sampan


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sam·pan

 (săm′păn′)
n.
A flatbottom Asian skiff usually propelled by two oars.

[Cantonese saam1 baan2 (akin to Mandarin sābǎn), from Middle Chinese sam pa⋮n´ : sam, three (ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *sum; akin to Tibetan gsum and Burmese sûm) + pa⋮n´, board (since the hulls of sampans were originally constructed from three planks of wood, two for the sides and one for the bottom); see teppanyaki.]

sampan

(ˈsæmpæn)
n
(Nautical Terms) any small skiff, widely used in the Orient, that is propelled by oars or a scull
[C17: from Chinese san pan, from san three + pan board]

sam•pan

(ˈsæm pæn)

n.
any of various small boats of the Far East, as one propelled by a single scull over the stern and provided with a roofing of mats.
[1610–20; < dial. Chinese (Guangdong) sàambáan; compare Chinese sānbǎn literally, three-plank (boat)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sampan - an Asian skiff usually propelled by two oarssampan - an Asian skiff usually propelled by two oars
skiff - any of various small boats propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor
Translations
قارِب صَغير بِشِراع من القَش
sampan
sampan
szampan
kínversk flatbytna
sampanas
ķīniešu laiva
sampan
Çin kayığı

sampan

[ˈsæmpæn] Nsampán m

sampan

nSampan m

sampan

(ˈsӕmpӕn) noun
a small flat-bottomed Chinese boat.
References in classic literature ?
We would get a sampan, and a couple of Japanese fishermen who knew the fishing grounds, and we would have great sport.
Aborigines, in queer outrigger canoes, and Japanese, in queerer sampans, paddled about the bay and came aboard.
The juragan of the boat said sulkily, "We will cook in the sampan, and sleep on the water.
The fire in the bows of the sampan shone faintly in the distance with a hazy red glow.
A shout came faintly over the lagoon and the sampan began to glide towards the abode of the friend of ghosts.
Before the sampan passed out of the lagoon into the creek he lifted his eyes.
Then he resumed his watch for the friendly prahu, or smaller sampan which he knew time would eventually bring from up or down the river to his rescue, for who of the surrounding natives would dare refuse succor to the powerful Rajah of Sakkan!
An' as he was a-gettin' under way, didn't the fond husbands get left astern-like in their sampan, as it might be by accident?
Twenty-five bags of rice would be coming off in a sampan directly, for stores.
Sampan Singh Bist, MS; Manisha Bisht, MBBS; Saurabh Varshney, MS; Sanjeev Kishore, MD
On match Days - Puccini's, Pudding Chare, Newcastle, and with the family its the Sampan, Ponteland.
Take a sampan from Aberdeen across the harbour to the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, once the largest of its kind in the world.