Cutwater
Cutwater Cut"wa`ter (k[u^]t"w[add]`t[~e]r), n. (Naut.) 1. The fore part of a ship's prow, which cuts the water. [1913 Webster]

2. A starling or other structure attached to the pier of a bridge, with an angle or edge directed up stream, in order better to resist the action of water, ice, etc.; the sharpened upper end of the pier itself. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A sea bird of the Atlantic ({Rhynchops nigra}); -- called also {black skimmer}, {scissorsbill}, and {razorbill}. See {Skimmer}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • cutwater — [kut′wôt΄ər] n. 1. the forward edge of a ship s stem at and below the waterline 2. the angular edge of the pier of a bridge, facing upstream …   English World dictionary

  • cutwater — noun Date: 1644 the forepart of a ship s stem …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cutwater — /kut waw teuhr, wot euhr/, n. 1. Naut. a. the forward edge of the stem of a vessel, dividing the water as the vessel advances. b. a vertical timber construction set forward of and following the stem of a wooden vessel below the water line,… …   Universalium

  • cutwater — noun a) The forward curve of the stem of a ship b) the wedge of a bridge pier, that resists the flow of water and ice …   Wiktionary

  • cutwater — n. fore part of a ship s prow that cuts the water; starling or other structure attached to the pier of a bridge …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cutwater — noun 1》 the forward edge of a ship s prow. 2》 a wedge shaped projection on the pier of a bridge …   English new terms dictionary

  • cutwater — cut•wa•ter [[t]ˈkʌtˌwɔ tər, ˌwɒt ər[/t]] n. 1) naut. navig. the forward edge of the stem of a ship 2) civ a sharply pointed upstream face of a bridge pier, for resisting the effects of moving water or ice • Etymology: 1635–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • cutwater — /ˈkʌtwɔtə/ (say kutwawtuh) noun 1. the forepart of a ship s stem or prow, which cuts the water. 2. the sharp edge of a pier of a bridge, which resists the action of water or ice …   Australian English dictionary

  • cutwater — n. 1 the forward edge of a ship s prow. 2 a wedge shaped projection from a pier or bridge …   Useful english dictionary

  • black skimmer — Cutwater Cut wa ter (k[u^]t w[add] t[ e]r), n. (Naut.) 1. The fore part of a ship s prow, which cuts the water. [1913 Webster] 2. A starling or other structure attached to the pier of a bridge, with an angle or edge directed up stream, in order… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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