Marling spike
Marline Mar"line, n. [LG. marlien, marling, or D. marling, marlijn, fr. D. marren to tie, prob. akin to E. moor, v., and lijn line: cf.F. merlin. See {Moor}, v., {Line}.] (Naut.) A small line composed of two strands a little twisted, used for winding around ropes and cables, to prevent their being weakened by fretting. [1913 Webster]

{Marline spike}, {Marling spike} (Naut.), an iron tool tapering to a point, used to separate the strands of a rope in splicing and in marling. It has an eye in the thick end to which a lanyard is attached. See {Fid}. [Written also {marlin spike}]

{Marline-spike bird}. [The name alludes to the long middle tail feathers.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) A tropic bird. (b) A jager, or skua gull. [1913 Webster]


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  • Marling spike — Marl Marl, v. t. [See {Marline}.] (Naut.) To cover, as part of a rope, with marline, marking a pecular hitch at each turn to prevent unwinding. [1913 Webster] {Marling spike}. (Naut.) See under {Marline}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • marlin spike — Marline Mar line, n. [LG. marlien, marling, or D. marling, marlijn, fr. D. marren to tie, prob. akin to E. moor, v., and lijn line: cf.F. merlin. See {Moor}, v., {Line}.] (Naut.) A small line composed of two strands a little twisted, used for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Marline spike — Marline Mar line, n. [LG. marlien, marling, or D. marling, marlijn, fr. D. marren to tie, prob. akin to E. moor, v., and lijn line: cf.F. merlin. See {Moor}, v., {Line}.] (Naut.) A small line composed of two strands a little twisted, used for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Marline-spike bird — Marline Mar line, n. [LG. marlien, marling, or D. marling, marlijn, fr. D. marren to tie, prob. akin to E. moor, v., and lijn line: cf.F. merlin. See {Moor}, v., {Line}.] (Naut.) A small line composed of two strands a little twisted, used for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Marline — Mar line, n. [LG. marlien, marling, or D. marling, marlijn, fr. D. marren to tie, prob. akin to E. moor, v., and lijn line: cf.F. merlin. See {Moor}, v., {Line}.] (Naut.) A small line composed of two strands a little twisted, used for winding… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Marlinspike — For other uses, see Marlinspike (disambiguation). A typical marlinspike with a lanyard …   Wikipedia

  • marlinespike — mar•line•spike [[t]ˈmɑr lɪnˌspaɪk[/t]] n. naut. a pointed iron implement used in separating the strands of rope in splicing, marling, etc • Etymology: 1620–30; orig. marling spike. See marl II, ing I …   From formal English to slang

  • marlinspike — n. Naut. a pointed iron tool used to separate strands of rope or wire. Etymology: orig. app. marling spike f. marl fasten with marline (f. Du. marlen frequent. of MDu. marren bind) + ING(1) + SPIKE(1) * * * marlin(g)spike see marline spike …   Useful english dictionary

  • marlinespike — /mahr lin spuyk /, n. Naut. a pointed iron implement used in separating the strands of rope in splicing, marling, etc. Also, marlinspike, marlingspike /mahr ling spuyk /. [1620 30; orig. marling spike. See MARL2, ING1, SPIKE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • marlinespike — /ˈmalənspaɪk/ (say mahluhnspuyk) noun a pointed metal implement used in marling, separating the strands of rope in splicing, etc. {originally marling spike. See marl2, spike1} …   Australian English dictionary

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