outrigger

noun
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 Our ancestors paddled across the South Pacific in outrigger wooden canoes made by hand with primitive tools. Christopher Wanjek, Wired, "How Space Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly," 26 Apr. 2020 In the Ohana Village, local groups and organizations, including outrigger canoe clubs, will share information on their missions and offerings. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Arizona Aloha Festival: The food, dances and everything else to see," 10 Mar. 2020 The structure is a core and outrigger setup that resembles a skier braced by poles. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Near South’s new giant gets it right by doing architecture the Chicago Way," 6 Dec. 2019 Others have compared modern astronomers to their Polynesian ancestors who used stars to navigate their wooden outriggers across the Pacific and discover new lands — including Hawaii. Author: Caleb Jones, Anchorage Daily News, "Hawaii or Spain? Telescope experts say it may not matter," 26 Aug. 2019 Others have compared modern astronomers to their Polynesian ancestors who used stars to navigate their wooden outriggers across the Pacific and discover new lands — including Hawaii. Author: Caleb Jones, Anchorage Daily News, "Hawaii or Spain? Telescope experts say it may not matter," 26 Aug. 2019 Mountain View’s Shoreline Lake Boathouse, for example, offers two-day sailing classes ($325) for beginning, intermediate and experienced sailors, as well as regattas, a racing club and an outrigger canoe club. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "So you want to go boating in the Bay Area? Here’s how to get out on the water," 22 Sep. 2019 Others have compared modern astronomers to their Polynesian ancestors who used stars to navigate their wooden outriggers across the Pacific and discover new lands — including Hawaii. Author: Caleb Jones, Anchorage Daily News, "Hawaii or Spain? Telescope experts say it may not matter," 26 Aug. 2019 Others have compared modern astronomers to their Polynesian ancestors who used stars to navigate their wooden outriggers across the Pacific and discover new lands — including Hawaii. Author: Caleb Jones, Anchorage Daily News, "Hawaii or Spain? Telescope experts say it may not matter," 26 Aug. 2019

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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 21 Sep. 2020.

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outrigger

noun
How to pronounce outrigger (audio)

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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