Definitions for kayakˈkaɪ æk
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an Eskimo canoe with a skin cover on a light framework, made watertight by flexible closure around the waist of the occupant and propelled with a double-bladed paddle.
Category: Nautical, Anthropology, Navy, Sport
a small boat resembling this used in sports.
Category: Nautical, Navy, Sport
(v.i.)to go or travel by kayak.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Sport, Nautical, Navy
Origin of kayak:
1750–60; < Inuit qayaq
a small canoe consisting of a light frame made watertight with animal skins; used by Eskimos
travel in a small canoe
"we kayaked down the river"
A type of small boat, powered by the occupant or occupants using a double-bladed paddle in a sitting position.
to use a kayak, to travel or race in a kayak
Kayaking is an Olympic sport.
to traverse a body of water by kayak.
On a dare, he kayaked the Harlem River in New York from Hell's Gate to Spyten Duyvil.
Origin: From ᖃᔭᖅ, from qyaq.
a light canoe, made of skins stretched over a frame, and usually capable of carrying but one person, who sits amidships and uses a double-bladed paddle. It is peculiar to the Eskimos and other Arctic tribes
A Kayak is a small, relatively narrow, human-powered boat primarily designed to be manually propelled by means of a double bladed paddle. The traditional kayak has a covered deck and one or more cockpits, each seating one paddler. Their cockpit is sometimes covered by a spraydeck that prevents the entry of water from waves or spray and makes it possible for suitably skilled kayakers, to roll the kayak: that is, to capsize and right it without it filling with water or ejecting the paddler. Some modern boats vary considerably from a traditional design but still claim the title 'kayak', for instance in eliminating the cockpit by seating the paddler on top of the boat; having inflated air chambers surrounding the boat; replacing the single hull by twin hulls, and replacing paddles with other human powered propulsion methods, such as foot-powered rotational propellers and 'flippers'. Kayaks are also being sailed, as well as propelled by means of small electric motors, and even by outboard gas engines, when possible. The kayak was first made and used by the native Ainu, Aleut and Eskimo hunters in sub-Arctic regions of northeastern Asia, North America and Greenland.
Translations for kayak
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
an open canoe, especially an Eskimo canoe made of sealskins stretched over a frame.
- زَورق من الجِلْد يَسْتَعْمِلُه الأسكيموArabic
- caiaquePortuguese (BR)
- der KajakGerman
- καγιάκ (πιρόγα Εσκιμώων)Greek
- süst, kajakkEstonian
- एस्किमो की डोंगीHindi
- نوع قايق كه اسكمو ها بر پاها مي بندندPersian
- د اسكموو يو ډول قايق چي پښؤو ته يي وركويPashto
- (尤指愛斯基摩)海豹皮製成的皮舟Chinese (Trad.)
- اسکیمو قوم کی ایک نشست والی یکّہ کشتی جو لکڑی کے ڈھانچے پر سیل کی کھال منڈھ کر تیار کی جاتی ہےUrdu
- xuồng Cai AcVietnamese
- （爱斯基摩人用的）皮船Chinese (Simp.)
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