Definition of outboard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈoutˌbô(ə)rd/

adjective& adverb

1On, toward, or near the outside, especially of a ship or other vehicle: [as adjective]: the outboard rear seats [as adverb]: the chart table faces outboard
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  • It has four elevons on the inboard and outboard trailing edge of the wing.
  • As we pulled up to the aircraft, I noticed that the start-cart was positioned exactly where we asked it to be placed, outboard the starboard nacelle, with the exhaust positioned behind the wing.
  • Also, at takeoff the two outboard auxiliary tanks were full with 412 gallons each.
1.1 [as adjective] (Of a motor) portable and usually mounted on the outside of the stern of a boat.
Example sentences
  • The creation of the Great Lakes sport fishery aided economic growth on the local, regional, and national level by encouraging sales of boats, outboard motors, and fishing tackle.
  • Initially, it was intended to buy two fishing boats with outboard motors.
  • Alternatively, boats with outboard motors provide the perfect way to cover more of the water, and as well as coming across larger, stocked brown trout, there is the chance of encountering Arctic char.
1.2 [as adjective] (Of an electronic accessory) in a separate container from the device with which it is used.
Example sentences
  • The plug-in manufacturers have developed a real fixation on modeling and mimicking discrete gear, including mics, tape, outboard pieces.
  • We have bought fancy outboard mic pre's and microphones and vintage instruments.
  • Both the surround and the stereo track are so concretely focused in the front and center that one might as well save electricity and shut the outboard speakers off, even with the 5.1 mix in play.


1An outboard motor.
Example sentences
  • I returned the motor to the dealer who promptly gave me a new outboard.
  • Years ago, the common wisdom was that four-stroke outboards would never exceed 100 hp because their complicated innards added considerable weight.
  • Twin outboards of 115 to 150 hp each are a good choice.
1.1A boat with an outboard motor.
Example sentences
  • Surely, he says, each outboard should have had an independent fuel tank, and then at least one engine could have seen them safely home without the lifeboat being called out.
  • Electric outboards are allowed, and can be hired for £7.00.
  • By almost 11: 30 Juan and another man appeared from around the corner in a little outboard.


outboard of

To the outside or on the far side of: the controls are placed just outboard of the wheel
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  • It used a pair of stout elastic bands, one on each side outboard of the cylinders, to help out on the compression strokes.
  • It had six of them, three per side, evenly spaced, and completely outboard of the thing's body.
  • The rear suspension consists of the expected live axle, though the rear dampers have been placed outboard of the frame rail this time in order to create a longer lever arm for better control over ride motions and reduced impact harshness.

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Syllabification: out·board

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