rom·​bow·​line | \ rämˈbōlə̇n \
variants: or rumbowline \ ˌrəm-​ \

Definition of rombowline

1 : old condemned canvas or rope unfit for use except as chafing gear aboard ship
2 : an inferior rope used as lashing

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First Known Use of rombowline

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rombowline

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“Rombowline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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