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Webster 1913 Edition


Pinnace

Pin′nace

,
Noun.
[F.
pinasse
; cf. It.
pinassa
,
pinazza
, Sp.
pinaza
; all from L.
pinus
a pine tree, anything made of pine, e.g., a ship. Cf.
Pine
a tree.]
1.
(Naut.)
(a)
A small vessel propelled by sails or oars, formerly employed as a tender, or for coast defence; – called originally,
spynace
or
spyne
.
(b)
A man-of-war’s boat.
Whilst our
pinnace
anchors in the Downs.
Shakespeare
2.
A procuress; a pimp.
[Obs.]
B. Jonson.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pinnace

PIN'NACE

,
Noun.
A small vessel navigated with oars and sails, and having generally two masts rigged like those of a schooner; also, a boat usually rowed with eight oars.

Definition 2022


pinnace

pinnace

English

Noun

pinnace (plural pinnaces)

  1. (nautical) A light boat, traditionally propelled by sails, but may also be a rowboat. Pinnaces are usually messenger boats, carrying messages among the larger ships of a fleet.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe:
      I cast my eyes to the ship, and there she rode, within little more than half a mile of the shore; for they had weighed her anchor as soon as they were masters of her, and, the weather being fair, had brought her to an anchor just against the mouth of the little creek; and the tide being up, the captain had brought the pinnace in ...