from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tackle used to steady a yard when the ship rolls heavily.
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Hook a rolling-tackle on the opposite side of the yard, bowse it well taut, and the trusses also, if they be of rope.
This is afterwards converted into rolling-tackle; see the note on ver. 252, p. 214] [Footnote 32: 'Jears' are the same to the mainsail, foresail, and mizen, as the halyards (note to ver. 149, p. 210), are to all the inferior sails.
But riches and honor are for the great and the larned, and there's nothing left for poor Tom Coffin to do but to veer and haul on his own rolling-tackle, that he may ride out on the rest of the gale of life without springing any of his old spars. "