noun Etymology: Middle English bouspret, probably from Middle Low German boochspreet, from booch bow + spreet pole Date: 13th century a large spar projecting forward from the stem of a ship

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  • Bowsprit — Bow sprit , n. [Bow + sprit; akin to D. boegspriet; boeg bow of a ship + spriet, E. sprit, also Sw. bogspr[ o]t, G. bugspriet.] (Naut.) A large boom or spar, which projects over the stem of a ship or other vessel, to carry sail forward. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bowsprit — spar extending from the bow of a ship, late 13c., probably from M.L.G. bochspret, from boch bow of a ship (see BOW (Cf. bow) (n.2)) + spret pole (Cf. O.E. spreot pole, Du. spriet spear; see SPRIT (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • bowsprit — is pronounced with bow as in low …   Modern English usage

  • bowsprit — ► NOUN ▪ a spar running out from a ship s bow, to which the forestays are fastened …   English terms dictionary

  • bowsprit — [bou′sprit΄, bō′sprit] n. [ME bouspret, prob. < MDu boegspriet < boeg,BOW3 + spriet,SPRIT] a large, tapered spar extending forward from the bow of a sailing vessel, to which stays for the masts are secured …   English World dictionary

  • Bowsprit — The bowsprit, or boltsprit, of a sailing vessel is a pole extending forward from the vessel s prow. It provides an anchor point for the forestay(s), allowing the fore mast to be stepped further forward on the hull.On large tall ships the bowsprit …   Wikipedia

  • bowsprit — UK [ˈbəʊˌsprɪt] / US [ˈboʊˌsprɪt] noun [countable] Word forms bowsprit : singular bowsprit plural bowsprits a long pole that sticks out from the front of a ship …   English dictionary

  • bowsprit — /bow sprit, boh /, n. Naut. a spar projecting from the upper end of the bow of a sailing vessel, for holding the tacks of various jibs or stays and often supporting a jib boom. [1300 50; ME bouspret < MLG bochspret (c. D boegsprit) (boch BOW3 +… …   Universalium

  • bowsprit — noun A spar projecting over the prow of a sailing vessel to provide the means of adding sail surface …   Wiktionary

  • Bowsprit — Bow|sprit [ bəʊsprɪt; engl. gleichbed.]: ↑ Bugspriet …   Universal-Lexikon

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