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kayak

or kaiak, kyack, kyak

[kahy-ak] /ˈkaɪ æk/
noun
1.
an Eskimo canoe with a skin cover on a light framework, made watertight by flexible closure around the waist of the occupant and propelled with a double-bladed paddle.
2.
a small boat resembling this, made commercially of a variety of materials and used in sports.
verb (used without object)
3.
to go or travel by kayak.
verb (used with object)
4.
to travel on by kayak:
to kayak the Colorado River.
Origin of kayak
1750-1760
1750-60; < Inuit qayaq
Related forms
kayaker, noun
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  • A similar, but shorter one, is laid 238 from the hole where the rower sits to the stern of the kaiak.

  • But the most important thing of all yet remains, and that is a description of the kaiak itself.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • The men seek for seals, hunting in the kaiak, the women and children searching the islets and coves for anything edible.

  • The two great animals are fastened one on each side of the kaiak.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • The bottom of the kaiak is pretty flat, sloping to a very obtuse angle (probably about 140) in the middle.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • On the sea they do not use kaiaks, but sit in the water ‘with the fog for their kaiak.’

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • He instantly stops paddling and sits motionless, while the way on the kaiak carries it noiselessly forward.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • Others are placed in the house-roof or in the tent; or in the kaiak to prevent it from capsizing.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • Thus it takes a good deal of practice before one can slip into or out of the kaiak with any sort of ease.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • The kaiak is beyond comparison the best boat for a single oarsman ever invented.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
British Dictionary definitions for kaiak

kaiak

/ˈkaɪæk/
noun
1.
a variant of kayak

kayak

/ˈkaɪæk/
noun
1.
a small light canoe-like boat used by the Inuit, consisting of a light frame covered with watertight animal skins
2.
a fibreglass or canvas-covered canoe of similar design
Word Origin
C18: from Inuktitut (Greenland dialect)
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Word Origin and History for kaiak

kayak

n.

1757, from Danish kajak, from Greenland Eskimo qayaq, literally "small boat of skins." The verb is attested from 1875, from the noun.

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