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1 The foremost timber or steel member forming the bow of a vessel joined at the bottom to the keel either by scarfing, in the case of wood, or riveting or welding in the case of steel. In wooden vessels all the timber strakes are rabbeted to the stem; in steel ships the fore plates are welded or riveted to it.

See also cutwater.

See also cutwater.

2 As a verb, it is a seafaring term indicating that a vessel is holding its own, or making only slight headway, against a contrary tide or current.

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