- a projecting timber or metal beam to which an anchor is hoisted and secured.
Origin of cathead
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Examples from the Web for cathead
"They're in the pantry," said Sube as he started to follow Cathead down the stairs.
As Cathead reached the bottom of the stairs, Sube dived under the bed.
Not that he was afraid Cathead would tell; he had no thought of that.
"You ain't told me what you're all dressed up for," Cathead reminded him presently.
Sube was still gazing at the banknote when Cathead came out of the house.
- a fitting at the bow of a vessel for securing the anchor when raised
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