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The Sailor's Illustrated Dicitonary

Lenfestey, Thompson

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ISBN 10: 1592283675 / ISBN 13: 9781592283675
Published by The Lyons Press, 2004
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: The Sailor's Illustrated Dicitonary

Publisher: The Lyons Press

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Book Type: Book

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Full explanations of more than 8,500 terms and phrases used by sailors, boaters, and seamen.

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Have you ever been caught in the doldrums? Can you spot the difference between a ketch and a yawl? Do you know when you are ready to jibe, or whether one "fakes" or "flakes" a line?
Nautical language is a richly diverse blend of terms and idioms that reflect generations of experience and enterprise on the high seas. Some of the oldest phrases still retain their original definitions from long before Shakespeare's day; others have subtly shifted in meaning over the years. Still others, brand-new and freshly coined from laptop computers, are just making their way into the vernacular.
Here, in The Sailor's Illustrated Dictionary, Thompson Lenfestey presents the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accurate reference of its kind to appear in over forty years. The book gathers more than 8,500 definitions and covers an ocean of information from supertankers to dinghies, from naval warfare to pleasure yachting, and from sail to oar. Written in clear, accessible language, The Sailor's Illustrated Dictionary not only includes definitions, but also parts of speech, cross-references, unusual pronunciations, and - when necessary - examples of appropriate usage. It also includes illustrations showing subjects as wide ranging as knots, cloud formation, navigation lights, and silhouettes of sail and power vessels. It's an essential book for every yachter, naval buff, historian, or anyone who loves the sea, and belongs on every nautical bookshelf.

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