from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That part of the bolt-rope of a sail which is sewed to the leeches.


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  • The mainmast was again in danger, from the Cleopatra's larboard maintopmast-studding-sail boom-iron hooking in the larboard leech-rope of the main-topsail, and dragging the sail.

    The Life of Admiral Viscount Exmouth

  • Captain Pellew ordered some active seaman to go out upon the yard, and free the sail, promising ten guineas, if he succeeded; and a main-top-man, named Burgess, immediately sprang out, and cut the leech-rope.

    The Life of Admiral Viscount Exmouth


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