- A type of boat with two parallel hulls.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
CATAMARAN. An old scraggy woman; from a kind of float
made of spars and yards lashed together, for saving
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Cat`a*ma*ran", n. [The native East
Indian name.] 1. 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.
2. 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.
3. A kind of fire raft or torpedo
The incendiary rafts prepared by Sir Sidney Smith
for destroying the French flotilla at Boulogne, 1804, were called
4. A quarrelsome woman; a scold.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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