What does bowline mean?

bowline meaning in General Dictionary

A rope fastened near the center of this leech or perpendicular edge of the square sails by subordinate ropes called bridles and used to keep the weather edge of the sail tight forward if the ship is closehauled

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  • a loop knot that neither slips nor jams
  • A rope fastened near the center associated with leech or perpendicular side of the square sails, by subordinate ropes, known as bridles, and accustomed keep carefully the weather edge of the sail tight ahead, as soon as the ship is closehauled.

bowline meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A rope fastened nearby the middle associated with the leech or perpendicular side of the square sails, by subordinate ropes, called bridles, and used to keep carefully the weather side of the sail tight ahead, once the ship is closehauled.


Sentence Examples with the word bowline

Meantime, the crew driven from the forward part of the ship by the perilous seas that burstingly broke over its bows, stood in a line along the bulwarks in the waist; and the better to guard against the leaping waves, each man had slipped himself into a sort of bowline secured to the rail, in which he swung as in a loosened belt.

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