Definitions

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

  • n. Nautical An upper end of a timber that projects above a deck and is used as a bollard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The top end of a timber, rising above the gunwale, and serving for belaying ropes, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The top end of a timber, rising above the gunwale, and serving for belaying ropes, etc.; -- called also kevel head.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, the top end of a timber, rising above the deck, and serving for belaying ropes, etc.: otherwise called kevel-head.

Etymologies

timber +‎ head (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A shot whipped out the timberhead which held the fore staysail sheets.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

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  • The top end of a ship's timber, rising above the deck and serving for belaying ropes.

    February 15, 2008