outboard

adjective
out·board | \ˈau̇t-ˌbȯrd \

Definition of outboard 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : situated outboard

2 : having, using, or limited to the use of an outboard motor

outboard

adverb

Definition of outboard (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : outside a ship's bulwarks : in a lateral direction from the hull

2 : in a position closer or closest to either of the wingtips of an airplane or to the sides of an automobile

outboard

noun

Definition of outboard (Entry 3 of 3)

2 : a boat with an outboard motor

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Starting at $38,995, the limited also includes 10-way power driver seat with memory, a powered four-way front passenger seat and the all-weather package’s heating is extended to the steering wheel and second-row passenger seats (outboard only). Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Newly arrived 2019 Subaru Ascent fills three-row midsize SUV niche," 24 June 2018 Except for the second weekend in August, when a fleet of mostly homemade stock outboard boats whiz through at speeds up to 75 miles an hour in the roughest and purportedly the last point-to-point outboard marathon in the country. Elaine Glusac, chicagotribune.com, "Start your boat engines: 'World's Toughest Outboard Marathon' revs up northern Michigan," 12 July 2018 That extra $15,000 gets you some exterior design tweaks, like deeper outboard air intakes, fog lights, and some satin chrome detailing on the front grille. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "A sports car in SUV clothing: The Jaguar E-Pace reviewed," 28 June 2018 Wisconsin also is home to Mercury Marine and Evinrude, two of the largest manufacturers of outboard engines. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tariffs coming on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, cranberries and aluminum for boats," 20 June 2018 By midday, investigators had pulled a Suzuki motorcycle and an outboard boat out of the suspect's garage and his backyard into the front driveway, as well as two newer-model cars, a Volvo and Toyota. Tony Bizjak, Anita Chabria, Dale Kasler, Nashelly Chavez And Diana Lambert, sacbee, "He was quirky and complex. But they never thought the former cop next door could be notorious," 25 Apr. 2018 The two outboard stages, meanwhile, restarted three engines to slow down for atmospheric entry. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch puts on spectacular show in maiden flight," 6 Feb. 2018 The 18 engines in the two outboard core stages shut down two-and-a-half minutes after launch. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch puts on spectacular show in maiden flight," 6 Feb. 2018 Someone had made it from an old Evinrude outboard engine housing. Mark Davis, kansascity, "It’s like eBay before eBay. Time runs out Friday night for Grandview business," 15 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

This year's prize boat is a ProCat 200 with Marine Master Trailer, and a Suzuki DF200ATX outboard, valued at $46,000. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Alabama Outdoors News and Notes," 20 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Except for the second weekend in August, when a fleet of mostly homemade stock outboard boats whiz through at speeds up to 75 miles an hour in the roughest and purportedly the last point-to-point outboard marathon in the country. Elaine Glusac, chicagotribune.com, "Start your boat engines: 'World's Toughest Outboard Marathon' revs up northern Michigan," 12 July 2018 Powerboat racing, which once had a thriving stock outboard circuit, requires the water course to be closed to other traffic, a logistical hurdle that has threatened the sport elsewhere. Elaine Glusac, chicagotribune.com, "Start your boat engines: 'World's Toughest Outboard Marathon' revs up northern Michigan," 12 July 2018 Most were 21 feet and powered by 40- or 50-horsepower outboards. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "At Bristol Bay, there’s a changing of the guard at the boatyard," 7 July 2018 The young couple also enjoyed the early morning fishing trips in their cozy 13 foot outboard which eventually included the rest of the family. courant.com, "Arline Wolansky," 18 Feb. 2018 The skiff motored to the shore, a steep 20 feet below us, and the fellow operating the smoking two-stroke outboard beckoned us down. Steve Meyer, Alaska Dispatch News, "Whether fishing in Alaska or Costa Rica, how you succeed is as important as the success itself," 31 Oct. 2017 At one point, the heftiest—a ten-pounder—jumped up a couple of feet, horizontal to the water, directly behind the boat's outboard: a startling, beautiful sight. John Lahr, Esquire, "Fishing with My Father," 16 June 2016 View 20 Photos Both the front and rear feature thin, high-set lighting elements and vertical outboard apertures that function either to take in or to extract air while visually widening an already rather wide vehicle. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "BMW Concept X7 iPerformance," 8 Sep. 2017 America’s fourth-largest city is still full of people: Citizen flotillas of kayaks and outboards are rescuing Houstonians from cars, trucks, rooftops, and second-floor windows, complementing a severely overwhelmed official relief effort. Henry Grabar, Slate Magazine, "Houston Wasn’t Built for a Storm Like This," 27 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of outboard

Adjective

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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outboard

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English Language Learners Definition of outboard

: located on or toward the outside of a vehicle (such as an airplane or ship)

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