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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The canoe itself is the outrigger style, which means that aside from the main hull, there’s a lateral support float parallel to the boat. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Learn to Surf on the Break Where it All Began," 12 Aug. 2019 The collision damaged the bow and outrigger of the Polaris, the Coast Guard said in a statement, adding that no one was injured. BostonGlobe.com, "Nina’s diagnosis stumped doctors for years. Now, she’s healthy, and earning an education," 15 May 2018 The Wasabi Paddling Club, which has more than 300 members organized into 10 dragon boats and numerous outrigger canoes, trains for national and international competitions there. oregonlive.com, "Portland Boathouse, home to rowers and paddlers, moves to smaller site after 15 years," 29 July 2019 Four additional rotors whir at the ends of outriggers, for a total of 10 rotors (five counter-rotating to cancel out the twisting effects from the motors). Dan Neil, WSJ, "The First Flying-Car Review," 12 Sep. 2018 The same radio signal also pops outriggers from either side of the seat (which are pressed in manually, similar to but not via the same swiveling action that arms the belts). Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-Benz's Car Seat Prototype Will Make Children Safer," 21 May 2019 The derrick, normally only able to lift 20 tons, leaned its boom from an outrigger platform close against the arches for extra strength. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 The men on the outrigger platform rushed to grab the spire and align it with the riveting holes to bolt it in place. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 High number one: Sipping good Italian espresso on an upper deck as the boat glides through the Philippine region of Coron, passing Listerine-blue bays dotted with traditional bangka boats, with their double outriggers. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing the South China Sea Is the Best Way to See Southeast Asia," 15 Nov. 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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