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catamaran


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catamaran  \Cat`a*ma*ran"\,  n.  [The  native  East  Indian  name.] 
  1.  A  kind  of  raft  or  float,  consisting  of  two  or  more  logs  or 
  pieces  of  wood  lashed  together,  and  moved  by  paddles  or 
  sail;  --  used  as  a  surf  boat  and  for  other  purposes  on  the 
  coasts  of  the  East  and  West  Indies  and  South  America. 
  Modified  forms  are  much  used  in  the  lumber  regions  of 
  North  America,  and  at  life-saving  stations. 
 
  2.  Any  vessel  with  twin  hulls,  whether  propelled  by  sails  or 
  by  steam;  esp.,  one  of  a  class  of  double-hulled  pleasure 
  boats  remarkable  for  speed. 
 
  3.  A  kind  of  fire  raft  or  torpedo  bat. 
 
  The  incendiary  rafts  prepared  by  Sir  Sidney  Smith 
  for  destroying  the  French  flotilla  at  Boulogne 
  1804,  were  called  catamarans.  --Knight. 
 
  4.  A  quarrelsome  woman;  a  scold.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  catamaran 
  n  :  a  sailboat  with  two  parallel  hulls  held  together  by  single 
  deck 




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