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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical A binding of larger lines made with multiple turns of smaller line.
  • n. Nautical The smaller line so used.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a type of lashing or binding by a small cord
  • v. Present participle of seize.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of taking or grasping suddenly.
  • n.
  • n. The operation of fastening together or lashing.
  • n. The cord or lashing used for such fastening.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of taking hold or possession.
  • n. Nautical, the operation of fastening, binding, or lashing with several turns of a cord, or the fastening so made; also, the cord used for that purpose; seizing-stuff. See also cut under rose-lashing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
  • n. small stuff that is used for lashing two or more ropes together

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  • A knot used to hold two lines or two parts of the same line together.

    February 23, 2008