Footrope
Footrope Foot"rope`, n. (Aut.) (a) The rope rigged below a yard, upon which men stand when reefing or furling; -- formerly called a {horse}. (b) That part of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewed. [1913 Webster]

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  • footrope — [foot′rōp΄] n. 1. the part of a boltrope sewn into the lower edge of the sail 2. a piece of wire rope supported beneath a yard, upon which sailors stand when furling or reefing sail …   English World dictionary

  • Footrope — Each yard on a square rigged sailing ship is equipped with a footrope for sailors to stand on while setting or stowing the sails. The alternative term horse is sometimes seen, especially in older writings. Although square sails are mostly worked… …   Wikipedia

  • footrope — noun Date: 1769 1. the part of a boltrope sewed to the lower edge of a sail 2. a rope rigged below a yard for crew members to stand on …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • footrope — the weighted rope at the lower edge of a gill, drift, tangle, trawl or trammel net. See also ground rope and foot line …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • footrope — /foot rohp /, n. Naut. 1. the portion of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewn. 2. a rope suspended a few feet beneath a yard, bowsprit, jib boom, or spanker boom to give a footing for a person handling sails. [1765 75; FOOT +… …   Universalium

  • footrope — noun a) a rope attached to the lower part of a sail b) a rope attached to a yard that sailors stood on to stabilize it when furling or reefing …   Wiktionary

  • footrope — foot•rope [[t]ˈfʊtˌroʊp[/t]] n. 1) navig. the portion of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewn 2) navig. a rope suspended beneath a yard or spar to give a footing for a person handling sails • Etymology: 1765–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • footrope — /ˈfʊtroʊp/ (say footrohp) noun Nautical 1. the portion of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewn. 2. a rope extended under a yard, for the crew members to stand on while reefing or furling …   Australian English dictionary

  • footrope — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : a rope rigged below a yard for men to stand on when reefing or furling see ship illustration 2. : the part of a boltrope sewed to the lower edge of a sail * * * /foot rohp /, n. Naut. 1. the portion of the boltrope to which… …   Useful english dictionary

  • foot line — footrope …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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