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ˈkʌn ɪŋˌhæmcun·ning·ham

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cunningham, Merce Cunninghamnoun

    United States dancer and choreographer (born in 1922)


  1. Cunninghamnoun

    A Scottish habitational surname from a place in Ayrshire.

  2. cunninghamnoun

    A downhaul located at the tack of a sail used for tightening the luff.


  1. Cunningham

    Cunningham is a surname of Scottish origin, see Clan Cunningham.


  1. Cunningham

    In sailing, a cunningham or cunningham's eye is a type of downhaul used on a Bermuda rigged sailboat to change the shape of a sail. Sailors also often refer to the cunningham as the "smart pig"–a play on words "cunning ham" that can be found in sailing forums. It is named after its inventor, Briggs Cunningham, a victorious America's Cup skipper and yacht builder. The cunningham differs from a typical downhaul in the way that it attaches to the sail. The system usually consists of a line which is secured at one end to the mast or boom below the foot of the mainsail. It is then passed through a cringle in the luff of the sail near the foot, but above the tack, and then led down on the other side to a fitting on the mast or boom or on deck. The tension in the luff of the sail is adjusted using a combination of the halyard and the cunningham. The primary advantage of adjusting the cunningham is the speed and ease with which the luff tension can be changed while sailing or racing. By either hauling or easing the line, the tension in the luff can be changed, thereby shifting the point of maximum draft of the sail forward or aft respectively, optimizing sail shape—and therefore—performance. It is a fine control which is used more frequently on racing sailboats than on cruising or day-sailing boats.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cunningham is ranked #211 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cunningham surname appeared 135,718 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 46 would have the surname Cunningham.

    73.1% or 99,291 total occurrences were White.
    21.1% or 28,745 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 3,502 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 2,809 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 719 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 651 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cunningham in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cunningham in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Cunningham in a Sentence

  1. Bill Cunningham:

    J.D. is running a campaign where the faithful in the state, the county chairmen, the precinct executives, the executive committee and the Republican Party are saying,' where's J.D. ?' and they want Bill Cunningham to do things. People want to meet Bill Cunningham. They want to. This is a new guy, new kid on the block.

  2. David Culley:

    We have standards, i didn't feel like those standards were being met consistently. It wasn't tough at all (to waive Cunningham). It's about the team. It's not about one individual player.

  3. Tom Rooney:

    This is a good way to raise money, scaring people that we’re going back to the days of Duke Cunningham, duke Cunningham didn’t go to jail by accident.

  4. Liam Cunningham:

    How are you doing Claire Walton ? It's Liam Cunningham here, i wish you the very best. I hope your days are not bad and I hope you can manage.

  5. Phillipe Cunningham:

    Minnesota National Guard has been activated in the area as part of Operation Safety Net, a joint effort between the Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, the State of Minnesota and local jurisdictions in order to protect people, freedom of speech and property during the Derek Chauvin trial and aftermath of the police involved shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center during a traffic stop. MINNESOTA MAN WHO FLED WITH OFFICER CLINGING TO TRUCK AFTER ALLEGED MASK-RELATED ASSAULT FACES FELONY CHARGES In the wake of Wright's death, the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously on Friday for the development of a new Traffic Safety Division. Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham outlineda staff directive regarding the proposed developmentin a document obtained by KMSP, the Fox-owned TV station in Minneapolisand posted on Phillipe Cunningham social media account. The document listed four goals of the new traffic enforcement division : Maximizing the traffic safety benefits of traffic enforcement, eliminating racial disparities in traffic enforcement, educating the public on safe driving behaviors and traffic laws, and earning the trust of communities harmed by earlier practices. We urgently need traffic safety in our community, we also need for increasing traffic safety to not come at a great cost of harm to our neighbors in the process. This issue is very complex, but it is surmountable.

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