Association of British Scrabble Players

Science & Tech > Transport > Water


Now updated for CSW15. New words, if any, and new inflections of existing words, are shown in red.


accoast to lie or sail along the coast or side of; to accost.
affreightment hiring of a vessel.
afterdeck a deck behind a ship's bridge.
afterpeak space behind the aftermost bulkhead, often used for storage.
aftmost nearest the stern.
airboat a shallow-draft boat driven by an aircraft propeller.
amidship midway between the bow and stern of a ship.
amidships midway between the bow and stern of a ship.
anchor a device for holding a floating vessel in place; (verb) to secure by means of an anchor.
anchorage a place where a ship can anchor.
antiship intended to counter ships.
aplustre (Lat.) an ornamental appendage of wood at a ship's stern, usually spreading like a fan and curved like a bird's feather.
argosy a large merchant ship.
armada (Spanish) a fleet of warships.
asdic an apparatus for locating eg submarines underwater by the use of ultrasonics.
athwartship transverse to a ship.
athwartships transverse to a ship.
aviso (Spanish) a boat bringing news, a dispatch-boat.
backhaul a deviation to move cargo on the return leg of a voyage for the purpose of minimizing ballast mileage and thereby reducing transportation costs; (verb) to make such a deviation.
backstay a stay extending from ship's mastheads to the side of the ship.
baidar (Russian) an Alaskan Inuit kayak.
baidarka (Russian) an Alaskan Inuit kayak.
balsa (Spanish) a tropical American tree, aka corkwood.
barca (Ital.) a boat, a barge.
bareboat a pleasure-boat rented without personnel.
barge a vessel, usually flat-bottomed and with or without its own power, used for transporting freight, esp on canals; (verb) to transport by barge.
barkantine a three-masted vessel, with the foremast square-rigged, and the mainmast and mizzenmast fore-and-aft-rigged.
barkentine a three-masted vessel, with the foremast square-rigged, and the mainmast and mizzenmast fore-and-aft-rigged.
barquantine a three-masted vessel.
barque a three-masted vessel whose mizzen-mast is fore-and-aft-rigged.
barquentine a three-masted vessel, with the foremast square-rigged, and the mainmast and mizzenmast fore-and-aft-rigged.
barquette (Fr.) a small barque.
batard a birchbark canoe.
bateau (Fr.) a boat; esp a flat-bottomed, clumsy boat used on the Canadian lakes and rivers.
bathyscape a submersible observation chamber.
bathyscaph a submersible observation chamber.
bathyscaphe a submersible observation chamber.
bathysphere a submersible observation chamber.
batteau (Fr.) a boat; esp a flat-bottomed, clumsy boat used on the Canadian lakes and rivers.
battleship a heavily armoured warship of the largest type having many large-calibre guns.
bawley in Essex and Kent, a small fishing-smack.
benthoscope a submersible sphere from which to study deep-sea life.
berthage a place for mooring vessels in a dock or harbor.
bibb a mast support.
bidarka (Russian) an Alaskan Inuit kayak.
bidarkee (Russian) an Alaskan Inuit kayak.
bilander (Dutch) a two-masted cargo vessel used in Holland.
bilge the lower point of the inner hull of a ship (verb) to spring a leak in the bilge
bilgewater the water that collects in a ship's bilge.
billyboy a flat-bottomed river barge or coasting vessel.
binnacle a case in which a ship's compass is kept.
bireme a rowed ship or galley with two banks of oars.
birlinn (Gaelic) a barge in the Western Isles.
bitt a post for fastening cables, etc; (verb) to secure a cable to a bitt.
bittacle a case in which a ship's compass is kept.
blockship a warship too old for action, but useful in port defence.
boat a small rowing, sailing or motor vessel; loosely, a ship; (verb) to sail about in a boat.
boatable such as can be transported in a boat.
boatbuilding the industry of building boats.
boathook a pole with a metal hook for use aboard a boat.
boatlift to evacuate by boat.
bollard a post of metal or wood on a wharf or ship around which to fasten lines.
boomkin a spar projecting from the stern of a ship.
bottomry the use of a ship as collateral to finance a sea voyage.
bouse to haul with tackle.
bowsprit a spar that extends at the bows of a ship.
boxhaul to put (a vessel) on the other tack by veering her short round on her heel.
breadroom an apartment in a ship's hold where the bread is kept.
brig a two-masted, square-rigged vessel.
brigantine a two-masted ship.
bucentaur (Ital.) a state barge of Venice from which the Doge dropped a ring into the sea.
budgero (Hindi) a heavy keelless barge.
budgerow (Hindi) a heavy keelless barge.
bugeye a kind of small boat.
bulkhead a name given to any vertical partition which separates different compartments or spaces from one another.
bulley a two-masted fishing boat.
bumboat a small boat used in harbours to carry provisions.
bumkin a spar projecting from the stern of ship.
buoyage buoys, taken collectively.
burgee a small ship's flag used for identification or signalling.
burton a light handy two-block tackle.
bylander (Dutch) a two-masted cargo vessel used in Holland.
caboose (Dutch) a kitchen on the deck of a ship.
caique (Fr.) a light skiff used on the Bosphorus.
canalboat a boat used on canals.
canaller a freight boat.
canoe a light narrow open boat, propelled by one or more paddles; (verb) to travel by canoe.
canoeable navigable by canoe.
canoer one who travels by canoe.
cape a head or point of land jutting into the sea or a lake; (verb) to keep a course towards a cape.
