from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ship's bow of such construction that it may be efficiently used in ramming.
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Fifteen minutes later she was storming by, a half-mile to windward; a beautiful picture, long and white, with an incurving ram-bow, with buff-colored turrets and superstructure, and black guns bristling from all parts of her.
Their impact below the water-line was deadly, and only equaled in effect by the work of the ram-bow, the blow of the ship as a whole -- the last glorious, suicidal charge on an enemy that had dismounted the guns, if such could happen.
He could only surmise that she was a war-vessel from the ram-bow, -- a feature of the government model which had impressed him at Key West, -- and from the noise she was making.
a man in advance of his time, proposed the construction of a steam-propelled warship, with a ram-bow, and with her guns protected by shields.
"In the middle o 'this argument the gunner protrudes his ram-bow from' is cabin, an 'brings it all to an' urried conclusion with some remarks suitable to 'is piebald warrant-rank.