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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ This aluminium sea kayak trolley, to be imported by North Shore, attracted a lot of interest at Crystal Palace.
▪ The paddles they used were the very narrow bladed ones like the Inuit sea kayak paddles.
▪ She is a steady inland and sea paddler but had never been in a sea kayak.
▪ It packs into a 115l backpack for carriage over short distances. Sea kayaks are colourful this year.
▪ It now looks as though it will do the same for them in plastic sea kayak design.
▪ Still, there Jackie sat, first time in a sea kayak, not just coping but relishing the hairy conditions.
▪ Hell hath no fury like that of an unsuspecting mule about to be saddled with two, 10-foot kayaks.
▪ I bought a kayak on a hunch.
▪ Its designer shows how it can be fitted through a small kayak hatch in its assembled state.
▪ My wife is a kayak widow now.
▪ Peter Haddon of Granta thinks one of the small polyethylene kayaks would be comparable.
▪ The lakes are used to learn to kayak.
▪ There are no incentive payments offered to staff who arrive at work by kayak.
▪ We basked in the easygoing atmosphere, where our welcome included the offer of a kayak for exploring the bay next day.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Kayak \Kay"ak\, n. (Naut.) A light canoe, made of skins stretched over a frame, and usually capable of carrying but one person, who sits amidships and uses a double-bladed paddle. It is peculiar to the Eskimos and other Arctic tribes.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1757, from Danish kajak, from Greenland Eskimo qayaq, literally "small boat of skins." The verb is attested from 1875, from the noun. Related: Kayaking.


n. A type of small boat, powered by the occupant or occupants using a double-bladed paddle in a sitting position. vb. 1 (label en intransitive) to use a kayak, to travel or race in a kayak 2 (label en transitive) to traverse a body of water by kayak.

  1. n. a small canoe consisting of a light frame made watertight with animal skins; used by Eskimos

  2. v. travel in a small canoe; "we kayaked down the river"


A kayak is a small, narrow boat which is propelled by means of a double-bladed paddle. The word kayak originates from the Greenlandic language, where it is the word qajaq (pronounced ). In the UK the term canoe is often used when referring to a kayak. The traditional kayak has a covered deck and one or more cockpits, each seating one paddler. The cockpit is sometimes covered by a spray deck that prevents the entry of water from waves or spray and makes it possible for suitably skilled kayakers to roll the kayak: that is, to capsize and right it without it filling with water or ejecting the paddler.

Some modern boats vary considerably from a traditional design but still claim the title "kayak", for instance in eliminating the cockpit by seating the paddler on top of the boat ("sit-on-top" kayaks); having inflated air chambers surrounding the boat; replacing the single hull by twin hulls, and replacing paddles with other human-powered propulsion methods, such as foot-powered rotational propellers and "flippers". Kayaks are also being sailed, as well as propelled by means of small electric motors, and even by outboard gas engines.

The kayak was first used by the indigenous Aleut, Inuit, Yupik and possibly Ainu hunters in subarctic regions of the world.

Kayak (disambiguation)

Kayak is a personal watercraft.

Kayak may also refer to:

In places:

  • Kayak Island, Alaska, U.S.
  • Kayak Island (Nunavut), Canada

In other uses:

  • Kayak (band), a Dutch progressive rock band
  •, a travel metasearch engine
  • Kayak PC, a low-cost reference design by Qualcomm
Kayak (band)

Kayak are a Dutch progressive rock band formed in 1972 in the city Hilversum by Ton Scherpenzeel and Pim Koopman. In 1973, their debut album "See See The Sun" was released, including three hit singles. Their main popularity was in the Netherlands, with their top hit ( Ruthless Queen) reaching No. 6 on the Dutch charts in March 1979. They disbanded in 1982 after releasing nine albums.

In 1999 the band was asked to perform on the TV show De Vrienden van Amstel Live. After this performance, they decided to reform, and released seven further studio albums and three live albums. On 4 January 2008 they released Coming Up For Air. That same day saw the start of their 35th anniversary-tour. On 7 October 2008, they ended the tour at the Paradiso in Amsterdam. The concert was released on CD and DVD as The Anniversary Box in December 2008.

