• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Buntline (Naut) One of the ropes toggled to the footrope of a sail, used to haul up to the yard the body of the sail when taking it in.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n buntline one of the ropes attached to the foot-ropes of square sails and led up to the masthead, and thence on deck, to assist in hauling up the sail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Buntline bunt′līn a rope passing from the foot-rope of a square sail, led up to the masthead and thence on deck, to help in hauling the sail up to the yard.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
2d bunt, + line,


In literature:

Ned Buntline also rendered his sojourn in the metropolis pleasant in many ways.
"Last of the Great Scouts" by Helen Cody Wetmore
Ned Buntline wouldn't have had Buffalo Bill trying to do it.
"A Plea for Old Cap Collier" by Irvin S. Cobb
Then it was clewlines and buntlines and lowering of yards as the topgallant-sails were stripped off.
"The Mutiny of the Elsinore" by Jack London
The same was done at the outer buntlines, and at the leachlines.
"Homeward Bound" by James Fenimore Cooper
This animal figured afterward in the stories of "Ned Buntline," and became famous.
"An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody)" by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
By reference to the drawing it will be seen that it is not necessary to have clewgarnets or buntlines in reefing.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891" by Various
Met Buntline in Chicago with a company ready to support me.
"Beadle's Boy's Library of Sport, Story and Adventure, Vol. I, No. 1." by Prentiss Ingraham
Haul up the buntlines!
"Outward Bound" by Oliver Optic
Look at them courses hangin' in the buntlines an' the yards braced a-box!
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
Cast off the clewlines and buntlines, and see all ready to sheet home and hoist away!
"A Middy in Command" by Harry Collingwood
See that careful men attend the buntlines.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
Why, that same Seldom Helward I ironed and ran up on the fall of a main-buntline.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
Clewlines, clew-garnets, leachlines, and buntlines were in a snarl.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
Raise main tack and sheet; man the main clew-garnets, buntlines, and leech-lines; clew up cheerily, lads!
"A Middy of the King" by Harry Collingwood
The lining sewed up the fore-part of the sail in the direction of the buntline to prevent that rope from chafing the sail.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The upper canvas was carried away, or hanging in the buntlines.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
Didn't Jones have to show him how the royal buntlines led?
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
The jolly crew lowered buntlines and clewlines, to which I attached my boat's stores.
"Voyage of the Paper Canoe" by Nathaniel H. Bishop
Buffalo Bill has since figured in one of Buntline's Indian romances.
"Buffalo Land" by W. E. Webb
Jack Buntline; the Life of a Sailor Boy.
"A Thousand Miles in the Rob Roy Canoe on Rivers and Lakes of Europe" by John Macgregor