adverb (or adjective)

of an anchor : in place at the cathead or bow and ready to be dropped
of a ship's yards : in a tipped-up position : at an angle to the deck

Word History


acock + bill (end of an anchor)

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“Acockbill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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