from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A rope rigged as a handrail on a gangplank or ladder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Each of the side ropes to a gangway or ladder of a ship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the side ropes to the gangway of a ship.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, one of the two ropes suspended from stanchions one on each side of a gangway or ladder, used in ascending and descending a ship's side, hatchways, etc.
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He would reach the bottom of the manrope rigging about the time the creature hauled him in and still be fifty feet in the air.
This is God-fucking wondrous awful, Thomas Blanky had time to think as the entire ton or ton and a half of ice-encrusted manrope and human being began being pulled upward as easily and surely as if a fisherman were hauling up his net after a casting.
"W'y, Miss," answered Jack Molloy, who chanced to be sitting on a spare yard close at hand working a Turk's head on a manrope, "that's the steam-winch, that is the thing wot we uses w'en we wants to hoist things out o 'the hold, or lower 'em into it."
My father was indeed the smartest and best seaman in the ship; he could do his work from stem to stern -- mouse a stay, pudding an anchor, and pass a gammoning, as well as he could work a Turk's head, cover a manrope, or point a lashing for the cabin table.
He'd half-expected the manrope rigging swinging below him to become stuck in the stub of the spars down there, or to snag in the port-side spar or shrouds as he swung past the centreline — then all the creature had to do was reel him in like a big fish in a net — but the momentum of his weight and twisting swung him out fifteen feet or more past and to the port side of the mainmast.
Tom Jerrold, who now appeared on the poop, and whom I had fought shy of before, thinking he had behaved very unkindly to me in the morning, was one of the first to spring into the mizzen-shrouds and climb up the ratlines on the order being given to furl the sail, getting out on the manrope and to the weather earing at the end of the yard before either of the three hands who also went up.
a gammoning, as well as he could work a Turk's head, cover a manrope, or point a lashing for the cabin table.