American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical A pointed metal spike, used to separate strands of rope or wire in splicing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a pointed iron implement used to separate the strands of rope in splicing, and as a lever in putting on seizings, etc. Also written marlinspike and marlingspike.
- n. A jäger, a species of Stercorarius: so called (by sailors) from the long pointed middle tail-feathers.
- n. A tool, consisting of a pointed metal spike, used to manipulate the strands of rope or cable when splicing
- n. a pointed iron hand tool that is used to separate strands of a rope or cable (as in splicing)
“She took two long steps and seized the marlinespike, yanking it off the desk in a shower of rubbish and clanging oddments.”
“A piece of wood showed among the rubble on the desk, the blunt end of a marlinespike.”
“She kept hold of the marlinespike, but her wrists quivered, and she lowered it.”
“For every thumb was a marlinespike and every finger a fid”
“Ronica nodded at Rache, but did not put down the marlinespike.”
“It had been Captain Vestrit's conceit to keep a marlinespike on the corner of his desk.”
“Brashen had once worked on a ship where the mate was a bit too free with his marlinespike.”
“Everything from tobacco sacks and cigarette papers to a spare cinch and a rope, from a change of clothes to a picture of his family or his girl, from old letters and reading material to a marlinespike, was kept in it.”
“He did so, and had it not been that a writ of Habeas Corpus was immediately sworn out, the Deptford tailor would most certainly have exchanged his needle for a marlinespike.”
“Its maker named it a knife; as a matter of fact, the knife part was worthless; but snugly and cunningly fitted into the stout buckhorn handle was a serviceable file, a hacksaw, and a marlinespike.”
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