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Also called bowline knot. a knot used to make a nonslipping loop on the end of a rope.
Nautical. a rope made fast to the weather leech of a square sail, for keeping the sail as flat as possible when close-hauled.
on a bowline, Nautical. sailing close-hauled.
on an easy bowline, Nautical. close-hauled with sails well filled.
Historical Examples

The Rover Boys Under Canvas Arthur M. Winfield
The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth
The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros Pedro Fernandez de Quiros
The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
The Cruise of the Midge (Vol. II of 2) Michael Scott
A Labrador Doctor Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal G. Harvey Ralphson
How Girls Can Help Their Country Juliette Low
The Book of Cats Charles H. Ross
Boy Scouts in the North Sea G. Harvey Ralphson

noun (nautical)
a line for controlling the weather leech of a square sail when a vessel is close-hauled
on a bowline, beating close to the wind
a knot used for securing a loop that will not slip at the end of a piece of rope


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