Definitions of dolphin

  1. large slender food and game fish widely distributed in warm seas ( especially around Hawaii)
  2. A cetacean of the genus Delphinus and allied genera ( esp. D. delphis); the true dolphin.
  3. A mass of iron or lead hung from the yardarm, in readiness to be dropped on the deck of an enemy's vessel.
  4. A kind of wreath or strap of plaited cordage.
  5. A spar or buoy held by an anchor and furnished with a ring to which ships may fasten their cables.
  6. A mooring post on a wharf or beach.
  7. A permanent fender around a heavy boat just below the gunwale.
  8. In old ordnance, one of the handles above the trunnions by which the gun was lifted.
  9. A small constellation between Aquila and Pegasus. See Delphinus, n., 2.
  10. The name of various small- toothed sea animals, such as porpoises.
  11. An animal of the whale kind, found in all seas, about 8 or 10 feet long: the coryphene, a fish about 5 feet in length, noted for the brilliancy of its colors when dying.
  12. In Greek antiq. a ponderous mass of lead or iron suspended from the yard- arm of a vessel and suddenly let down upon an enemy's ships.
  13. In naut. a spar or buoy made fast to an anchor, and usually supplied with a ring to enable vessels to ride by it. Also a mooring- post placed at the entrance of a dock. It is generally composed of a series of piles driven near to each other, in a circle, and brought together and capped over at the top. The name is also sometimes applied to the mooring- post placed along a quay or wharf.
  14. In milit. a handle of a gun or mortar made in the form of a dolphin.
  15. In astron. a constellation, so called from its fancied resemblance to a dolphin.
  16. In arch. a technical term applied to the pipe and cover at a source for the supply of water. Also an emblem of love and social feeling frequently introduced as an ornament to coronas suspended in churches.
  17. A cetaceous mammal, of from 6 to 10 feet in length; the coryphene, the dolphin of poets and navigators, about 5 feet in length, and celebrated for its surprising changes of colour when expiring; a heavy mass suspended from the yard- arm, to be dropped on an enemy's vessel; the handle of a gun or mortar; a spar or buoy fastened to an anchor, to which an iron ring is usually attached, to enable vessels to ride by it; a mooring- post placed at the entrance of a dock, or along a quay or wharf. The dolphin of the mast, a particular kind of wreath, formed of plaited cordage, intended to sustain the weight of the fore and main yards.
  18. A cetaceous mammal about ten feet in length; a common name for various species of fish; a spar or buoy fastened to an anchor; a mooring- post at the entrance of a dock or on a quay.