topping lift

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noun Nautical.

a line for raising and supporting a spar, as a yard or boom.

Nearby words

  1. topos,
  2. topotype,
  3. topper,
  4. toppie,
  5. topping,
  6. topple,
  7. toprail,
  8. tops,
  9. topsail,
  10. topsail schooner

Origin of topping lift

First recorded in 1735–45

Also called lift.

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Examples from the Web for topping lift

  • And being on the top-gallant-yard, the topping-lift broke, and the end I was on went down like the end of a beam.

  • Jerry always remembers things like that and can talk about reef-cringles and topping-lift as if he really knew what they were for.

    Us and the Bottleman|Edith Ballinger Price
  • Hook the topping-lift and forward guy to the boom, and top up on it.

    The Seaman's Friend|Richard Henry Dana


British Dictionary definitions for topping lift

topping lift

noun

nautical a line or cable for raising the end of a boom that is away from the mast
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