Under this heading is listed a number of general terms frequently encountered in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering. To ensure that their general meanings are retained and that they are employed in the proper manner, their definitions are given here.
Generally a system of rectangular Cartesian co-ordinates and in particular:
As a noun, is applied to the act of controlling or directing, such as when controlling the movements of body or directing a ship in the steering, turning, and diving manoeuvres.
The rudders, hydroplanes, and other hinged or movable device used for controlling the motions of body or ship.
That quality of a body or ship which determines the effectiveness of movement of the controls in the producing any desired change, at a specified rate in the attitude or position of the moving body or ship.
The means or system provided to enable the crew of a ship to control its speed, power, attitude, direction of motion, and the like.