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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: trim (v)
Definition: 1) To adjust the sails so that their angle to the apparent wind achieves the most power possible. 2) To move carefully to the centerline of a canoe or small boat in order to maintain stability.
See Also: sailtrim

Term: trim (n)
Definition: The condition of a vessel that is loaded and balanced properly so that she floats correctly on her waterline. 2) The angle between the sail and the bow, as in, “Set the trim for a broad reach.” 3) The buoyancy and stability of a submarine.

Term: trim tabs (n)
Definition: Moveable plates mounted under the transom of a fast boat that can be adjusted electrically to help the boat plane with better trim.

Term: trimaran (n)
Definition: A very fast sailing vessel featuring a narrow central hull and two outboard hulls, with decking over all.
See Also: catamaran, multihull

Term: trip (v)
Definition: 1) To free an anchor by hauling on a tripline at the flukes. 2) To raise or lower a yard while turning it parallel to the mast.
See Also: tripline

Term: trip anchor (v)
Definition: To drive the ship toward the anchor while shortening the rode so that the anchor tips vertically breaking the flukes clear of the bottom.

Term: tripline (n)
Definition: A light line secured to the tip of the anchor and marked with a float, employed to release the flukes when they are fouled on the bottom.
See Also: trip

Term: troll (v)
Definition: To fish using a baited line towed behind a moving boat.

Term: trondheim skiff, drontheim skiff (n)
Definition: A classic double-ended fishing boat of Northern Ireland and the islands of Scotland. Descended from the Viking designs originating near the town of Trondheim, Norway, these skiffs were lapstrake, carried a heavy centerboard, and were usually gaff or sprit rigged. Many working skiffs around the world are descended from these craft.
See Also: collingwood skiff, watts skiff

Term: trontheim skiff (n)
Definition: A classic double-ended fishing boat of Northern Ireland and the islands of Scotland. Descended from the Viking designs originating near the town of Trondheim, Norway, these skiffs were lapstrake, carried a heavy centerboard, and were usually gaff or sprit rigged. Many working skiffs around the world are descended from these craft.
See Also: collingwood skiff, watts skiff

Term: troop ship (n)
Definition: A ship used to carry troops and military equipment to and from an area of conflict.
See Also: transport

Term: tropic of Cancer (n)
Definition: A line at 23.5 degrees north latitude, the most northerly point where the sun reaches 90 degrees above the horizon at the summer solstace.

Term: tropic of Capricorn (n)
Definition: A line at 23.5 degrees south latitude, the most southerly point where the sun reaches 90 degrees above the horizon at the summer solstace.

Term: tropical cyclone (n)
Definition: A large circular storm having winds of 74 miles per hour or more.
See Also: hurricane, Beaufort scale

Term: tropical disturbance (n)
Definition: A developing cyclonic storm in the lower latitudes that has not yet reached hurricane force.
See Also: hurricane, tropical storm

Term: tropical disturbance (n)
Definition: A developing cyclonic storm in the lower latitudes that has not yet reached hurricane force.
See Also: hurricane, tropical cyclone

Term: tropical easterlies (n)
Definition: Prevailing surface air movement generally from East to West in the latitudes about 5 to 30 degrees north and south of the equator.
See Also: trade winds

Term: tropical storm (n)
Definition: A fully defined cyclonic storm in the lower latitudes which has not yet reached hurricane force.
See Also: hurricane, tropical cyclone

Term: trough (n)
Definition: 1) The lowest point of ocean waves between crests. 2) An elongated area of low barometric pressure.

Term: truck (n)
Definition: A covering disc mounted on top of the masthead.
See Also: masthead

Term: true (adj)
Definition: A direction expressed as an angle from the axis of the earth. “The course is 140 degrees True.”
See Also: magnetic

Term: true colors (n)
Definition: The flag representing the home nation of a warship.
See Also: false colors

Term: true course (n)
Definition: A sailing direction determined by the angle between the vessel’s keel and true geographic north.
See Also: course, true, true north

Term: true north (n)
Definition: The direction of the geodetic north pole, meaning the imaginary northern axis around which the earth turns.
See Also: magnetic north

Term: trunk (n)
Definition: 1) A proportionately large cabin structure built up through the deck to allow headroom below. 2) A structure built on deck to offer protection from the weather.


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