Definitions

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  • n. A chain for slinging the lower yards, in time of action, to prevent their falling, if the ropes by which they are hung are shot away.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A chain for slinging the lower yards, in time of action, to prevent their falling, if the ropes by which they are hung are shot away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chain used to secure the upper tiers of a load of logs after the capacity of the regular binding-chains has been filled.
  • n. Nautical, a chain to sling the lower yards in time of action to prevent them from falling if the ropes by which they are hung are shot away.

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Examples

  • The grum top-chain voice of Captain Spike had nothing there to mingle with, or interrupt its harsh tones, and it instantly brought on deck Harry Mulford, the mate in question, apparently eager to receive his orders.

    Jack Tier; Or, the Florida Reef

  • During the whole day we met with no interruption from the natives; and at night the launch was again moored with a top-chain; and guard-boats stationed round both ships as before.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16

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