bowline

noun
bow·line | \ ˈbō-lən , -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

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The bowline knot, a simple and elegant configuration, never slips or comes loose under any strain or load. Monica Corcoran Harel, Marie Claire, "I Signed My Husband Up for a Couples Survival Course," 23 May 2017 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. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Eight Crossings and 192 Atoms Long: the Tightest Knot Ever Tied," 16 Jan. 2017

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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

noun
bow·line | \ ˈbō-lən \

Kids Definition of bowline

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

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