from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) A rope stitched to the edges of a sail to strengthen the sail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of bolt-rope.


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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 Harry Collingwood 1886

  • 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 Oliver Optic 1859

  • 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 2009


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