Definition of outboard in English:


adjective & adverb

  • 1On, toward, or near the outside, especially of a ship or other vehicle.

    [as adjective] ‘the outboard rear seats’
    [as adverb] ‘the chart table faces outboard’
    • ‘In the upper sections were the rudder tab actuating units, a navigation light showing on the outboard side only, one elevator control pulley and two rudder tab control pulleys.’
    • ‘There are four fuel tanks, with an inboard and an outboard tank in each wing, of total fuel capacity 3,220 litres.’
    • ‘Wright and the volunteers will remove the outboard wings, the rudders, inlet spikes, nose, and various other parts.’
    • ‘The two outboard rudders and the two outboard fins were interchangeable right and left.’
    • ‘Also, at takeoff the two outboard auxiliary tanks were full with 412 gallons each.’
    • ‘The wing also features three sets of vortex generators on the outboard wing to improve aileron response at high angles of attack.’
    • ‘Three underwing pylons are fitted under each inner wing panel, the outboard pair carrying three missiles and the other two single missiles.’
    • ‘The base glider is a solid package, but if you like carbon, there are numerous options to choose from - outboard leading edges, dive struts, and carbon battens.’
    • ‘The left and right outboard wing sections were lodged in trees 20 feet northeast of the main wreckage.’
    • ‘It ‘turns’ out that the tip wands are wound a certain way and you have to take some care in placing them in the ends of the carbon fiber outboard leading edges.’
    • ‘Operating from primitive strips, bombs on outboard pylons were apparently overstressing the wing because of flexing while operating on the uneven terrain.’
    • ‘The airframe is exactly the same for the new sail, though we will be offering carbon outboard leading edges and dive sticks once the set up is finalised.’
    • ‘It has four elevons on the inboard and outboard trailing edge of the wing.’
    • ‘The outboard leading edge on one side was broken and the control frame was in bad shape.’
    • ‘The second portion was the leading edge of the outboard panels and these were all metal and housed the gun ports.’
    • ‘As we pulled up to the aircraft, I noticed that the start-cart was positioned exactly where we asked it to be placed, outboard the starboard nacelle, with the exhaust positioned behind the wing.’
    • ‘The pod was then moved to an outboard wing panel and the installation worked fairly well.’
    • ‘The rear suspension is revised to allow the formerly staggered rear dampers to be mounted further outboard and nearly vertical.’
    • ‘The outboard section of the aircraft's left wing was bent in the vertical direction and twisted along with the aircraft's approximate lateral axis.’
    • ‘To the right aileron, the lower cable passed over a pulley at station 15, and from this point outboard the system was similar to that on the left hand side.’
    1. 1.1[as adjective](of a motor) portable and usually mounted on the outside of the stern of a boat.
      • ‘The paramilitaries killed birds, cattle and domestic animals and took away people's means of livelihood, including all the boats and the outboard motors.’
      • ‘No steps had been taken to replace the fishing boats, outboard motors and nets lost in the tsunami.’
      • ‘Even so, the most commonly owned boats, those with outboard motors, currently average a whopping $11,000 retail.’
      • ‘Boat and outboard engine manufacturers were not alone in reaping benefit from the new salmon fishery.’
      • ‘Initially, it was intended to buy two fishing boats with outboard motors.’
      • ‘The cup is for small punts with outboard motors of 10 hp or less.’
      • ‘"We were on about a 14-foot boat with an outboard motor.’
      • ‘Another had done similar mischief damaging boats and outboard motors.’
      • ‘He miscalculated the tides and the whirlpool dragged the outboard engine off his boat and capsized it.’
      • ‘Fishing has been a way of life on the waterways of India's Kerala state for millennia, but in more recent years some of the ancient boats have added small outboard engines.’
      • ‘Fortunately there was a fishing craft with an outboard engine tied to another palm nearby.’
      • ‘When not avoiding jungle walks I would go on low-lying, scarily thin boats with outboard motors that would race you out to the water villages.’
      • ‘The creation of the Great Lakes sport fishery aided economic growth on the local, regional, and national level by encouraging sales of boats, outboard motors, and fishing tackle.’
      • ‘The fee they get is not enough to buy outboard motors for their canoes.’
      • ‘Fishing publications not only spread the word about the Great Lakes sport fishery, they also boosted the growth of a market for boats, outboard engines, fishing tackle, and other related goods and services.’
      • ‘Start-in-gear protection is required only on boats equipped with outboard engines rated for over 115 hp.’
      • ‘Alternatively, boats with outboard motors provide the perfect way to cover more of the water, and as well as coming across larger, stocked brown trout, there is the chance of encountering Arctic char.’
      • ‘Never smoke near petrol, which means never in any boat with an outboard motor.’
      • ‘Nomad models are powered by outboard engines which range from 9.9 to 50 hp.’
      • ‘Each dive resort uses several boats powered by outboard motors of up to 400 hp, and the young male drivers inevitably enjoy roaring about at high speed.’
    2. 1.2[as adjective](of an electronic accessory) in a separate container from the device with which it is used.
      • ‘Rather than rehashing Aaron's recommendations, I simply refer readers to that article for advice on selecting microphones, mixers, monitor speakers and other outboard gear.’
      • ‘Like any analog-oriented operation, it is stocked with loads of outboard gear and 200 microphones from all major manufacturers.’
      • ‘The need for preamps is a good case for having an external mixer, because having a professional sound card with multiple analog inputs, no mixer and a bunch of outboard preamps usually is more costly and less flexible than having a mixer.’
      • ‘If you had a great console, there was really no reason for outboard mic pre's.’
      • ‘Both the surround and the stereo track are so concretely focused in the front and center that one might as well save electricity and shut the outboard speakers off, even with the 5.1 mix in play.’
      • ‘The optional outboard numeric keypad is a real workhorse but unfortunately most often needs to be positioned to the left of the keyboard unless you want to position your right hand mouse really far away.’
      • ‘In addition to traditional musical instruments, it features the ability to play software synth plug-ins, outboard sound modules, and even other pieces of music software.’
      • ‘With this in mind, I was very interested to hear his new outboard preamp.’
      • ‘The plug-in manufacturers have developed a real fixation on modeling and mimicking discrete gear, including mics, tape, outboard pieces.’
      • ‘The versatile engineer uses minimal outboard gear, relying mostly on the console for EQ and other effects.’
      • ‘During a week, we'll probably make five trips: They'll want to try a mic or need more outboard or monitors than they'd anticipated.’
      • ‘The touchpad is pretty typical of such devices - functional when you need it, but an outboard mouse is preferable, especially for gaming.’
      • ‘But perhaps the biggest reason for the popularity of outboard preamps stems from users looking for a different performance over the stock preamps in their consoles.’
      • ‘I did it the old-fashioned way, using a lot of outboard gear.’
      • ‘We have bought fancy outboard mic pre's and microphones and vintage instruments.’
      • ‘What about any outboard gear, digital effects, synth programming?’


