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bowline (n.)

also bow-line, type of rope on a sailing ship, early 14c. (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin), apparently connected with the bow (n.2) of a ship, but attested earlier than that word and not pronounced the same.

updated on July 20, 2017

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Definitions of bowline from WordNet

bowline (n.)
a loop knot that neither slips nor jams;
Synonyms: bowline knot
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