- n. nautical A nautical and knot-tying term for thin string, as opposed to the thick, heavy ropes that are more often used in sailing. It is commonly used in a whipping knot to bind the ends of ropes to prevent fraying.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Naut.) spun yarn, marline, and the smallest kinds of rope.
- n. (Naut.) all kinds of small cordage.
- n. any light rope used on shipboard
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