Origin of ratline
Examples from the Web for ratline
It was above the second ratline in the fore-shrouds, and fully six feet over the rail.Farthest North|Fridtjof Nansen
In walking along her gun-deck, he accidentally ran against a ratline, by which one of her starboard guns was discharged.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
Collins, bring your party into this room; and do not forget to bring along that length of ratline that I told you to have ready.A Middy of the Slave Squadron|Harry Collingwood
A musket-ball carried away a ratline above his head, just as he reached forward.Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812|James Barnes
Sakr-el-Bahr drank slowly, his eyes never leaving the vessel, whose every ratline was clearly defined by now in the pellucid air.The Sea-Hawk|Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for ratline
Word Origin for ratline
Word Origin and History for ratline
"thin rope," especially as used on sailing ships, late 15c., originally ratling, of unknown origin; spelling ratline attested from 1773, by influence of line (n.).