out·​rig·​ger | \ ˈau̇t-ˌri-gər How to pronounce outrigger (audio) \

Definition of outrigger

1a : 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 : a boat equipped with an outrigger
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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Examples of outrigger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nobody’s free from it, except maybe Quinn [Fred Hechinger] and the guys in the outrigger canoe, because none of them are making money from the ocean. New York Times, 15 Aug. 2021 Quinn, permanently bunking on the beach now, stares out at the glassy blue sea as local guys paddle an outrigger canoe, bonding in the exact way his father is trying to force. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 1 Aug. 2021 Verfuerth, a native of Wisconsin who now lives in the Valley, will leave Aug. 25 for Tokyo to compete in the V1 200m and K1 200m races in an outrigger canoe and kayak. Kamryn Walker, The Arizona Republic, 13 July 2021 There's also plenty of fun to be had as well, including surfing lessons, paddle-boarding, and rowing traditional Polynesian outrigger canoes. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 22 May 2021 The vintage trailer park in Bisbee offers beautifully restored aluminum trailers for overnight accommodations, as well as a Chris-Craft yacht and a Tiki Bus complete with handcarved outrigger bar. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2021 When the pandemic erupted and Americans were desperate for unique stay-at-home activities, orders for the company’s flat-pack kits — for everything from kayaks to 31-foot outrigger sailboats — jumped 20 percent. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021 Swim in the peaceful waves, lunch under a thatch-roof cabana under the palms, or hire an outrigger for excursions on the water. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2021 Finn, 42, is manning a proa, a Polynesian style boat with an outrigger, on his record attempt. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of outrigger

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Outrigger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrigger. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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

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