from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A thick post on a ship or wharf, used for securing ropes and hawsers.
- n. One of a series of posts preventing vehicles from entering an area.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A strong vertical post of timber or iron, fixed to the ground and/or on the deck of a ship, to which the ship's mooring lines etc are secured
- n. A similar post preventing vehicle access to a pedestrian area, to delineate traffic lanes, or used for security purposes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An upright wooden or iron post in a boat or on a dock, used in veering or fastening ropes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a strong post fixed vertically alongside of a dock, on which to fasten hawsers for securing or hauling ships.
- n. Same as billet-head, 1 .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a strong post (as on a wharf or quay or ship for attaching mooring lines)
Middle English, probably from bole, tree trunk; see bole1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin unknown; perhaps from bole. (Wiktionary)