• WordNet 3.6
    • n schooner sailing vessel used in former times
    • n schooner a large beer glass
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Schooner A large goblet or drinking glass, -- used for lager beer or ale.
    • n Schooner (Naut) Originally, a small, sharp-built vessel, with two masts and fore-and-aft rig. Sometimes it carried square topsails on one or both masts and was called a topsail schooner. About 1840, longer vessels with three masts, fore-and-aft rigged, came into use, and since that time vessels with four masts and even with six masts, so rigged, are built. Schooners with more than two masts are designated three-masted schooners four-masted schooners, etc. See Illustration in Appendix.☞ The first schooner ever constructed is said to have been built in Gloucester, Massachusetts, about the year 1713, by a Captain Andrew Robinson, and to have received its name from the following trivial circumstance: When the vessel went off the stocks into the water, a bystander cried out,“O, how she scoons!” Robinson replied, “ A scooner let her be;” and, from that time, vessels thus masted and rigged have gone by this name. The word scoon is popularly used in some parts of New England to denote the act of making stones skip along the surface of water. The Scottish scon means the same thing. Both words are probably allied to the Icel. skunda skynda, to make haste, hurry, AS. scunian to avoid, shun, Prov. E. scun. In the New England records, the word appears to have been originally written scooner. Babson, in his “History of Gloucester,” gives the following extract from a letter written in that place Sept. 25, 1721, by Dr. Moses Prince, brother of the Rev. Thomas Prince, the annalist of New England: “This gentleman (Captain Robinson) was first contriver of schooners, and built the first of that sort about eight years since.”
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n schooner A fore-and-aft rigged vessel, formerly with only two masts, but now often with three, and sometimes with four or five. Schooners lie nearer the wind than square-rigged vessels, are more easily handled, and require much smaller crews; hence their general use as coasters and yachts. See also cut under pilot-boat.
    • n schooner A covered emigrant-wagon formerly used on the prairies. See prairie-schooner.
    • n schooner A tall glass used for liquor, especially lager-beer, and supposed to hold more than an ordinary beer-glass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Schooner skōōn′ėr a sharp-built, swift-sailing vessel, generally two-masted, rigged either with fore-and-aft sails on both masts, or with square top and topgallant sails on the foremast: an old form of covered emigrant-wagon: a large drinking-glass
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See the Note below. Cf. Shun
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Coined in New England from the prov. Eng. scoon (Scot. scon), to make a flat stone skip along the surface of water; A.S. scúnian.


In literature:

The deck of the schooner was crowded with people as we came alongside.
"Labrador Days" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
And finally it fell calm again, and the schooner lost steerage way altogether.
"Turned Adrift" by Harry Collingwood
About 10 Saw a Schooner Standing to No'ward.
"Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period" by Various
We stopped five minutes to gain breath, and then kept straight on across the sand, till we sighted the schooner.
"The Call Of The South" by Louis Becke
The captain of the schooner was a man of a type common enough in the South Seas, rough, good-humoured, and coarsely handsome.
"The Ebbing Of The Tide" by Louis Becke
The tide was going out by this time, and the schooner's bow was buried high and dry in the sand.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
The schooner appeared to be making about six miles an hour.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
The French schooner was the first which ranged up alongside; the wind was light, and she came slowly down to us.
"The Privateer's-Man" by Frederick Marryat
I don't want ye traversin' round charterin' my schooner and me.
"Isle o' Dreams" by Frederick F. Moore
There was one from the other schooner.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

It looks at the great celestial
light and it never blinks,
ignoring the gulf beneath it
where a nightbound schooner sinks.
"Horn Crag" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
It was the schooner Hesperus,
That sailed the wintery sea;
And the skipper had taken his little daughter,
To bear him company.
"The Wreck Of The Hesperus" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There's a schooner in the offing,
With her topsails shot with fire,
And my heart has gone aboard her
For the Islands of Desire.
"The Sea Gipsy" by Richard Hovey
A Scottish schooner made the port,
The thirteenth day at e’en;
“As I am a man,” the captain cried,
“A strange sight I have seen:
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
Him, after an hour of wintry waves,
A schooner sights, with another, and saves,
And he boards her in Oh! such joy
He has lost count what came next, poor boy.—
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Then we hunted and shouted, and every nerve did strain,
Thinking to find our schooner but, alas! it was all in vain:
Because the thick fog hid the vessel from our view,
And to keep ourselves warm we closely to each other drew.
"A Tale of the Sea" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

When Scott DiBiaso and his crew sailed the 65-foot schooner Juno out of Vineyard Haven harbor on Wednesday, Nov 14, they had a single reef on the.
The US Coast Guard tip-tests the Schooner Lavengro.
The little schooners - the Alma is 59 feet long - were called "hay scows" by deepwater sailors.
Thinning Interlux's latest version of Schooner Gold is the key to using it correctly.
Schooner 's is family owned and operated.
The film also tells the story of the Alice S Wentworth, his iconic schooner and role of schooners in American maritime history.
The film includes thirty interviews with people who knew Zeb, schooner experts, and historians as well as old photographs and archival footage from museums, libraries, and individuals.
The HMS Sultana was a Royal Navy schooner that patrolled the American coast from 1768 through 1772, collecting duties and thwarting smugglers.
LBLB September 30—Luego and Schooner .
Training schooner Ocean Star sold.
The 88-foot training schooner Ocean Star was sold in December, ending a rigorous program that provided at-sea training for an estimated 1,000 students during the past eight years.
There will also be a Parade of Sail at 5 pm, when the schooners can be viewed from the shorelines of Canton, Fells Point, Harbor East, and the Inner Harbor.
See all past events at Schooner 's.
Gwinn High School will present the musical "The Christmas Schooner " at 7 pm Friday and Saturday, and at 2 pm Sunday in the Gwinn High School Cafetorium.
Schooner At Marshall Point.