rattlings
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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  • Rattlings — Rat tlings (r[a^]t tl[i^]ngz), n. pl. (Naut.) Ratlines. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ratlins — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Narrators, Unidentified —    Many of HPL’s tales are narrated by individuals who, although not identified by name, either play an integral part in the story or serve merely as the conduit through which the events of the story are conveyed. They are described briefly below …   An H.P.Lovecraft encyclopedia

  • saber-rattling — /say beuhr rat ling/, n. a show or threat of military power, esp. as used by a nation to impose its policies on other countries. [1920 25; see SABER, RATTLE1, ING1] * * * (US) (or Brit sabre rattling) noun [noncount] : actions and statements that …   Useful english dictionary

  • sabre-rattling — saˈbre rattling noun An aggressive display of military power, military bluster intended to intimidate (also adjective) • • • Main Entry: ↑sabre * * * sabre rattling UK US noun [uncountable] a threat of violence or military action Thesaurus:… …   Useful english dictionary

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