from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Either of two timbers rising from the keel of a sailing ship and supporting the inner end of the bowsprit.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Nautical, a bollardtimber; one of two pieces of timber rising just within the stem, one on each side of the bow sprit, to secure its inner end; also, one of two strong frames of timber which inclose and support the ends of the windlass.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Naut.) A bollard timber. See under
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
mitredbacking timber which extends the after line of the rabbetin the stem to give extra support to the ends of the planks and the bowsprit.
- noun A
- noun Either of two timbers rising from the
keelof a sailing ship and supporting the inner end of the bowsprit.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Her 180 tons measurement indicates, by the general rule of the nautical construction of that period, a length of from 90 to 100 feet, "from taffrail to knighthead," with about 24 feet beam, and with such a hull as this, three masts would be far more likely than two.