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[bohlt-rohp] /ˈboʊltˌroʊp/
Nautical. a rope or the cordage sewn on the edges of a sail to strengthen it.
a superior grade of rope.
Origin of boltrope
First recorded in 1620-30; bolt1 + rope Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for boltrope
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  • Is there nothing earthly that hangs upon your mind, boltrope?

    The Pilot J. Fenimore Cooper
  • But the news of the sudden and serious illness of Captain boltrope put off the duel.

  • This face seemed again changed to the well-known stern features of Captain boltrope.

  • I approached Captain boltrope and repeated the salute without conscientiously omitting a single detail.

  • Twenty men sprang eagerly forward to execute the order, among the foremost of whom were boltrope and the stranger.

    Sea Stories Various
  • The spray was dashing over her bows, and her jib was wet several feet above the boltrope.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
British Dictionary definitions for boltrope


(nautical) a rope sewn to the foot or luff of a sail to strengthen it
Word Origin
C17: from bolt1 + rope
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