from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large lantern, usually with a Fresnel globe, placed at a ship's bow.
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Then the red and green side-lights and the white bow-light were set in position.
It's of no particular use except as a bow-light, but it looks mighty pretty, as good as the fireworks you've let off on fifth o 'Novembers many a time, I'll be bound. "