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 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.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • bowline knot — noun a loop knot that neither slips nor jams • Syn: ↑bowline • Hypernyms: ↑loop knot * * * noun see bowline 2 * * * bowline knot, = bowline (def. 1a). (Cf. ↑ …   Useful english 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 — 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 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — /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 — /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 on a bight — a bowline knot with a double loop tied in the bight of a rope …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bowline on a bight — Knot details name=Bowline on a Bight names= type= loop strength= origin= related= Double bowline releasing= Non jamming uses= Making a loop in the middle of a length of rope. caveat= abok number= #1080 The Bowline on a bight is a knot which makes …   Wikipedia

  • 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

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”