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 (bĭl′ən-dər, bī′lən-)
Nautical A small two-masted sailing vessel of the 1600s and 1700s, used especially on canals in the Low Countries.

[Dutch billander, probably from binlander, inlander, from binnenlander : binnen, within (from Middle Dutch; see en in Indo-European roots) + land, land; see lendh- in Indo-European roots.]


(Nautical Terms) a small two-masted cargo ship
[C17: from Dutch, literally: by-lander, because used on canals]
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Using the first-person plural to include his Anglican audience, Dryden, always the master of the heroic couplet, now stretches into a triplet his comparison of Protestants to fearful sailors like those manning small merchant ships, called bilanders: Why choose we then like bilanders to creep Along the coast and land in view to keep, When safely we may launch into the deep?