It was familiar with dried meats and tongues, possessing an extraordinary flavour of rope yarn.
If you touch a rope yarn of this ship, I shall board instantly.
To secure the falls of a tackle together by means of spun yarn, rope yarn, or any lashing wound round them.
I did not know the center of effort in her sails, except as it hit me in practice at sea, nor did I care a rope yarn about it.
Carteret begged in vain for a rope yarn, a forge, and various things which his experience told him would be indispensable.
As an afterthought, he fastened the blanket with a piece of rope yarn, so that Jerry was as if tied in a sack.
These tackles I passed through a ring-bolt to ease the strain, which pulled me this way and that like a rope yarn.
We untied the rope yarn and the paper fell upon the table; we opened it out, wondering what message could be written on it.
Old English gearn "spun fiber," from Proto-Germanic *garnan (cf. Old Norse, Old High German, German garn, Middle Dutch gaern, Dutch garen "yarn"), from PIE root *ghere- "intestine, gut, entrail" (cf. Old Norse gorn "gut," Sanskrit hira "vein; entrails," Latin hernia "rupture," Greek khorde "intestine, gut-string," Lithuanian zarna "gut"). The phrase to spin a yarn "to tell a story" is first attested 1812, from a sailors' expression, on notion of telling stories while engaged in sedentary work such as yarn-twisting.