capsizal the act of capsizing.
capsize to overturn.
carack (Hist.) a large ship of burden.
caravel a small light fast ship, chiefly Spanish or Portuguese, of the 15th to the 17th cents.
caravelle a small light fast ship, chiefly Spanish or Portuguese, of the 15th to the 17th cents.
careen to turn (a ship) on its side for repairs.
careenage a place where ships are careened.
carling a short timber running lengthwise of a ship, from one transverse desk beam to another.
carrack (Hist.) a large ship of burden.
carract (Hist.) a large ship of burden.
carrect (Hist.) a large ship of burden.
carvel a small light fast ship, chiefly Spanish or Portuguese, of the 15th to the 17th centuries.
casco (Spanish) a Philippine cargo barge.
catamaran (Tamil) orig a raft of logs lashed together; now a boat, esp a sailing boat with two hulls.
catboat a kind of small sailboat.
cathead a projection near the bow of a ship to which an anchor is secured.
cathole one of two holes in the after part of a ship through which hawsers are passed for steadying the ship.
catrigged rigged like a catboat, having one great fore-and-aft mainsail spread by a gaff at the head and a boom at the foot.
catwalk on a ship, a raised bridge running fore and aft from the midship, affording safe passage over the pipelines and other deck obstructions.
caulk to stop up the seams of (a ship etc.) with oakum etc. and waterproofing material or by driving the plate-junctions together.
centerboard a retractable keel used esp in sailboats.
chainplate a metal plate on the side of a vessel, to which the shrouds are attached.
charthouse a room in a ship where charts are kept.
chaseport the porthole at the bow or stern of a naval ship.
cheesecutter a movable keel that may be drawn up inside a boat; a square-peaked cap.
clipper a kind of sailing ship.
clubhaul to carry out a form of emergency tacking.
coaler a ship that carries coal.
coaming a raised framework round the edge of the hatches in a ship to keep water out.
coaster a vessel that plies its trade along the coast.
coble (Welsh) a short, flat-bottomed boat for use on rivers and estuaries.
cockbill to tilt up one end of so as to make almost vertical; as, to cockbill the yards as a sign of mourning.
cockboat a small boat, esp one used on rivers or near the shore.
cocket an official shipping seal; a customs clearance form.
cockleboat a small boat, esp one used on rivers.
cockleshell a small, light boat.
cofferdam a narrow vacant space between two bulkheads of a ship.
companionway the stairs from upper deck of ship to lower deck.
conn to direct the steering of.
containership a ship specially designed or equipped for carrying containerized cargo.
contline the space between stowed casks.
convoy an escort; (verb) to accompany (ships etc.); to escort.
coper a ship for supplying alcoholic liquor clandestinely to deep-sea fishermen; (verb) to supply in such a way.
coracle (Welsh) a small boat made of wickerwork covered with watertight material.
corocore (Malay) a kind of boat of various forms, used in the Indian Archipelago.
corocoro (Malay) a kind of boat of various forms, used in the Indian Archipelago.
corvette (Fr.) a highly manoeuvrable armed escort ship.
cott (Spenser) a small boat.
counterbrace to brace or fasten (the head-yards and after-yards) in opposite ways.
couta a type of fishing boat used round the coast of Australia.
crankness liability to be capsize.
crare a trading vessel.
crayer a trading vessel.
crewless without a crew.
crewman a member of a crew.
cringle a loop at the corner of a sail to which a line is attached.
crojik a triangular sail.
crossjack a square sail set on the mizzenmast.
crosstree one of the two upper shroud spreaders in a fore-and-aft rigged sail.
cruiser a high-speed warship less heavily armed than a battleship.
curagh (Irish) a long-shaped boat similar to a coracle.
currach (Irish) a long-shaped boat similar to a coracle.
curragh (Irish) a long-shaped boat similar to a coracle.
cutter a powerful motor-launch (as used by coastguard and navy).
cutwater the forepart of a ship's prow; the angular edge of a bridge-pier.
dahabeah (Arabic) a Nile sailing boat.
dahabeeah (Arabic) a Nile sailing boat.
dahabeeyah (Arabic) a Nile sailing boat.
dahabiah (Arabic) a Nile sailing boat.
dahabieh (Arabic) a Nile sailing boat.
dahabiya (Arabic) a Nile sailing boat.
dahabiyah (Arabic) a Nile sailing boat.
dahabiyeh (Arabic) a Nile sailing boat.
davit a crane that projects over the side of a ship hatchway for moving cargo.
dayboat a small pleasure boat with no sleeping accommodation.
daysailer a dayboat powered by sail.
daysailor a dayboat powered by sail.
deadeye a rounded wood block that is encircled by a rope or an iron band and pierced with holes to receive the lanyard and that is used esp to set up shrouds and stays.
deckless without a deck.
deepwaterman a seagoing ship.
demast to dismast.
deperm to demagnetize a ship or submarine to protect it from magnetic detection.
destroyer a small fast lightly armoured but heavily armed warship.
dhow (Arabic) a lateen-rigged oriental craft.
dingey a small open boat, prepared by oars, sails or an outboard motor.
dinghy a small open boat, prepared by oars, sails or an outboard motor.
dingily (Adv.) DINGY, dirty, gloomy.
dingy dirty, gloomy (noun) a small open boat, prepared by oars, sails or an outboard motor; (verb) to ignore, avoid
disanchor to raise the anchor, as of a ship.
dismast to remove the mast of.
dismastment the act of dismasting.
