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 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.