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  • n. Plural form of halyard.

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Examples

  • The halyards are the ropes by which any sail is hoisted.

    Outward Bound Or, Young America Afloat

  • He felt the halyards with his hands and discovered that I had not made them fast.

    Chapter 36

  • And with pride, he went down a four-hundred foot cliff, on a pair of top-gallant studding - sail halyards bent together, to dislodge several dollars worth of stranded bullock hides, though all the acclaim he got from his mates was: "What a d-d fool you were to risk your life for half a dozen hides!"

    A CLASSIC OF THE SEA

  • He had armed himself with a draw-knife from the tool-locker, and with this he prepared to cut across the throat-halyards I had again rigged to the shears.

    Chapter 36

  • The taut-stretched halyards beat a tattoo against the masts, and all the rigging, as if smote by some mighty hand, set up a wild thrumming.

    THE PEARLS OF PARLAY

  • We bent all our spare lines; we unrove sheets and halyards; we used our two-inch hawser; we fastened lines part way up the mast, half way up, and everywhere else.

    SMALL-BOAT SAILING

  • In last night's darkness we helplessly listened to the men loosing headsail-halyards and letting yards go down on the run.

    CHAPTER XLIII

  • His crew sullenly tailed on to the halyards, and the strange, outlandish sail, lateen in rig and dyed a warm brown, rose in the air.

    YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF

  • You remember when you were going up the lantern-halyards hand over hand?

    Chapter 15

  • They control absolutely -- sheets, halyards, clewlines, buntlines, braces, and down-hauls -- every sail on the fore and main.

    CHAPTER XLVI

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