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cutwater

[kuht-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈkʌtˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
noun
1.
Nautical.
  1. the forward edge of the stem of a vessel, dividing the water as the vessel advances.
  2. a vertical timber construction set forward of and following the stem of a wooden vessel below the water line, usually curving forward above the water line to support a beak-head or figurehead.
2.
Civil Engineering. a sharply pointed upstream face of a bridge pier, for resisting the effects of moving water or ice.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; cut + water
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cutwater

/ˈkʌtˌwɔːtə/
noun
1.
the forward part of the stem of a vessel, which cuts through the water
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