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Meaning of bowsprit

bow•sprit

Pronunciation: (bou'sprit, bō'-), [key]
— n. Naut.
  1. a spar projecting from the upper end of the bow of a sailing vessel, for holding the tacks of various jibs or stays and often supporting a jib boom.
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