ETYM The native East Indian name.
A sailboat with two parallel hulls held together by single deck.
Twin-hulled sailing vessel, based on the aboriginal craft of South America and the Indies, made of logs lashed together, with an outrigger. A similar vessel with three hulls is known as a trimaran. Automobile ferries with a wave-piercing catamaran design are also in use in parts of Europe and North America. They have a pointed main hull and two outriggers and travel at a speed of 35 knots (84.5 kph/52.5 mph).
ETYM Old Eng. flote ship, boat, fleet, AS. flota ship, from fleótan to float; akin to Dutch vloot fleet, German floss raft, Icel. floti float, raft, fleet, Swed. flotta. Related to Fleet, Flotilla, Flotsam, Plover.
1. Something that remains on the surface of a liquid.
2. The number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public.
3. The time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment.
ETYM Originally, a rafter, spar, and from Icel. raptr a rafter; akin to Dan. raft, Prov. German raff a rafter, spar; cf. Old High Germ. râfo, râvo, a beam, rafter, Icel. râf roof. Related to Rafter.
1. A flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers.
2. A large collection or number.
3. A floating cohesive mass.
4. An aggregation of animals (as waterfowl) resting on the water.