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double ender

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noun Nautical.
  1. a double-ended vessel.

Origin of double ender

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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Historical Examples

  • The boat retraces its course without turning round, as it is a "double-ender."

    The Land of Contrasts

    James Fullarton Muirhead

  • She was an old East Boston ferry-boat, a "double-ender," admirable for river-work, but unfit for sea-service.

    Army Life in a Black Regiment

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • The boat selected for the drill was a "double-ender" life-boat hanging in the old-fashioned style of davits.

    A Lively Bit of the Front

    Percy F. Westerman

  • She was an old East-Boston ferry-boat, a "double-ender," admirable for river-work, but unfit for sea-service.

  • In this double-ender of a State political jobbery was at fault, because it had no headquarters.

    Stories by American Authors (Volume 4)

    Constance Fenimore Woolson