Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a small line lowered to the deck from a top or yard to be bent on to such articles as are needed for work which is going on aloft, as a maul, a marlinspike, or the like.
“There is a hauling-line fastened to it, and a hawser to the hauling-line.”
“Sandell, the lightest of the three, was being hoisted up the first section of the mast with some one-and-a-half-inch rope when the hauling-line gave way.”
“The sledge was following of its own accord and was rapidly gaining speed, so I turned and, exerting every effort, was just able to hold it back by means of the hauling-line from the edge of the abyss.”
“Long before reaching the top he realized how much his integrity depended on the strength of the hauling-line and the care of those on Wireless Hill.”
“It was a familiar sight to see a string of twenty men on the hauling-line scaring the skua-gulls with popular choruses like "A 'roving" and "Ho, boys, pull her along.”
“And so we waited some little while, and, presently, they signalled again to us to haul, which we did, and found that they had bent on a much greater rope to the bight of the three-inch hemp, having merely intended the latter for a hauling-line by which to get the heavier rope across the weed to the island.”
“Yet I was not long in this place; for they in the ship, perceiving how the rope let me nearer to the weed than was safe, pulled very heartily upon the hauling-line, and so I came quickly to the hulk.”
“Slackwater Charley put a hangman's knot in the end of a hauling-line, and the noose was slipped over Leclère's head and pulled tight around his neck.”
“Going to the stage, he took down his five-foot snowshoes, slipped his moccasined feet into the thongs, and with his gun resting in the hollow of his bemittened hand, and the sled's hauling-line over his shoulder, strode off through the vaulted aisles between the boles of the evergreens; while through a tiny slit in the wall of his moose-skin home two loving eyes watched the stalwart figure vanishing among the trees.”
“This latter had also a hauling-line looped about his breast, so that men and dogs and sled made a unit.”
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