from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A light rope made of two loosely twisted strands.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A light rope, used to prevent the ends of larger ropes from fraying.
- v. To wind marline around.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small line composed of two strands a little twisted, used for winding around ropes and cables, to prevent their being weakened by fretting.
- transitive v. To wind marline around.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, small cord used as seizing-stuff, consisting of two strands, loosely twisted.
- Same as marl.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small usually tarred line of 2 strands
Middle English, from Middle Dutch marlijn, alteration (influenced by lijn, line) of marling, from marren, to tie.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French merliner. (Wiktionary)