outrigger

noun

out·​rig·​ger ˈau̇t-ˌri-gər How to pronounce outrigger (audio)
1
a
: 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 Blue Soul Maui offers two-hour outrigger canoe tours from Hotel Wailea, allowing guests to snorkel, whale-watch, spot turtles, and learn more about Hawaiian culture while paddling from Wailea Beach along Maui's southern coast. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 17 Feb. 2024 This is a full-race boat with zero concessions to creature comfort, to the point where the carbon-fiber daggerboard in the water under the central hull reverberates up through the cabin to the mast and over to the outrigger hulls. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 8 July 2023 There’s a javelin-throwing contest, a coconut tree-climbing event, and an outrigger canoe race. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 15 Jan. 2024 So was the model outrigger canoe Lucas made with his grandfather for a school project. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2023 Make Four Seasons Resort Hualalai your home base: Unique experiences to share with your besties include a jaw-dropping swimmable aquarium, paddling in an outrigger canoe, and traditional lomi-lomi massages at the dreamy spa. Juliet Izon, Glamour, 5 Dec. 2023 Head to Maui to watch Santa arrive on Wailea Beach by outrigger canoe — no sleighs or reindeer here. Teresa Bergen, Travel + Leisure, 14 Oct. 2023 To top it off, the ride is also equipped with some of its Q Branch toys from the movie, including removable outrigger skis and a rear rocket booster that shoots out real flames. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 21 July 2023 Night walks, birdwatching, coral planting and coral gardening, monkey spotting, outrigger canoeing, and mangrove tours are all activities that guests can enjoy without leaving the peninsula. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 31 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of outrigger was in 1742

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“Outrigger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrigger. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

outrigger

noun
out·​rig·​ger ˈau̇t-ˌrig-ər How to pronounce outrigger (audio)
1
: a frame that extends from the side of a boat to prevent upsetting
2
: a boat equipped with an outrigger

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