Bowline Bow"line, n. [Cf. D. boelijn, Icel. b["o]gl["i]na?, Dan. bovline; properly the line attached to the shoulder or side of the sail. See {Bow} (of a ship), and {Line}.] (Naut.) A rope fastened near the middle of the leech or perpendicular edge of the square sails, by subordinate ropes, called bridles, and used to keep the weather edge of the sail tight forward, when the ship is closehauled. [1913 Webster]

{Bowline bridles}, the ropes by which the bowline is fastened to the leech of the sail.

{Bowline knot}. See Illust. {under Knot}.

{On a bowline}, close-hauled or sailing close to the wind; -- said of a ship. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • bowline — [bō′lin, bō′līn΄] n. [ME boueline, prob. < MDu boeglijne (or Dan bovline); for IE bases see BOW3 & LINE2] 1. a rope running forward from the middle of a square sail s weather edge to the bow, used to keep the sail taut when the ship is sailing …   English World dictionary

  • bowline — ► NOUN 1) a rope attaching the weather side of a square sail to a ship s bow. 2) a simple knot for forming a non slipping loop at the end of a rope …   English terms dictionary

  • Bowline — knot details name = Bowline type = loop origin = Ancient related = sheet bend, double bowline, water bowline, spanish bowline, triple bowline, bowline on a bight, running bowline, poldo tackle, Eskimo bowline, cowboy bowline releasing = Non… …   Wikipedia

  • bowline — /boh lin, luyn /, n. 1. Also called bowline knot. a knot used to make a nonslipping loop on the end of a rope. See illus. under knot. 2. Naut. a rope made fast to the weather leech of a square sail, for keeping the sail as flat as possible when… …   Universalium

  • bowline — noun a knot tied so as to produce an eye or loop in the end of a rope; it will not slip or jam See Also: running bowline, on a bowline …   Wiktionary

  • bowline — /ˈboʊlaɪn / (say bohluyn), /ˈboʊlən / (say bohluhn) noun 1. Also, bowline knot. a knot which forms a non slipping loop. 2. Nautical a rope leading forward and fastened to the leech of a square sail, used to steady the weather leech of the sail… …   Australian English dictionary

  • bowline —   n. rope steadying upright edge of sail; knot securing this to sail.    ♦ bowline bridle, rope securing bowline to sail …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • bowline — noun Etymology: Middle English boweline, probably from bowe bow + line Date: 13th century 1. a rope used to keep the weather edge of a square sail taut forward 2. a knot used to form a loop that neither slips nor jams see knot illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bowline — rope used to keep weather edge of a sail taut Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • bowline — bow·line || bəʊlɪn n. loop that does not slip …   English contemporary dictionary

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