Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical A rope passed through an overhead pulley, as at the top of a mast, that is used for hoisting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A line rigged to a mast; -- used in hoisting rigging; a girtline.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A line rigged to a mast; -- used in hoisting rigging; a girtline.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as girt-line.

Etymologies

Perhaps alteration of girtline, gantline : girt (variant of girth) + line1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Very soon we had the gantline rigged, and Tom down on deck.

    The Ghost Pirates: Chapter 4

  • He had the tail-block slung round his neck, and the end of the gantline over his shoulder.

    The Ghost Pirates: Chapter 4

  • Williams 'plans comprised no less than the entire stripping of the ship down to a gantline; the thorough overhauling of her hull, inside and out, including cleaning and scrubbing; and a number of petty alterations in her rigging, which he thought would have the effect of disguising the vessel.

    The Missing Merchantman

  • I found her already stripped to a gantline though, preparatory to a long stay in port.

    Voyage of the Liberdade

  • When the sitting was over, Polson told me that the very first proposal submitted by the president was that the ship's sails should all be unbent and taken ashore to form tents for the people to live in; and that, next, the ship should be stripped to a gantline, and her spars and rigging -- together with as much of her bulwarks as might be required -- worked up into a raft for the conveyance of cargo to the shore.

    Overdue The Story of a Missing Ship

  • "I wish you and the carpenter would try to get a gantline over the side and look along under her for the butt.

    Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship "Pirate"

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