ratline stuff

ratline

[rat-lin]
noun Nautical.
1.
any of the small ropes or lines that traverse the shrouds horizontally and serve as steps for going aloft.
2.
Also, ratline stuff. three-stranded, right-laid, tarred hemp stuff of from 6 to 24 threads, used for ratlines, lashings, etc.
Also, ratlin.


Origin:
1475–85; earlier ratling, radelyng < ?

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ratline or ratlin (ˈrætlɪn)
 
n
nautical any of a series of light lines tied across the shrouds of a sailing vessel for climbing aloft
 
[C15: of unknown origin]
 
ratlin or ratlin
 
n
 
[C15: of unknown origin]

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