from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Nautical, a netting formed of small rope rigged on a man-of-war to prevent accidents from splinters and falling spars in action.
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The main-top-mast was shot away, and falling forward, it disabled the main yard, and came down on the splinter-netting directly over his head.
It was a common saying among sailors, that when the pay-clerk went on board ships to pay prize-money, he clambered with his money-bags into the main-top and showered down the money at random; all which remained upon the splinter-netting (a coarse rope netting spread as a kind of awning) was for the men, and all that went through for the officers.
Those of the French (with the exception of that of the captain) were launched overboard; while those of the English were then removed, and the French officers, having delivered up their swords, were permitted to remain on deck upon parole, while the men were secured down below in the fore and main holds of the _Aspasia_, the hatchways being covered over with a strong splinter-netting, that they might not be deprived of fresh air in their crowded situation.