halliard

[hal-yerd]
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noun


Nearby words

  1. haller, albrecht von,
  2. hallervorden-spatz syndrome,
  3. halley,
  4. halley's comet,
  5. halley, edmond,
  6. hallie,
  7. halling,
  8. hallion's test,
  9. hallmark,
  10. hallo

halyard

or hal·liard

[hal-yerd]

noun

any of various lines or tackles for hoisting a spar, sail, flag, etc., into position for use.

Origin of halyard

1325–75; Middle English halier rope to haul with (see hale2, -ier1) with final syllable altered by association with yard1

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British Dictionary definitions for halliard

halliard

noun

a variant spelling of halyard

halyard

halliard

noun

nautical a line for hoisting or lowering a sail, flag, or spar

Word Origin for halyard

C14: halier, influenced by yard 1; see hale ²

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Word Origin and History for halliard

halyard

n.

"rope for hoisting sails," 1610s, from Middle English halier "a halyard" (late 14c.), also "a carrier, porter" (late 13c. in surnames), from halen "to haul" (see hale (v.)). Spelling influenced by yard "long beam that supports a sail" (see yard (n.2)).

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