bowsprit

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bowsprit a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bowsprit (Naut) A large boom or spar, which projects over the stem of a ship or other vessel, to carry sail forward.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bowsprit A large spar which projects forward from the stem of a ship or other vessel.
    • n bowsprit Beyond it extend the jib-boom and the flying-jib boom. The bowsprit is secured downward by the bobstays and the gammoning (which see), and at the sides by the bowsprit-shrouds, which are secured to the bows of the ship. From the outer end of the bowsprit a spar called the martingale or dolphin-striker projects downward to support the martingale-stays, and two smaller spars, called whiskers, project sidewise to support the jib-guys. On the foretopmast-stay, the jib-stay, and the flying-jib stay (which extend downward from the foretopmast-head and the foretop-gallantmast-head to the ends of the bowsprit, jib-boom, and flying-jib boom) are set the foretopmast-staysail, the jib, and the flying jib. Corruptly written boltsprit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bowsprit bō′sprit a strong spar projecting over the stem-head or bows of a sailing-ship, and also of a steamship when her stem is of the curved or cutwater description.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Bow, + sprit,; akin to D. boegspriet,; boeg, bow of a ship + spriet, E. sprit, also Sw. bogspröt, G. bugspriet,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. boegspriet.

Usage

In literature:

He rested for a time and then gave himself another hoist and was able to get astride the bowsprit.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Scarcely had we got clear of the wreck than the remaining mast and the bowsprit went.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
Jack Cockrell scampered to the heel of the bowsprit to investigate this ocean prodigy.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
The hands "walked away" with the downhaul, and the jib was on the bowsprit in an instant.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
Meanwhile the water had risen above the capstan, and Ustani, shivering audibly, had perched himself on the bowsprit.
"HE" by Andrew Lang
Skids over the bowsprit from the beak-head in some ships, to enable men to run out upon the bowsprit.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The Arrow struck the Whistler on the bow, the long bowsprit ripping a hole in the main-sail.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
Then came a sea that, like a crushing avalanche, fell upon the bowsprit, and it was gone.
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
I own this boat from garboard to main truck, bowsprit-tip to boom-end, and I don't wear any man's dog-collar.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The two boats were now almost bowsprit to bowsprit.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
Sailing close up to the admiral's flagship he thrust his bowsprit into one of the portholes.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Her bowsprit was shot in pieces.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
Perhaps the reader may recollect that the end of my bowsprit had been squeezed by a collision, and was in fact as weak as a charred stick.
"The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"" by John MacGregor
He did not want to get out along the bowsprit to stop one of them down.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
The bowsprit was over my head.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She carried a 17-foot plank bowsprit, to the ends of which were fitted vertical clubs 8 to 10 feet long.
"The Migrations of an American Boat Type" by Howard I. Chapelle
Cain stood at the bowsprit, giving his directions to the helmsman.
"The Pirate and The Three Cutters" by Frederick Marryat
The swordfish are always harpooned from the end of the bowsprit of a sailing-vessel.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
The foremast had a square foresail, the mainmast a mainsail and maintopsail, and there was a spritsail on the bowsprit.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
She had an exaggerated form of fiddle bow, a long bowsprit and two tall masts on which sails might easily have been set.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
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In poetry:

Swings round the huge bowsprit, and slowly
With motion majestic and free,
The galleon, vast, gilded, and mighty,
Passes on, passes forth, to the sea.
"Tobermory Bay" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Then the bowsprit got mixed with the rudder sometimes:
A thing, as the Bellman remarked,
That frequently happens in tropical climes,
When a vessel is, so to speak, "snarked."
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Then the bowsprit got mixed with the rudder sometimes:
A thing, as the Bellman remarked,
That frequently happens in tropical climes,
When a vessel is, so to speak, "snarked".
"Fit The Second - The Bellman's Speech" by Lewis Carroll
The pier is empty. Pigeons coo and chatter
And peck at corn and scraps of food… At sea,
The ship's stern sways, the bowsprit draws a pattern
Upon the dimming sky's dark canopy.
"A Farewell" by Ivan Bunin
At last with shots and wounds the pirate fell down dead,
Then from his body Maynard severed the pirate's head,
And suspended it upon his bowsprit-end,
And thanked God Who so mercifully did him defend.
"Captain Teach alias Black Beard" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then "Brave, my lads!" Captain Faulkner loudly cries,
"Lash her bowsprit to our capstan, she's our prize";
And he seized some ropes to lash round his foe,
But a musket ball pierced his heart and laid him low.
"An All-Night Sea Fight" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Enlarge Donna Gialanella/The Star-Ledger The bowsprit of the submerged Titanic.
The view from the Eagle's bowsprit (VIDEO).
Dana had the idea to climb out onto the bowsprit and look back.
The accompanying video shows you the process of climbing out onto the bowsprit and then back to the deck.
The view from the Eagle's bowsprit (VIDEO) Southeastern Connecticut News, Sports, Weather and Video The Day newspaper.
This illustration from an 1837 book on pirates shows Blackbeard's severed head hanging from the bowsprit as the Royal Navy expedition that killed him in 1718 returned to Hampton.
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