A spar extending forward from a ship’s bow, to which the forestays are fastened.
More 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.
Middle English: from Middle Low German bōgsprēt, Middle Dutch boechspriet, from boech 'bow' + spriet 'sprit'.
Definition of bowsprit in:
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