Stray line
Stray Stray, a. [Cf. OF. estrai['e], p. p. of estraier. See {Stray}, v. i., and cf. {Astray}, {Estray}.] Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a strayhorse or sheep. [1913 Webster]

{Stray line} (Naut.), that portion of the log line which is veered from the reel to allow the chip to get clear of the stern eddies before the glass is turned.

{Stray mark} (Naut.), the mark indicating the end of the stray line. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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