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[rat-lin] /ˈræt lɪn/

noun, Nautical.
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.).


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