Meaning of outrigger in English:


Pronunciation /ˈaʊtrɪɡə/

Translate outrigger into Spanish


  • 1A beam, spar, or framework projecting from or over a boat's side.

    ‘To reduce windage, powerboat owners should lower antennas and outriggers.’
    • ‘The beam is attached to the columns by means of a specially designed clamping system and has two cantilevered outriggers that anchor the top of the tension cables.’
    • ‘Their ships normally look much like a flattened arrowhead with two round outrigger pods on the sides containing their weapons.’
    • ‘I sat out on the beam, putting my weight on the outrigger.’
    • ‘The creature emerged through the outrigger of the canoe with a ‘long neck like a turtle’, made ‘a big noise’ and the terrified man gathered his fishing tackle and hurriedly left.’
    1. 1.1A float or secondary hull fixed parallel to a canoe or small boat to stabilize it.
      ‘Two outrigger hulls provide stability and prevent the boat from capsizing.’
      • ‘Their boats are outrigger canoes, and outboard engines are not allowed.’
      • ‘In 2003, Tim attempted to solo sail from Florida to Cuba in an outrigger canoe.’
      • ‘The fishermen of the cooperative had a large outrigger canoe, fished in a traditional manner with nets and caught about 350 kilo of fish a day on average.’
      • ‘This time we will be assembling an outrigger canoe.’
      • ‘The traditional bangka, an outrigger canoe, is still in common use for fishing and local transport.’
      • ‘The Hawaiian outrigger canoe is part of the cultural heritage of America's only Island State.’
      • ‘It's possible to rent an outrigger canoe and go to some of the more special places for snorkelling.’
      • ‘It was either that or some boat that had built-in outriggers, each with its own dagger board (which was cunningly interchangeable with the rudder blade), and a central driving seat.’
      • ‘Diving is usually done from bancas, long, stable boats with outriggers, powered by truck diesel engines.’
      • ‘Nearly a third of the primary hull was missing along with one of the outriggers.’
      • ‘The outboard motor growled to life and our outrigger kept us on an even keel while sea-birds sat on sharp, spume-glistening rocks, watching our heaving progress with mild interest.’
      • ‘Other features include standard wireless radio controls, wide-stance outriggers, hydraulic regeneration, and stability monitoring capability.’
      • ‘Two outriggers give the vessel great stability.’
      • ‘The boats are bancas, canoe-style hulls with twin bamboo outriggers.’
      • ‘The canoe was over 20 feet long, he noted, and made from a hollowed-out tree with an outrigger on both sides.’
      • ‘‘Their canoes are made with a good deal of skill, and have an outrigger,’ he wrote.’
    2. 1.2A boat fitted with an outrigger.
      ‘Children in outriggers surrounded the ship for the better part of the day, making the entire affair seem like a county carnival.’
      • ‘The fleet consisted of one large fish carrier, a medium purse-seine fishing vessel, three medium sized boats and four ocean going outriggers.’
      • ‘Ted, a tall, brown tree-trunk of a man, raced outriggers for more than 30 years.’
      • ‘It was just what she did to get by and be happy and be able to paddle outriggers and go to Hawaii every year.’
    3. 1.3A projecting support similar to an outrigger in another structure or vehicle.
      ‘The machine consisted of the fuselage of a small biplane with two outriggers supporting to engines.’
      • ‘Unlike the base vehicle, the outriggers stayed steady and well above the track surface, plus the truck drifted slightly at the apogee of each directional change.’
      • ‘Removable outrigger gear located away from the fuselage centreline is used to lighten the weight of the airborne aircraft.’
      • ‘Equipped with a large central float and two outriggers, the sea-going Zero was a formidable opponent despite the fact that the floats caused drag and lowered overall performance.’
      • ‘Narrow building cores are commonly stabilized with outriggers, located in mechanical floors that divide the height of the building into three equal sections.’
      • ‘Mobilization is relatively simple, and, because there are no outriggers or other external bracing requirements, the unit can operate with minimal disruption of traffic.’
      • ‘Since there are no intermediate mechanical floors in the Times Square towers, the only acceptable locations for outriggers would have been at the rooftops and bases.’
      • ‘Although pulled along by the frantic animal, he swiftly grabs an outrigger and slides smoothly back on board.’


Mid 18th century perhaps influenced by the obsolete nautical term outligger, in the same sense.