from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A light boat propelled by sails or oars, formerly used as a tender for merchant and war vessels.
- n. Any of various kinds of ship's boats.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small vessel propelled by sails or oars, formerly employed as a tender, or for coast defence; -- called originally, spynace or spyne.
- n. A man-of-war's boat.
- n. A procuress; a pimp.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical: A small vessel, generally with two masts rigged like those of a schooner, and capable of being propelled by oars; a galley: so called because built of pine wood; poetically, any light sailing-vessel.
- n. A large double-banked ship's boat.
- n. A procuress; a prostitute.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a boat for communication between ship and shore
An 'I'd ha' done it, too, only the pinnace from the flagship was just comin 'alongside.
The name pinnace was applied to vessels having a wide range in tonnage, etc., from a craft of hardly more than ten or fifteen tons to one of sixty or eighty.
Thither we went in a fine boat they call a pinnace, with six oars; his servants, and horses, and baggage going in the ferry-boat.
What shall we call the pinnace when she is launched, Mistress White? "
The _Mary_ -- for so Fritz now called the pinnace -- had been ten days at sea, the wind had died away, and for some time scarcely a zephyr had ruffled the surface of the water, the sails were lazily flapping against the mast, and but for the currents, the voyagers would have been almost stationary.
The pinnace was a big, roomy, and rather heavy boat, pulling ten oars, double banked, and mounting a nine-pounder gun in her bows.
That our pinnace was a vessel able to withstand such waves as would be met with in the ocean, can be believed when you remember that she was one half the size of the Goodspeed, which we counted a ship.
"calculating," "reckoning," and inexhaustible curiosity of the crew; but their admiration of the ship, her guns, her stores, and her tackle, were boundless; they felt that their pinnace was a mere toy in comparison.
I would not have meddled with this subject if R. G., getting on a wrong scent, had not arrived at the very extraordinary conclusion that Bramhall meant a "pinnace," and an "offensive composition well known to sailors!"
In the mean time, our (hip's company were ftrangcly divid - ed in their opinion: fome were very pofuive, that ic was the Marquis come out of port; and, to confirm this, they affcrtcd, that the fail had no fore top-maft; upon which we recalled the pinnace, put a cap aboard her for the Marquis, and then fent her away again; and by this time it was noon.