from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In rope-making:
  • noun A method of spinning or twisting together the ends of two ropes so as to unite them with a seamless joint.
  • noun A system of tying in pairs the yarns when they are laid on the posts in a ropewalk, in order to prevent entanglement or confusion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A process (resembling splicing) by which two ropes are joined end to end so as to form one rope.
  • noun The process of tying together the ends of yarns in pairs, to prevent tangling.
  • Stinging; irritating.
  • (Zoöl.) a lasso cell. See under Lasso.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of nettle.


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