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1. The forward part of a ship's prow.
2. The wedge-shaped end of a bridge pier, designed to divide the current and break up ice floes.
(Nautical Terms) the forward part of the stem of a vessel, which cuts through the water
cut•wa•ter(ˈkʌtˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər)
1. the forward edge of the stem of a ship.
2. a sharply pointed upstream face of a bridge pier, for resisting the effects of moving water or ice.