cathead definition

  • noun:
    • A beam projecting outward from the bow of a ship and made use of as a support to raise the anchor.
    • huge piece of timber projecting from each side of the bow of a ship for holding anchors of fitted with a stock in place for letting go or for securing after weighing.
    • Similar rigging on the outside of a building.
    • A projecting bit of wood or iron near the bow of vessel, to which the anchor is hoisted and guaranteed.
    • a big wood or heavyiron ray projecting from each bow of a ship, and achieving sheaves with its outer end.
    • In mining, a tiny capstan.
    • Nodular or baseball ironstone.
    • An attachment to a lathe to aid in encouraging long taverns when they're becoming turned.
  • others:
    • Nautical, to add into the cat-head.

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