  • 1An outboard motor.

    • ‘I've crossed that distance by dinghy, kayak, tiny sailboat and a little rowboat with an outboard.’
    • ‘Long-tails, which are wooden constructions powered by huge outboards, whiz you out to one of the large dayboats that take you on to your dive site.’
    • ‘Twin outboards of 115 to 150 hp each are a good choice.’
    • ‘Other restrictions may involve a limit on the engine capacity of any outboard you may wish to use or even ban the use of outboards altogether.’
    • ‘I returned the motor to the dealer who promptly gave me a new outboard.’
    • ‘We dived from two 20-foot aluminum launches with outboards.’
    • ‘It resulted from a sheered steering cable allowing the single outboard to swing with the torque of the prop, turning the boat suddenly and tossing us all into the water.’
    • ‘The boats are backed by 130-to 150-horsepower outboards.’
    • ‘Years ago, the common wisdom was that four-stroke outboards would never exceed 100 hp because their complicated innards added considerable weight.’
    • ‘Not only would that afford us an unimpeded view of the open sea, the roar of the outboard would also postpone any further discussion on my friend's failed relationship.’
    • ‘I had my electric outboard and sounder in the boat, so I was fully equipped.’
    • ‘One year, you could be sunbathing on the bar roof; the next, struggling with frostbitten fingers to start a sulky outboard in a full-on blizzard.’
    • ‘The two powerful outboards churned up streams of white, angry water.’
    • ‘Petrol and diesel are pretty much on a par now when it gets down to the pennies and so the cost factor between diesel and petrol engines rapidly starts to lean in favour of the outboard.’
    • ‘First, it tells me that the outboard on the dory used by the Scottish divers kept stopping and the dory drifted away from the wreck.’
    • ‘The small outboard wasn't going to win any speed wars, but at least it started.’
    • ‘If you are on a tight budget, consider installing a hydrofoil stabilizer on the lower unit of your outdrive or outboard.’
    • ‘If you have an electric outboard available, this too can be used to slow down a drift.’
    • ‘‘We were like a catamaran with two outboards - one going two knots and the other 20,’ he says.’
    1. 1.1A boat with an outboard motor.
      • ‘Surely, he says, each outboard should have had an independent fuel tank, and then at least one engine could have seen them safely home without the lifeboat being called out.’
      • ‘Perhaps one of these rubber pontoon outboards would be better.’
      • ‘By almost 11: 30 Juan and another man appeared from around the corner in a little outboard.’
      • ‘Electric outboards are allowed, and can be hired for £7.00.’