American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical A rope attached to the weather leech of a square sail to hold the leech forward when sailing close-hauled.
- n. A knot forming a loop that does not slip.
- idiom. on a bowline Nautical Close-hauled.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a rope leading forward and fastened to the leech of a square sail. It is used to steady the weather-leech of the sail and keep it forward, and thus to make the ship sail nearer the wind.
- n. In ship-building, a curve representing a vertical section of the bow-end of a ship.
- n. nautical a knot tied so as to produce an eye or loop in the end of a rope; it will not slip or jam
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. a loop knot that neither slips nor jams
- Middle English bouline, probably from Middle Danish bovline or Middle Low German bōlīne, both from Middle Low German bōch līne : bōch, bow, line (from Latin līnea; see line1). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Just that fast, with one hand, there was a friggin 'bowline in the middle of it.”
“The bowline is great but only if you need a loop that won't slip.”
“It was not that rare of a knot, but the bowline was the common preference.”
“Do you know whether Mr Oliver would know that a bowline was a safe knot to use?”
“The bowline was the last to be secured, and Pilar turned to watch the forward deckhand sprinting across the barges to the stern.”
“He knows, as if by instinct, what sort of knot should be used for this, and what sort for the other -- whether a "reef-knot" or a "bowline," a”
“bowline," or slip-noose, was also passed out to the bowsprit end, being held there by one man in readiness.”
“B'sides, for the tie-down application he shows on the next page, he really should be using an in-line figure 8 or the bowline.”
“I don't know how many times I have forgotten how to tie a simple bowline. freeman70 vidar378”
“From there you can actually do a bowline by inserting the working end into the slipped loop and capsizing it, and if you use a different rope and the aforementioned trick, it's sheet bend.”
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O time, thou must untangle this, not I.
It is too hard a knot for me to untie.
-- Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act 2, scene 2
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