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noun out·rig·ger \ˈau̇t-ˌri-gər\

Simple Definition of outrigger

  • : a structure that is attached to the side of a boat or canoe to keep it from turning over in the water

  • : a boat or canoe that has an outrigger

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of outrigger

  1. 1 a :  a projection with a float or a shaped log at the end attached to a boat to prevent capsizing b :  a spar or projecting beam run out from a ship's side to help secure the masts or from a mast to extend a rope or sail

  2. 2 :  a boat equipped with an outrigger

  3. 3 :  a projecting member run out from a main structure to provide additional stability or to support something; especially :  a projecting frame to support the elevator or tailplanes of an airplane or the rotor of a helicopter

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