from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rudder sometimes fitted at the bows or under the fore part of the keel of vessels intended for special purposes, as torpedo-boats, to give great turning power, or to permit the vessel to steer more easily when going astern.


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  • I heard the rushing click of the midship-engine-lever sliding in and out, the low growl of the lift-shunts, and, louder than the yelling winds without, the scream of the bow-rudder gouging into any lull that promised hold for an instant.

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  • At last we began to claw up on a cant, bow-rudder and port-propeller together; only the nicest balancing of tanks saved us from spinning like the rifle-bullet of the old days.

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  • The eye detects no joint in her skin plating save the sweeping hair-crack of the bow-rudder -- Magniac's rudder that assured us the dominion of the unstable air and left its inventor penniless and half-blind.

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