Slab line
Slab Slab, n. [OE. slabbe, of uncertain origin; perhaps originally meaning, a smooth piece, and akin to slape, Icel. sleipr slippery, and E. slip, v. i.] 1. A thin piece of anything, especially of marble or other stone, having plane surfaces. --Gwilt. [1913 Webster]

2. An outside piece taken from a log or timber in sawing it into boards, planks, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) The wryneck. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) The slack part of a sail. [1913 Webster]

{Slab line} (Naut.), a line or small rope by which seamen haul up the foot of the mainsail or foresail. --Totten. [1913 Webster]


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