clew line


noun Nautical.

one of the ropes or tackles used to raise the clews, or lower corners, of a square sail to the upper yard or mast.

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Origin of clew line

First recorded in 1620–30
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clew line

noun

nautical any of several lines fastened to the clews of a square sail and used for furling it
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