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Definitions of pinnace

  1. A procuress; a pimp. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A small vessel propelled by sails or oars, formerly employed as a tender, or for coast defence; - called originally, spynace or spyne. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A small, light, schooner-rigged vessel with oars; an eight-oared man-of-war's boat. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A small vessel; eight-oared boat. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. A six to eight - oared boat. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. A small sailing vessel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A small vessel navigated with two fore-and-aft sails and with oars; a boat, usually with eight oars. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. An eight-oared light vessel belonging to a large ship; any light vessel navigated with oars and sails. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for pinnace

  1. The corvette stood on till she came off the island, when the pinnace and barge, well fitted for the duties they were at once to engage in, were got out. – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston
  2. The boats were all stove, except the pinnace in which about twenty men had collected, when a sea, breaking over the wreck, washed her overboard, capsized her, and all perished. – Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849 by William O. S. Gilly
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