- n. alternative spelling of marlinespike.
- n. a pointed iron hand tool that is used to separate strands of a rope or cable (as in splicing)
“Another time he dropped a steel marlinspike from the mizzen crosstree.”
“This is the item I'm most excited about," he said, gesturing to a long bar known as a marlinspike, a nautical tool for splicing rope and untying knots.”
“He will only carry his boarding pike and cutlass when they have been issued to the crew, but always has a utility knife and marlinspike handy.”
“First the marlinspike was sent down with the thread as a line.”
“This time we were better supplied with sounding tackle two reels of thread, a marlinspike, and our geological hammer.”
“An inquisitive lout of a seal did all it could to bite through the thread, but whether this was too strong or its teeth too poor, we managed after a lot of trouble to coax the marlinspike up again, and the interfering rascal, who had to come up to the surface now and then to take breath, got the spike of a ski-pole in his thick hide.”
“The marlinspike sank and sank until it had drawn with it 130 fathoms of thread.”
“For example, my 1951 edition Admiralty Seamanship Manual defines the bit of marlinspike-work allowing a yard or a line to be passed through the middle of the cordage as a “cut splice”.”
“More meaningless marlinspike seamanship from salty Unca Sol.”
“He was faint again, when I boarded the Leda, partly no doubt through strong medical measures; for the doctor, who is an ornament to his profession, had cauterised his stumps with a marlinspike, for fear of inflammation.”
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