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- n. Either of two pieces of oak fitted to the topsides of a square-rigged vessel on each side of the bow through which the bowlines were fed; often decoratively carved
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A piece of oak bolted perpendicularly on the side of a vessel, to aid in drawing down and securing the clew of the mainsail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ship-building, a beam of wood formerly bolted to the side of a ship abaft the fore-chains, to which the main-tack was hauled down.
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