from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A beam projecting outward from the bow of a ship and used as a support to lift the anchor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A heavy piece of timber projecting from each side of the bow of a ship for holding anchors which were fitted with a stock in position for letting go or for securing after weighing.
- n. Similar rigging on the outside of a building.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A projecting piece of timber or iron near the bow of vessel, to which the anchor is hoisted and secured.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large timber or heavyiron beam projecting from each bow of a ship, and having sheaves in its outer end.
- n. In mining, a small capstan.
- n. Nodular or ball ironstone.
- Nautical, to attach to the cat-head.
- n. An attachment to a lathe to assist in supporting long bars when they are being turned.
Obsolete cat, catboat + head.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)