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or bolt rope

  1. Nautical. a rope or the cordage sewn on the edges of a sail to strengthen it.
  2. a superior grade of rope.
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Origin of boltrope

First recorded in 1620–30; bolt1 + rope
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Historical Examples of boltrope

  • Is there nothing earthly that hangs upon your mind, Boltrope?

    The Pilot

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • But the news of the sudden and serious illness of Captain Boltrope put off the duel.

  • This face seemed again changed to the well-known stern features of Captain Boltrope.

  • I approached Captain Boltrope and repeated the salute without conscientiously omitting a single detail.

  • Twenty men sprang eagerly forward to execute the order, among the foremost of whom were Boltrope and the stranger.

British Dictionary definitions for boltrope


  1. nautical a rope sewn to the foot or luff of a sail to strengthen it
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Word Origin for boltrope

C17: from bolt 1 + rope
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