Bowline bridles
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]


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  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bowline knot — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • On a bowline — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cringle — Crin gle (kr[i^][ng] g l), n. [Icel. kringla orb; akin to kring around, and to D. kring circle, and to E. cringe, crank.] 1. A withe for fastening a gate. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) An iron or pope thimble or grommet worked into or attached to the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kite — kite1 kiter, n. kitelike, adj. /kuyt/, n., v., kited, kiting. n. 1. a light frame covered with some thin material, to be flown in the wind at the end of a long string. 2. any of several small birds of the hawk family Accipitridae that have long,… …   Universalium

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