cutwater

cutwater

[kuht-waw-ter, -wot-er]
noun
1.
Nautical.
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, 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:
1635–45; cut + water

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cutwater (ˈkʌtˌwɔːtə)
 
n
the forward part of the stem of a vessel, which cuts through the water

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