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cut•wa•ter



Pronunciation: (kut'wô"tur, -wot"ur), [key]
n.
1. Naut.
a. the forward edge of the stem of a vessel, dividing the water as the vessel advances.
b. 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. Civ. Engin.a sharply pointed upstream face of a bridge pier, for resisting the effects of moving water or ice.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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