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  • adj. Built with the stem nearly straight up and down.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Built with the stem nearly straight up and down.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Naut., broad, full, and square in the bows.


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  • There were huge, square-sided, bluff-bowed, low-masted ships, lying at anchor in interminable lines, and little, dirty, vicious-looking steam-tugs twirling in and out among them; and there were grim-looking muzzles of guns protruding through embrasures, and peripatetic fur caps and bayonets behind parapets of very solid masonry.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • Besides, such is the breadth of the upper part of the front of his head, and such the tapering cut-water formation of the lower part, that by obliquely elevating his head, he thereby may be said to transform himself from a bluff-bowed sluggish galliot into a sharppointed New

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Ships moved on the Erinin, wallowing bluff-bowed craft with square sails and quick narrow vessels with triangular sails, but nothing crossing between Maerone and walled Aringill, where the White Lion of Andor flew.

    Lord of Chaos

  • Great, bluff-bowed Seanchan ships by the score lay in the outer harbor, and anchored off the harbor mouth.

    The Shadow Rising

  • Every one was bluff-bowed and towered, as big as anything Domon had ever seen, even among the Sea Folk.

    The Great Hunt

  • They were sailing-barges, something like those that ply in the Thames, bluff-bowed, high-sterned craft of about fifty tons, ketch-rigged, and fitted with lee-boards, very light spars, and a long tip-tilted bowsprit.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • Next day the _Saucy Sally_ shipped some shingle ballast, got under weigh on the first of the ebb tide, and safely threading her way past the shallows and through the narrow channels of the harbor, emerged into the open sea, and turned her bluff-bowed stem eastwards.

    Golden Stories A Selection of the Best Fiction by the Foremost Writers

  • No blustering liner, no fussy tug, no squattering steamer, she; but a bluff-bowed, smartly painted, trim-built sailing barge, plying chiefly from the lower reaches of the

    Golden Stories A Selection of the Best Fiction by the Foremost Writers

  • Vessels from almost every western nation were there, too -- bluff-bowed Dutch craft with square-headed crews, brigantines from the Levant, and ships from

    The Mutineers

  • T. - B., odorous of cocktails, plowed through the intricacies of the latest dances, wallowing like a bluff-bowed tramp steamer, full to the hatches with a cargo of rum and sugar.

    The Auction Block


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