from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, mats or other soft substances fastened on the rigging, spars, etc., to prevent chafing.


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  • The men made sword-knots and chafing-gear enough to last the whole navy, and then looked longingly at the captain's mustache, as the only thing left in which a "Turk's head" could be tied.

    The Naval History of the United States Volume 2 (of 2)

  • The body lining he wrapped around her waist, inclosing the arms, and around the whole he passed turn upon turn of canvas in strips, marling the mummy-like bundle with yarns, much as a sailor secures chafing-gear to the doubled parts of a hawser -- a process when complete, that would have aroused the indignation of any mother who saw it.

    The Wreck of the Titan or, Futility


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