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.
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How to use outrigger in a sentence
The frame incorporates plastic wings that extend beyond the sides of the lens like outriggers to help distribute pressure from the strap, thus creating a uniform fit.
Only one boat was moving, a long canoe with an outrigger; and from this something white was slowly waving.Cursed | George Allan England
For a moment the canoe rocked in spite of its steadying outrigger, with the violence of the activities aboard it.Cursed | George Allan England
The outrigger acts as a weight on the windward side, to prevent the narrow canoe from being blown over on the opposite side.
This I consider to be a more natural sequence than to suppose the outrigger invented as a means of steadying the dug-out canoe.
Wilkes says that whenever the outrigger gets to the leeward side, there is almost invariably an upset.
British Dictionary definitions for outrigger
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)
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