transitive verb

: to wind or wrap a rope or chain round (as a mast or yard sprung or made of two or more pieces) at a fish or scarf for strengthening

Word History


obsolete Dutch woelde, past participle (taken as verb) of woelen to woold, from Middle Dutch, to toss, twist, woold; akin to Old High German wuolen to stir up, rumple

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“Woold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woold. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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