from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A rope attached to the weather leech of a square sail to hold the leech forward when sailing close-hauled.
- n. A knot forming a loop that does not slip.
- idiom on a bowline Nautical Close-hauled.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a knot tied so as to produce an eye or loop in the end of a rope; it will not slip or jam
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rope fastened near the middle of the leech or perpendicular edge of the square sails, by subordinate ropes, called bridles, and used to keep the weather edge of the sail tight forward, when the ship is closehauled.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a rope leading forward and fastened to the leech of a square sail.
- n. In ship-building, a curve representing a vertical section of the bow-end of a ship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a loop knot that neither slips nor jams
Just that fast, with one hand, there was a friggin 'bowline in the middle of it.
The bowline is great but only if you need a loop that won't slip.
It was not that rare of a knot, but the bowline was the common preference.
'Do you know whether Mr Oliver would know that a bowline was a safe knot to use?'
The bowline was the last to be secured, and Pilar turned to watch the forward deckhand sprinting across the barges to the stern.
He knows, as if by instinct, what sort of knot should be used for this, and what sort for the other -- whether a "reef-knot" or a "bowline," a
"bowline," or slip-noose, was also passed out to the bowsprit end, being held there by one man in readiness.
B'sides, for the tie-down application he shows on the next page, he really should be using an in-line figure 8 or the bowline.
I don't know how many times I have forgotten how to tie a simple bowline. freeman70 vidar378
From there you can actually do a bowline by inserting the working end into the slipped loop and capsizing it, and if you use a different rope and the aforementioned trick, it's sheet bend.