- located on the exterior of a hull or aircraft.
- located farther from the center, as of an aircraft: the outboard end of a wing.
- (of a motorboat) having an outboard motor.
- outside or away from the center of a hull, aircraft, machine, etc.: The sail swung outboard.Compare inboard.
Origin of outboard
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Examples from the Web for outboard
We picked up a shell which went off inside our outboard engine.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
Standing on the end of the spar, he was outboard; the frothing sea was under him.Blow The Man Down
Men began to cut the covers off the boats, and to swing some of them outboard.Benita, An African Romance
H. Rider Haggard
But even with an outboard, they probably wouldn't have come this far.The Electronic Mind Reader
Doug inspected the catch as the outboard went back to the yacht.Creatures of the Abyss
- (of a boat's engine) portable, with its own propeller, and designed to be attached externally to the sternCompare inboard (def. 1)
- in a position away from, or further away from, the centre line of a vessel or aircraft, esp outside the hull or fuselage
- away from the centre line of a vessel or aircraft, esp outside the hull or fuselage
- an outboard motor
- a boat fitted with an outboard motor
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Word Origin and History for outboard
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