In October 2009 the band embarked on a Dutch tour. According to Ton Scherpenzeel (on the band's website), after that tour Kayak would no longer do the album-tour-album-tour cycle. They would probably keep on making new music though, as Scherpenzeel stated. But the sudden and unexpected death of Pim Koopman in November 2009 (halfway through the tour) made the future of the band very uncertain.

In May 2010, the band's website announced a tribute concert for Pim Koopman. The concert was held on 22 November at the Paradiso. It involved not only Kayak, but also some artists with whom Koopman had worked in the past. Some of the names that appeared on stage: Pussycat, Caren Maywood, Alides Hidding, José Hoebee and Michael Robinson. Okkie Huysdens (with whom Koopman formed The President) and Jeroen Engelbert (one of many members of Koopman's band Diesel) also performed. For the occasion, Kayak used Hans Voerman as an extra keyboard player. The drumstool was occupied by Hans Eijkenaar. After the concert, Kayak announced that Eijkenaar was the new drummer of Kayak. With Eijkenaar on drums, Kayak released their album Anywhere But Here in September 2011.

On 21 September 2012, it was exactly 40 years ago that the band's name was chosen. To celebrate this, Kayak went on a tour titled Journey through Time, after one of their songs. They played at least one song from each studio album. Also included was an excerpt from their forthcoming album Cleopatra - The Crown Of Isis. That excerpt was also released on an EP, backed by a newly recorded version of Symmetry, a song that Scherpenzeel and Koopman originally wrote in 1971. The album Cleopatra - The Crown Of Isis was released in November 2014.

At the end of 2014, Cindy Oudshoorn and Edward Reekers announced their departure from Kayak, leaving the band without lead vocalists. At a one-off live performance of Cleopatra in March 2015 on the Dutch isle of Texel, Oudshoorn was replaced by Marjolein Teepen, who had worked with Kayak before. Male vocalists were Martin van der Starre, Alexander van Breemen -both of whom also sang on the album- and Rolf Koster.

Usage examples of "kayak".

The ice just slid down off it, and it was there, a thing, a new color just invented, but one that had also been waiting in the ice for a long time, a real long time, just for two juys in a kayak to see it.

And my own solo odyssey, I thought: the kayak farcasting from Old Earth to Lusus and the cloud planet and all the other places.

Low in the water, veiled by flying white-caps, they came--Boreland and Harlan bailing desperately, and in the stern Kayak Bill, his hand still on the tiller, keeping the oarless boat steady a-top the swift, rushing wave that was sweeping them on to the beach!

So that night I added till it became a great pile, and I hauled up my oomiak, which was of the value of twenty kayaks.

A stubby tug drew a freight-laden barge, two trawlers spread their nets, and in several kayaks, each accompanied by an osel, herders kept a pod of river pigs moving along.

All those stately kayaks, umiaks, York boats and peterheads were displaced by functional 14- or 24foot square-stern aluminum canoes, weighted down with 25- or 45-h.

Wood can be used for sleds, and tent frames and the frames of kayaks and umiaks, the large, broad vessels which can hold several individuals, sometimes used in whaling.

Many times the umiaks, or the light, one-man vessels, the kayaks, do not return.

Now the kayak hung under a delta-shaped parasail, supported by a dozen nylon risers that rose from strategic positions along the upper hull.

The hull of my kayak lost its glint and the parasail above me quit catching the light as this vertical terminator moved past and above me.

The kayak and its parasail bucked and rocked in sudden downdrafts and elevator-quick lifts of thermals.

I was sure that the risers were going to collapse, the kayak and I were going to fall into the parasail shroud, and we would fall for minutes -- hours -- until pressure and heat ended my screaming.

Once, just after the halo that was the sun above had passed the zenith, the kayak was blown into a particularly rough patch of climbing cloud, and the parasail almost folded in the violent updraft.

Perhaps it is odd to admit, but my mind wandered all that afternoon, even while the alien cuttlefish swam alongside within swallowing range and alien platelet creatures danced and hovered within meters of the kayak and parasail.

True, the shock and surprise of the thing had momentarily swept him off his feet, but why had he, in foolish reckless resentment against unjust circumstances, rushed off instead to the cabin of Kayak Bill and taken glass after glass of the stuff that had put him in such a state of oblivion that he was unable to take any part in the Potlatch festivities?