round turn


Definition of round turn

  1. 1 :  one turn of a rope round a timber or belaying pin or around a bollard on a pier to stop a ship suddenly

  2. 2 :  a foul hawse resulting from a 720-degree turn made by a ship riding at two anchors — compare elbow in hawse

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