[rat-lin] /ˈræt lɪn/
any of the small ropes or lines that traverse the shrouds horizontally and serve as steps for going aloft.
Also, ratline stuff. three-stranded, right-laid, tarred hemp stuff of from 6 to 24 threads, used for ratlines, lashings, etc.
(nautical) any of a series of light lines tied across the shrouds of a sailing vessel for climbing aloft
“thin rope,” especially as used on sailing ships, late 15c., originally ratling, of unknown origin; spelling ratline attested from 1773, by influence of line (n.).
[rey-toh] /ˈreɪ toʊ/ noun, Rocketry. 1. rocket-assisted takeoff. /ˈreɪtəʊ/ noun acronym 1. rocket-assisted takeoff rocket-assisted takeoff
- Rat on someone
verb phrase To inform on someone; give evidence against someone; squeal: No power on earth can keep her from ratting on you (1932+)
[ra-toon] /ræˈtun/ noun 1. a sprout or shoot from the root of a plant, especially a sugarcane, after it has been cropped. verb (used with or without object) 2. to put forth or cause to put forth ratoons. /ræˈtuːn/ noun 1. a new shoot that grows from near the root or crown of crop plants, […]
/ˈrætˌpæk/ noun 1. (derogatory, slang) those members of the press who give wide, often intrusive, coverage of the private lives of celebrities: the royal ratpack