Definitions

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  • n. A frame or fender of rope or junk, laid out at the sides or bows of a vessel to secure it from damage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A frame or fender of rope or junk, laid out at the sides or bows of a vessel to secure it from injury by floating ice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. a frame, or composition of junk, laid out at the sides, stem, or bows of a ship to secure it from injury by ice.

Etymologies

bow +‎ grace (Wiktionary)

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  • A Sea of Words: "A kind of frame or fender of old junk placed around the bows and sides of a ship to prevent injury from floating ice or timbers." (p. 117)

    October 14, 2008

  • "'No. It is drift-ice. Fortunately we managed to ship a bowgrace, and it is not thick stuff. But even so it will do our copper no good.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 153

    March 4, 2008