Acockbill
Acockbill A*cock"bill`, adv. [Prefix a- + cock + bill: with bills cocked up.] (Naut.) (a) Hanging at the cathead, ready to let go, as an anchor. (b) Topped up; having one yardarm higher than the other. [1913 Webster]

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  • acockbill — adverb a) Hanging at the cathead, ready to let go, as an anchor. b) Topped up; having one yardarm higher than the other …   Wiktionary

  • acockbill — acock·bill …   English syllables

  • acockbill — əˈkäkˌbil adverb (or adjective) Etymology: acock + bill (end of an anchor) 1. of an anchor : in place at the cathead or bow and ready to be dropped 2. of a ship s yards : in a tipped up position : at an angle to the deck …   Useful english dictionary

  • The anchor is acockbill — Anchor An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [OE. anker, AS. ancor, oncer, L. ancora, sometimes spelt anchora, fr. Gr. a gkyra, akin to E. angle: cf. F. ancre. See {Angle}, n.] 1. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cockbill — ˈkäkˌbil transitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: back formation from acockbill 1. : to tilt or set acockbill 2. : to suspend (an anchor) by the ring stopper especially before dropping …   Useful english dictionary

  • Anchor — An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [OE. anker, AS. ancor, oncer, L. ancora, sometimes spelt anchora, fr. Gr. a gkyra, akin to E. angle: cf. F. ancre. See {Angle}, n.] 1. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain), and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor ice — Anchor An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [OE. anker, AS. ancor, oncer, L. ancora, sometimes spelt anchora, fr. Gr. a gkyra, akin to E. angle: cf. F. ancre. See {Angle}, n.] 1. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor light — Anchor An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [OE. anker, AS. ancor, oncer, L. ancora, sometimes spelt anchora, fr. Gr. a gkyra, akin to E. angle: cf. F. ancre. See {Angle}, n.] 1. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor ring — Anchor An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [OE. anker, AS. ancor, oncer, L. ancora, sometimes spelt anchora, fr. Gr. a gkyra, akin to E. angle: cf. F. ancre. See {Angle}, n.] 1. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor shot — Anchor An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [OE. anker, AS. ancor, oncer, L. ancora, sometimes spelt anchora, fr. Gr. a gkyra, akin to E. angle: cf. F. ancre. See {Angle}, n.] 1. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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