dodger a shield against rain or spray on a ship's bridge.
dogger (Dutch) a two-masted fishing vessel, used by the Dutch.
dogshores shores used to hold a ship firmly and prevent her moving while the blocks are knocked away before launching.
dogvane a small vane to show the direction of the wind.
dogwatch either of the two shorter (two-hour) watches (4-6, 6-8 p.m.).
drabbler a piece of canvas fastened by lacing to the bonnet of a sail, to give it a greater depth, or more drop.
drabler a piece of canvas fastened by lacing to the bonnet of a sail, to give it a greater depth, or more drop.
dracone (Tradename) a towed flexible container for transporting liquids by water.
dragger a fishing vessel that drags the bottom.
dreadnaught a large battleship; a garment of heavy woollen cloth.
dredger a boat or machine used for dredging.
driftage deviation from a ship's course due to leeway.
drillship a free-floating ship-shaped drilling platform.
droger (Dutch) a W. Indian coasting vessel, with long masts and lateen sails.
drogher (Dutch) a W. Indian coasting vessel, with long masts and lateen sails.
drogue a funnel-shaped sea anchor; a type of parachute.
dromon a swift medieval ship of war.
dromond a swift medieval ship of war.
dugout a canoe made by hollowing out a log.
dunnage wood laid in a ship's hold to keep cargo dry and safe, aka fardage.
euphroe (Dutch) the wooden block through which the lines of a crowfoot are rove.
fairlead a ring through which a rope is led to change its direction without friction.
fairleader a ring through which a rope is led to change its direction without friction.
fairway the navigable part of a river, bay, etc. through which vessels enter or depart.
faltboat a collapsible boat of rubberized sailcloth.
fardage wood laid in a ship's hold to keep the cargo dry, aka dunnage.
felucca (Ital.) a small, swift-sailing vessel, propelled by oars and lateen sails, once common in the Mediterranean.
ferry to transport by ferry (a type of boat).
ferryboat a boat used on a ferry.
figurehead the figure, statue, or bust, on the prow of a ship.
fireboat a boat used for firefighting.
firefloat a boat or raft used in harbours for extinguishing fires.
fireroom a room containing a ship's boilers.
fireship a ship carrying combustible materials sent among the enemy's ships.
fishyback (US) transportation of freight containers and trailers by ship or barge.
flagpole a pole for displaying a flag.
flagship the principal ship of a fleet.
flagstaff a pole for displaying a flag.
flagstick a pole for displaying a flag.
flatboat a large flat-bottomed boat for transporting goods on a river, canal, etc.
floatage buoyancy; anything which floats; flotsam.
floorhead the upper end of a ship's floor timber.
flota (Spanish) a commercial fleet; formerly, the fleet which annually conveyed the produce of America to Spain.
flotage buoyancy; anything which floats; flotsam.
flotilla a fleet (of small ships).
fluyt (Dutch) a small 17th century merchant ship.
flyboat a large Dutch coasting vessel.
flybridge an open deck on a cabin cruiser.
foilborne of a craft, travelling along the water on hydrofoils.
foldboat a collapsible boat of rubberized sailcloth.
fordless without a ford.
forebitt a post for fastening cables at a ship's foremast.
forebody the part of a ship in front of the mainmast.
foreboom the boom of a ship's foremast.
forecabin a cabin in the fore part of a ship.
forecastle a short raised deck at the fore end of ship.
forecourse a foresail.
foredeck the forepart of a deck or ship.
foremast the mast nearest the bow of a ship.
forepeak the front end of a hold or cabin in the angle of the bows of a ship.
forereach to glide ahead, esp when going in stay.
foresail the lowest sail set on the foremast of a square-rigged ship.
foreship the fore part of a ship.
forestay the stay leading from the foremast to the bow of a ship.
forestaysail the sail attached to a forestay.
foretop the platform at the head of the foremast.
foretopmast the mast above the foretop platform.
foretriangle the triangular area formed by the deck, foremast, and headstay of a sailing vessel.
foreyard the lowermost yard on the foremast.
fother to cover a sail with yarn and oakum, as to stop a leak.
foyboat on Tyneside, a small rowing boat.
fraughtage (Shakesp.) loading, cargo.
frautage (Shakesp.) loading, cargo.
freeboard the distance between the waterline and main deck of a ship.
freight the lading of a cargo; (verb) to load, esp a ship.
freighter a ship or aircraft for transporting freight.
frigate a class of war vessels intermediate between corvettes and ships of the line.
frigatoon a small Venetian vessel with a square stern and two masts.
frigot (Spenser) a frigate.
fruiter a ship for carrying fruit.
furlable that can be furled.
futtock one of the curved timbers scarfed together to form the lower part of a compound rib of a ship.
gabbard (Scots) a kind of barge.
gabbart (Scots) a kind of barge.
gaffsail a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail on a sailing vessel.
galiot (Fr.) a small galley, formerly used in the Mediterranean.
galleass (Hist.) a large galley, having some features of the galleon, as broadside guns.
galleon a sailing vessel of the 15th and following centuries, often having three or four decks, and used for war or commerce.
galley any of various kinds of ship propelled by oars or sails used in ancient or medieval times as a warship or as a trader.
galliass a large galley, having some features of the galleon, as broadside guns.
galliot (Fr.) a small galley, formerly used in the Mediterranean.
gallivat (Port.) a large two-masted Malay boat.
gangboard a gangway, a plank for walking on.
gangway either of the sides of the upper deck of a ship.
