any of various lines or tackles for hoisting a spar, sail, flag, etc., into position for use.
Also, halliard.

1325–75; Middle English halier rope to haul with (see hale2, -ier1) with final syllable altered by association with yard1

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halyard or halliard (ˈhæljəd)
nautical a line for hoisting or lowering a sail, flag, or spar
[C14: halier, influenced by yard1; see hale²]
halliard or halliard
[C14: halier, influenced by yard1; see hale²]

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1611, from M.E. halier, from halen "to haul" (see hale (v.)). Spelling infl. by yard "long beam that supports a sail."
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Example sentences
Above, a flag flapped, a halyard rang against the invisible pole.
Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
The other, the throat halyard, is used to raise or lower the jaws of the gaff.
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