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outboard

[out-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈaʊtˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
adjective
1.
located on the exterior of a hull or aircraft.
2.
located farther from the center, as of an aircraft:
the outboard end of a wing.
3.
(of a motorboat) having an outboard motor.
adverb
4.
outside or away from the center of a hull, aircraft, machine, etc.:
The sail swung outboard.
Compare inboard.
noun
6.
a boat equipped with an outboard motor.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; out- + board
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Examples from the web for outboard
  • They were draining the outboard motor of fuel, so that they could fill up their car and drive off in search of food.
  • The only way to get around reasonably quickly is in dugout canoes, called pirogues, powered by outboard engines.
  • The village cannot afford an outboard motor, so when a boat capsizes this is how they rescue the fishermen.
  • Our boat was what the locals call a panga-- a flat-bottomed skiff with a steering wheel attached by cables to an outboard motor.
  • Unfortunately, these leads seem to derive from the old position of piston engines in nacelles mounted outboard on the wings.
  • There is much splashing in the lukewarm water there, and a couple of outboard motorboats circle endlessly, towing water skiers.
  • The phenomenon can be easily seen in the wake of an outboard engine at night.
  • It reminded them of car engines, of outboard motors.
  • The four outboard engines burned longer to compensate, and the vehicle continued to a successful orbit.
  • Scale up your bacterial flagellum to the size of your outboard motor, and the whole thing would collapse into a puddle of goop.
British Dictionary definitions for outboard

outboard

/ˈaʊtˌbɔːd/
adjective
1.
(of a boat's engine) portable, with its own propeller, and designed to be attached externally to the stern Compare inboard (sense 1)
2.
in a position away from, or further away from, the centre line of a vessel or aircraft, esp outside the hull or fuselage
adverb
3.
away from the centre line of a vessel or aircraft, esp outside the hull or fuselage
noun
4.
an outboard motor
5.
a boat fitted with an outboard motor
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Word Origin and History for outboard
adj.

"situated on the outside of a ship," 1823, from out + board (n.2). In reference to motors, from 1909.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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