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sloop

[sloop] /slup/
noun
1.
a single-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel, with or without a bowsprit, having a jib-headed or gaff mainsail, the latter sometimes with a gaff topsail, and one or more headsails.
Compare cutter (def 3), knockabout (def 1).
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Dutch sloep; akin to Old English slūpan to glide
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  • The sloop fell astern and was little help in the following action.
British Dictionary definitions for sloop

sloop

/sluːp/
noun
1.
a single-masted sailing vessel, rigged fore-and-aft, with the mast stepped about one third of the overall length aft of the bow Compare cutter (sense 2)
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch sloep; related to French chaloupe launch, Old English slūpan to glide
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Word Origin and History for sloop
n.

"small fore and aft rigged vessel with one mast, generally carrying a jib, fore-stay sail, mainsail, and gaff-topsail," 1620s, from Dutch sloep "a sloop;" probably from French chaloupe, from Old French chalupe "small, sloop-rigged vessel," which is perhaps related to English shallop [OED]. But according to Barnhart and Watkins the Dutch word might simply be from Middle Dutch slupen "to glide," from PIE *sleubh- (see sleeve). In old military use, a small ship of war carrying guns on the upper deck only (1670s).

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sloop in Technology


"Parallel Programming in a Virtual Object Space", S. Lucco, SIGPLAN Notices 22(12):26-34 (OOPSLA '87) (Dec 1987).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Encyclopedia Article for sloop

single-masted sailing vessel with fore-and-aft rigging, including mainsail, jib, and sometimes one or more headsails. A sloop of war was a small sloop-rigged warship, mounting about 20 guns. In modern usage, the sloop is practically synonymous with the cutter

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