Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical: The forward shroud of the lower rigging.
- n. plural Formerly, in English ships, the after pair of shrouds.
- n. A small line joining the outer ends of capstan-bars to confine them to their sockets while the capstan is being turned.
- n. A rope used to encircle a boat longitudinally to strengthen and defend her sides in collision.
- n. Tackling to fasten a load to a wagon.
- n. A strong short stick inserted loop-wise into a rope or chain that goes round a load, acting as a lever to bind the load more tightly together.
- Nautical, to tighten by binding together, as the shrouds of the lower rigging.
- adj. comparative form of swift: more swift
- v. nautical, transitive To tighten (e.g. slack standing rigging) by bringing the opposite shrouds nearer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A rope used to retain the bars of the capstan in their sockets while men are turning it.
- n. A rope used to encircle a boat longitudinally, to strengthen and defend her sides.
- n. The forward shroud of a lower mast.
- v. (Naut.) To tighten, as slack standing rigging, by bringing the opposite shrouds nearer.
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