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  • n. The act of winding or wrapping anything with a rope.
  • n. A rope used for binding masts and spars.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of winding or wrapping anything with a rope, as a mast.
  • n. A rope used for binding masts and spars.

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  • "...the foretopmast gave a great rending creak and a lengthwise fissure appeared in its upper third. In such an eager chase they could not possibly lie to long enough to send up a spare, so they fished it at once with capstan-bars, wringing them tight against the wound with turn after turn of woolding; but a mast so badly sprung could not bear a great press of sail, and their advantage was gone."
    —Patrick O'Brian, The Surgeon's Mate, p. 88

    "...In spite of the strong woolding they saw the hideous cleft gape and close on the heavier rolls..."
    —ditto, p. 92

    February 7, 2008