Spar buoy
Spar Spar, n. [OE. sparre; akin to D. spar, G. sparren, OHG. sparro, Dan. & Sw. sparre, Icel. sparri; of uncertain origin. [root]171. Cf. {Spar}, v. t. ] 1. (Naut.) A general term any round piece of timber used as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arch.) Formerly, a piece of timber, in a general sense; -- still applied locally to rafters. [1913 Webster]

3. The bar of a gate or door. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{Spar buoy} (Naut.), a buoy anchored by one end so that the other end rises above the surface of the water.

{Spar deck} (Naut.), the upper deck of a vessel; especially, in a frigate, the deck which is continued in a straight line from the quarter-deck to the forecastle, and on which spare spars are usually placed. See under {Deck}.

{Spar torpedo} (Naut.), a torpedo carried on the end of a spar usually projecting from the bow of a vessel, and intended to explode upon contact with an enemy's ships. [1913 Webster]


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  • spar buoy — n. a sparlike buoy anchored at one end so as to float perpendicularly or obliquely * * * …   Universalium

  • spar buoy — n. a sparlike buoy anchored at one end so as to float perpendicularly or obliquely …   English World dictionary

  • spar buoy — noun a buoy made of a spar with one end moored so that the other stands up …   English new terms dictionary

  • spar buoy — /ˈspa bɔɪ/ (say spah boy) noun a buoy shaped like a log or spar, anchored vertically …   Australian English dictionary

  • spar buoy — noun a buoy resembling a vertical log • Hypernyms: ↑buoy …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spar — Spar, n. [OE. sparre; akin to D. spar, G. sparren, OHG. sparro, Dan. & Sw. sparre, Icel. sparri; of uncertain origin. [root]171. Cf. {Spar}, v. t. ] 1. (Naut.) A general term any round piece of timber used as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spar deck — Spar Spar, n. [OE. sparre; akin to D. spar, G. sparren, OHG. sparro, Dan. & Sw. sparre, Icel. sparri; of uncertain origin. [root]171. Cf. {Spar}, v. t. ] 1. (Naut.) A general term any round piece of timber used as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spar torpedo — Spar Spar, n. [OE. sparre; akin to D. spar, G. sparren, OHG. sparro, Dan. & Sw. sparre, Icel. sparri; of uncertain origin. [root]171. Cf. {Spar}, v. t. ] 1. (Naut.) A general term any round piece of timber used as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Buoy — A buoy is a floating device that can have many different purposes, which determine whether the buoy is anchored (stationary) or allowed to drift. The word, of Old French or Middle Dutch origin, is nowadays most commonly pronEng|ˈbɔɪ (identical… …   Wikipedia

  • spar — 1. n. 1 a stout pole esp. used for the mast, yard, etc. of a ship. 2 the main longitudinal beam of an aeroplane wing. Phrases and idioms: spar buoy a buoy made of a spar with one end moored so that the other stands up. spar deck the light upper… …   Useful english dictionary

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