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or marlin, marling

[mahr-lin] /ˈmɑr lɪn/
noun, Nautical.
small stuff of two-fiber strands, sometimes tarred, laid up left-handed.
Origin of marline
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425, marline is from the late Middle English word merlin. See marl2, line1 Unabridged
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  • “I wish it would do so now,” said Mr marline with much emphasis.

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  • Mr marline saw me on deck some time since and said I might remain.

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  • “Belay that sea-lawyering, marline,” interposed Captain Miles.

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  • “I fancy it is the tail-end of the hurricane,” said Mr marline.

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  • “You are not more sorry than I am,” put in Mr marline drily.

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  • Mr Nott, with Paul and marline, and the three boys, were clustered aft.

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  • “He has hurt his side and ribs, and we are afraid he has broken his leg,” answered marline.

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  • “He is only a Frenchman and an enemy, after all,” argued marline.

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  • They are not such severe judges as Ogle and Bush, and marline and our other shipmates.

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  • When marline comes down to let us out, where shall I say you are?

British Dictionary definitions for marline


(nautical) a light rope, usually tarred, made of two strands laid left-handed
Word Origin
C15: from Dutch marlijn, from marren to tie + lijn line
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