outrigger

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outrigger ‎(plural outriggers)

  1. (nautical) Any of various projecting beams or spars that provide support for a sailing ship's mast.
  2. (nautical) A long thin timber, pontoon, or other float attached parallel to a canoe or boat by projecting struts as a means of preventing tipping or capsizing.
  3. (nautical) An outrigger canoe or boat.
  4. (nautical) An iron bracket or brace for an oarlock projecting from the side of a rowing boat.
  5. 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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