• WordNet 3.6
    • n outrigger a stabilizer for a canoe; spars attach to a shaped log or float parallel to the hull
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • outrigger (Naut) A boat thus equipped.
    • outrigger (Naut) A projecting contrivance at the side of a boat to prevent upsetting, as projecting spars with a log at the end; also used attributively, as an outrigger canoe.
    • outrigger (Aeronautics) A projecting frame used to support the elevator or tail planes, etc.
    • outrigger (Naut) A projecting support for a rowlock, extended from the side of a boat.
    • outrigger Any spar or projecting timber run out for temporary use, as from a ship's mast, to hold a rope or a sail extended, or from a building, to support hoisting teckle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n outrigger Nautical: A spar rigged out from a ship's top or crosstrees, to spread the breast-backstays.
    • n outrigger Any boom rigged out from a ship's side to hang boats by.
    • n outrigger A heavy spar or strong beam of wood placed across a ship's deck, lashed securely to both sides of the ship, and having tackles from its projecting ends to the masthead, to assist in securing the mast while the ship is hove down.
    • n outrigger Any spar thrust out to help to give a lead to a purchase or to extend a sail.
    • n outrigger An iron bracket fixed to the outside of a boat and carrying a rowlock at its extremity, designed to increase the leverage of the oar.
    • n outrigger Hence A light boat provided with such apparatus.
    • n outrigger A frame rigged out from the side of canoes in the islands of the Indian and Pacific oceans, to form a counterpoise and prevent the boat from upsetting. Such outriggers are sometimes placed on both sides of the boat, sometimes only on one side. They generally consist of two spars, rigged out one from each end of the canoe, with a canoe-shaped block of wood or bamboo connecting their outer ends.
    • n outrigger In machinery: A pulley or wheel extended outside of the general frame of a machine.
    • n outrigger The jib of a crane, or a joist projecting from a building to support a hoisting-tackle.
    • n outrigger See the quotation.
    • n outrigger A frame used on a farm wagon, to enable it to carry larger loads, as of hay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Outrigger owt′rig-ėr a projecting spar for extending sails or any part of the rigging: a projecting contrivance ending in a float fixed to the side of a canoe against capsizing: an iron bracket fixed to the outside of a boat carrying a rowlock at its extremity to increase the leverage of the oar: a light racing-boat with projecting rowlocks.
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In literature:

They were painted white, had one sail, and were fitted with outriggers.
"James Braithwaite, the Supercargo" by W.H.G. Kingston
The boats we generally use are called tubs, tunnies, and outriggers.
"Ernest Bracebridge" by William H. G. Kingston
The outrigger launch referred to was a goodly-sized boat, fitted with a small engine and screw propeller.
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
Some of the smaller sort have outriggers; and sometimes two are joined together, but this is not common.
"Man on the Ocean" by R.M. Ballantyne
All Piang's weight thrown against the upturned outrigger had no effect.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
He suggested strengthening the outriggers, by carrying ropes from the two ends under her bottom.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Not content with this, he disengaged the outrigger, and threw it, together with the mast and sail, into the sea.
"The Island Home" by Richard Archer
Presently she heard a curious, rippling noise, and then a rapidly-repeated tapping on the outrigger side of the canoe.
"The Ebbing Of The Tide" by Louis Becke
A fast-sailing outrigger canoe may always be chartered.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
About seventy outrigger boats of all sizes lie on the beach.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser

In news:

True Aloha In An Outrigger With Big Wave Dave.
Like so many possible fishing accessories, outriggers may not be necessary on a small boat (for the sake of argument, we'll say less than 35 feet LOA), but you may want them because they make your fishing life easier.
For most of us, Tahiti is a stereotype: a South Pacific honeymoon spot but with actual native Polynesians fishing off their traditional outrigger canoes.
Then add two outrigger guide boards to the jig, to help balance a router.
Congratulations to Archie Kalepa on his induction into the Hawaii Waterman 's Hall of Fame (The Maui News, Aug 25) sponsored by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation.
Archie Kalepa speaks Thursday night at Outrigger Canoe Club during his induction into the Hawaii Waterman 's Hall of Fame.
Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation inducts Brian Keaulana, Archie Kalepa, Ricky Grigg and Michael Tongg.
The Outrigger Hotels story is part of local business folklore, but it's a story worth repeating.
The restaurant features a 33-foot Hawaiian outrigger canoe, KAHANA, positioned across the dining room ceiling and blessed by Kimokeo Kapahulehau.
World's largest long-distance outrigger canoe race set for Saturday on Kona Coast.
Lightweight, reasonably seaworthy recreational single with a sliding seat and outriggers.
Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club Readies for Moloka'i Race.
HONOLULU — Hauns Brereton and Vander Joaquim each scored 15 points to lead Hawaii past Arkansas- Pine Bluff 81-54 on the second day of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic.
With a compact footprint and no outriggers, it is easy to maneuver and operate.
Though its platform is 33% larger than same-class lifts, the LS63's 20% smaller outrigger spread lets crews access lights and signs in the tightest spaces.

In science:

The Scandinavian supplement to LOFAR, LOIS (LOFAR Outrigger in Scandinavia),3 is the first space physics radio/radar or radio astronomy facility that utilizes the entire 3D vector information embedded in the EM fields of the radio signals.
Angular Momentum of Electromagnetic Radiation. Fundamental physics applied to the radio domain for innovative studies of space and development of new concepts in wireless communications
Both the Keck Interferometer and the VLTI can measure visibility amplitude for microlensing events using their largest apertures, but only VLTI can measure closure phase using 3 large apertures; the Keck would be required to employ one of the 1.8 m outrigger telescopes which collect considerably fewer photons.
Bringing closure to microlensing mass measurement
In terms of hardware, Milagro is being supplimented by an outrigger array, which will enable better hadron rejection as well as energy determination and angular resolution.
Search for Gamma Ray Emission from Galactic Plane with Milagro