The prow is the very most forward part of a ship's bow that cuts through the water. The prow and stem and its surrounding parts of a ship is often used interchangably. It is often depicted in movies with carved figurehead in the form of a mermaid, a woman in 19th-century dress, or other similar figure. The prow is the part of the bow above the waterline. In old naval parlance, the prow applied to the battery of guns placed in the fore gun-deck.

"Prow" may also refer to a pointed projecting front part of other travelling objects, such as a racing skate, airplane or chariot.

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*Glossary of nautical terms

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  • Prow — Prow, n. [OE. & OF. prou. See {Prow}, a.] Benefit; profit; good; advantage. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] That shall be for your hele and for your prow. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prow — Prow, n. [F. proue (cf. Sp. & Pg. proa, It. prua), L. prora, Gr. ?, akin to ? before. See {Pro }, and cf. {Prore}.] The fore part of a vessel; the bow; the stem; hence, the vessel itself. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] The floating vessel swum… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prow — Prow, n. See {Proa}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prow — Prow, a. [Compar. {Prower}; superl. {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. [1913 Webster] The prowest knight that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prow — 1550s, from M.Fr. proue, from It. (Genoese) prua, from V.L. *proda, by dissimilation from L. prora prow, from Gk. proira, related to pro before, forward, proi early in the morning …   Etymology dictionary

  • prow — prow·ess; prow; …   English syllables

  • prow — prow1 [prou] adj. [ME < OFr prou, brave, var. of prud: see PROUD] Archaic valiant; brave prow2 [prou] n. [Fr proue, earlier proe < It dial. (Genoese) prua < L prora < Gr prōira, prow: for IE base see PROVINCE] 1. the forward part of a …   English World dictionary

  • prow — [prau] n [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: proue, from Latin prora, from Greek proira, from pro forward ] especially literary the front part of a ship or boat …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prow — [ prau ] noun count MAINLY LITERARY the front of a ship or boat …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prow — ► NOUN ▪ the pointed front part of a ship; the bow. ORIGIN Old French proue, from Greek pr ira …   English terms dictionary

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