out·rig·ger | \ ˈau̇t-ˌri-gər \

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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In one instance, a woman in an outrigger reported something biting her canoe. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Three possible shark sightings reported off Oceanside in past week," 3 July 2018 The women pull up alongside the boat so our group—including my sister, our mutual friend, and their sons, ages 11 and 12—can climb onto the wooden outriggers to travel deeper into the clan’s ancestral forest. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Navigating Tradition and Tourism in Papua New Guinea," 3 May 2018 In one encounter, a woman paddling an outrigger canoe last Friday called Oceanside Harbor Police to say something had bitten her boat. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Three possible shark sightings reported off Oceanside in past week," 3 July 2018 The best bungalows are built on stilts overlooking the Tufi fjord, where the water is dotted with outriggers ferrying children, fish, and fruit. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Navigating Tradition and Tourism in Papua New Guinea," 3 May 2018 The ensuing trickle of escapees from suburbia were delighted to have to wade straight onto the beach from an outrigger boat, dine on the barbecued catch of local fishermen and sleep in thatched huts. The Economist, "The president of the Philippines wants to close paradise," 28 Mar. 2018 An integrated strap and outrigger for lateral support and mid foot lockdown—a first in a CP3 silhouette. Jarrel Harris, SI.com, "Chris Paul Q&A: Rockets PG Unveils Latest Signature Sneaker, the CP3.XI," 20 Mar. 2018 Upward of 40 people rode paddleboards, surf skis, kayaks, surf boats and outrigger canoes off Hollywood beach on Saturday morning, as part of the East Coast Paddleboard Championship. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Paddleboarders make a splash at Hollywood championship race," 17 Feb. 2018 On a blustery Friday morning before dozens of supporters and curious onlookers, Rocky McKinnon and his watermen buddies set off in Huntington Beach's first outrigger surf canoe program. Bradley Zint, latimes.com, "Now you can ride an outrigger surf canoe off Huntington Beach," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of outrigger

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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