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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: swab, swab down (v)
Definition: To mop.

Term: swabbie (n)
Definition: A common sailor.

Term: swamp (v)
Definition: To fill with water over the side of a boat.

Term: swash (n)
Definition: A narrow channel of water between a sandbank and the shore.

Term: sway up (v)
Definition: To handle slack out of a halyard by looping a bight under a belaying pin, then taking a grip with the other hand high on the line and leaning backward to put full body weight into the effort. The resulting slack is then pulled briskly under the pin and the effort repeated until the halyard is taut.
See Also: haul

Term: sweat (v)
Definition: To put a great effort into a physical task, as in: "With this wind, you will need to really sweat up that halyard."
See Also: horse

Term: sweep (n)
Definition: A long oar, often mounted singly astern and used as a rowing rudder or scull.
See Also: scull, rudder, oar

Term: swell (n)
Definition: The massive generalized vertical movement of the sea. This is an unscientific term for deep ocean waves with a very long period.
See Also: wave, period, ground swell

Term: swimming ladder (n)
Definition: Temporary steps that can be lowered into the water over the side to assist swimmers to climb back on board the vessel.
See Also: boarding ladder

Term: swimming platform (n)
Definition: A permanent shelf-like structure installed astern near the waterline to assist swimmers to climb back on board the vessel.

Term: swing (v)
Definition: 1) To turn, as a propeller. “She is swinging a 48 inch propeller.”2) To turn from one direction to another at anchor.

Term: swing the compass (v)
Definition: To sail carefully over eight or more planned courses in relation to fixed markings, and note the difference between the compass reading and the actual course. This is a practical method of determining the deviation of a compass; as in: “I always use ranges when swinging the compass.”
See Also: variation, deviation

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