[ boh-lin, -lahyn ]
/ ˈboʊ lɪn, -ˌlaɪn /


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.


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Idioms for bowline

    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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bowline

/ (ˈbəʊlɪn) /

noun nautical

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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