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yardarm

[yahrd-ahrm] /ˈyɑrdˌɑrm/
noun, Nautical
1.
either of the outer portions of the yard of a square sail.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; yard1 + arm1
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British Dictionary definitions for yard arm

yardarm

/ˈjɑːdˌɑːm/
noun
1.
(nautical) the two tapering outer ends of a ship's yard
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Word Origin and History for yard arm

yardarm

n.

also yard-arm, 1550s, from yard (n.2) + arm (n.1). In 19c. British naval custom, it was permissible to begin drinking when the sun was over the yard-arm.

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