ridgerope

noun

Definition of ridgerope 

1 : a lifeline alongside the bowsprit of a ship

2 : a rope just above and parallel to a ship's rail

3a : the backbone of a ship's awning

b : a rope along a ship's side to which the side of an awning is made fast

c : a rope forming the backbone or ridgepole of a tent

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ridge entry 1 + rope

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