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bowline

[boh-lin, -lahyn]
noun
1.
Also called bowline knot. a knot used to make a nonslipping loop on the end of a rope. See illus. under knot.
2.
Nautical. a rope made fast to the weather leech of a square sail, for keeping the sail as flat as possible when close-hauled.
Idioms
3.
on a bowline, Nautical. sailing close-hauled.
4.
on an easy bowline, Nautical. close-hauled with sails well filled.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English bouline, equivalent to bou- (perhaps boue bow2) + line line1

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bowline (ˈbəʊlɪn)
 
n
1.  a line for controlling the weather leech of a square sail when a vessel is close-hauled
2.  on a bowline beating close to the wind
3.  a knot used for securing a loop that will not slip at the end of a piece of rope
 
[C14: probably from Middle Low German bōlīne, equivalent to bow³ + line1]

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