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cutwater (plural cutwaters)
- (nautical) The forward curve of the stem of a ship
- The wedge of a bridge pier, that resists the flow of water and ice.
- A black skimmer; a sea bird of the species Rynchops niger, that flies low over the sea, "cutting" the water surface with its lower mandible to catch small fish.
edge of a ship's stem