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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Biology played an important role in southern exploration, for many of the early explorers were sealers and whalers.
▪ Brave whalers were pitted against the mysterious powers of the deep, as represented by the huge whale.
▪ In the 1960s, the Soviet Union built the Sovetskaya Rossiya, a whaler the size of an aircraft carrier.
▪ Later, he owned a share in two other whalers.
▪ The whalers spring into the sea and the boat is crushed beneath the hull.
▪ The Hawaiians had no names for whales and the old whalers never found them around the islands.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Whaler \Whal"er\, n. A vessel or person employed in the whale fishery.


Whaler \Whal"er\, n. One who whales, or beats; a big, strong fellow; hence, anything of great or unusual size. [Colloq. U. S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1680s of a person, 1806 of a boat, agent noun from whale (v.). Old English had hwælhunta.


n. 1 One who hunts whales; a person employed in the whaling industry. 2 A seagoing vessel used for hunting whales. 3 One who whales (flogs or beats). 4 (context slang English) A large, strong person. 5 (context slang English) Something of unusually great size, a whopper, a whacker. 6 (context Australia English) Any shark of the family Carcharhinidae; a requiem shark. 7 (context Australian slang dated English) A sundowner; one who cruises about.

  1. n. a seaman who works on a ship that hunts whales

  2. a ship engaged in whale fishing [syn: whaling ship]

Whaler (album)

Whaler is the second album by American singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins, released in 1994 (see 1994 in music).


A whaler or whaling ship is a specialized ship, designed for whaling, the catching and/or processing of whales. The former includes the whale catcher – a steam or diesel-driven vessel with a harpoon gun mounted at its bow. The latter includes such vessels as the sail or steam-driven whaleship of the 16th to early 20th century and the floating factory or factory ship of the modern era. There have also been vessels which combined the two activities, such as the bottlenose whalers of the late 19th and early 20th century, and catcher/factory ships of the modern era.

Whaleships had two or more whaleboats, open rowing boats used in the capture of whales. Whaleboats brought the captured whales to the whaleships to be flensed or cut up. Here the blubber was rendered into oil using two or three try-pots set in a brick furnace called the tryworks.

At first, whale catchers either brought the whales they killed to a whaling station or factory ship anchored in a sheltered bay or inlet. Later, with the development of the slipway at the ship's stern, whale catchers were able to transfer their catch to factory ships operating in the open sea.

The World War II Flower Class corvettes were based on the design of the whale catcher Southern Pride.

Whaler (disambiguation)

A whaler is a specialized kind of ship designed for whaling.

Whaler may also refer to:

  • Boston Whaler, a brand of motorboat
  • Bronze whaler, a large shark
  • Creek whaler, a requiem shark
  • Whaler (album), a 1994 album by Sophie B. Hawkins
  • The Whaler, predecessor to the BK Big Fish, a sandwich at the restaurant chain Burger King

Usage examples of "whaler".

When the boat shoved off and puttered up the channel towards the labour camp on the nearest island, Sebastian looked back at Blucher with the same dumb stare as the men who squatted beside him on the floorboards of the whaler.

Sailor and Tinbad the Tailor and Jinbad the Jailer and Whinbad the Whaler and Ninbad the Nailer and Finbad the Failer and Binbad the Bailer and Pinbad the Pailer and Minbad the Mailer and Hinbad the Hailer and Rinbad the Railer and Dinbad the Kailer and Vinbad the Quailer and Linbad the Yailer and Xinbad the Phthailer.

I partly surmise also, that this wicked charge against whalers may be likewise imputed to the existence on the coast of Greenland, in former times, of a Dutch village called Schmerenburgh or Smeerenberg, which latter name is the one used by the learned Fogo Von Slack, in his great work on Smells, a text-book on that subject.

The whalers had been obliged to fall back on the finback or jubarte, a gigantic mammifer, whose attacks are not without danger.

It was a very pretty scene, but Wiki meditated that it looked a hard place to make a living, and that it was not surprising that so many of the sons of the Azores could be found on the decks of American whalers.

The general type of mirage was not unlike some of the wilder forms observed and drawn by the arctic whaler Scoresby in 1820, but at this time and place, with those dark, unknown mountain peaks soaring stupendously ahead, that anomalous elder-world discovery in our minds, and the pall of probable disaster enveloping the greater part of our expedition, we all seemed to find in it a taint of latent malignity and infinitely evil portent.

Donfil said, finally unfixing his eyes from the horizon and staring intently at the captain of the whaler.

Captained by Knud Unset, the son of a Norwegian whaler that Greenpeace confronted twenty five years ago.

But with the Archerfish not yet out of dry dock, they had to settle for using the sonar system held by Chief Monday to get back to the whaler they had started out from.

The whalers had been obliged to fall back on the finback or jubarte, a gigantic mammifer, whose attacks are not without danger.

I have always heard from whalers that the finback is not worth hunting.

The whalers hired the aboriginals to help man the harpoon boats and to trap for furs that could be taken back and sold at highly profitable rates, while the Inuit were, for the first time, exposed to the iron-and-steam-age goods of their employers.

Malmo and Gothenburg whalers, homeward bound and in no hurry from the far south fisheries, quite often use it, above all when there is so much south in the winds off the Horn, like it is now.

Bayou Perdu and New Orleans, and a new fiberglass Boston Whaler tied to one of the forty-foot classic columns at the front of the mansion.

Wooden whales, or whales cut in profile out of the small dark slabs of the noble South Sea war-wood, are frequently met with in the forecastles of American whalers.