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headfast

/ ˈhɛdfɑːst /

noun

  1. a mooring rope at the bows of a ship


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Word History and Origins

Origin of headfast1

C16: from head (in the sense: front) + fast a mooring rope, from Middle English fest, from Old Norse festr; related to fast 1

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Example Sentences

In this lay the danger of making fast, for a strong pull from a headfast rope might drag the erection completely over.

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