/ˈnaɪthɛdz/ (say 'nuythedz)

plural noun
the top of two heavy timbers built up one on each side of the stem of a sailing ship, to support the bowsprit.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Crosspiece — Cross piece (kr?s p?s ; 115), n. 1. A piece of any structure which is fitted or framed crosswise. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) A bar or timber connecting two knightheads or two bitts. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dousing-chock — Dous ing chock , n. (Shipbuilding) One of several pieces fayed across the apron and lapped in the knightheads, or inside planking above the upper deck. Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bugeye (boat) — The bugeye is a type of sailboat developed in the Chesapeake Bay for oyster dredging. The predecessor of the skipjack, it was superseded by the latter as oyster harvests dropped. Origins Between 1820 and 1865, the state of Maryland banned the… …   Wikipedia

  • forestay — /fawr stay , fohr /, n. 1. a stay leading aft and upward from the stem or knightheads of a vessel to the head of the fore lower mast; the lowermost stay of a foremast. 2. a stay leading aft and upwards toward the mainmast of a sloop, knockabout,… …   Universalium

  • forestay — /ˈfɔsteɪ/ (say fawstay) noun a strong rope (now generally of wire) extending forward from the head of the foremast to the knightheads or stem to support the mast …   Australian English dictionary

  • dousing chock — noun or dowsing chock Etymology: dousing probably from gerund of douse (II) : a piece of curved timber laid across the apron and secured to the knightheads at the upper deck of a ship …   Useful english dictionary

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