headfast


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head·fast

 (hĕd′făst′)
n.
A mooring rope or chain that secures the bow of a ship to a wharf.
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headfast

(ˈhɛdfɑːst)
n
(Nautical Terms) a mooring rope at the bows of a ship
[C16: from head (in the sense: front) + fast a mooring rope, from Middle English fest, from Old Norse festr; related to fast1]
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Noun1.headfast - a mooring line that secures the bow of a boat or ship to a wharf
mooring line, mooring - (nautical) a line that holds an object (especially a boat) in place
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As if anxious to remain unperceived amongst their overtopping sisters, two or three "finished" ships floated low, with an air of straining at the leash of their level headfasts, exposing to view their cleared decks and covered hatches, prepared to drop stern first out of the labouring ranks, displaying the true comeliness of form which only her proper sea-trim gives to a ship.
With not a money worry in the world, Mandy and her pals were having a rare old time to themselves at the Headfast Equestrian Dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.
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