clewline

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clew +‎ line

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clewline (plural clewlines)

  1. (sailing) Outermost of the ropes with which a square sail is rolled up to the yard
    • 1863, Richard Henry Dana Jr & Captain Brown, Dana's Seaman's friend, page 24:
      If the halyards are not single, the yard must be sent down by a yard rope, like the topgallant yard. In some vessels, instead of making the sheets and clewlines fast to the jack, over-hand knots are taken in their ends, and they are let go.

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