1. Naut. (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.]
n : a boat for communication between ship and shore [syn: tender,
ship's boat, cutter]