Glossary of Nautical Terms
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A cargo boat, with a large flat bottom and sharp ends, formerly used on the Great Lakes and the Missouri River (to a lesser extent, elsewhere).
A shooner-rigged boat once used on the Great Lakes.
The chief, and tallest mast of a sailing ship that has more than one mast
(nautical) The largest (or only) sail on a sailing boat
(nautical) The rope connected to and controlling the mainsail
A chief support.
Agriculture is the of this country's economy.
(nautical) A stabilise, stabilising rope from the top of the mainmast to the bottom of the foremast.
(context, of a car) brand, Brand; often paired with model.
What car do you drive?
verb (makes, making, made)
To create, construct or produce.
We made a bird feeder for our yard.
They hope to a bigger profit.
We"ll a man out of him yet.
They a cute couple.
This makes the third infraction.
(context, construed with of, typically interrogative) To interpret.
I don"t know what to of it.
(context, usually stressed) To bring into success.
This company is what made you.
She married into wealth. She has it made.
(context, second object is an adjective) To cause to be.
The citizens made their objections clear.
This might you a bit woozy.
(context, second object is a verb) To cause to do.
You"re making her cry.
I was made to feel like a criminal.
(context, second object is a verb, can be stressed for emphasis or clarity) To force to do.
The teacher made the student study.
Don"t let them you suffer.
(context, of a fact) To indicate or suggest to be.
His past mistakes don"t him a bad person.
(context, of a person being sought) To recognise (without being recognised in return)
2004, George Nolfi et al, w:Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Twelve, Warner Bros. Pictures, 0:50:30,
:<span style="font-variant:small-caps">Linus Caldwell:</span> Well, she just made Danny and Yen, which means in the next 48 hours the three o' your pictures are gonna be in every police station in Europe.
2007 May 4, Andrew Dettmann et al, "Under Pressure", episode 3-22 of w:Numb3rs, Numb3rs, 00:01:16,
:<span style="font-variant:small-caps">David Sinclair:</span> (walking) Almost at Seventh; I should have a visual any second now. (rounds a corner, almost collides into Kaleed Asan) Damn, that was close.<br /><span style="font-variant:small-caps">Don Eppes:</span> David, he you?<br /><span style="font-variant:small-caps">David Sinclair:</span> No, I don't think so.
Of, or pertaining to, a marine corps.
Related to the sea or sailing
I enjoy maritime activities such as yachting and deep sea diving.
Bordering on the sea
the maritime states.
Living near or in the sea
Of or relating to a mariner or sailor
proper noun (book of the Bible, Gospel of Mark)
(given name, male). Jocular diminutive: Marky.
(biblical) w:Mark the Evangelist, Mark the Evangelist, also called John Mark, first patriarch of Alexandria and credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Mark.
(biblical) The Gospel of St. Mark, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the second of the four gospels.
A game fish having a pointed spearlike upper jaw belonging to either of the genera Tetrapturus or Makaira.
A piece of harness used on a horse to keep it from raising its head above a desired point.
(nautical) A spar, or piece of rigging that strengthens the bowsprit.
A gambling strategy in which one doubles the stake after each loss.
(fencing) A strap attached to the sword handle, preventing a sword being dropped if disarmed.
A cover, or partial cover, for the face, used for disguise or protection
a dancer's ; a fencer's ; a ball player's
That which disguises; a pretext or subterfuge.
A festive entertainment of dancing or other diversions, where all wear masks; a masquerade; hence, a revel; a frolic; a delusive show - Bacon
: This thought might lead me through the world's vain .
(obsolete) A dramatic performance, formerly in vogue, in which the actors wore masks and represented mythical or allegorical characters.
(architecture) A grotesque head or face, used to adorn keystones and other prominent parts, to spout water in fountains, and the like; -- called also mascaron.
(context, fortification) In a permanent fortification, a redoubt which protects the caponiere.
(context, fortification) A screen for a battery
(zoology) The lower lip of the larva of a dragon fly, modified so as to form a prehensile organ.
(transitive) To cover, as the face, by way of concealment or defense against injury; to conceal with a mask or visor.
Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor, IV,vi:
: They must all be masked and vizarded
(transitive) To disguise; to cover; to hide.
Shakespeare, Macbeth, III-i:
: Masking the business from the common eye
(military, transitive) To conceal; also, to intervene in the line of.
(military, transitive) To cover or keep in check
to a body of troops or a fortess by a superior force, while some hostile evolution is being carried out
(intransitive) To take part as a masker in a masquerade - Cavendish
(intransitive) To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way - Shakespeare
A tall, slim structure used to support, for example, the sails on a ship, floodlights or an aerial.
A place, as in clothing, which has been repaired by mending.
The act of mending.
verb (mends, mending, mended)
To repair, as anything that is torn, broken, defaced, decayed, or the like; to restore from partial decay, injury, or defacement; to patch up; to put in shape or order again; to re-create; as, to mend a garment or a machine.
To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace.
To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.
One who buys and sells for business.
(obsolete) Mass; church service.
A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; also, the food given to a beast at one time.
A of pottage.
A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table.
The wardroom .
A set of four; " from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner.
The milk given by a cow at one milking.
verb (messes, messing, messed)
(intransitive) To take meals with a mess.
(intransitive) To belong to a mess.
(intransitive) To eat (with others).
I with the wardroom officers.
(transitive) To supply with a mess.
(nautical) The third mast from the bow on a ship having three or more masts
(nautical) The shorter, after mast of a ship having two masts, such as a ketch or yawl
An airplane that has a single pair of wings
(nautical) a small, light sail high on a mast; a moonsail
a smuggler from Wiltshire
The act of mooring.
A place where a ship or an aircraft may be moored.
The fee for mooring.
A place to moor a vessel
The act of securing a vessel with a cable or anchor etc.
(present participle of, moor)
(nautical) any vessel driven by an engine (either inboard or outboard), but especially a small one
Mississippi, a state of the United States of America.
Master of Science.
middle school, Middle School.
Morphine. (Morphine Sulfate)
multiple sclerosis, Multiple sclerosis, a chronic, inflammatory, demyelinating disease
A generally sterile hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.
(informal) A stubborn person.
(slang) A person paid to smuggle drugs.
A woman's shoe that has no fitting or strap around the heel