bowline

noun
bow·​line | \ ˈbō-lən How to pronounce bowline (audio) , -ˌlīn \

Definition of bowline

1 : a rope used to keep the weather edge of a square sail taut forward
2 : a knot used to form a loop that neither slips nor jams — see knot illustration

Examples of bowline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the most common knots, and handiest, is a bowline. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 One of the most common knots, and handiest, is a bowline. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 One of the most common knots, and handiest, is a bowline. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 One of the most common knots, and handiest, is a bowline. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 One of the most common knots, and handiest, is a bowline. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 One of the most common knots, and handiest, is a bowline. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 One of the most common knots, and handiest, is a bowline. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 One of the most common knots, and handiest, is a bowline. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bowline

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bowline

Middle English boweline, probably from bowe bow + line

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“Bowline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bowline. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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bowline

noun
bow·​line | \ ˈbō-lən How to pronounce bowline (audio) \

Kids Definition of bowline

: a knot used for making a loop that will not slip

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