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- (nautical) A plate (usually metal) attached horizontally near the top of the lower mast of a square rigged ship in order to secure the topmast. Rigging runs both upwards (topmast rigging) and downwards (futtock shrouds) to maintain stability.
- John Fincham (1825) An Outline of the Practice of Ship-Building, England: Portsea, OCLC 11931030, page 196
- William Curtis Henry (1919) The elements of wood ship construction, New York: McGraw-Hill book company, pages 32–44
- Dixon Kemp (1882) A Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing, 4th edition, London: H. Cox, OCLC 02773339, page 12