garboard (Dutch) a plank on a ship's bottom next to the keel.
garvey a small scow.
gennaker a type of sail for boats.
genny a large jib which overlaps the mainsail.
genoa (Ital.) a large jib which overlaps the mainsail.
gimbal a contrivance with self-aligning bearings for keeping eg ship's instruments horizontal; (verb) to support on a set of rings.
gondelay (Spenser) a gondola.
gondola (Ital.) a long, narrow boat with a high prow and stern, used in the canals of Venice.
grapnel a small anchor used for dragging or grappling.
gulet a wooden Turkish sailing boat, traditionally used to carry freight, now used for pleasure trips.
gunboat a vessel of light draught, carrying one or more guns.
gunkhole a slimy bay or anchorage; (verb) to cruise around gunkholes.
gunport an opening in the side of a ship etc. for a gun.
gunter a topmast arranged with metal bands so that it will readily slide up and down the lower mast.
gunwale the upper edge of the side of a ship.
gybe in sailing, to shift from side to side.
gymbal a contrivance with self-aligning bearings for keeping eg ship's instruments horizontal.
hance a curved rise from a lower to a higher part.
hank a coil or skein of a specified length; (verb) to catch, as on a loop.
hatchway an opening in the deck of a ship.
haulout the action of hauling a boat out of water.
hawsehole a hole for a ship's cable.
hawsepipe a tubular casting, fitted to a ship's bow, through which the anchor chain passes.
headrail one of the rails at a ship's head.
headreach to make distance to windward in tacking.
headrope that part of a boltrope which is sewed to the upper edge or head of a sail.
headsail a sail set forward of the foremast of a ship.
headsheets the forepart of a small vessel or craft.
headstay a support for a ship's foremast.
helispheric pertaining to rhumb lines, loxodromic.
helispherical pertaining to rhumb lines, loxodromic.
hightop the top of a ship's mast.
homeport to assign a ship to a port.
houseboat a boat moored and used as a permanent residence.
hoveller a small coasting-vessel.
hovercraft a vehicle that is able to travel across both land and water on a cushion of air.
howker a two-masted Dutch or Irish fishing-vessel.
hoy to incite.
hull the frame of a ship; a husk (verb) to pierce the hull of
hydrofoil a boat fitted with hydrofoils to lift its hull clear of the water at speed.
hydrophone an apparatus for listening to sounds conveyed by water.
hydroplane a light, flat-bottomed motorboat; (verb) to travel by hydroplane.
hydroscope an instrument for viewing under water.
hydroscopic relating to a hydroscope.
hydroscopical relating to a hydroscope.
hydrovane a hydrofoil.
iceboat a boat adapted to travelling through ice; (verb) to travel by iceboat.
iceboater one who travels by iceboat.
icebreaker a boat for making a passage through ice.
inboard within the hull or interior of a ship; (noun) a kind of boat motor.
inship (Shakesp.) to take ship.
ironclad an iron ship.
jackstay an iron or wooden bar running along the yard of a ship to which sails are fastened.
jetsam stuff thrown overboard to lighten the load in time of distress which sinks or is washed ashore.
jetsom (Arch.) jetsam.
jetson (Arch.) jetsam.
jib the boom of a crane or derrick; (verb) to show objection.
jibb in sailing, to shift from side to side.
jibboom a spar forming an extension of the bowsprit.
jiggermast a small mast on a sailing vessel.
johnboat a narrow square-ended boat.
jollyboat a small boat kept hoisted at a ship's stern.
jurymast a mast erected on ship in place of one lost.
kaiak (Inuit) a type of canoe; (verb) to travel by kaiak.
kayak (Inuit) a type of canoe; (verb) to travel by kayak.
kayaker one who uses a kayak.
kedge brisk, lively; (noun) a small anchor; (verb) to move (a ship) by hauling on an anchor dropped ahead from a boat.
kedger a small anchor.
keel the part of a ship along the bottom from stem to stern; (verb) to turn keel upward.
keelboat a type of yacht with a heavy external keel to offset the weight of the sails.
keelless having no keel.
keelson a wooden or steel structure lengthwise within a ship's frame to bear and distribute stress.
kelson a wooden or steel structure lengthwise within ship's frame to bear and distribute stress.
kentledge pig-iron used as ballast in a ship's hold.
ketch a small two-masted sailing vessel; (verb, obs.) to catch.
killick a small stone anchor in a wooden frame.
killock a small stone anchor in a wooden frame.
kintledge pig-iron used as ballast in a ship's hold.
klondiker a factory-ship.
klondyker a factory-ship.
klong (Thai) a canal.
kneepiece a knee-shaped piece of timber in a ship.
knighthead either of a pair of vertical supports for the bowsprit.
koff (Dutch) a small Dutch sailing vessel.
kyak (Inuit) a type of canoe.
landfall the arrival of a ship at land.
lapstrake a clinker-built boat.
lapstreak a clinker-built boat.
larboard (Obs.) the left side of a ship.
lasket a loop at the foot of a sail, to fasten as an extra sail.
lateen a triangular sail rigged on a spar forming angle of 45 with the mast.
lateener a lateen-rigged vessel.
lateenrigged rigged with lateen sails.
launch a motor driven boat used chiefly as a transport boat; (verb) to set in motion.
laveer (Arch.) to sail against the wind.
leeboard wood or metal planes attached to a hull to prevent leeway.
leeway freedom of action within set limits; room allowed for this; a safety margin.
lifeboat a boat used in rescues at sea.
