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  1. bumkinnoun

    A short outrigger projecting from the side of the aft part of a square-rigged sailing ship, used as an attachment point for a rope (brace) used to set a yard-arm at different angles to a mast so to allow the ship to sail at different angles to the wind.


  1. bumkin

    A boomkin, bumkin, or bumpkin is a short spar that may project either fore or aft on a sailing vessel, depending on its function. Traditionally, it was a strong, usually wooden spar extending forward over the bow of a Western sailing ship holding a block through which the tack of the foresail was passed; on some modern sailing yachts with long main booms it is a short spar extending aft from the stern anchoring a central backstay.Historically, boomkins were employed in pairs, one on either side of the vessel, often canted downwards over the main head-rail. Originally butted at their inboard ends against a knighthead, bolting prevailed since the end of the 18th century. They are not to be confused with catheads, heavy wooden beams on either side of a traditional vessel's bow angled forward at roughly 45 degrees which support the ship's anchors when being raised or lowered.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bumkinnoun

    a projecting beam or boom; as: (a) One projecting from each bow of a vessel, to haul the fore tack to, called a tack bumpkin. (b) One from each quarter, for the main-brace blocks, and called brace bumpkin. (c) A small outrigger over the stern of a boat, to extend the mizzen

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bumkin

    Bumpkin, bum′kin, n. a short beam of timber projecting from each bow of a ship, for the purpose of extending the lower corner of the foresail to windward: a small outrigger over the stern of a boat, usually serving to extend the mizzen. [From Boom, and dim. termination kin.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bumkin

    A short boom or beam of timber projecting from each bow of a ship, where it is fayed down upon the false rail. Its use is to extend the clue or lower corner of the fore-sail to windward, for which purpose there is a large block fixed on its outer end, through which the tack is passed, and when hauled tight down is said to be aboard. The name is also applied to the pieces on each quarter, for the main-brace blocks.

  2. bumkin

    A small out-rigger over the stern of a boat, usually serving to extend the mizen.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bumkin in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bumkin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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  • FLandasN
    Traditional is bumpkin - perhaps bumkin is the incorrect pronunciation of Bumpkin? - Which has come to mean both - a spar projecting from a ship usually at the stern or an unsophisticated rural person.
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