- (nautical) a large spar projecting over the stem of a large sailing vessel to provide the means of staying a foretopmast
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
BOWSPRIT. The nose, from its being the most projecting
part of the human face, as the bowsprit is of a ship.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Bow"sprit` (&?;), n. [Bow +
sprit; akin to D. boegspriet; boeg bow of a ship +
spriet, E. sprit, also Sw. bogspröt, G.
bugspriet.] (Naut.) A large boom or spar, which projects
over the stem of a ship or other vessel, to carry sail forward.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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