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Bowline

BOWLINE (a word found in most Teutonic languages, probably connected with the "bow" of a ship), a nautical term for a rope leading from the edge of a sail to the bows, for the purpose of steadying the sail when sailing close to the wind - "on a bowline."

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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