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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A soccer player and runner in high school, he had taken up outrigger canoeing before the accident.
▪ People paddle kayaks and outriggers along the shore, and catamarans whizz by, leaning precariously on one hull.
▪ Some went fishing from a small outrigger canoe they paddled out into the lagoon.
▪ The complete design team photographed before modification to give greater dihedral on the outriggers.
▪ The cross members and bulkhead outriggers are in the same places and it fits straight on.
▪ The most serious of these is on the outriggers just forward of each rear wheel.
▪ The rear suspension location arms bolt to these outriggers, and will simply tear free if rust is bad.
▪ There were banana gardens and pawpaw trees, and outriggers lazed on the lagoon.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

outrigger \out"rig`ger\, n.

  1. Any spar or projecting timber run out for temporary use, as from a ship's mast, to hold a rope or a sail extended, or from a building, to support hoisting teckle.

  2. (Naut.)

    1. A projecting support for a rowlock, extended from the side of a boat.

    2. A boat thus equipped.

    3. A projecting contrivance at the side of a boat to prevent upsetting, as projecting spars with a log at the end; also used attributively, as an outrigger canoe.

  3. (Aeronautics) A projecting frame used to support the elevator or tail planes, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

device used in Pacific and Indian oceans to stabilize canoes, 1748, altered (by influence of rig) from outligger (late 15c.) "a spar projecting from a vessel," probably from the same root as Dutch uitlegger, literally "out-lyer."


n. 1 (context nautical English) Any of various projecting beams that provide support for a mast or, fitted with a float, provide support for a canoe. 2 (context nautical English) An outrigger canoe. 3 An extension mechanism, often retractable when not in use, on a boat, vehicle, or structure which helps to stabilize it to keep it from tip over.


n. a stabilizer for a canoe; spars attach to a shaped log or pontoon parallel to the hull


An outrigger is a projecting structure on a boat, with specific meaning depending on types of vessel.

Usage examples of "outrigger".

Later de Bisschop tried out a sailing canoe of Philippine Islands type, with outriggers on each side like the Philippine Islands craft.

He, too, in the puffs, climbed part way out on the outrigger, at the same time steering with both hands on a large paddle and holding the mainsheet with his foot.

Early in the morning I had noticed a tiny outrigger canoe, with an impossible spritsail, skimming the surface of the lagoon.

It would have made just as much sense to fish straight from the winch with the line clothes-pinned onto a whippy outrigger.

All were fully decked, which meant the oarsmen sat within the hull, an ordeal more endurable because they were housed in an outrigger that projected them well over the water, made it easier and airier to row.

From the headmen of these villages they hired, for payment of beads, rolls of copper wire and other stores such as fishing line, rope and bronze nails, a motley flotilla of feluccas and outrigger fishing-dhows.

They preferred taut, trim triremes and biremes, usually undecked, with two banks of oars in outriggers and very businesslike bronze beaks for ramming.

The race was to be between the Algonquin, eight-oared boat with outriggers, rowed by young men, students of Stoughton University, and the Atalanta, also eight-oared and outrigger boat, by young ladies from the Corinna Institute.

The ground was crowded with the detritus of a seagoing folk: canoes, outriggers, and rafts had been hauled up on to the beach for the night, a dozen harpoons were stacked up against one another teepee-style, and nets, half-manufactured or half-repaired, lay heaped everywhere.

The bottoms of both outriggers had been solidly planked, to afford sitting and standing space for the outboard banks of rowers, creating what was, in effect a triple hull.

There was more space on the outriggers, but the troops were landsmen and clearly uncomfortable about being so close to the foaming sea.

If he shaded his eyes he could make out outriggers, and silhouettes made gaunt by the light off the sea: people, out on the water.

Bubonovitch and Douglas got van der Bos to a large piece of wreckageone of the outrigger floats.

Huge waves threatened to capsize the Argo, despite the stabilizing effect of the plank-bottomed outriggers on each side.

Their lines were clipped into arge clothespegs, the pegs attached to cords running up the outriggers.