What is Cutwater?

Cutwater definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
Nautical. the forward edge of the stem of a vessel, dividing the water as the vessel advances. a vertical timber construction set forward of and following the stem of a wooden vessel below the water line, usually curving forward above the water line to support a beak-head or figurehead.

Civil Engineering. a sharply pointed upstream face of a bridge pier, for resisting the effects of moving water or ice.