Meaning of OUTRIGGER in English

OUTRIGGER

/owt"rig'euhr/ , n.

1. a framework extended outboard from the side of a boat, esp., as in South Pacific canoes, supporting a float that gives stability.

2. a bracket extending outward from the side of a racing shell, to support an oarlock.

3. the shell itself.

4. a spar rigged out from a ship's rail or the like, as for extending a sail.

5. a long, flexible rod, attached to a fishing boat near the stern, along which a fishing line may be threaded to keep it clear of the boat's wake when trolling.

6. a structure extending outward from a vehicle, vessel, or aircraft to increase stability or provide support for something.

7. a projecting beam, as for supporting a hoisting tackle.

8. a horizontal steel beam extending the base of a crane.

[ 1740-50; OUT- + RIG + -ER 1 ]

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