Definition of bowline noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbaʊlaɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaʊlaɪn//
Parts of boats and ships
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a rope that attaches one side of a sail to the bow1 of a boat See related entries: Parts of boats and ships Word OriginMiddle English: from Middle Low German bōlīne, Middle Dutch boechlijne, from boeg ‘ship's bow’ + lijne ‘line’.

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