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ˈsæm pænsam·pan

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sampannoun

    an Asian skiff usually propelled by two oars

Wiktionary

  1. sampannoun

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

  2. Etymology: From 舢舨

Wikipedia

  1. Sampan

    A sampan is a relatively flat-bottomed Chinese and Malay wooden boat. Some sampans include a small shelter on board and may be used as a permanent habitation on inland waters. The design closely resembles Western hard chine boats like the scow or punt. 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. Some think that "sampan" is the Cantonese pronunciation of the Chinese word 舢舨, or "shan-ban" in "Pinyin" (standard) pronunciation). Of the two characters, "舢" (shan, literally "mountain-like") means ocean-going large ship, and "舨" (ban, literally "return") means small boat for shuttling between the ship and shore. Since the small boat is necessary for the big ship where deep water port was not available, it became one word meaning "the small boat for the big ship". Later it was generalized for small flat-bed boats. Others think that the word "sampan" is derived from the original Cantonese term sāam báan (三板), literally "three planks", but this is likely to be a folk etymology.Sampans may be propelled by poles, oars (particularly a single, long sculling oar called a yuloh (simplified Chinese 摇橹/ traditional Chinese 搖櫓) ) or may be fitted with outboard motors. Sampans are still in use by rural residents of Southeast Asia, particularly in Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Malay communities in Southeast Asia, also use the term sampan for their boats. Large boats such as sampan panjang, kolek and perahu panjang are used and built by the Malays and Orang Laut living in their coastal villages.

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

Freebase

  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

Examples of sampan in a Sentence

  1. William F. Halsey:

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

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