Dolphin striker
dolphin dol"phin (d[o^]l"f[i^]n), n. [F. dauphin dolphin, dauphin, earlier spelt also doffin; cf. OF. dalphinal of the dauphin; fr. L. delphinus, Gr. delfi`s a dolphin (in senses 1, 2, 3, & 6), perh. properly, belly fish; cf. delfy`s womb, Skr. garbha; perh. akin to E. calf. Cf. {Dauphin}, {Delphine}.] 1. (Zool.) A cetacean of the genus {Delphinus} and allied genera (esp. {Delphinus delphis}); the true dolphin. [1913 Webster]

Note: The dolphin of the ancients ({Delphinus delphis}) is common in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, and attains a length of from six to eight feet. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zool.) The {Coryph[ae]na hippuris}, a fish of about five feet in length, celebrated for its surprising changes of color when dying. It is the fish commonly known as the dolphin. The term is also applied to the related {Coryphaena equisetis}. Called also {dolphinfish} and (especially in Hawaii) {mahimahi}. See also {dolphinfish} and {Coryph[ae]noid}.

Syn: dolphinfish, mahimahi. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. [Gr. delfi`s] (Gr. Antiq.) A mass of iron or lead hung from the yardarm, in readiness to be dropped on the deck of an enemy's vessel. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) (a) A kind of wreath or strap of plaited cordage. (b) A spar or buoy held by an anchor and furnished with a ring to which ships may fasten their cables. --R. H. Dana. (c) A mooring post on a wharf or beach. (d) A permanent fender around a heavy boat just below the gunwale. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]

5. (Gun.) In old ordnance, one of the handles above the trunnions by which a cannon was lifted. [1913 Webster]

6. (Astron.) A small constellation between Aquila and Pegasus. See {Delphinus}, n., 2. [1913 Webster]

{Dolphin fly} (Zo["o]l.), the black, bean, or collier, Aphis ({Aphis fable}), destructive to beans.

{Dolphin striker} (Naut.), a short vertical spar under the bowsprit. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • dolphin striker — n. a small spar under the bowsprit of a sailing vessel, used, together with the martingales, to brace the jib boom or flying jib boom * * * …   Universalium

  • dolphin striker — n. a small spar under the bowsprit of a sailing vessel, used, together with the martingales, to brace the jib boom or flying jib boom …   English World dictionary

  • Dolphin striker — Martingle and Dolphin striker on tall ship Stad Amsterdam A Dolphin striker is a small vertical or near vertical spar spanning between the bowsprit and martingale thereby redirecting the direction of the tension in the forward end of the… …   Wikipedia

  • dolphin striker — noun spar under the bowsprit of a sailboat • Syn: ↑martingale • Hypernyms: ↑spar * * * noun : a vertical spar under the end of the bowsprit of a sailboat to extend and support the martingale called also martingale; see ship illustrat …   Useful english dictionary

  • dolphin striker — noun Date: 1833 a vertical spar under the end of the bowsprit of a sailboat to extend and support the martingale …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dolphin striker — /ˈdɒlfən straɪkə/ (say dolfuhn struykuh) noun Nautical → martingale (def. 2) …   Australian English dictionary

  • dolphin — dol phin (d[o^]l f[i^]n), n. [F. dauphin dolphin, dauphin, earlier spelt also doffin; cf. OF. dalphinal of the dauphin; fr. L. delphinus, Gr. delfi s a dolphin (in senses 1, 2, 3, & 6), perh. properly, belly fish; cf. delfy s womb, Skr. garbha;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dolphin fly — dolphin dol phin (d[o^]l f[i^]n), n. [F. dauphin dolphin, dauphin, earlier spelt also doffin; cf. OF. dalphinal of the dauphin; fr. L. delphinus, Gr. delfi s a dolphin (in senses 1, 2, 3, & 6), perh. properly, belly fish; cf. delfy s womb, Skr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ecco the Dolphin (серия игр) — Серия «Ecco the Dolphin» Жанр Action adventure Разработчик Novotrade International Издатель Sega Платформы Sega Mega Drive Sega Mega CD Microsoft Windows SEGA Game Gear SEGA Master System …   Википедия

  • Aphis fable — dolphin dol phin (d[o^]l f[i^]n), n. [F. dauphin dolphin, dauphin, earlier spelt also doffin; cf. OF. dalphinal of the dauphin; fr. L. delphinus, Gr. delfi s a dolphin (in senses 1, 2, 3, & 6), perh. properly, belly fish; cf. delfy s womb, Skr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”