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halliard

[hal-yerd] /ˈhæl yərd/
noun
1.

halyard

or halliard

[hal-yerd] /ˈhæl yərd/
noun
1.
any of various lines or tackles for hoisting a spar, sail, flag, etc., into position for use.
Origin of halyard
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English halier rope to haul with (see hale2, -ier1) with final syllable altered by association with yard1
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  • 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.

  • We threw down the loose end of halliard, and began the descent.

    The Voodoo Gold Trail Walter Walden
  • Then Harry, calling to him to mind his steering, hauled on a halliard and a mass of thrashing canvas rose up the mast.

  • They had the halliard in their hands, and the sail was half set, when it blew out suddenly and there was a sharp creaking.

  • I shall do it very slowly, a little bit each day, and watch the effect on Captain halliard.

  • At night or in a blow the crew will let go one halliard to pick up another, and away goes the end flying out.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • It was quite a heavy pull, but they all tallied on to a halliard at a time and got peak and throat up by stages.

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace
  • Why, when Bob started out this evening, he said he was going to do that very thinglay for young halliard.

    The Campers Out Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for halliard

halliard

/ˈhæljəd/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of halyard

halyard

/ˈhæljəd/
noun
1.
(nautical) a line for hoisting or lowering a sail, flag, or spar
Word Origin
C14: halier, influenced by yard1; see hale²
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Word Origin and History for halliard

halyard

n.

"rope for hoisting sails," 1610s, from Middle English halier "a halyard" (late 14c.), also "a carrier, porter" (late 13c. in surnames), from halen "to haul" (see hale (v.)). Spelling influenced by yard "long beam that supports a sail" (see yard (n.2)).

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