lighter a large open boat used in loading and unloading ships; (verb) to convey by lighter.
lightship a ship intended to function as a lighthouse.
liner a passenger ship, esp one that is part of a commercial fleet.
logboard a hinged board for noting details for a logbook.
logline a line attached to a ship's log.
longboat a Viking ship.
longship a Viking ship.
lorcha (Port.) a light vessel of European build, like a Chinese junk.
loxodromic pertaining to sailing on rhumb lines; as, loxodromic tables.
loxodromical pertaining to sailing on rhumb lines.
loxodromically (Adv.) LOXODROMICAL, relating to loxodromy.
loxodromy the art of sailing along rhumb-lines.
luff to turn a ship towards the wind.
lugger a small 2- or-3-masted fishing boat with lugsails and jibs on bowsprit.
lugsail a four-sided sail bent to an obliquely hanging yard.
lymphad (Gaelic) a Highland galley.
mailboat a boat that carries mail.
mainboom the spar that extends the foot of a fore-and-aft mainsail.
mainbrace the brace attached to the mainyard.
mainmast a sailing ship's principal mast.
mainsail the principal sail on a ship's mainmast.
maintop the platform about the head of the mainmast in square-rigged vessels.
maintopmast the mast next above the lower mainmast.
maintopsail the sail above the mainsail.
mainyard the lower yard on the mainmast.
makefast an object to which a boat is tied.
mallemaroking the carousing of seamen in icebound ships.
marina (Ital.) a berthing area for yachts etc.
maritime relating to the sea or seafaring.
marlingspike a tool used to separate rope strands while splicing.
masoolah (Hist.) a tall, many-oared Indian surfboat.
massoola (Hist.) a tall, many-oared Indian surfboat.
mast a long upright pole, esp one for carrying the sails of a ship; the fruit of the beech (verb) to supply with a mast
masthead the head of a mast; (verb) to raise to the masthead; to punish by sending to the masthead.
mastlike like a mast.
masula (Hist.) a tall, many-oared Indian surfboat.
merchantman a trading ship.
midship the middle of a vessel.
midwatch the middle part of a watch.
minehunter a naval vessel that searches for mines by electronic means.
minelayer a ship used to lay mines.
minesweeper a ship used to clear mines.
mistico (Spanish) a kind of small sailing vessel used in the Mediterranean, rigged partly like a xebec, and partly like a felucca.
mizen in a three-masted vessel, the hindmost of the fore-and-aft sails.
mizenmast the mast aft or next aft of the mainmast in a ship.
mizzen in a three-masted vessel, the hindmost of the fore-and-aft sails.
mizzenmast the mast aft or next aft of the mainmast in a ship.
mokihi (Maori) a Maori raft.
mokoro the traditional dugout canoe of the people of the Okavango Delta.
mollie the carousing of seamen in icebound ships.
monohull a vessel with one hull, as compared with a catamaran or trimaran.
monoxylon a canoe made from one log.
montaria (Portuguese) in Brazil, a light canoe made of one log.
moonraker a small sail sometimes carried above a skyscraper, aka a moonsail.
moonsail a sail sometimes carried in light winds, above a skysail.
moorage the condition of being moored.
motorboat a boat with an inboard or outboard motor; (verb) to travel by motorboat.
motorboater one who drives a motorboat.
motorship a ship with a motor.
motoscafo (Ital.) a motorboat.
mudhook (Sl.) an anchor.
mudscow a flat mud-boat.
multihull a boat having more than one hull, eg a catamaran.
nautic the art or science of sailing; a sailor, esp of the Royal Navy.
naval pertaining to ships.
navally (Adv.) NAVAL, pertaining to ships.
navicert a consular certificate granted to a neutral ship testifying that its cargo is correctly described in the manifest.
navigable that can be navigated.
navigably (Adv.) NAVIGABLE, that can be navigated.
navy a nation's warships.
nuggar (Arabic) a large boat used to carry cargo on the Nile.
oar a light pole with a blade at one end for propelling a boat (verb) to row a boat
oarage oars collectively.
oarless without oars.
oarlike like an oar.
oarlock a rowlock.
obo a vessel for carrying oil and bulk ore.
oceangoing of, relating to, or designed for travel on the ocean.
offing that part of the sea that is distant yet seen from the shore.
offshore away from the shore; (noun) a company operating abroad where the tax system is more advantageous than at home; (verb) to transfer jobs to another country.
oggin (Sl.) a naval slang word for the sea.
oiler someone who or something that oils.
onboard on board.
oomiac (Inuit) an Eskimo canoe.
oomiack (Inuit) an Eskimo canoe.
oomiak (Inuit) an Eskimo canoe.
orlop (Dutch) the lowest deck of a ship having four or more decks.
oropesa a fish-shaped float used in marine mine-sweeping to support the sweeping wire.
orthodromics the act or art of sailing on a great circle.
orthodromy the act or art of sailing on a great circle.
outboard designed to be attached to the outside of a boat etc; (noun) an outboard motor.
outrigger a spar extended from the side of a ship to help secure the mast.
overboard from on board, over the side of a ship or boat.
overlaunch in shipbuilding, to join by long splices or scarfs.
overmast to furnish (a vessel) with too long or too heavy a mast or masts.
overrake to rake over from end to end, as waves that break over a vessel anchored with head to the sea.
paddleboat a paddle-steamer.
patamar (Port.) a vessel resembling a grab, used in the coasting trade of Bombay and Ceylon.
pattamar (Port.) a vessel resembling a grab, used in the coasting trade of Bombay and Ceylon.
