from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A rope attached to the lower border of a sail.
- n. Nautical A rope, rigged beneath a yard, for sailors to stand on during the reefing or furling of sail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a rope attached to the lower part of a sail
- n. a rope attached to a yard that sailors stood on to stabilize it when furling or reefing
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The rope rigged below a yard, upon which men stand when reefing or furling; -- formerly called a horse.
- n. That part of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical: The bolt-rope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewed.
- n. A rope extended under a yard from the middle to the yardarm, and under the jib- and spanker-booms, for the men to stand on while reefing or furling.
foot + rope (Wiktionary)