American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Braided cordage formed by plaiting several strands of rope fiber or similar material.
- n. Plaited straw, grass, or palm leaves for making hats.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a sort of flat braided cordage used for various purposes, and formed by plaiting rope-yarns or spun yarn together; also, grass or straw plaited by seamen for making hats.
- n. See sennet.
- n. braided cord or fabric of such small stuff as plaited rope yarns
- n. straw or grass which is braid for a hat
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A braided cord or fabric formed by plaiting together rope yarns or other small stuff.
- n. Plaited straw or palm leaves for making hats.
- n. flat braided cordage that is used on ships
- perhaps from French coussinet, diminutive of cousin 'cushion' because it is used to protect cables from fraying (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He fondled the impression of her as of silverspun wire, of fine leather, of twisted hair-sennit from the heads of maidens such as the Marquesans make, of carven pearl-shell for the lure of the bonita, and of barbed ivory at the heads of sea-spears such as the Eskimos throw.”
“High up on the beach of the second cove from ours, we discovered the splintered wreck of a boat -- a sealer's boat, for the rowlocks were bound in sennit, a gun-rack was on the starboard side of the bow, and in white letters was faintly visible Gazelle No. 2.”
“We had also made a quantity of string, or what sailors call sennit, which, twisted together, would serve as cordage for the vessel.”
“Even the largest houses have not a nail in them, but are fastened together with sennit, which is a line made from the root of a tree.”
“Next, Lamai tied him securely with a sennit cord about the neck and untied the cords that bit into his legs.”
“So it was, after low whinings and whimperings, that he applied his sharp first-teeth to the sennit cord and chewed upon it till it parted.”
“China soup-plate, perforated and strung on coconut sennit, suspended from about his neck so that it rested flat on his chest and half-concealed the generous swell of muscles.”
“He was brought in, heavy-featured and defiant, his arms bound with cocoanut sennit, the dry blood still on his body from the struggle with his captors.”
“Sixty feet in the clear, the dim fire occasionally lighted, through shadowy cross-beams, the ridge-pole that was covered with sennit of coconut that was braided in barbaric designs of black and white and that was stained by the smoke of years almost to a monochrome of dirty brown.”
“Uiliami blew the whistle suspended on his broad bare chest by a cord of cocoanut sennit.”
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