noun Nautical.
a projecting timber or metal beam to which an anchor is hoisted and secured.

1620–30; cat1 + head Unabridged
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cathead (ˈkætˌhɛd)
a fitting at the bow of a vessel for securing the anchor when raised

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Example sentences
One end of the chain is attached to the tongs, another end to the spinning cathead, and the third end left free.
Two guide cables, suspended from the cathead, eliminate swaying and rotation of the load.
The cathead drum should be inspected for evidence of wear, abrasion, and grooving.
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