Definitions

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

  • n. Nautical The forward part of a ship's hull; the bow.
  • n. A projecting forward part, such as the front end of a ski.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fore part of a vessel; the bow; the stem; hence, the vessel itself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fore part of a vessel; the bow; the stem; hence, the vessel itself.
  • n. See proa.
  • adj. Valiant; brave; gallant; courageous.
  • n. Benefit; profit; good; advantage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fore part of a ship; the bow; the beak.
  • n. In zoôl., a prora.
  • n. Profit; advantage; benefit.
  • Valiant.
  • n. An obsolete form of proa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. front part of a vessel or aircraft

Etymologies

French proue, from Old French, from Italian dialectal prua, from Vulgar Latin *prōda, alteration of Latin prōra, from Greek prōira.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French prou, from Late Latin prode; more at proud. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On the high curve of the prow was a device Argurios had not seen on any other ship, a wooden structure bolted to the deck in four places.

    Lord of the Silver Bow

  • In the deepening twilight, the vessel's strakes gleamed like the feathers of a swan and her prow was a proud and graceful curve.

    The Falcons of Montabard

  • Her prow was a dragon's head, a dragon's tail formed her stern, and dragon's wings bore her along swifter than an eagle before the storm.

    Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)

  • Her poop and her prow were the only points of her hull that were exposed, and these towered so high above the bulwarks of all other vessels that to attempt to board her was both useless and dangerous.

    Olaf the Glorious A Story of the Viking Age

  • She was fashioned of oak, all bolted together with iron, and at her prow was a gilded dragon most wonderfully carved.

    Eric Brighteyes

  • The prow, which is solid, has a flat terrace, on which, for the king's up-country excursions, they mount a small field-piece, a nine or a twelve pounder.

    The English Governess at the Siamese Court

  • Upon the prow was a sort of fortress, on which stood a group of soldiers armed with long spears and with large oval shields, on which were painted hieroglyphic devices

    The pillar of fire, or, Israel in bondage

  • To crown all, seated sideways in the high, open shark's-mouth of our prow was a little dwarf of a boy, one of Media's pages, a red conch-shell, bugle-wise suspended at his side.

    Mardi: and A Voyage Thither, Vol. I (of 2)

  • (By the prow was the fatal lady ordained to be the guide.)

    Zanoni

  • Standing on the prow was a tall man, of a dark complexion, who saw with dilating eyes that they were approaching a dark mass of land in the shape of a cone, which rose from the midst of the waves like the hat of a Catalan.

    The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • "Sarayu was sitting in the prow, lokking at him." The Shack by WM Paul

    October 1, 2010

  • Do their mermaids have nipples?

    May 13, 2009

  • Jeju has endless coffeeshops whose logos are clearly ripped off from the Starbucks logo, but whose names are totally unrelated...except for Prowbucks.

    May 13, 2009


  • There is a memory stays upon old ships,
    A weightless cargo in the musty hold, --
    Of bright lagoons and prow-caressing lips,
    Of stormy midnights, -- and a tale untold.
    They have remembered islands in the dawn,
    And windy capes that tried their slender spars,
    And tortuous channels where their keels have gone,
    And calm blue nights of stillness and the stars.

    - David Morton, 'Old Ships'.

    October 4, 2008