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clew line

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noun Nautical.
  1. one of the ropes or tackles used to raise the clews of a square sail to the upper yard or mast.
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  • Clew-line: A line used to hoist up the lower corners of a sail.

    The Sportswoman's Library, v. 2

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British Dictionary definitions for clew line

clew line

noun
  1. nautical any of several lines fastened to the clews of a square sail and used for furling it
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