Definition of outrigger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtrɪɡə/


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1A beam, spar, or framework projecting from or over a boat’s side.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.



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


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

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