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ˈsæm pænsam·pan

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sampannoun

    an Asian skiff usually propelled by two oars


  1. sampannoun

    A flat-bottomed Chinese wooden boat propelled by two oars.

    Etymology: From 舢舨

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sampannoun

    a Chinese boat from twelve to fifteen feet long, covered with a house, and sometimes used as a permanent habitation on the inland waters


  1. Sampan

    A sampan is a relatively flat bottomed Chinese wooden boat from 3.5 to 4.5 m long. Some sampans include a small shelter on board, and may be used as a permanent habitation on inland waters. Sampans are generally used for transportation in coastal areas or rivers, and are often used as traditional fishing boats. It is unusual for a sampan to sail far from land as they do not have the means to survive rough weather. The word "sampan" comes from the original Cantonese term for the boats, 三板, literally meaning "three planks", although this term is no longer used in modern Chinese. The name referred to the hull design, which consists of a flat bottom joined to two sides. The design closely resembles Western hard chine boats like the scow or punt. Sampans may be propelled by poles, oars or may be fitted with outboard motors. Sampans are still in use by rural residents of Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. ⁕ Traditional hongtou sampans of Shanghai, China ⁕A contemporary sampan comes back from fishing, on the north coast of Java

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sampan

    A neatly-adjusted kind of hatch-boat, used by the Chinese for passengers, and also as a dwelling for Tartar families, with a comfortable cabin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sampan in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sampan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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  1. William F. Halsey:

    If I see so much as a sampan, I'll sink it.

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