• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Caravel kăr"ȧ*vĕl (Naut) A name given to several kinds of vessels.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caravel Nautical, the name of several kinds of vessels. One variety, used in Portugal, is a vessel of from 100 to 150 tons burden; another is a fishing-vessel of from 10 to 15 tons; and a third is a large Turkish ship of war. The name was also given to a small ship used by the Spaniards and Portuguese in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries for long voyages. It was narrow at the poop and wide at the bow, and carried a double tower at its stern and a single one at its bows. It had four masts and a bowsprit, and the principal sails were lateen sails. Two of the vessels with which Columbus crossed the Atlantic and discovered America were of this description.
    • n caravel The floating marine gastropod Ianthina.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caravel kar′av-el a kind of light sailing-vessel.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. caravelle,cf. It. caravella, Sp. carabela,), fr. Sp. caraba, a kind of vessel, fr. L. carabus, a kind of light boat, fr. Gr. ka`rabos a kind of light ship, NGr. kara`bi ship, vessel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It. caravelia; cf. Low L. carabus, Gr. karabos, a bark.


In literature:

The third squadron of four caravels was, I believe, that which finally sailed May 10, 1497.
"Amerigo Vespucci" by Frederick A. Ober
This isn't a sloop, or a catamaran, or a caravel.
"The Autobiography of Methuselah" by John Kendrick Bangs
In spite of his seamanship, the caravel was wrecked on the island of Cuba.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
The ten caravels of Cortes are swinging at anchor in the bay, whose white-capped waters they have just passed.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
We continue to run old three-deckers for fighting battles, or Columbian caravels for freighting purposes.
"What the Church Means to Me" by Wilfred T. Grenfell
It was upon this largest caravel that Columbus placed his flag.
"Discoverers and Explorers" by Edward R. Shaw
The caravels which crossed from Spain to be present at the World's Fair at Chicago.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
He now caught sight of a number of armed horsemen, who, dismounting, entered the boat, and came towards the caravel.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Magellan on board his caravel.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The three caravels in which he sailed were typical craft of the period.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott

In poetry:

the lantern of a caravel,
and that was Genesis.
Then there were the packed cries,
the shit, the moaning:
"The Sea Is History" by Derek Walcott
Moments from yesterday and from centuries ago -
a sword blow, the painting of eyelashes before a mirror
of polished metal, a lethal musket shot, a caravel
staving its hull against a reef - they dwell in us,
waiting for a fulfillment.
"Late Ripeness" by Czeslaw Milosz

In news:

In his first season as head coach of the Caravel Academy Buccaneers, head coach John Reed has achieved the type of success it takes other coaches years to accomplish: an undefeated,10-0, regular season.
Highlights from Caravel 's 53-21 win over St Elizabeth.
Caravel 's semifinal opponent will be determined after Saturday's playoff games.
Mary Abram lead the Raiders with 15 kills in route to a straight set victory over Caravel 25-23, 25-16, and 25-23.
Highlights of Caravel victory over Lake Forest.
Pierce Ripanti scored 3 touchdowns in route to a 42-13 victory for Caravel .
Caravel replica captures spirit of city's origins.
The Milford Bucs defeated Caravel 3-1 on Saturday in the DIAA baseball state semifinals to move onto the championship game.
Caravel stresses balance between academics, athletics, fine arts and performing arts, and encourages students' community involvement.
Caravel 's down-tempo, piano-driven numbers made for a surprisingly engaging show.
Caravel running back Pierce Ripanti is this week's WDEL Male High School Athlete of the Week.
Volunteer Wayne Skees helps to educate interested visitors on the caravel replica Nina after arriving at Wheeling's Heritage Port on Thursday.
Cape Henlopen will get a chance to defend its field hockey state title against the same team they beat a year ago, after the top-seeded Vikings downed Caravel, 2-1, in one semi-final.

In science:

The crew of the caravel ‘Nina’ also saw signs of land, and a smal l branch covered with berries.
Exploring Complex Networks through Random Walks