bowsprit(redirected from Bow sprit)
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A spar, extending forward from the stem of a ship, to which the stays of the foremast are fastened.
(Nautical Terms) nautical a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel, esp a sailing vessel, used to carry the headstay as far forward as possible
[C13: from Middle Low German bōchsprēt, from bōch bow3 + sprēt pole]
bow•sprit(ˈbaʊ sprɪt, ˈboʊ-)
a spar projecting from the upper end of the bow of a sailing vessel.
[1300–50; Middle English bouspret < Middle Low German bōchspret=bōch bow3 + spret pole]