Definitions for outriggerˈaʊtˌrɪg ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

out•rig•gerˈaʊtˌrɪg ər(n.)

  1. a framework supporting a float extended outboard from the side of a boat for increasing stability.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. a bracket extending outward from the side of a racing shell to support an oarlock.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  3. the shell itself.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  4. a spar rigged out from a ship's rail or the like, as for extending a sail.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  5. a projecting beam, as for supporting a hoisting tackle.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  6. a structure extending outward from an aircraft or the like to increase stability or provide support.

    Category: Transportation, Nautical, Navy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. outrigger(noun)

    a stabilizer for a canoe; spars attach to a shaped log or float parallel to the hull


  1. outrigger(Noun)

    any of various projecting beams that provide support for a mast or, fitted with a float, provide support for a canoe

  2. outrigger(Noun)

    an outrigger canoe

  3. outrigger(Noun)

    an extention mechanism, often retractable when not in use, on a boat, vehicle, or structure which helps stabilize the boat, vehicle, or structure to keep it from tipping over


  1. Outrigger

    An outrigger is a part of a boat's rigging which is rigid and extends beyond the side or gunwale of a boat. In an outrigger canoe and in sailboats such as the proa, an outrigger is a thin, long, solid, hull used to stabilise an inherently unstable main hull. The outrigger is positioned rigidly and parallel to the main hull so that the main hull is less likely to capsize. If only one outrigger is used on a vessel, its weight reduces the tendency to capsize in one direction and its buoyancy reduces the tendency in the other direction.


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