- a heavy rope formerly used for towing boats on rivers in Canada and the U.S.
- to tow (a boat) by means of a cordelle.
Origin of cordelle
1785–95; < French, diminutive of corde cord
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Examples from the Web for cordelle
We were compelled to cordelle our boat, and sometimes lift it over the rocks for several rods.Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XXX
Big men, bearded and powerful, pushing up stream with the cordelle on their shoulders!The River and I
John G. Neihardt
When sail and oar and setting-pole proved unavailing, the men were out and overboard, running the banks with the cordelle.The Magnificent Adventure
With much ado, with poles and cordelle, we made but five miles.
The cordelle was a rope, often several hundred yards long, by means of which men towed boats up rapid streams.Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XIV