a linear unit of measurement for water depth
The film borrowed heavily from a recent American picture, “The Beast From 20,000
,” but put a distinctly Japanese spin on the allegory.Washington Post (Aug 8, 2017)
Fathom can be both a verb and a noun. The verb is the more common in everyday usage and means "to understand", to get one’s head around. The noun is the pirate definition though, and it is a measurement of depth, roughly equivalent to 6 feet. The connection between the two definitions is that if something is a
fathom in depth it is "able to be measured," the way something that is
fathomable is "able to be understood."
someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea
and pirate-wannabes of all ages abound, since pirate attire is encouraged and usually available from event vendors.Seattle Times (Jul 5, 2017)
Buccaneer is a word that is synonymous with pirate. Originally specific to pirates on the Spanish coast, it has expanded to encompass the whole group. The stability of
buccaneer in our collective minds probably has a lot to do with the pirate ship in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' stadium that shoots off fake cannons every time the team scores a touchdown. Until a few years ago, their logo even included an image of a pirate with a blade in his teeth.
where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom
Used to describe foulness and garbage, the
bilge is technically "the lowest internal part of a ship." The sense of the word has been extended, however to all the gross stuff that collects there from small leaks and dead animals and the like. The word is historically a variant of
bulge which comes from old French
boulge "leather sack."
pitching dangerously to one side
This verb originally applied to ships and is from a French word which literally translates as "to expose a ship's
keel, which means that the ship was turned on its side, a very dangerous situation for those aboard.
leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue
Estimates of losses were not available, with rescuers yet to reach villages
by the worst floods in recent years.Reuters (Aug 14, 2017)
the front part of a vessel
Instead of a knife she used a blade that curved like the
of a Viking ship, sailing to battle in distant seas.Interpreter of Maladies
The word for the front part of a ship,
prow, is related to the word element
pro which is found in English words like
proceed, which literally means "to go on, to go before."
a condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid
, an 18th century disease caused by a lack of vitamin C, appears to have made a surprise comeback in Australia.The Guardian (Nov 28, 2016)
This is a disease many pirates would contract because there was a lack of fresh fruit or other sources of Vitamin C.
Scurvy involves swollen and bleeding gums and general weakness. From French
someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
The group will wear
hats and shirts that say “
From De West,” and their float is designed to look like an abandoned ship.New York Times (Aug 31, 2017)
Where does the word
pirate itself come from? Latin
pirata comes from Greek
peirates . The Greek is literally “one who attacks,” from
peiran “to attack, make a hostile attempt on.”
one of the main longitudinal beams of the hull of a vessel
The keel is the lowest plank of wood on a boat. It is the foundational piece, and the ship depends on it for strength and stability. The phrase "keep an even keel" comes from maintaining a level, horizontal position on a ship, and has been metaphorically extended to mean keeping a calm demeanor and not going from one extreme emotion to another.
any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship
water that stabilizes marine vessels is the greatest source of harmful bacteria and invasive species in aquatic ecosystems.Nature (Nov 27, 2016)
the rear part of a ship
The stern is where the steering gear of the ship is located, and the word derives from Old Norse
styra, which meant "to guide." The more familiar adjective
stern meaning "severe, strict or cruel" is unrelated to this term.
unroll, unfold, or spread out
goods or money obtained illegally
raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
Drenched pirates shouted and
and scrambled, but there was nothing to be done.Beauty Queens
steal goods; take as spoils
“Beaten, bleeding, terrified, the men lay huddled together in the hold, while the pirates proceeded in their work of
and brutality.Whymper, Frederick