round turn


: one turn of a rope round a timber or belaying pin or around a bollard on a pier to stop a ship suddenly
: a foul hawse resulting from a 720-degree turn made by a ship riding at two anchors compare elbow in hawse

Word History

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of round turn was in 1769

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“Round turn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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