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dolphin striker

noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • The rope-pendant, or small chain for staying the dolphin-striker.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • 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.

  • The spar is usually termed the dolphin-striker, from its handy position whence to strike fish.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • 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

    Michael Scott