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adjective
  1. (nautical) On the beam, that is, on a line which forms a right angle with the ship's keel; opposite to the center of the ship's side.
  2. (nautical) direction, Directional term meaning at a right angle to the centerline or keel of a vessel<ref name="FM55-501">FM 55-501 Marine Crewman"s Handbook.</ref>.
  3. (nautical) Bearing approximately 090 Degrees or 270 Degrees relative<ref name="JP102">JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms.</ref>.
adverb
  1. (nautical) On the beam, that is, on a line which forms a right angle with the ship's keel; opposite to the center of the ship's side.
  2. (nautical) direction, Directional term meaning at a right angle to the centerline or keel of a vessel<ref name="FM55-501"/>
  3. (nautical) Bearing approximately 090 Degrees or 270 Degrees relative<ref name="JP102"/>.
all Tweet Definition of all Like Definition of all on Facebook
noun (alls, -)
  1. (context, with a possessive pronoun) Everything possible.
She gave her , and collapsed at the finish line.
  1. (countable) The totality of one's possessions
anchor Tweet Definition of anchor Like Definition of anchor on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) A tool used to moor a vessel to the bottom of a sea or river to resist movement.
  • Formerly a vessel would differentiate amongst the anchors carried as waist anchor, best bower, bower, stream and kedge anchors, depending on purpose and, to a great extent, on mass and size of the anchor. Modern usage is storm anchor for the heaviest anchor with the longest rode, best bower or simply bower for the most commonly used anchor deployed from the bow, and stream or lunch hook for a small, light anchor used for temporary moorage and often deployed from the stern.
(nautical) An iron device so shaped as to grip the bottom and hold a vessel at her berth by the chain or rope attached. (FM 55-501).
  1. (nautical) Generic term to refer to the combined anchoring gear (anchor, rode, and fittings such as bitts, cat, and windlass.)
  2. A fixed point, especially materials or tools used to affix something at that point.
  3. (internet) An HTML/XHTML mark-up tag to define a position in a file, or a link to a URL.
  4. (italbrac, television) An anchorman or anchorwoman.
verb
  1. To hold an object, especially a ship or a boat to a fixed point.
  2. To provide emotional stability for a person in distress.
  3. To perform as an anchorman.
athwartships Tweet Definition of athwartships Like Definition of athwartships on Facebook
adverb
  1. (nautical) Across the vessel in a direction at right angles to the fore-and-aft line of the vessel.
auxiliary Tweet Definition of auxiliary Like Definition of auxiliary on Facebook
noun (auxiliar, ies)
  1. A person or group that acts in an auxiliary manner.
  2. A sailing vessel equiped with an engine.
  3. (grammar) An auxiliary verb.
adjective
  1. helping, Helping; giving assistance or support.
  2. supplementary, Supplementary or subsidiary.
  3. held, Held in reserve for exceptional circumstances.
  4. Of a ship, having both sails and an engine.
  5. (grammar) Relating to an auxiliary verb.
aviso Tweet Definition of aviso Like Definition of aviso on Facebook
noun
  1. Information; advice.
  2. An advice boat, or dispatch boat.
aweigh Tweet Definition of aweigh Like Definition of aweigh on Facebook
adverb
  1. Just drawn out of the ground, and hanging perpendicularly; atrip; said of the anchor.
  2. (nautical) The position of the anchor when it is raised clear of the ground. (FM 55-501)).

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