On a bowline
Bowline Bow"line, n. [Cf. D. boelijn, Icel. b["o]gl["i]na?, Dan. bovline; properly the line attached to the shoulder or side of the sail. See {Bow} (of a ship), and {Line}.] (Naut.) A rope fastened near the middle of the 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, when the ship is closehauled. [1913 Webster]

{Bowline bridles}, the ropes by which the bowline is fastened to the leech of the sail.

{Bowline knot}. See Illust. {under Knot}.

{On a bowline}, close-hauled or sailing close to the wind; -- said of a ship. [1913 Webster]


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  • On a bowline — On On ([o^]n), prep. [OE. on, an, o, a, AS. on, an; akin to D. aan, OS. & G. an, OHG. ana, Icel. [=a], Sw. [*a], Goth. ana, Russ. na, L. an , in anhelare to pant, Gr. ana , Zend ana. [root]195. Cf. {A }, 1, {Ana }, {Anon}.] The general… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • On a sudden — On On ([o^]n), prep. [OE. on, an, o, a, AS. on, an; akin to D. aan, OS. & G. an, OHG. ana, Icel. [=a], Sw. [*a], Goth. ana, Russ. na, L. an , in anhelare to pant, Gr. ana , Zend ana. [root]195. Cf. {A }, 1, {Ana }, {Anon}.] The general… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • On a wind — On On ([o^]n), prep. [OE. on, an, o, a, AS. on, an; akin to D. aan, OS. & G. an, OHG. ana, Icel. [=a], Sw. [*a], Goth. ana, Russ. na, L. an , in anhelare to pant, Gr. ana , Zend ana. [root]195. Cf. {A }, 1, {Ana }, {Anon}.] The general… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bowline on a bight — a bowline knot with a double loop tied in the bight of a rope …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bowline on a bight — Knot details name=Bowline on a Bight names= type= loop strength= origin= related= Double bowline releasing= Non jamming uses= Making a loop in the middle of a length of rope. caveat= abok number= #1080 The Bowline on a bight is a knot which makes …   Wikipedia

  • Bowline — Bow line, n. [Cf. D. boelijn, Icel. b[ o]gl[ i]na?, Dan. bovline; properly the line attached to the shoulder or side of the sail. See {Bow} (of a ship), and {Line}.] (Naut.) A rope fastened near the middle of the leech or perpendicular edge of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bowline bridles — Bowline Bow line, n. [Cf. D. boelijn, Icel. b[ o]gl[ i]na?, Dan. bovline; properly the line attached to the shoulder or side of the sail. See {Bow} (of a ship), and {Line}.] (Naut.) A rope fastened near the middle of the leech or perpendicular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bowline knot — Bowline Bow line, n. [Cf. D. boelijn, Icel. b[ o]gl[ i]na?, Dan. bovline; properly the line attached to the shoulder or side of the sail. See {Bow} (of a ship), and {Line}.] (Naut.) A rope fastened near the middle of the leech or perpendicular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bowline — [bō′lin, bō′līn΄] n. [ME boueline, prob. < MDu boeglijne (or Dan bovline); for IE bases see BOW3 & LINE2] 1. a rope running forward from the middle of a square sail s weather edge to the bow, used to keep the sail taut when the ship is sailing …   English World dictionary

  • On — ([o^]n), prep. [OE. on, an, o, a, AS. on, an; akin to D. aan, OS. & G. an, OHG. ana, Icel. [=a], Sw. [*a], Goth. ana, Russ. na, L. an , in anhelare to pant, Gr. ana , Zend ana. [root]195. Cf. {A }, 1, {Ana }, {Anon}.] The general signification of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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