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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rope or chain used to steady the bowsprit of a ship.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, one of two or three ropes or chains extending from the outer end of the bowsprit to the cut-water. Their function is to hold the bowsprit down in its place, and counteract the upward strain exerted by the headstays.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) A rope or chain to confine the bowsprit of a ship downward to the stem or cutwater; -- usually in the pl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nautical A strong rope or chain rigging running from the end of the bowsprit to the ship's stem or cutwater

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