pedalboat a boat that is propelled by operating the pedals, usually one hired for pleasure.
pedalo a small pedal-propelled boat.
pelorus (Lat.) a kind of compass from which bearings can be taken.
periagua (Carib) a dugout canoe.
pickaroon (Spanish) a pirate ship.
picketboat a craft used (as by the coastguard) for harbour patrol.
pigboat (Coll.) a submarine.
pilothouse a shelter for steering gear and pilot.
pinkey a ship with a narrow overhanging stern.
pinnace a small vessel with oars and sails.
piragua (Carib) a dugout canoe.
pirogue (Carib) a dugout canoe.
piroque (Carib) a dugout canoe.
polacca (Ital.) a vessel with two or three masts, used in the Mediterranean.
polacre (Ital.) a vessel with two or three masts, used in the Mediterranean.
pont in S. Africa, a small ferryboat guided across a narrow stretch of water by a rope or cable.
porthole an opening in the side of a ship.
portlast (Obs.) the gunwale of a ship.
portoise the gunwale of a ship.
powerboat a boat propelled by an inboard or outboard motor.
powerboating the sport of driving a powerboat.
praam (Dutch) a flat-bottomed boat or lighter, used in Holland and the Baltic, and sometimes armed in case of war.
prahu (Malay) a swift Malayan sailboat with triangular sail and one outrigger.
pram a flat-bottomed boat or lighter, used in Holland and the Baltic, and sometimes armed in case of war.
prao (Malay) a swift Malayan sailboat with triangular sail and one outrigger.
pratique (Fr.) permission granted to a ship to use a port after quarantine or on showing a clean bill of health.
prau (Malay) a swift Malayan sailboat with triangular sail and one outrigger.
predy (Obs.) to make ready a ship for engagement.
primage a fee paid to loaders for loading a ship.
proa (Malay) a swift Malayan sailboat with a triangular sail and one outrigger.
prore a prow; a ship.
prow the front part of a ship (adj., arch.) full of prowess
pucan (Irish) a traditional Connemara open sailing boat.
pulwar (Hindi) a light keelless boat used on the Ganges.
punt a flat-bottomed boat for use in shallow water, propelled by a pole; (verb) to travel by punt.
puteli (Hindi) a flat-bottomed boat used on the Ganges.
qajaq (Inuit) a kayak.
quadrireme an ancient ship with four banks of oars.
quant a punting pole; (verb) to propel with a quant.
quarterdeck part of ship's deck set aside by captain for ceremonial functions.
quinquereme an ancient ship with five banks of oars.
rabaska (Am. Ind.) a large canoe.
raft a buoyant platform of logs, planks, etc., used as a vessel or moored platform; (verb) to convey by raft.
randan a boat rowed by three people, the second with two oars.
ratlin any of the small lines forming the steps of the rigging of ships.
ratline any of the small lines forming the steps of the rigging of ships.
ratling any of the small lines forming the steps of the rigging of ships.
rattlin any of the small lines forming the steps of the rigging of ships.
rattline any of the small lines forming the steps of the rigging of ships.
rattlingly (Adv.) RATTLING.
razee (Hist.) a warship or other vessel reduced in height by the removal of the upper deck or decks; (verb) to create such a ship by such a removal.
reef a chain of rocks at or near the surface of water (verb) to reduce the area of a sail by rolling or folding part of it
reefable of a sail, capable of being reefed.
reembark to embark again.
resail to sail again; also, to sail back, as to a former port.
reship to ship again; to put on board of a vessel a second time.
restem (Shakesp.) to force back against the current.
ripeck a pole used for mooring a punt.
riverboat a boat used for river transport.
rivercraft a craft suitable for use on a river.
riverworthiness the state of being riverworthy.
riverworthy able to be used on a river.
roadstead an anchorage off shore.
roband a piece of yarn used to fasten a sail to a spar.
rodney (Canadian) a small fishing boat.
rollock a contrivance serving as a fulcrum for an oar.
rowable capable of being rowed.
rowboat a rowing boat.
rowlock a contrivance serving as a fulcrum for an oar.
royal like a king (noun) a small sail on the royal mast just above the topgallant sail
royally (Adv.) ROYAL, like a king.
royalmast the highest part of a mast.
rudder a vertical blade used to direct the course of a vessel.
rudderhead the top of the rudderpost, to which the steering apparatus may be fixed.
rudderless without a rudder.
rudderpost the shank of a rudder, having the blade at one end and the attachments for operating it at the other.
rudderstock a vertical post at the forward edge of a rudder that enables the rudder to pivot.
rullock a contrivance serving as a fulcrum for an oar.
ryepeck a pole used for mooring a punt.
rypeck a pole used for mooring a punt.
saic (Turkish) a Levantine vessel like a ketch.
saick (Turkish) a Levantine vessel like a ketch.
sail a sheet of canvas etc. spread to catch the wind; (verb) to move across the surface of water by the action of wind.
sailable navigable.
sailboat a boat that sails.
sailcloth duck or canvas used in making sails.
sailless destitute of sails.
sailorless without sailors.
sailroom a room aboard a vessel for storing sails in.
saique (Turkish) a Levantine vessel like a ketch.
saltie a deep-sea vessel sailing the Great Lakes.
sampan (Chinese) a flat-bottomed Chinese skiff usually propelled by two short oars.
sanpan (Chinese) a flat-bottomed Chinese skiff usually propelled by two short oars.
