Definition of whaler in English:

whaler

Line breaks: whaler
Pronunciation: /ˈweɪlə
 
/

noun

  • 1A whaling ship.
    More example sentences
    • On the morning of 11 February 1944, off the Norwegian coast, Stubborn sighted a convoy of seven ships escorted by four trawlers, a whaler and an aircraft.
    • This attracted whalers and fishing vessels, as well as the natural deep water which was a suitable harbour to sea vessels on voyage around Cape of Good Hope.
    • Cold-stiff hands and aching shoulders hauled on the guys tied to the fore and aft cleats of the whaler until it was drawn back on board the ship.
  • 1.1A seaman engaged in whaling.
    More example sentences
    • Back in colonial times, Spanish whaler José Manuel jumped ship in New Zealand and, as was the custom of the time, took several wives.
    • However, the island's desolation was offset by whalers who came aboard from the ships Emma Jane and Roswell King.
    • According to local legend, the killer whales would even guide the tiny whale boats out to the hunt so that the whalers could harpoon and lance the harassed animal.
  • 2Any of a number of large slender-bodied sharks:
    • a shark that typically occurs inshore and is sometimes found in rivers (genus Carcharhinus, family Carcharhinidae), including the Australasian C. brachyurus. another term for blue shark
    More example sentences
    • South African white shark dive operators reportedly catch juvenile bronze whaler and smooth hammerhead sharks to use as bait.
    • Make no mistake - makos, hammerheads, threshers, tigers, whites, whalers and six-gilled sharks all go over 1000 lb, and some of them with ease.
    • On calm days, dive trips go to the windward side of the island to search for large schools of pelagic fish: bronze whalers, hammerheads, mantas and sometimes oceanic white tips.

More definitions of whaler

Definition of whaler in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
noun
a small amount; a little