ratlings
Ratlines Rat"lines, Ratlins Rat"lins (r[a^]t"l[i^]nz), n. pl. [Of uncertain origin.] (Naut.) The small transverse ropes attached to the shrouds and forming the steps of a rope ladder. [Written also {ratlings}, and {rattlings}.] --Totten. [1913 Webster]

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