• WordNet 3.6
    • n catamaran a sailboat with two parallel hulls held together by single deck
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Catamaran A kind of fire raft or torpedo bat. "The incendiary rafts prepared by Sir Sidney Smith for destroying the French flotilla at Boulogne, 1804, were called catamarans ."
    • Catamaran A kind of raft or float, consisting of two or more logs or pieces of wood lashed together, and moved by paddles or sail; -- used as a surf boat and for other purposes on the coasts of the East and West Indies and South America. Modified forms are much used in the lumber regions of North America, and at life-saving stations.
    • Catamaran A quarrelsome woman; a scold.
    • Catamaran Any vessel with twin hulls, whether propelled by sails or by steam; esp., one of a class of double-hulled pleasure boats remarkable for speed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n catamaran A kind of float or raft used by various peoples. It consists usually of several pieces of wood lashed together, the middle piece or pieces being longer than the others, and having one end turned up in the form of a bow. It is used on the coasts of Coromandel, and particularly at Madras, for conveying letters, messages, etc., through the surf to the shipping in the roads. Catamarans are also used in short navigations along the sea-shore in the West Indies, and on the coast of South America very large ones are employed. The name was also applied to the flat-bottomed fire-boats built by the English in 1804, and despatched, without success, against the French flotilla collected in Boulogne and neighboring harbors for the invasion of England.
    • n catamaran Any craft with twin hulls, the inner faces of which are parallel to each other from stem to stern, and which is propelled either by sail or by steam. Sometimes shortened to cat.
    • n catamaran A quarrelsome woman; a vixen; a scold: a humorous or arbitrary use, with allusion to cat or catamount. See cat, 4.
    • n catamaran In lumbering, a small raft carrying a windlass and grapple, used to recover sunken logs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Catamaran kat′a-mar-an′ or kat-am′ar-an a raft of three pieces of wood lashed together, the middle piece being longer than the others, and serving as a keel—on this the rower squats, and works a paddle—much used in the Madras surf: an old kind of fire-ship, long superseded; an ill-natured woman.
    • n Catamaran kat′a-mar-an′ or kat-am′ar-an, a raft of three pieces of wood lashed together, the middle piece being longer than the others, and serving as a keel—on this the rower squats, and works a paddle—much used in the Madras surf: an old kind of fire-ship, long superseded; an ill-natured woman.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
The native East Indian name
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Tamil, 'tied wood.'


In literature:

And there we found a catamaran, a real catamaran, one evidently made by some Fire-Man.
"Before Adam" by Jack London
She was a "twin boat:" that is, she had two hulls, like a "catamaran.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
So, come along, one of you; we'll take the catamaran and go off to her.
"Turned Adrift" by Harry Collingwood
He called us a baldheaded old catamaran.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
The salutes have been fired, and the vessel has been surrounded by a flotilla of surf-boats and catamarans.
"The Story of Madras" by Glyn Barlow
He therefore fastened up the case again and lowered it carefully over the side on to the deck of the catamaran.
"Dick Leslie's Luck" by Harry Collingwood
Indeed, although becalmed, the "Catamarans" were not inactive.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
The shaman with a hammock in his catamaran dolefully accepts the waves as the skin must a tatoo.
"Coming to Grips with White Knuckles" by Paul Cameron Brown
This catamaran was lapstrake construction.
"Fulton's "Steam Battery": Blockship and Catamaran" by Howard I. Chapelle
Communication with ships can be effected only by catamarans and flat-bottomed surf-boats.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various

In news:

The government of Trinidad & Tobago has purchased its second Incat Wave Piercing Catamaran in as many months.
Trident Shipworks Building High-Performance Luxury Catamarans.
Florida's West Coast premier designer and builder of luxury yachts has expanded its services with the introduction of a new luxury catamaran series.
Catamarans off Waikiki , 2007.
Isle of Wight Sheriff's Office says a 19 foot Catamaran boat was stolen Sunday from Troy Marine in.
All 11 crewmen on Oracle Racing's AC72 catamaran were largely unhurt in the crash.
The Sail America yachting syndicate is building a second catamaran, identical to a design announced earlier this year, in preparing for the San Diego Yacht Club's defense of the America's Cup against New Zealand.
NAPLES, Fla.- A $50,000 catamaran that has sat idle at the Naples city dock since June, has been hauled away by Sea-Tow.
Corey Perrine/Staff A 34-foot Gemini catamaran called "Latitudes" sits docked at slip 29 Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the Naples Boat Dock in Naples, Fla.
Catamaran Corporation's Employer Group Waiver Plan (EGWP) Receives Five-Star Rating From Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Oil Can Catamaran Launches In Essex .
A catamaran sets sail along the Napali Coast off the Hawaiian island of Kauai .
And none of the five Kiwis on the 45-New Zealand catamaran sailed in the 1995 America's Cup.
An abandoned catamaran has been sitting along the shore for about a month as the water of Lake Okeechobee drops to its lowest level in four years.
Catamaran, the nation's fourth-largest PBM by prescription volume, also formally announced its leadership team with the completion of the $4.4 billion SXC-Catalyst merger .