Definition of cathead in English:

cathead

noun

  • A horizontal beam extending from each side of a ship's bow, used for raising and carrying an anchor.

    • ‘Section 771 prohibits the use of rope-operated friction catheads for hoisting as of January 1, 2005.’
    • ‘The best he could find was a place near the anchor's chains on the forecastle, near the cathead the crew uses as a privy.’
    • ‘He sighed and stood, balancing on the cathead, then stepped across to the deck.’

Pronunciation:

cathead

/ˈkathɛd/