Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In maritime law. A piece of wood or cork or a barrel, raft or other thing, made secure and floating upon a stream or bay, intended as a guide and warning to mariners, by marking a spot where the water is shallow or where there is a reef or other danger to navigation or to mark the ceurse of a devious channel.