Definitions

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

  • noun A rope that keeps a square sail from bellying when it is being hauled up for furling.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun one of the ropes attached to the foot-ropes of square sails and led up to the masthead, and thence on deck, to assist in hauling up the sail.

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

  • noun (Naut.) One of the ropes toggled to the footrope of a sail, used to haul up to the yard the body of the sail when taking it in.

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

  • noun A type of revolver with an exceptionally long barrel.
  • noun nautical Any, except the outermost, of the ropes extending down to the deck with which a square sail is rolled up to the yard.

Etymologies

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

[bunt + line.]

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  • A rope attached to the foot of a square sail to haul it up to the yard for furling.

    February 23, 2008