Part of speech: noun

The forward part of the prow of a vessel.

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Usage examples "cutwater":

  1. Even in the two plumes of spray for ever winging from either side of her cutwater, a curve of burnished colours hung, as though piercing down into the translucent green, through whose depths the drowning surf was driven in paler clouds. - "Beggars on Horseback", F. Tennyson Jesse.
  2. As she raced through the water a great " Bone" of white spray was sent out from each side of her keen cutwater. - "The Boy Aviators' Treasure Quest", Captain Wilbur Lawton (pseudonym for John Henry Goldfrap).
  3. He said no more; the cutwater of the stranger touched their sides; one general cry was raised by the sailors of the Utrecht, they sprang to catch at the rigging of the other vessel's bowsprit which was now pointed between their masts- they caught at nothing- nothing- there was no shock- no concussion of the two vessels- the stranger appeared to cleave through them- her hull passed along in silence- no cracking of timbers- no falling of masts- the foreyard passed through their mainsail, yet the canvas was unrent- the whole vessel appeared to cut through the Utrecht, yet left no trace of injury- not fast, but slowly, as if she were really sawing through her by the heaving and tossing of the sea with her sharp prow. - "The Phantom Ship", Captain Frederick Marryat.