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Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

1 The outward curve of the bows of a ship, which is designed to throw the water outwards when meeting a head sea, instead of letting it come straight up over the bows.

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rocket

Overview page. Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Often used as an image of speed; Rocket was the name of the steam locomotive (1829) built by George Stephenson (1781–1848) and his son Robert, the prototype for all future steam locomotives.

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