1. The wave set up by the bow of a vessel moving through the water. Also called WAVE OF DISPLACEMENT. 2. A shock wave in front of a body such as an airfoil

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AFT

Back of the vessel.

ASTERN

A backward movement of a vessel

ATHWARTSHIP

Across the ship, at right angles to the fore-and-aft centerline

UPBOUND

A vessel traveling upstream.

BEAM

The width of a ship. Also called breadth.

BREADTH

The width of a ship.

OILING SPLASH SYSTEM

Method of lubricating moving parts by agitating or splashing oil in the crankcase.

AFFREIGHTMENT

A hiring of a vessel

BEARING

A support or guide by means of which a moving part such as a shaft or axle is positioned with respect to the other parts of a mechanism.

CATAMARAN

A double hulled vessel

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