

Term: stand tide (n)
Definition: The period between tides, when the water is neither rising nor falling.
See Also: slack tide

Term: stand-on vessel (n)
Definition: The power vessel that must maintain course and speed when meeting another vessel at sea and collision is possible. Nevertheless, the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea allows the stand-on vessel to take action to avoid a collision.
See Also: give-way vessel, right of way

Term: standard (n)
Definition: A pennant, flag or banner identifying the ship’s ownership, home country or other association
See Also: flag, pennant

Term: standing (adj)
Definition: Referring to a type of rigging that is fixed and not adjusted at sea, including shrouds, fore and backstay, martingale and others.
See Also: running

Term: standing block (n)
Definition: That part of a block and tackle system which is attached to the permanent support.
See Also: fled block

Term: standing headroom (n)
Definition: Sufficient vertical space in a cabin or belowdecks so that crewmembers may stand comfortably.

Term: standing lug (n)
Definition: A sailplan featuring a four-sided sail bent on a yard hauled to a short mast on an angle, often with a boom for the foot and the tack secured to the mast.
See Also: dipping lug

Term: standing part (n)
Definition: That section of a line that is fastened to a fixed point and does not move.

Term: standing rigging (n)
Definition: Wires bracing the fixed spars of a sailboat, such as shrouds, fore and backstays, bobstay.
See Also: running rigging

Term: standing wave (n)
Definition: A shallow water waveform that does not advance across the surface, caused by current flowing over an irregular bottom.
See Also: stationary wave

Term: star (n)
Definition: A distant celestial body, once used for navigation, as in “All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.”

Term: star sight (n)
Definition: A measurement by sextant of the altitude of a star in relation to the horizon, made by a navigator to determine a fix.
See Also: sight

Term: starboard (pron: starb'd) (adj)
Definition: The right side of a vessel when seen by someone facing the bow; as in: "The green running light is always mounted on the starboard side." From the ancient Egyptian steering board.
See Also: port, steering board

Term: starboard tack (pron starb'd) (n)
Definition: Sailing with the wind coming over the starboard side of the vessel; as in: "A sailboat on a starboard tack has the right of way."
See Also: port tack

Term: start (n)
Definition: The beginning a sailing race, usually signalled by firing a canon

Term: start (v)
Definition: To begin a sailing race by crossing the starting line after the gun

Term: starting line (n)
Definition: An imaginary line between two points over the water, at which a sailing race begins. Usually the starting line is determined by the wind direction just before the race begins so that the first leg is a reach. The line is usually between a special buoy and the committee boat.

Term: stateroom (n)
Definition: A cabin with toilet on a passenger ship.

Term: station (n)
Definition: 1) A seaman’s assigned place of work, or his assigned area of responsibility in an emergency. 2) Any of th specific points in line drawings of a boat design which serve as points of reference and measurement during construction

Term: stationary front (n)
Definition: A unmoving boundary between two air masses.

Term: stationary wave (n)
Definition: A shallow water waveform that does not advance across the surface, caused by current flowing over an irregular bottom.
See Also: standing wave


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