Caravel

A caravel (Portuguese: caravela, IPA) is a small, highly maneuverable sailing ship developed in the 15th century by the Portuguese to explore along the West African coast and into the Atlantic Ocean. The lateen sails gave her speed and the capacity for sailing to windward (beating). Caravels were much used by the Portuguese for the oceanic explora...
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Caravel

• (n.) The caravel of the 16th century was a small vessel with broad bows, high, narrow poop, four masts, and lateen sails. Columbus commanded three caravels on his great voyage. • (n.) A name given to several kinds of vessels. • (n.) A small fishing boat used on the French coast. • (n.) A Turkish man-of-war. • (n.) A Portu...
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Caravel

Car'a·vel (kăr'ȧ*vĕl) noun [ French caravelle (cf. Italian caravella , Spanish carabela ), from Spanish caraba a kind of vessel, from Latin carabus a kind of light boat, from Greek ka`rabos a kind of light ship, NGr. kara`bi...
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Caravel

A caravel is a light, round, old-fashioned ship, with a square poop, galley-rigged, formerly used in Turkey, Spain and Portugal.
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caravel

a light sailing ship of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries in Europe, much-used by the Spanish and Portuguese for long voyages. Apparently developed ... [2 related articles]
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caravel

caravel (kăr'uvel") or carvel (kär'vul) , three-masted sailing vessel, generally square-rigged with the aftermast lateen-rigged. It had a roundish hull with a high bow and stern. The term “carvel-built” (see boat) was derived from its method of construction. A chan...
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