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Adjacent Words bowls
BOWSPRIT, n. [bow and sprit.] A large boom or spar, which projects over the stem of a ship or other vessel, to carry sail forward. [This is probably the true orthography.]
1: a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel
noun Etymology: Middle English bouspret, probably from Middle Low German boochspreet, from booch bow + spreet pole Date: 13th century a large spar projecting forward from the stem of a ship n. Naut. a spar running out from a ship's bow to which the forestays are fastened.
Etymology: ME f. Gmc (as BOW(3), SPRIT) Bowsprit Bow"sprit`, n. [Bow + sprit; akin to D. boegspriet; boeg bow of a ship + spriet, E. sprit, also Sw. bogspr["o]t, G. bugspriet.] (Naut.) A large boom or spar, which projects over the stem of a ship or other vessel, to carry sail forward.
The nose, from its being the most projecting part of the human face, as the bowsprit is of a ship.
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