houseline

noun

: a light rope made of three strands left-laid and used for seizing

Word History

Etymology

so called from the use of small tarred lines to wrap around large ropes

First Known Use

1712, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of houseline was in 1712

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“Houseline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/houseline. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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