[ yahrd-ahrm ]

  1. either of the outer portions of the yard of a square sail.

Origin of yardarm

First recorded in 1545–55; yard1 + arm1

Words Nearby yardarm

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How to use yardarm in a sentence

  • Overhead the yardarm blinkers were signaling, and directly over Sara Lee's head a great white searchlight swept the water ahead.

    The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Expect me then soon, for I hope to run athwart you, yardarm and yardarm, as an old salt we once knew used to say.

  • I dreamed all night that I was in the hands of the Americans, with a rope round my neck and about to be run up at the yardarm.

    Peter the Whaler | W.H.G. Kingston
  • Her master, as Griggs remarked, "was no d—d slouching lubber, and knew a yardarm from a rattan cane."

    Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
  • Four of the pirates were picked up, and hung at the yardarm next morning.

    By order of the company | Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for yardarm


/ (ˈjɑːdˌɑːm) /

  1. nautical the two tapering outer ends of a ship's yard

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