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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History and Etymology for ridgerope

ridge entry 1 + rope

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