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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.

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