Definition of cathead in English:


Line breaks: cat|head
Pronunciation: /ˈkathɛd


  • A horizontal beam extending from each side of a ship’s bow, used for raising and carrying an anchor.
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    • The best he could find was a place near the anchor's chains on the forecastle, near the cathead the crew uses as a privy.
    • He sighed and stood, balancing on the cathead, then stepped across to the deck.
    • Section 771 prohibits the use of rope-operated friction catheads for hoisting as of January 1, 2005.

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