UK [ˈbəʊˌsprɪt] / US [ˈboʊˌsprɪt] noun [countable]
Word forms "bowsprit":
singular bowsprit plural bowsprits
a long pole that sticks out from the front of a ship

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  • 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bowsprit — spar extending from the bow of a ship, late 13c., probably from M.L.G. bochspret, from boch bow of a ship (see BOW (Cf. bow) (n.2)) + spret pole (Cf. O.E. spreot pole, Du. spriet spear; see SPRIT (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • bowsprit — is pronounced with bow as in low …   Modern English usage

  • bowsprit — ► NOUN ▪ a spar running out from a ship s bow, to which the forestays are fastened …   English terms dictionary

  • bowsprit — [bou′sprit΄, bō′sprit] n. [ME bouspret, prob. < MDu boegspriet < boeg,BOW3 + spriet,SPRIT] a large, tapered spar extending forward from the bow of a sailing vessel, to which stays for the masts are secured …   English World dictionary

  • Bowsprit — The bowsprit, or boltsprit, of a sailing vessel is a pole extending forward from the vessel s prow. It provides an anchor point for the forestay(s), allowing the fore mast to be stepped further forward on the hull.On large tall ships the bowsprit …   Wikipedia

  • Bowsprit tortoise — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • Bowsprit shrouds — Shroud Shroud (shroud), n. [OE. shroud, shrud, schrud, AS. scr[=u]d a garment, clothing; akin to Icel. skru[eth] the shrouds of a ship, furniture of a church, a kind of stuff, Sw. skrud dress, attire, and E. shred. See {Shred}, and cf. {Shrood}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bowsprit bed — noun : the part of the stem on which the bowsprit rests …   Useful english dictionary

  • bowsprit cap — noun : an iron band fitted to the outer end of the bowsprit with a ring on top for the jibboom to run through compare crance; see ship illustration …   Useful english dictionary

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