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  • n. Old rope or iron chains wound around a cable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Old rope or iron chains wound around a cable. See keckle, v. t.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, the material used to keckle a cable.


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  • No, I'm sure this word refers to the anonymous bits of food goop seemingly welded to the bottom of the oven.

    October 14, 2008

  • "... the art of winding old rope, &c. about a cable, to preserve its surface from being fretted, when it rubs against the ship's bow, or fore-foot; but more particularly it implies the winding of iron chains round the cable to defend it from the friction of a rocky bottom, or from ice, &c."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 209

    October 14, 2008