canoe

6 ENTRIES FOUND:

1ca·noe

noun \kə-ˈnü\

: a long narrow boat that is pointed at both ends and that is moved by a paddle with one blade

Full Definition of CANOE

:  a light narrow boat with both ends sharp that is usually propelled by paddling

Origin of CANOE

French, from New Latin canoa, from Spanish, from Arawakan, of Cariban origin; akin to Carib kana:wa canoe
First Known Use: 1555

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

2canoe

verb

: to go or travel in a canoe

ca·noedca·noe·ing

Full Definition of CANOE

transitive verb
:  to transport in a canoe; also :  to travel by canoe down (a river)
intransitive verb
:  to go or travel in a canoe
ca·noe·able \-ə-bəl\ adjective
ca·noe·ist \-ist\ noun
ca·no·er \-ər\ noun

Examples of CANOE

  1. He canoed down the river to the camp.
  2. They canoed part of the Colorado River this summer.

First Known Use of CANOE

1794

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

canoe

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Lightweight boat pointed at both ends and propelled by one or more paddles. The earliest canoes had light frames of wood covered by tightly stretched tree bark. The birchbark canoe was first used by the Algonquian Indians in what is now the northeastern U.S. and Canada, and its use passed westward. Canoes were often about 20 ft (6 m) in length, though war canoes might be as long as 100 ft (30 m). The dugout canoe, made from a hollowed-out log, was used by Indians in what is now the southeastern U.S. and along the Pacific coast as far north as Canada, as well as by peoples in Africa and New Zealand. Modern canoes are made of wood, canvas over wood frames, aluminum, and molded plastic or fibreglass. Most are open from end to end, but the kayak is also considered a canoe. See also canoeing.

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