1. [syn: tender, ship's boat, pinnace, cutter]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pinnace \Pin"nace\, n. [F. pinasse; cf. It. pinassa, pinazza,
Sp. pinaza; all from L. pinus a pine tree, anything made of
pine, e.g., a ship. Cf. Pine a tree.]
(a) A small vessel propelled by sails or oars, formerly
employed as a tender, or for coast defence; -- called
originally, spynace or spyne.
(b) A man-of-war's boat.
Whilst our pinnace anchors in the Downs. --Shak.
2. A procuress; a pimp. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a boat for communication between ship and shore [syn:
tender, ship's boat, pinnace, cutter]