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halyard

[hal-yerd] /ˈhæl yərd/
noun
1.
any of various lines or tackles for hoisting a spar, sail, flag, etc., into position for use.
Also, halliard.
Origin
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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  • However, the gaff requires two halyards and often two topping lifts.
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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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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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