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Webster 1913 Edition


Prow

Prow

,
Noun.
[F.
proue
(cf. Sp. & Pg.
proa
, It.
prua
), L.
prora
, Gr. [GREEK], akin to [GREEK] before. See
Pro-
, and cf.
Prore
.]
The fore part of a vessel; the bow; the stem; hence, the vessel itself.
Wordsworth.
The floating vessel swum
Uplifted, and secure with beaked
prow

rode tilting o’er the waves.
Milton.

Prow

,
Noun.
See
Proa
.

Prow

,
Adj.
[
Com
par.
Prower
;
sup
erl.
Prowest
.]
[OF.
prou
,
preu
, F.
preux
, fr. L.
pro
,
prod
, in
prodesse
to be useful. See
Pro-
, and cf.
Prude
.]
Valiant; brave; gallant; courageous.
[Archaic]
Tennyson.
The
prowest
knight that ever field did fight.
Spenser.

Prow

,
Noun.
[OE. & OF.
prou
. See
Prow
,
Adj.
]
Benefit; profit; good; advantage.
[Obs.]
That shall be for your hele and for your
prow
.
Chaucer.

Webster 1828 Edition


Prow

PROW

,
Noun.
[L. prora.]
1.
The forepart of a ship.
2.
In seamen's language, the beak or pointed cutwater of a xebec or galley. The upper part is usually furnished with a grating platform.
3.
The name of a particular kind of vessel used in the East Indian seas.

PROW

,
Adj.
Valiant. [Not in use.]

Definition 2022


prow

prow

English

Noun

prow (plural prows)

  1. (nautical) The fore part of a vessel; the bow; the stem; hence, the vessel itself.
    • Milton
      The floating vessel swum / Uplifted, and secure with beaked prow / rode tilting o'er the waves.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      We were already rather close in; but I ordered the U-33's prow turned inshore and we crept slowly along, constantly dipping up the water and tasting it to assure ourselves that we didn't get outside the fresh-water current.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English, from Old French prou, from Late Latin prode; more at proud.

Adjective

prow (comparative prower, superlative prowest)

  1. (archaic) Brave, valiant, gallant. [1]
Related terms
Translations

References

  1. Merriam Webster’s Online Dictionary – prow

Etymology 3

Noun

prow (plural prows)

  1. Alternative form of proa