Definitions

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  • n. a rope used on ship to prevent other lines and riggings tangling with each other

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rope carried taut between or over obstacles likely to engage or foul the running rigging in working a ship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a rope stretched from one place to another to prevent gear from getting foul; especially, a rope made fast to the stock of the waist-anchor, to keep the tacks and sheets from fouling on the stock.

Etymologies

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Probably ultimately based on Old French timon ‘tiller’ + guy.

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  • Also apparently means "a gadget" in an extended sense. :-)

    October 14, 2008

  • "... a rope fastened at one end to the foreshrouds, and nailed at the other end to the anchor-stock, on the bow, to prevent the foresheet from entangling."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 567

    October 12, 2008

  • Time is a gal.

    June 2, 2008