sasse (Dutch) a sluice or lock, as in a river, to make it more navigable.
scaffy (Scots) a light fishing boat.
schooner a sharp-built, swift-sailing vessel, generally two-masted, fore-and-aft rigged, or with top and topgallant sails on the foremast.
schuit (Dutch) a Dutch flat-bottomed boat, used along canals and round the coast.
schuyt (Dutch) a Dutch flat-bottomed boat, used along canals and round the coast.
scow a large flat-bottomed boat, having broad, square ends; (verb) to transport by this.
sculler one that sculls.
scupper a hole allowing water to drain from a ship's deck; (verb) to thwart, frustrate.
scuttlebutt a drinking fountain on a ship; gossip.
seaborne carried by sea.
seacraft skill in navigation, seamanship etc.
seafarer one who travels by sea.
seagoing designed for use on the sea.
sealift to transport by ship.
sealine the sea horizon.
seatrain a ship equipped to carry railway cars.
seaworthiness the state of being seaworthy.
seaworthy able to be used on the sea.
shallop a light river boat with sail and oars.
shanghai to force aboard a ship for service as a sailor.
sharpie a flat-bottomed, two-masted vessel.
sharpy a flat-bottomed, two-masted vessel.
shaul to shoal.
sheeve the wheel of a pulley.
shikara (Hindi) a light, flat-bottomed boat in Kashmir.
ship a vessel suitable for navigation in deep water; (verb) to transport by ship.
shipboard a ship's side.
shipborne carried by ship.
shiplap an arrangement of overlapping planks on a ship; (verb) to overlap planks in this way.
shipless without a ship.
shippable that can be shipped.
shipside the area alongside a ship.
shipway a sliding way for launching ships.
shipwreck a wrecked ship; (verb) to undergo shipwreck.
shoal shallow (noun) an area of shallow water, a sandbank (verb) to sail into shallow water
shoreside belonging to the neighbourhood of the shore; (noun) the area near a shore.
showboat (US) a river steamer on which theatrical performances are given; (verb) to give such a performance.
shrimper a boat for catching shrimps.
sidelight a coloured light on the side of a ship under way at night.
sidewheel one of the paddle wheels of a sidewheeler.
sidewheeler a vessel, esp a river boat, propelled by two large paddle wheels, one on each side.
skeg a length of keel projecting aft to protect the rudder.
skegg a length of keel projecting aft to protect the rudder.
skiff any of various small boats; (verb) to skim.
skiffless without a skiff.
skysail a sail above the royal sail.
slipway a ramp sloping into water for supporting a ship.
sloop a single-masted sailing vessel, rigged fore-and-aft, with the mast stepped about one third of the overall length aft of the bow.
sluicegate the gate of a sluice.
sneakbox a small boat masked with brush and weeds that is used for wildfowl hunting.
sofar a method of calculating the location of an underwater explosion.
sonder a class of small yachts.
spanker the sail on the mast nearest the stern of a square-rigged ship.
spar a stout pole used to support rigging; a kind of mineral (verb) to provide with spars
speedboat a high-speed motorboat having either an inboard or outboard motor.
spindrift the ocean spray which is blown by the wind.
spinnaker a large triangular sail opposite the mainsail.
spirketting deck planking near the bulwarks.
spitcher (Sl.) naval slang for done for; (verb) to be doomed.
sponsing a platform jutting from ship's deck for gun or wheel.
sponson a platform jutting from ship's deck for gun or wheel.
spoom to scud before the wind; to run before a gale with reduced canvas.
spoondrift the ocean spray which is blown by the wind.
sprit a spar crossing a fore-and-aft sail diagonally.
spritsail a sail extended by a sprit.
starboard the right-hand side of a ship; (verb) to put or turn (the helm) to the starboard side of the vessel.
staysail a fore-and-aft sail hoisted on a stay.
steamboat a boat powered by steam.
steamer a steamship; (verb) to travel by steamship.
steamship a ship powered by steam.
stearage (Obs.) the act or practice of steering.
steerage a section in a passenger ship for passengers paying the lowest fares and given inferior accommodations.
steerageway a rate of motion sufficient to make a ship or boat respond to movements of the rudder.
stemhead the head of the stem of a vessel.
stemson a supporting timber of a ship.
stern severe (verb) to back, row backwards
sternage (Shakesp.) sterns collectively.
sternboard the backward motion of a ship; loss of way in tacking.
sternly (Adv.) STERN, severe.
sternport a port or opening in the stern of a ship.
sternpost the main member at the stern of a ship extending from keel to deck.
sternsheet the part of a boat between the stern and the rowers.
sternson the end of a ship's keelson, to which the sternpost is bolted.
sternway the movement of a ship backwards.
stokehold a ship's furnace chamber.
storeship a vessel used to carry naval stores for a fleet, garrison, or the like.
stowage a place for stowing things; things stowed.
stowdown the process of stowing down in a ship's hold.
straik a line of planking or plating in a ship; (verb) to stroke.
strake a line of planking or plating in a ship.
straked having a strake, a line of planking or plating in a ship.
studdingsail an additional sail set at the outer edges of a square sail when the wind is light and abaft the beam.
stunsail a contraction of studdingsail, an additional sail set at the outer edges of a square sail when the wind is light and abaft the beam.
subchaser a small manoeuvrable craft used in antisubmarine warfare.
submarine a submersible vessel; (verb) to travel by submarine.
submergible submersible a vessel used for undersea exploration or maintenance.
supercarrier a large aircraft carrier.
superliner a very large ocean liner.
