- nautical a short vertical strut between the bowsprit and a rope or cable (martingale) from the end of the jib boom to the stem or bows, used for maintaining tension and preventing upward movement of the jib boomAlso called: martingale boom, martingale
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Examples from the Web for dolphin striker
The rope-pendant, or small chain for staying the dolphin-striker.
Three several times I tried and failed, swinging perilously at a rope's end below the dolphin-striker.The Record of Nicholas Freydon
A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
The dolphin-striker was triced up, the boats were taken on board, and the old sounds of conning the helm began again.Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack
Elisha Kent Kane
The spar is usually termed the dolphin-striker, from its handy position whence to strike fish.
The monkey was hanging by the tail from the dolphin-striker, admiring what John Crow called "his own dam ogly face in the water."Tom Cringle's Log