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halliard

[hal-yerd] /ˈhæl yərd/
noun
1.

halyard

or halliard

[hal-yerd] /ˈhæl yərd/
noun
1.
any of various lines or tackles for hoisting a spar, sail, flag, etc., into position for use.
Origin of halyard
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English halier rope to haul with (see hale2, -ier1) with final syllable altered by association with yard1
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  • I accordingly dashed forward to the mast, and, shipping the crank handle of the winch, hove away upon the halliard for dear life.

    A Pirate of the Caribbees Harry Collingwood
  • More than likely it will be young halliard himself that will come to the doorgracious!

    The Campers Out Edward S. Ellis
  • They had the halliard in their hands, and the sail was half set, when it blew out suddenly and there was a sharp creaking.

  • We threw down the loose end of halliard, and began the descent.

    The Voodoo Gold Trail Walter Walden
  • At night or in a blow the crew will let go one halliard to pick up another, and away goes the end flying out.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • I shall do it very slowly, a little bit each day, and watch the effect on Captain halliard.

  • The frightened Bob now gave Jim a truthful account of his stopping young halliard on the highway and shooting at him.

    The Campers Out Edward S. Ellis
  • Why, when Bob started out this evening, he said he was going to do that very thinglay for young halliard.

    The Campers Out Edward S. Ellis
  • Although its musical form is that of a halliard shanty, it was always used for the capstan.

  • In the whirl of events young halliard had forgotten this man and his wife and their two little girls.

    The Campers Out Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for halliard

halliard

/ˈhæljəd/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of halyard

halyard

/ˈhæljəd/
noun
1.
(nautical) a line for hoisting or lowering a sail, flag, or spar
Word Origin
C14: halier, influenced by yard1; see hale²
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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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