Bilander

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bilander (Naut) A small two-masted merchant vessel, fitted only for coasting, or for use in canals, as in Holland. "Why choose we, then, like bilanders to creep
      Along the coast, and land in view to keep?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bilander A small merchant vessel with two masts, and the mainsail bent to the whole length of a yard, hanging fore and aft, and inclined to the horizon at an angle of about 45 degrees, the foremost lower corner, called the tack, being secured to a ring-bolt in the deck, and the after most, or sheet, to the taffrail. Few vessels are now rigged in this manner. The bilander is a kind of hoy, manageable by four or five men, and used chiefly in the canals of the Low Countries.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bilander bī′land-ėr a two-masted hoy, having her mainsail bent to the whole length of her yard, hanging fore and aft, and inclined to the horizontal at an angle of about 45º
    • Bilander Also By′lander
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. bijlander,; bij, by + land, land, country

Usage

In literature:

They called her "the lugger," though her rig was widely different from that, and her due title was "bilander.
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
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