• (RP) IPA: /ˈdɒlfɪn/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈdɑlfɪn/

dolphin (plural dolphins)

  1. A carnivorous aquatic mammal in one of several families of order Cetacea, famed for its intelligence and occasional willingness to approach humans.
  2. A fish, the mahi-mahi or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, with a dorsal fin that runs the length of the body, also known for iridescent coloration.
  3. (heraldiccharge) A depiction of a fish, with a broad indented fin, usually embowed.
  4. The dauphin, eldest son of the kings of France.
  5. (historical) A mass of iron or lead hung from the yardarm, in readiness to be dropped through the deck and the hull of an enemy's vessel to sink it.
  6. (nautical) A kind of wreath or strap of plaited cordage.
  7. (nautical) A spar or buoy held by an anchor and furnished with a ring to which ships may fasten their cables.
  8. A mooring post on a wharf or beach.
  9. A permanent fender around a heavy boat just below the gunwale.
  10. (military, obsolete) One of the handles above the trunnions by which a gun was lifted.
Synonyms Translations Noun

dolphin (plural dolphins)

  1. (nautical) A man-made semi submerged maritime structure, usually installed to provide a fixed structure for temporary mooring, to prevent ships from drifting to shallow water or to serve as base for navigational aids.
  • French: duc-d'Albe
  • German: Dalbe
  • Italian: briccola
  • Russian: причальный пал
  • Spanish: duque de Alba

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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