from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rope rigged as a handrail on a gangplank or ladder.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) One of the side ropes to the gangway of a ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nautical Each of the side ropes to a gangway or ladder of a ship.


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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.

    The Terror

  • 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.

    The Terror

  • "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."

    Blue Lights Hot Work in the Soudan

  • 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.

    Poor Jack

  • 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.

    The Terror

  • 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.

    Afloat at Last A Sailor Boy's Log of his Life at Sea

  • a gammoning, as well as he could work a Turk's head, cover a manrope, or point a lashing for the cabin table.

    Poor Jack


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  • Obviously what your mansoap is on the end of.

    August 8, 2016