• Bowline Knot
    Bowline Knot
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bowline a loop knot that neither slips nor jams
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3. Bowline 3. Bowline

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bowline (Naut) A rope fastened near the middle of the leech or perpendicular edge of the square sails, by subordinate ropes, called bridles, and used to keep the weather edge of the sail tight forward, when the ship is closehauled.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bowline Nautical, a rope leading forward and fastened to the leech of a square sail. It is used to steady the weather-leech of the sail and keep it forward, and thus to make the ship sail nearer the wind.
    • n bowline In ship-building, a curve representing a vertical section of the bow-end of a ship.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Bowline a rope from the weather side of the square sails (to which it is fastened by bridles) to the larboard or starboard bow, to keep the sail close to the wind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. boelijn, Icel. böglïna,, Dan. bovline,; properly the line attached to the shoulder or side of the sail. See Bowof a ship), and Line
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. boga; cog. with Ger. bogen.


In literature:

Every stitch of canvas she could carry was set; her yards were braced sharp up, and away she went like a shot on a bowline.
"My First Cruise" by W.H.G. Kingston
And then he bent down, got hold of the bowline of the craft, and tied it fast to their stern.
"The Rover Boys Under Canvas" by Arthur M. Winfield
Sheets, buntlines, bowlines, lifts, reef-pendants, and halyards were fearfully snarled up.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
I was ordered to at once prepare to accompany them to Haul Bowlin.
"A Soldier's Life" by Edwin G. Rundle
There was a coil of extra cable here, and he grabbed the loose end and deftly made a running bowline knot.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Haul on the bowlin', the bowlin' haul!
"All Afloat" by William Wood
Here, Needham, have a running bowline ready to slip over the head of the first who comes near enough.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
We then got two running bowlines ready, one in the fore part of the vessel, and the other aft.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
Harry had already made a bowline in a bight at the end of a line.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
It is principally worked by its bowline.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
By the aid of bowlines the rescued men were quickly hauled over the side.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Bowline on a bight=, Fig.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
You know, thinkin' of learnin' 'im bowlin'.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
He make me wa'k to Bowlin' Green.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
Take the spanker-sheet and throw a running-bowline round the line, so's we can get it down over his fins.
"The Voyage of the Aurora" by Harry Collingwood
THE BOWLINE is a loop that will not slip after the first grip.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
Then Scotty ran lightly to the foredeck and got the bowline ready.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Pee-wee was there, tied in a bowline knot, the official knot of the Raven patrol, sleeping the sleep of the righteous.
"Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
I knew Bowlin Sam, I did!
"Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas" by Charles James Lever
The timber-hitch should be kept in place on the bow, and the bowline-knot slipped back on the bow when it is unstrung.
"Manual Training Toys for the Boy's Workshop" by Harris W. Moore

In poetry:

A ship was built in Glasgow, and oh, she looked a daisy —
(Just the way that some ships do!)
An' the only thing against her was she allus steered so crazy,
(An' it's true, my Johnnie Bowline, true!)
"In Prize" by Cicely Fox Smith
But she fetched 'er price at auction, for oh, she looks a daisy
(Just the way that some ships do!)
An' the chap as tops the biddin' won't know she steers so crazy,
(But it's true, my Johnnie Bowline, true!)
"In Prize" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Lots of you guys wrote and asked about the blind rescue bowline knot I mentioned in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue.
Friends of the Sangamon Valley is presenting a special acoustic concert featuring award-winning singer/songwriter Wil Maring and virtuoso guitarist and fiddler Robert Bowlin.
James "Jimmy" Arliss Bowlin Jr, 56, of Harpers Ferry, passed away at home on Sept 20, 2012, while under the care of Hospice.
Born June 4, 1956, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of Katherine Williams Bowlin , of Kentucky, and the late James Arliss Bowlin .
Bowlin ' Joe and The Doc make season predictions.
Bowlin ' Joe and The Doc certainly are.
Bowlin ' Joe and The Doc discuss players, teams to watch.
The Winona Area Catholic Schools announced that Pat Bowlin will become the permanent principal of the WACS schools on July First.
UO Mike Bowlin In one of the final puzzle pieces of the eventful night of Jan 23, former Oregon kicker Mike Bowlin will face charges stemming from the brawl that put fellow kicker Rob Beard in the hospital.
Katherine Ann (Katie) Guthrie- Bowline , 60, Kansas City, Kan. Died Wednesday, Sept 26, 2 012.
Jamestown and Southwestern squared off at Jamestown Bowling Company on Tuesday and the Trojans pulled out a 3-1 victory while the Jamestown girls posted a 4-0 sweep in Division 1 high school bowlin.
They also missed the second of the Cougars ' blocked punts when Michael Bowlin couldn't field a horrible dribbler of a snap and was snuffed by the Bruins.
He has a bowline casually looped on a dock cleat.
Northcrest — When former POW/MIA World War II Veteran Dale Bowlin decided to downsize and begin the next chapter in his life, he contacted Soroptimist International of Southwest Washington.
Cardstock: (white) Georgia-Pacific Accents: (cream ledger chipboard buttons) Jenni Bowlin Studio.

In science:

Already in 1988 Bowlin et al. investigated whether the symmetry associated with VV = −VS manifests itself also in proton-nucleus scattering.
Violation of pseudospin symmetry in nucleon-nucleus scattering: exact relations