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clew line

noun

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


clew line

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of clew line1

First recorded in 1620–30

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Example Sentences

Clew-line: A line used to hoist up the lower corners of a sail.

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