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- adj. Composed of four strands, and laid right-handed with a heart, or centre.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Composed of four strands, and laid right-handed with a heart, or center; -- said of rope. See Illust. under cordage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Right-handed: said of a four-stranded rope which has a heart.
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Breechings for all guns are to be made of the best hemp, of three-stranded rope, shroud-laid, and soft; and for smooth-bore guns not to measure less than seven and a half nor more than eight inches in the coil, excepting those for IX-inch guns, which are to measure nine and a half inches, and for XI-inch ten and a half inches.