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Glossary

Aircraft carrier: A warship with a deck from which aircraft can take off and land.

Anchor: A device usually of metal that is attached to a boat or ship by a cable and that, when thrown overboard, digs into the earth and holds the boat or ship in place.

Anti-aircraft: Anything used to defend against an air attack.

Armor: A protective outer layer used to defend someone or something from attack usually made from a heavy and tough material like steel.

Boiler: The part of a steam generator in which water is converted into steam. It usually consists of metal shells and tubes.

Bow: The forward part of a boat or ship.

Bridge: The forward part of a ship's superstructure from which the ship is navigated.

Caliber: The diameter or bore of a gun barrel.

Catapult: A device for launching an airplane usually from a ship like an aircraft carrier.

Crane: A machine with a swinging arm for lifting and carrying heavy objects.

Crow's nest: A partly enclosed platform high on a ship's mast for use as a lookout.

Destroyer: A small, fast warship armed with guns, depth charges, torpedoes, and, often, guided missiles.

Fleet: A number of warships under a single command; in other words, an organization of ships and aircraft under the command of a flag officer.

Funnel: A stack or flue for the escape of smoke or ventilation, as on a ship.

Hull: The frame or body of a ship or boat exclusive of masts, yards, sails, and rigging.

Keel: A timber or plate running lengthwise along the center of the bottom of a ship and usually sticking out from the bottom.

Mast: A long pole or spar rising from the keel or deck of a ship that supports the yards, booms, and rigging.

Navy: The complete naval establishment of a nation including yards, stations, ships, and personnel.

Porthole: An opening in the side of a ship or aircraft.

Port: When looking towards the front of a ship or aircraft, the left side.

Propeller: A device consisting of a hub fitted with blades that is made to turn rapidly by an engine and is used especially for propelling airplanes and ships.

Rangefinder: An instrument used to determine the distance of a target.

Righting: The act of reversing a capsized vessel.

Rudder: A flat movable piece of wood or metal attached to the rear of a ship or aircraft for steering.

Sailor: A member of a ship's crew.

Shell: A projectile for cannon containing an explosive bursting charge.

Ship: A large vessel for travel on water.

Spotter: A person that locates targets beyond the visible horizon.

Steam engine: An engine that uses steam for power.

Stern: The rear end of a boat or ship.

Submarine: A naval vessel designed to operate underwater.

Tactics: The science and art of disposing and maneuvering forces in combat.

Torpedo: A weapon used to destroy ships by rupturing their hulls below the waterline.

Turret: A revolving armored structure on a warship that protects one or more guns mounted within.

U-Boat: A German submarine.

Vessel: A watercraft that is larger than a boat.

Waterline: A line marked on the outside of a ship that matches the surface of the water when the ship floats.



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