from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Just clear of the bottom. Used of an anchor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Just clear of the ground.
  • adj. Sheeted home, hoisted taut up and ready for trimming.
  • adj. Hoisted up and ready to be swayed across.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Just hove clear of the ground; -- said of the anchor.
  • adv. Sheeted home, hoisted taut up and ready for trimming; -- said of sails.
  • adv. Hoisted up and ready to be swayed across; -- said of yards.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical: Just raised from the ground in weighing: said of an anchor.
  • Hoisted from the cap, sheeted home, and ready for trimming: said of sails.
  • Swayed up, ready to have the stops cut for crossing: said of yards.
  • Having the fid loosed: said of an upper mast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of an anchor) just clear of the bottom


a- +‎ trip (Wiktionary)



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  • "Atrip, is applied to the anchor and the sails: ... The ANCHOR is a-trip. The topsails are said to be atrip, when they are just started from the cap."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 25

    October 12, 2008