halyard

[hal-yerd]
noun
any of various lines or tackles for hoisting a spar, sail, flag, etc., into position for use.
Also, halliard.


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

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halyard
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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However, the gaff requires two halyards and often two topping lifts.
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