lateen
lateen la*teen", a. 1. (Naut.) Of or pertaining to a peculiar rig used in the Mediterranean and adjacent waters, esp. on the northern coast of Africa; pertaining to a lateen sail. See below. [1913 Webster]

2. rigged with a triangular (lateen sail).

Syn: lateen-rigged. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • lateen — [la tēn′, lətēn′] adj. [Fr latine < (voile) latine, Latin (sail) < fem. of L Latinus, LATIN] designating or of a triangular, fore and aft rigged sail attached to a long yard suspended obliquely from a short mast: now used chiefly on… …   English World dictionary

  • lateen — mid 18c., phonetic spelling of Fr. latine in voile latine, lit. Latin sail (see LATIN (Cf. Latin)). So called because it was used in the Mediterranean …   Etymology dictionary

  • Lateen — A lateen (from a la trina , meaning triangular) or latin rig is a triangular sail set on a long yard mounted at an angle on the mast, and running in a fore and aft direction. In western culture, the rig is originally reported found on sailing… …   Wikipedia

  • lateen — I. adjective Etymology: French (voile) latine, literally, Latin (Mediterranean) sail Date: circa 1741 being or relating to a rig used especially on the north coast of Africa and characterized by a triangular sail extended by a long spar slung to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lateen — adj. (of a ship) rigged with a lateen sail. Phrases and idioms: lateen sail a triangular sail on a long yard at an angle of 45° to the mast. Etymology: F (voile) latine Latin (sail), because common in the Mediterranean …   Useful english dictionary

  • lateen — /la teen , leuh /, adj. pertaining to or having a lateen sail or sails. [1720 30; < F (voile) latine Latin (sail)] * * * …   Universalium

  • lateen — /ləˈtin/ (say luh teen) adjective relating to or having a lateen sail or sails. {French (voile) latine Latin (sail) …   Australian English dictionary

  • lateen —   a. applied to triangular sail rigged on spar forming angle of 45° with mast.    ♦ lateener, n. lateen rigged vessel …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • lateen — noun /ləˈtiːn,lætˈin,ləˈtin/ A triangular fore and aft sail set on a boom in such way that the tack is attached to the hull of the vessel and the free end of the boom lifts the sail …   Wiktionary

  • lateen — triangular sail rigged on ship s spar Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

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