from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In whaling, that part of the towline which is in the water when fast to a whale.
- n. The unmarked part of a log-line, next to the chip, which is allowed to run off before beginning to count, in order to clear the chip from eddies at the stern. The limit of the stray-line is indicated by a rag called the stray-mark.
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