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bowsprit Syllabification: bow·sprit
Pronunciation: /ˈbouˌsprit/ /ˈbō-/

Definition of bowsprit in English:

noun

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A spar extending forward from a ship’s bow, to which the forestays are fastened.
Example sentences
  • Adrianna was standing on the forecastle deck near the bowsprit of the ship, staring out at the crashing waves and crystal clear water.
  • Without the support of the bowsprit, the long spar that extends forward from the bow of the ship, there was no support for the masts.
  • She has 27 sails in a frigate rig on three masts and a bowsprit, with a total surface area of 2,683 square metres.

Origin

Middle English: from Middle Low German bōgsprēt, Middle Dutch boechspriet, from boech 'bow' + spriet 'sprit'.

Words that rhyme with bowsprit

floret • pomfret

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