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

  • n. Nautical A rope sewn into the outer edge of a sail to prevent it from tearing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of bolt-rope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rope stitched to the edges of a sail to strengthen the sail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A superior kind of hemp cordage sewed on the edges of sails to strengthen them.


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  • The bending of the staysail was no very serious matter; it simply meant letting go the halliards, dragging upon the downhaul, cutting the boltrope away from the hanks, passing the new seizings, hoisting the sail foot by foot until I had got all the seizings finished, bending the sheets afresh, and there we were.

    The Castaways

  • The spray was dashing over her bows, and her jib was wet several feet above the boltrope.

    Little By Little or, The Cruise of the Flyaway

  • He advises that Telefónica Blue have to consider their tactics in avoiding going hard on the wind, when the risks of not having the forestay as a back up to the boltrope are more concerning. USA Latest News


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