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outrigger ‎(plural outriggers)

  1. (nautical) Any of various projecting beams that provide support for a mast or, fitted with a float, provide support for a canoe.
  2. (nautical) An outrigger canoe.
  3. An extension mechanism, often retractable when not in use, on a boat, vehicle, or structure which helps to stabilize it to keep it from tipping over.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1943, Chapter XII, p. 200, [1]
      From the cowcatcher hung the outrigger of the tricycle, leaping about as though in the grip of death itself, beating against the iron that had shattered it, striking the road, sending the gravel flying.

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