Nautical words



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Simpson's Rules. Rules for finding areas of plane figures bounded by a straight line, two perpendiculars and a parabolic curve. They include Simpson's First and Second Rules and the 'Five-Eight' Rule.

Simpson's Second Rule. Base line is divided into equal parts that are a multiple of 3, the number of ordinates being 3x+1. Assuming 9 equal parts (10 ordinates), area will be found by the sum of end ordinates, plus twice 4th and 7th ordinates, plus three times all other ordinates, multiplying the sum by 3/8 of the common interval.

Simultaneous Altitudes. Altitudes of different heavenly bodies taken at the same time, approximately.

Singing Propeller. Propeller that gives a more or less musical note while revolving under water. Due to variations in flow of water to the propeller, and other possible causes.

Single-Banked. Said of boats that pull one oar at each thwart. Said of an oar when pulled by one man.


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