Cathead
Cathead Cat"head`, n. (Naut.) A projecting piece of timber or iron near the bow of vessel, to which the anchor is hoisted and secured. [1913 Webster]

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  • cathead — [kat′hed΄] n. a projecting beam of wood or iron near the bow of a ship, to which an old fashioned anchor was hoisted …   English World dictionary

  • Cathead — A Cat head is a large wooden beam located on either bow of a sailing ship, and angled outward at roughly 45 degrees. The beam is used to support the ship s anchor when raising it (weighing anchor) or lowering it (letting go). The purpose of the… …   Wikipedia

  • cathead — noun Date: 1626 a projecting piece of timber or iron near the bow of a ship to which the anchor is hoisted and secured …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cathead — /kat hed /, n. Naut. a projecting timber or metal beam to which an anchor is hoisted and secured. [1620 30; CAT1 + HEAD] * * * …   Universalium

  • cathead — noun a) A heavy piece of timber projecting from each side of the bow of a ship for holding anchors which were fitted with a stock in position for letting go or for securing after weighing. b) Similar rigging on the outside of a building …   Wiktionary

  • cathead — projection near the bow of a ship to which anchor is secured Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • cathead — n. projection near the bow of a ship to which anchor is secured …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cathead — noun a horizontal beam at each side of a ship s bow, used for raising and carrying an anchor …   English new terms dictionary

  • cathead — /ˈkæthɛd/ (say kathed) noun Nautical a projecting timber or beam near the bow, to which the anchor is hoisted …   Australian English dictionary

  • cathead — n. Naut. a horizontal beam from each side of a ship s bow for raising and carrying the anchor …   Useful english dictionary

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