halyard

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noun hal·yard \ˈhal-yərd\

Definition of halyard

  1. :  a rope or tackle for hoisting and lowering something (as sails)

Origin and Etymology of halyard

Middle English halier, probably from Anglo-French *halier, from haler to haul — more at hale


First Known Use: 14th century


HALYARD Defined for Kids

halyard

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noun hal·yard \ˈhal-yərd\

Definition of halyard for Students

  1. :  a rope for raising or lowering a sail


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