from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, one of the chains leading from the tiller-head to the wheel, by which a vessel is steered.


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  • Outside, too, the doors and blinds rattled, the tiller-chain chattered and wailed and sobbed like a woman in distress, and above all other sounds rose the dismal fog horn, for a pall of mist had settled over us.

    In Nesting Time


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