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. 2001.

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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 — [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 — 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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