from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To tilt up one end of, so as to make almost vertical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To tilt up one end of so as to make almost vertical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, to place a-cockbill, as an anchor or the yards.


See cock to set erect. (Wiktionary)


  • I noticed the wardroom as a class, you might say, was manoeuvrin '_en masse_, an' then come the order to cockbill the yards.

    Traffics and Discoveries

  • "I ased off the catfalls an 'shank painter iver since the mornin'; an ', sure, the blissid anchor is a-cockbill, all riddy to lit go whin ye gives the worrud."

    Afloat at Last A Sailor Boy's Log of his Life at Sea

  • By Eight Bells, we could make out the derelict clearly from the deck; and, shortly after breakfast when we had closed her within half-a-mile, we could see that somehow or other she had got terribly knocked about, her bulwarks having been carried away, as well as most of her spars and rigging, only the stump of her mainmast being left still standing, with the yard, which had parted at the slings, hanging down all a-cockbill.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • The _Maggie'll_ just about be able to hold her while us four up with the anchor -- _an 'cockbill_ it agin! "

    Captain Scraggs or, The Green-Pea Pirates

  • Has it dawned on you, sir, that if I hadn't had sense enough to cockbill that anchor again you'd be on the beach this minute? "

    Captain Scraggs or, The Green-Pea Pirates

  • The best me an 'Mac'll do is to help you cockbill the anchor, an' that'll cost you ten bucks for each of us -- in advance. "

    Captain Scraggs or, The Green-Pea Pirates

  • "Well, then, I'll get the port cable bent and the anchor a-cockbill ready for lettin 'go before touchin' the canvas.

    A Middy in Command A Tale of the Slave Squadron


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