Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ship-building, the top of the stem, or continuation of the forward extreme of the keel.

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Examples

  • Farther out old Mahon's face was upturned to the sky, with the long white beard spread out on his breast, as though he had been shot where he sat at the tiller; and a man, all in a heap in the bows of the boat, slept with both arms embracing the stem-head and with his cheek laid on the gunwale.

    Youth And Two Other Stories

  • Mahon's face was upturned to the sky, with the long white beard spread out on his breast, as though he had been shot where he sat at the tiller; and a man, all in a heap in the bows of the boat, slept with both arms embracing the stem-head and with his cheek laid on the gunwale.

    Youth, a Narrative

  • I placed myself at the tiller, Carera took up a position on the stem-head, conning the felucca, and Courtenay devoted all his energies to the encouragement of the men as they laboured at the sweeps.

    The Rover's Secret A Tale of the Pirate Cays and Lagoons of Cuba

  • The navigation of the narrow creek was, however, so difficult that a look - out was absolutely necessary, and Smellie accordingly went forward and stationed himself on the stem-head to con the ship.

    The Congo Rovers A Story of the Slave Squadron

  • On it swept toward the felucca, which had now slewed so that she faced the coming swell nearly stem-on, the water in her meanwhile rushing forward as she sank down into the trough until her stem-head was completely buried.

    A Pirate of the Caribbees

  • They quickly tumbled in over the gunwale; Bob then placed his shoulder against the stem-head, and with a powerful "shove," drove the boat stern-foremost into the stream, springing in over the bows and stowing himself away in the eyes of the boat as she floated.

    The Pirate Island A Story of the South Pacific

  • I noticed also that her stem-head was decorated with a gilded conventional representation of the open chrysanthemum, the Imperial crest.

    Under the Ensign of the Rising Sun A Story of the Russo-Japanese War

  • Farther out old Mahon’s face was upturned to the sky, with the long white beard spread out on his breast, as though he had been shot where he sat at the tiller; and a man, all in a heap in the bows of the boat, slept with both arms embracing the stem-head and with his cheek laid on the gunwale.

    Youth, by Joseph Conrad

  • a ship in shape, being scarce twice as long as she was broad, with great fat buttocks, a very tall stern narrowing atop, and low bows with a prodigious curve to the stem-head.

    Stories by English Authors: the Sea

  • “I could see the line of the horizon before me, as clear as a bell, above her stem-head; I could see the water far off there black and sparkling, and still — still as a-pond, deadly still, more still than ever sea was before — more still than I could bear to look at.

    Lord Jim

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