- a pile, cluster of piles, or buoy to which a vessel may be moored in open water.
- a cluster of piles used as a fender, as at the entrance to a dock.
- a pudding fender at the nose of a tugboat or on the side of a vessel.
Origin of dolphin
Examples from the Web for dolphin
A popular beach bar was bulldozed to make way for a dolphin swim attraction.
And if you make it all the way through, you'll even see a dolphin.
But those hearts will likely be pounding a bit harder than if you had just seen, say, Dolphin Tale.
“The truth came out… like a dolphin wiggling free of a blanket,” Colbert quipped.
If Clint Eastwood and a dolphin had sex, I would be the spawn.
It was, however, very tantalising, as we were anxious to ascertain what had become of the Dolphin.A Yacht Voyage Round England|W.H.G. Kingston
The “Dolphin” became his banker, and took very particular care of his money.Follow My leader|Talbot Baines Reed
The bonito and albicore chase it day and night, but the dolphin is its worst and swiftest foe.Wanderings in South America|Charles Waterton
The dolphin took him close to the shore, where he bade it good-by, and watched it swim away disconsolately.
If a little thing like that hurts one so much, I should think a whale or a dolphin would be enough to poison a whole regiment.Mark Seaworth|William H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for dolphin
Word Origin for dolphin
Word Origin and History for dolphin
mid-14c., from Old French daulphin, from Medieval Latin dolfinus, from Latin delphinus "dolphin," from Greek delphis (genitive delphinos) "dolphin," related to delphys "womb," perhaps via notion of the animal bearing live young, or from its shape, from PIE *gwelbh-. Popularly applied to the dorado from late 16c.