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
Recent Examples of bowline from the Web
Knots are useful in everyday life and specific kinds of knots are suitable for specific tasks — bowlines, cleats, hitches and nooses all hold things together in different ways.
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Origin and Etymology of bowline
Middle English boweline, probably from bowe bow + line
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of bowline for Students
: a knot used for making a loop that will not slip
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