[ kuht-waw-ter, -wot-er ]

  1. Nautical.

    • the forward edge of the stem of a vessel, dividing the water as the vessel advances.

    • a vertical timber construction set forward of and following the stem of a wooden vessel below the water line, usually curving forward above the water line to support a beak-head or figurehead.

  2. Civil Engineering. a sharply pointed upstream face of a bridge pier, for resisting the effects of moving water or ice.

Origin of cutwater

First recorded in 1635–45; cut + water

Words Nearby cutwater Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for cutwater


/ (ˈkʌtˌwɔːtə) /

  1. the forward part of the stem of a vessel, which cuts through the water

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