ratline

noun
rat·​line | \ ˈrat-lən How to pronounce ratline (audio) \

Definition of ratline

: any of the small transverse ropes attached to the shrouds of a ship so as to form the steps of a rope ladder usually used in plural

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First Known Use of ratline

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ratline

Middle English radelyng

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“Ratline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratline. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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