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- noun nautical A surface, usually horizontal, near the bow of a marine
vessel, used for stability or control.
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From bow ("forward part of marine craft") + plane ("surface")
An hour later, just as Wilmer was preparing to get Billings to take his promised sleep, the new sonar man called out, "Blip, approximately five hundred off the starboard bowplane."