marlinespike
also marlinspike noun Date: 1539 a tool (as of wood or iron) that tapers to a point and is used to separate strands of rope or wire (as in splicing)

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  • marlinespike — or marlinspike [mär′linspīk΄] n. a pointed metal tool for separating the strands of a rope or wire in splicing: also marlingspike …   English World dictionary

  • marlinespike — /mahr lin spuyk /, n. Naut. a pointed iron implement used in separating the strands of rope in splicing, marling, etc. Also, marlinspike, marlingspike /mahr ling spuyk /. [1620 30; orig. marling spike. See MARL2, ING1, SPIKE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • marlinespike — noun A tool, consisting of a pointed metal spike, used to manipulate the strands of rope or cable when splicing …   Wiktionary

  • marlinespike — n. tool shaped like a spike for loosening rope or wire strands …   English contemporary dictionary

  • marlinespike — mar•line•spike [[t]ˈmɑr lɪnˌspaɪk[/t]] n. naut. a pointed iron implement used in separating the strands of rope in splicing, marling, etc • Etymology: 1620–30; orig. marling spike. See marl II, ing I …   From formal English to slang

  • marlinespike — /ˈmalənspaɪk/ (say mahluhnspuyk) noun a pointed metal implement used in marling, separating the strands of rope in splicing, etc. {originally marling spike. See marl2, spike1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • marlinespike —   n. pointed tool used to separate strands of rope and for other purposes …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • marlinespike — noun a pointed iron hand tool that is used to separate strands of a rope or cable (as in splicing) • Syn: ↑marlinspike, ↑marlingspike • Hypernyms: ↑hand tool * * * noun also marlin …   Useful english dictionary

  • Marlinespike hitch — Names Marlinespike hitch, Marlinspike hitch, Marlingspike hitch, Boat knot Category Hitch …   Wikipedia

  • Marlinespike seamanship — (or marlinspiking), is the art of handling and working all kinds of natural fiber, synthetic fiber, and wire rope. So named because it often involves use of a marlinspike, it generally covers all types of knot tying, splicing of cordage, sail… …   Wikipedia

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