Also called bowline knot. a knot used to make a nonslipping loop on the end of a rope.
Nautical. a rope made fast to the weather leech of a square sail, for keeping the sail as flat as possible when close-hauled.
on a bowline, Nautical. sailing close-hauled.
on an easy bowline, Nautical. close-hauled with sails well filled.
Origin of bowline
1275–1325; Middle English bouline,
equivalent to bou-
(perhaps boue bow2
) + line line1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for bowline
Historical Examples of bowline
The "Bowline Song" indicated that he was feeling particularly jubilant.
The dogs' traces should be of skin and fastened with toggles or buttons to the bowline.
Hence the ship sails on a bowline, or stands on a taut bowline.
A further involution makes what is termed a bowline on a bight.
The breeze was easterly—a wind which would carry us on a bowline to Jamaica.
British Dictionary definitions for bowline
a line for controlling the weather leech of a square sail when a vessel is close-hauled
on a bowline beating close to the wind
a knot used for securing a loop that will not slip at the end of a piece of rope
Word Origin for bowline
C14: probably from Middle Low German bōlīne, equivalent to bow ³ + line 1
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