outrigger

noun out·rig·ger \ ˈau̇t-ˌri-gər \

Definition of outrigger

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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First Known Use of outrigger

1742


OUTRIGGER Defined for English Language Learners

outrigger

noun

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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