- any of various lines or tackles for hoisting a spar, sail, flag, etc., into position for use.
Origin of halyard
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Historical Examples of halyard
And, knotting the Luttrell flag on the halyard, he hoisted it in a moment.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
He stumbled to the sail; but his fingers were all thumbs, and he could not untie the halyard.Down The River
He was not a strong man, but he did the best he could at the halyard, and the mate was satisfied with him.
"It is all up with us," said Mr. Carboy, the mate, as he dropped the halyard.
Half-way up he rested, by clutching the halyard and twisting it about his arm.The Rival Campers Ashore
Ruel Perley Smith
- nautical a line for hoisting or lowering a sail, flag, or spar