(?), n. 1. (Naut.) Either half of a square-rigged vessel's yard{6}, from the center or mast to the end.
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Ships are said to be yardarm and yardarm when so near as to touch, or interlock yards.
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2. (Naut.) The portion of a yard{6} outboard of the slings, often called the outer quarter.

A yard{6} is considered to have four unequal quarters, two quarters extending from the mast to the slings on each side, and two smaller outer quarters outboard of the slings.


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