yardarm

[ yahrd-ahrm ]
/ ˈyɑrdˌɑrm /
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noun Nautical.

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

Origin of yardarm

First recorded in 1545–55; yard1 + arm1
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British Dictionary definitions for yardarm

yardarm

/ (ˈjɑːdˌɑːm) /

noun

nautical the two tapering outer ends of a ship's yard
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Word Origin and History for yardarm

yardarm


n.

also yard-arm, 1550s, from yard (n.2) + arm (n.1). In 19c. British naval custom, it was permissible to begin drinking when the sun was over the yard-arm.

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