\ˈprau̇ \

Definition of prow 

(Entry 1 of 2)



\ˈprau̇, archaic ˈprō\

Definition of prow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the bow of a ship : stem

2 : a pointed projecting front part

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There’s even a sort of font near the apse/prow of the gallery: a circular pool of clear oil in which hundreds of tiny steel bearings are gently nudged into geometries by a magnet circling beneath the surface. Steve Mannheimer, Indianapolis Star, "New art installation at Herron Gallery uses VHS tape to make your eyes buzz," 22 Mar. 2018 The prow of each ship is, of course, shaped like the head of a dragon. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Registration open for YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge," 23 June 2018 In the first movie, the villain Syndrome’s lair is pretty much a copy of the Charles Deaton Sculptured House, the vast elliptical prow on Genesee Mountain. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Incredibles 2 Addresses the State of the Union," 19 June 2018 On May 30, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell broke the speed record for an ascent of El Capitan’s Nose route, scaling the rock’s forbidding prow in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 15 seconds. Carlos Lozano,, "Investigation continues into death of two climbers who fell from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park," 3 June 2018 The world’s most famous speed-climbing record was broken Wednesday, this time by two of Yosemite’s most illustrious climbers who teamed up to scale the 3,000-foot prow of El Capitan in a little over two hours. Peter Fimrite,, "Duo breaks speed-climbing record on Yosemite’s El Capitan Nose," 30 May 2018 The photos on their website show Scare Tape dangling off the prow of a boat, the railings of a dock, and in a fruit garden — not pasted to residential windows. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "These glittering ribbons scare away baby birds and also my focus," 24 Apr. 2018 The exhibit includes a full-scale re-creation of a night market in Turfan, a trio of caravan camels, and a 41-foot-long replica of the prow of an Arabian sailing ship. Sarah Maiellano, USA TODAY, "Best museum exhibits in the U.S. this spring," 3 Apr. 2018 The bow is the second bedroom, the prow is a closet and the hull is a rec room and second bathroom. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's famous 'boat house' is for sale again," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of prow


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prow


Middle English, from Anglo-French pru, prou — more at proud


Middle French proue, probably from Old Italian dialect prua, from Latin prora, from Greek prōira

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English Language Learners Definition of prow

: the front of a ship


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Kids Definition of prow

: the bow of a ship

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