supertanker a very large tanker.
surfboat a boat for use in surf.
taffarel (Dutch) the rail round the stern of a ship.
tafferel (Dutch) the rail round the stern of a ship.
taffrail (Dutch) the rail round the stern of a ship.
tanker a ship designed to transport liquids; (verb) to transport by tanker.
tankship a tanker.
tartan a plaid cloth a small, single-masted Mediterranean ship with a lateen sail
tartane (Fr.) a small, single-masted Mediterranean ship with a lateen sail.
tartaned clad in tartan.
texas an upper structure on a river steamer.
thoft a rowing bench.
tholepin a pin in the side of a boat to keep an oar in place.
thwartship across the ship.
thwartships across the ship.
timberhead top end of ship's timber used above the gunwale.
timon (Obs.) a helm.
topgallant the mast or sail above the topmast and below the royal mast.
topmast a ship's mast above the lower mast.
topsail a ship's sail above the lowermost sail.
towboat a vessel constructed for being towed, as a canal boat.
towline a line used to tow vessels.
traject a way or place of crossing over; esp a crossing-place of a river; (verb, arch.) to convey across.
tranect (Shakesp.) a ferry.
tranship to transfer from one ship to another.
transhipper one who tranships.
transship to transfer from one ship to another.
transshipper one who transships.
trawler a vessel used for trawling.
treenail a wooden peg that swells when wet, used for fastening timbers, esp in shipbuilding.
trekschuit (Dutch) a towed canalboat.
trenail a wooden peg that swells when wet, used for fastening timbers, esp in shipbuilding.
trestletree either of a pair of fore-and-aft timbers fixed horizontally on opposite sides of a lower masthead to support an upper mast.
triaconter a vessel with thirty banks of oars, or, as some say, thirty ranks of rowers.
trimaran a sailing boat with three hulls.
trireme (Lat.) an ancient galley having three banks of oars.
troopship a ship for carrying troops.
trunnel a wooden peg that swells when wet, used for fastening timbers, esp in shipbuilding.
trysail a ship's sail bent to a gaff and hoisted on a lower mast.
tugboat a boat used to tow larger boats.
tumblehome the inward curvature of the upper parts of the sides of a vessel at or near the stern.
turtleback a structure over a ship's bows or stern.
umiac (Inuit) an Inuit canoe.
umiack (Inuit) an Eskimo canoe.
umiak (Inuit) a Inuit canoe.
umiaq (Inuit) an Eskimo canoe.
unanchor to loose from the anchor, as a ship.
unbitt to uncoil or unfasten (a cable) from the bitts.
underdeck a lower deck on a ship.
undermasted having insufficient masts.
undock to take out of dock; as, to undock a ship.
unmoor to loose from moorings; to cast off.
unrig to strip of rigging; as, to unrig a ship.
unseaworthiness the state of being unseaworthy.
unseaworthy not good enough to be used on the sea.
unship to unload cargo from a ship or boat; to remove eg oars from their fixed place.
unstep to remove, as a mast, from its step.
uphroe (Dutch) a block or long slat of wood, perforated for the passage of the crowfoot, or cords by which an awning is held up.
upperworks the upper part of a structure (of a ship above the load-line).
vang a guy-rope to steady a gaff.
vaporetto (Ital.) a motorboat serving as a canal bus in Venice.
vigia (Spanish) a danger warning on a chart.
wafter an armed vessel employed as a convoy.
warship a ship used in war.
washboard a broad thin plank along a ship's gunwale to keep out sea water.
waterborne supported, carried, or transmitted by water.
waterbus a boat offering regular transport service.
watercraft a boat; boats collectively.
waterway a navigable body of water.
waveson wreckage floating on the sea, flotsam.
wear to turn a ship's stern to windward to alter its course to put on clothes
weatherboard a board shaped so as to shed water; (verb) to fit such a board.
weatherliness the state of being weatherly.
weatherly able to sail close to the wind with little leeway.
whaleback a kind of steamboat used on the Great Lakes to carry grain, etc having a rounded upper deck.
whaleboat a boat used for catching whales.
whaler a ship used for whaling.
wharf a landing stage, built esp along the shore, for loading or unloading vessels (verb) to place on a wharf; to strengthen by the building of a wharf
wheelhouse a shelter where a ship's steering wheel is kept.
wherry a light shallow boat; a barge; (verb) to transport in such a boat.
whipstaff a vertical lever controlling ship's rudder.
windbound hindered from sailing by contrary winds.
windjammer a large merchant sailing ship.
windjamming sailing by windjammer.
windlass a winch used to raise a ship's anchor; (verb) to use a windlass.
windsail a wide funnel of canvas used to convey a stream of air below deck.
windship a sailing ship.
woodskin an American Indian canoe made of bark.
workboat a boat used for work eg fishing.
wrack seaweed or wreckage cast up on shore; (verb) to torture, torment.
xebec a small, three-masted Mediterranean vessel with both square and triangular sails.
yacht a vessel propelled by sail or power, used esp for pleasure cruising, racing, etc; (verb) to sail or cruise in a yacht.
yachter one who sails a yacht.
yachtsmanship the art of sailing a yacht.
yardarm either end of the yard of a square-rigged ship.
zabra (Spanish) a small vessel used off the Spanish coast.
zebec a small, three-masted Mediterranean vessel with both square and triangular sails.
zebeck a small, three-masted Mediterranean vessel with both square and triangular sails.
zulu a type of two-masted fishing vessel formerly used in Scotland.