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cathead

[kat-hed] /ˈkætˌhɛd/
noun, Nautical.
1.
a projecting timber or metal beam to which an anchor is hoisted and secured.
Origin of cathead
1620-1630
1620-30; cat1 + head
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  • Sube was still gazing at the banknote when cathead came out of the house.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • "They're in the pantry," said Sube as he started to follow cathead down the stairs.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • All of them started at the hollow echoing sound of Sube's voice, and cathead made a movement towards the window.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • As cathead reached the bottom of the stairs, Sube dived under the bed.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • "You ain't told me what you're all dressed up for," cathead reminded him presently.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • Not that he was afraid cathead would tell; he had no thought of that.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • The natural thing would have been to tell cathead the truth, all the truth, and nothing but the truth.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • cathead's anger subsided as he caught sight of his brother's livid countenance.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • The whale crashed into the bows of the Essex, staving them completely in directly under the cathead.

    Bark Kathleen Sunk By A Whale Thomas H. Jenkins
  • In regard to their joint delinquencies cathead had always been absolutely leak-proof.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
British Dictionary definitions for cathead

cathead

/ˈkætˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a fitting at the bow of a vessel for securing the anchor when raised
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