Definition of outrigger
1a : a projection with a float or a shaped log at the end attached to a boat to prevent capsizingb : 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
Recent Examples of outrigger from the Web
This adapted outrigger canoe has colorful tropical drinks to prep you for a 1,000-mile sail across the ocean.
Fly over flat land or sea and use the outrigger brushes to corner around rubbernecking traffic.
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First Known Use of outrigger
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Definition of outrigger for English Language Learners
: 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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