billethead definition

  • noun:
    • A round bit of timber during the bow or stern of a whaleboat, around that the harpoon range is come to an end as soon as the whale darts off.
    • A round little bit of timber in the bow or stern of a whaleboat, around that the harpoon line is run-out as soon as the whale darts down.
    • Nautical: A cylindrical little bit of wood fixed in bow or stern of a whaling-boat, round that the line is come to an end once the whale darts down after being harpooned. Also referred to as bollard.
    • just like scroll-head.
    • A loggerhead.
    • A round bit of wood during the bow or stern of a whaleboat, around that the harpoon range is run out when the whale darts down.
    • A round piece of timber on bow or stern of a whaleboat, around which the harpoon range is go out once the whale darts down.
    • Nautical: A cylindrical bit of wood fixed in bow or stern of a whaling-boat, round that the line is come to an end when the whale darts down after becoming harpooned. Also called bollard.
    • just like scroll-head.
    • A loggerhead.
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