To cockbill the anchor
Cockbill Cock"bill (k[o^]k"b[i^]l`), v. t. [See {Cock} to set erect.] (Naut.) To tilt up one end of so as to make almost vertical; as, to cockbill the yards as a sign of mourning. [1913 Webster]

{To cockbill the anchor}, to suspend it from the cathead preparatory to letting it go. See {Acockbill}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Cockbill — Cock bill (k[o^]k b[i^]l ), v. t. [See {Cock} to set erect.] (Naut.) To tilt up one end of so as to make almost vertical; as, to cockbill the yards as a sign of mourning. [1913 Webster] {To cockbill the anchor}, to suspend it from the cathead… …   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

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