Definition of Sloop

1. Noun. A sailing vessel with a single mast set about one third of the boat's length aft of the bow.

Specialized synonyms: Knockabout, Raceabout
Generic synonyms: Sailing Ship, Sailing Vessel

Definition of Sloop

1. n. A vessel having one mast and fore-and-aft rig, consisting of a boom-and-gaff mainsail, jibs, staysail, and gaff topsail. The typical sloop has a fixed bowsprit, topmast, and standing rigging, while those of a cutter are capable of being readily shifted. The sloop usually carries a centerboard, and depends for stability upon breadth of beam rather than depth of keel. The two types have rapidly approximated since 1880. One radical distinction is that a slop may carry a centerboard. See Cutter, and Illustration in Appendix.

Definition of Sloop

1. Noun. (nautical) A single-masted sailboat with only one jib. ¹

2. Noun. (military) A sailing warship, smaller than a frigate, with its guns all on one deck. ¹

3. Noun. a sloop of war, smaller than a frigate, larger than a corvette ¹

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Definition of Sloop

1. a type of sailing vessel [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sloop

sloop (current term)
sloop of war

Literary usage of Sloop

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1. Minutes of the Provincial Council of Pennsylvania: From the Organization to by Pennsylvania Provincial Council (1840)
"Tempest & ten or twelve men along with him in the other sloop, & then they departed on ... Came on shore in Order to ffit the sloop with a new mast, ..."

2. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut [1636-1776] by Connecticut, Connecticut General Assembly, Connecticut Council, Council of Safety (Conn.)., James Hammond Trumbull, Charles Jeremy Hoadly (1874)
"to take the command of said sloop and commissioned by his Honour the Governour. 8. That it be left with his Honour the Governour, with the advice of the ..."

3. Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States by United States Supreme Court, William Cranch, Henry Wheaton, Richard Peters, Benjamin Chew Howard, Jeremiah Sullivan Black (1851)
"Stebbins. in charge of the said sloop, and that the said collision happened without any fault, misdirection, or mismanagement of the persons in charge of ..."

4. Hunt's Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by Isaac Smith Homans, Freeman Hunt, Thomas Prentice Kettell, William Buck Dana (1855)
"Tl.ii libel is filed by the owners of the sloop New York against the steamboat Empire State, to recover damages which they have sustained by a collision ..."

5. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1855)
"The sloop had a little steerage way on her. From the time the sloop was first ... When the sloop was first seen by those having charge of the management of ..."

6. The Records of Living Officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps: With a by Lewis Randolph Hamersly (1870)
"Appointed from New York, February 25th, 1851; entered the service as Assistant Surgeon; attached to sloop Cyane, Home Squadron, 1851-4; rendezvous, ..."

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