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  • n. A rope or hawser by which a vessel is towed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A rope or hawser by which a vessel is towed or warped along; -- so called because it is necessary to guess at the length to be carried in the boat making the attachment to a distant object.

Etymologies

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Because it is necessary to guess at the length to be carried in the boat making the attachment to a distant object.

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