Definition of outrigger in English:

outrigger

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtrɪgə
 
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noun

  • 1A beam, spar, or framework projecting from or over a boat’s side.
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    • To reduce windage, powerboat owners should lower antennas and outriggers.
    • The beam is attached to the columns by means of a specially designed clamping system and has two cantilevered outriggers that anchor the top of the tension cables.
    • Their ships normally look much like a flattened arrowhead with two round outrigger pods on the sides containing their weapons.
  • 1.1A float or secondary hull fixed parallel to a canoe or small boat to stabilize it.
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    • Two outrigger hulls provide stability and prevent the boat from capsizing.
    • Their boats are outrigger canoes, and outboard engines are not allowed.
    • In 2003, Tim attempted to solo sail from Florida to Cuba in an outrigger canoe.
  • 1.2A boat fitted with an outrigger.
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    • Children in outriggers surrounded the ship for the better part of the day, making the entire affair seem like a county carnival.
    • The fleet consisted of one large fish carrier, a medium purse-seine fishing vessel, three medium sized boats and four ocean going outriggers.
    • Ted, a tall, brown tree-trunk of a man, raced outriggers for more than 30 years.
  • 1.3A projecting support similar to an outrigger in another structure or vehicle.
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    • The machine consisted of the fuselage of a small biplane with two outriggers supporting to engines.
    • Unlike the base vehicle, the outriggers stayed steady and well above the track surface, plus the truck drifted slightly at the apogee of each directional change.
    • Removable outrigger gear located away from the fuselage centreline is used to lighten the weight of the airborne aircraft.

Derivatives

outrigged

adjective
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  • ‘The Scouts are quite proficient but I am keen to see them handling the local outrigged log canoes during the trip,’ he said.

Origin

mid 18th century: perhaps influenced by the obsolete nautical term outligger, in the same sense.

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