a sizable growth or spar which projects on the stem of a ship or any other vessel to carry sail forward
- a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel
- A large boom or spar, which projects across stem of a ship or other vessel, to transport sail forward.
"large spar extending from the bow of a ship with a number of sails of the own," belated 13c., most likely from Middle Low German bochspret, from boch "bow of a ship" (see bow (n.2)) + spret "pole" (compare Old English spreot "pole," Dutch spriet "spear;" see sprit). French beaupre is a Dutch loan term.
The spar tilting ahead associated with bows being set either an additional or bigger foresail. (recreation: Yachting)
(letter.) A large boom or spar, which projects on the stem of a ship or other vessel, to hold sail forward.
The three men at her mast-head wore long streamers of narrow red bunting at their hats; from the stern, a whale-boat was suspended, bottom down; and hanging captive from the bowsprit was seen the long lower jaw of the last whale they had slain.