halyard

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Compare lanyard.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhæljə(ɹ)d/, /ˈhæljɑː(ɹ)d/

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halyard (plural halyards)

  1. (nautical) A rope used to raise or lower a sail, flag, spar or yard.
    • 1922, John Dos Passos, “A Novelist of Revolution”, in Rosinante to the Road Again, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, OCLC 1131143547:
      [] broad-shouldered men with hard red-beaked faces and huge hands coarsened by generations of straining on heavy oars and halyards,—men who feared only God and the sea-spirits of their strange mythology and were a law unto themselves, adventurers and bigots.

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