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ground tackle

noun, Nautical.
equipment, as anchors, chains, or windlasses, for mooring a vessel away from a pier or other fixed moorings.
Origin of ground tackle
1550-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The ground-tackle was good; it had caught hold of a rock and held on.

    My Doggie and I R.M. Ballantyne
  • All the same, this looked as though she were pretty hard on her ground-tackle.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Captain Truck nodded, and proceeded to look into the condition of his ground-tackle.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • Sure enough, Daggett appeared more disposed to trust to his canvass, than to his ground-tackle.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • They've reached their anchorage, and we may get our ground-tackle ready as soon as we like!'

  • It is well named--if there ever was an anchor-watch, you keep it here: for no ground-tackle will ever hold like this.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Swash was not long in getting her ground-tackle, and the brig was soon seen with her topsail aback, waiting to cat the anchor.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef James Fenimore Cooper

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