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Bowsprit definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

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.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel

Merriam Webster's

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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

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)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

The nose, from its being the most projecting part of the human face, as the bowsprit is of a ship.



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