Bowsprit



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.
Historical Examples

A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden W. A. Ross
Up the River Oliver Optic
Gatherings From Spain Richard Ford
Up the River Oliver Optic
Afloat at Last John Conroy Hutcheson
The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea Charles H. L. Johnston
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVIII, 1617-1620 Various
The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth

noun
(nautical) a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel, esp a sailing vessel, used to carry the headstay as far forward as possible
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