- any of various lines or tackles for hoisting a spar, sail, flag, etc., into position for use.
Origin of halyard
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Examples from the Web for halliard
More than likely it will be young Halliard himself that will come to the doorgracious!The Campers Out
Edward S. Ellis
The next, and he came sliding down a halliard to his old perch.
A piece of the halliard was cut off to tie the flag securely.The Cruise of the "Lively Bee"
John De Morgan
We threw down the loose end of halliard, and began the descent.The Voodoo Gold Trail
Then Harry, calling to him to mind his steering, hauled on a halliard and a mass of thrashing canvas rose up the mast.The Boy Ranchers of Puget Sound
- a variant spelling of halyard
- nautical a line for hoisting or lowering a sail, flag, or spar
C14: halier, influenced by yard 1; see hale ²
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Word Origin and History for halliard
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