American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical The forward part of a ship's hull; the bow.
- n. A projecting forward part, such as the front end of a ski.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fore part of a ship; the bow; the beak.
- n. In zoôl., a prora.
- n. Profit; advantage; benefit.
- n. An obsolete form of proa.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The fore part of a vessel; the bow; the stem; hence, the vessel itself.
- n. See proa.
- adj. Archaic Valiant; brave; gallant; courageous.
- n. obsolete Benefit; profit; good; advantage.
- n. front part of a vessel or aircraft
- From Middle English, from Old French prou, from Late Latin prode; more at proud. (Wiktionary)
- French proue, from Old French, from Italian dialectal prua, from Vulgar Latin *prōda, alteration of Latin prōra, from Greek prōira. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On the high curve of the prow was a device Argurios had not seen on any other ship, a wooden structure bolted to the deck in four places.”
“In the deepening twilight, the vessel's strakes gleamed like the feathers of a swan and her prow was a proud and graceful curve.”
“Her prow was a dragon's head, a dragon's tail formed her stern, and dragon's wings bore her along swifter than an eagle before the storm.”
“Her poop and her prow were the only points of her hull that were exposed, and these towered so high above the bulwarks of all other vessels that to attempt to board her was both useless and dangerous.”
“She was fashioned of oak, all bolted together with iron, and at her prow was a gilded dragon most wonderfully carved.”
“The prow, which is solid, has a flat terrace, on which, for the king's up-country excursions, they mount a small field-piece, a nine or a twelve pounder.”
“Upon the prow was a sort of fortress, on which stood a group of soldiers armed with long spears and with large oval shields, on which were painted hieroglyphic devices”
“To crown all, seated sideways in the high, open shark's-mouth of our prow was a little dwarf of a boy, one of Media's pages, a red conch-shell, bugle-wise suspended at his side.”
“(By the prow was the fatal lady ordained to be the guide.)”
“Standing on the prow was a tall man, of a dark complexion, who saw with dilating eyes that they were approaching a dark mass of land in the shape of a cone, which rose from the midst of the waves like the hat of a Catalan.”
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