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- n. The part of a boltrope that is sewn to the upper edge or head of a sail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That part of a boltrope which is sewed to the upper edge or head of a sail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a rope to support the head of a mast.
- n. That part of a bolt-rope which terminates any sail on its upper edge, and to which the sail is sewed.
Because the headrope is made of rope which can rub the skin, this should be for temporary use only.
A headrope is very easy to make quickly and to slip on to the donkey.
Hardy, carefully hanging up his spotless, glossy equipment at the head of his cot, turned to the farrier who was likewise engaged in arranging a bridle and a pipe-clayed headrope.
Afterwards, the laborious hauling in -- one man at the headrope and the other at the foot.
At Seacombe they are commonly forty fathoms in length along the headrope which connects them all, and five fathoms deep.
From these hang the lanyards  which support the headrope, from the headrope hang perpendicularly the nets themselves.
For mackerel, which is a surface and midwater fish, they are much shorter, so that the headrope lies just below the top of the water.
Then John took the foot of the net, Tony the mesh and myself the headrope.
At times, it seemed as if nothing could move the headrope.
Yard by yard the nets came up, now foul, now broken, now tangled, now wound about the headrope and almost solid with fish.