backrope

noun

Definition of backrope

1 : a rope or chain extending aft on each side of a sailing ship from the lower end of the dolphin striker to the bows

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First Known Use of backrope

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Backrope.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backrope. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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