from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The forward part of a ship's prow.
- n. The wedge-shaped end of a bridge pier, designed to divide the current and break up ice floes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The forward curve of the stem of a ship
- n. the wedge of a bridge pier, that resists the flow of water and ice.
- n. a black skimmer; a sea bird of the species Rhynchops niger, that flies low over the sea, "cutting" the water surface with its lower mandible to catch small fish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The fore part of a ship's prow, which cuts the water.
- n. A starling or other structure attached to the pier of a bridge, with an angle or edge directed up stream, in order better to resist the action of water, ice, etc.; the sharpened upper end of the pier itself.
- n. A sea bird of the Atlantic (Rhynchops nigra); -- called also black skimmer, scissorsbill, and razorbill. See Skimmer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fore part of a ship's prow, which cuts the water. Also called false stem.
- n. The lower portion of the pier of a bridge, formed with an angle or edge directed up the stream, so as more effectually to resist the action of the water, ice, etc.
- n. The razorbill, or black skimmer, Rhynchops nigra.
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