Marling spike


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Marling spike (Naut) an iron tool tapering to a point, used to separate the strands of a rope in splicing and in marling. It has an eye in the thick end to which a lanyard is attached. See Fid.
    • Marling spike (Naut) See under Marline.
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In literature:

Come hammer, caulking-iron, pitch-pot, and marling-spike!
"Moby Dick; or The Whale" by Herman Melville
I came back, at the end of six months, thinner than a marling spike, but more in love than ever.
"The Widow Lerouge" by Emile Gaboriau
High above all, and central, the "Marling-spike" lifted its finger.
"Omoo: Adventures in the South Seas" by Herman Melville
Your eyes are good, friend, to tell a jack-knife from a marling-spike, at this distance.
"The Red Rover" by James Fenimore Cooper
Associated Words: marline, marline spike, marling, strand, oakum, winch, windlass, lif, contline.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
It is distinguished by two long feathers in the tail, called the marling-spike.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth