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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bowline  \Bow"line\,  n.  [Cf.  D.  boelijn  Icel.  b["o]gl["i]na?, 
  Dan.  bovline;  properly  the  line  attached  to  the  shoulder  or 
  side  of  the  sail.  See  {Bow}  (of  a  ship),  and  {Line}.]  (Naut.) 
  A  rope  fastened  near  the  middle  of  the  leech  or  perpendicular 
  edge  of  the  square  sails,  by  subordinate  ropes,  called 
  bridles,  and  used  to  keep  the  weather  edge  of  the  sail  tight 
  forward,  when  the  ship  is  closehauled. 
 
  {Bowline  bridles},  the  ropes  by  which  the  bowline  is  fastened 
  to  the  leech  of  the  sail. 
 
  {Bowline  knot}.  See  Illust.  {under  Knot}. 
 
  {On  a  bowline},  close-hauled  or  sailing  close  to  the  wind;  -- 
  said  of  a  ship. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bowline 
  n  :  a  loop  knot  that  neither  slips  not  jams  [syn:  {bowline  knot}] 




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