- a framework extended outboard from the side of a boat, especially, as in South Pacific canoes, supporting a float that gives stability.
- a bracket extending outward from the side of a racing shell, to support an oarlock.
- the shell itself.
- a spar rigged out from a ship's rail or the like, as for extending a sail.
- a long, flexible rod, attached to a fishing boat near the stern, along which a fishing line may be threaded to keep it clear of the boat's wake when trolling.
- a structure extending outward from a vehicle, vessel, or aircraft to increase stability or provide support for something.
- a projecting beam, as for supporting a hoisting tackle.
- a horizontal steel beam extending the base of a crane.
Origin of outrigger
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Examples from the Web for outrigger
About seventy outrigger boats of all sizes lie on the beach.Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific
Single canoes are not so easily separated from their outrigger.
The larger sort do not require what we may call the outrigger rowlocks.
Of the two canoes, one is smaller than the other, and the smaller serves by way of an outrigger.
It has an outrigger; and outrigger, mast, and yard are of bamboo.
- a framework for supporting a pontoon outside and parallel to the hull of a boat to provide stability
- a boat equipped with such a framework, esp one of the canoes of the South Pacific
- any projecting framework attached to a boat, aircraft, building, etc, to act as a support
- rowing another name for rigger (def. 2)
C18: from out- + rig 1 + -er 1; perhaps influenced by archaic outligger outlier
Word Origin and History for outrigger
device used in Pacific and Indian oceans to stabilize canoes, 1748, altered (by influence of rig) from outligger (late 15c.) "a spar projecting from a vessel," probably from the same root as Dutch uitlegger, literally "out-lyer."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper