knighthead

noun

Definition of knighthead

1 : one of two timbers rising in the bows of a wooden ship just within the stem with one on each side of the bowsprit

called also bollard timber

2 : a triangular bulkhead just abaft the cutwater with a hole through which the bowsprit of a ship passes

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for knighthead

so called from its having been carved to represent knights

Learn More About knighthead

Dictionary Entries Near knighthead

knight grand cross

knighthead

knighthood

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for knighthead

Cite this Entry

“Knighthead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knighthead. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!