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[buhnt-lin, -lahyn]
noun Nautical.
  1. one of the ropes attached to the foot of a square sail to haul it up to the yard for furling.
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Origin of buntline

First recorded in 1620–30; bunt2 + line1


[buhnt-lin, -lahyn]
  1. Ned,1823–86, pen name of Edward Zane Carroll Judson.
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Examples from the Web for buntline

Historical Examples of buntline

  • An eye worked into the bolt-rope of a sail, to receive a buntline.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Overhaul a buntline a little, bend the jigger to it, and trice up on deck.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana

  • Buffalo Bill has since figured in one of Buntline's Indian romances.

    Buffalo Land

    W. E. Webb

  • All that saved me was my answer to a question put by Buntline.

  • Buntline engaged a company to support the stellar trio, and the play was widely advertised.

    Last of the Great Scouts

    Helen Cody Wetmore

British Dictionary definitions for buntline


  1. nautical one of several lines fastened to the foot of a square sail for hauling it up to the yard when furling
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Word Origin for buntline

C17: from bunt ² + line 1
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