This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word halyard
a rope for raising or lowering a sail or flag
A rope used to raise or lower a sail, flag, spar or yard.
In sailing, a halyard or halliard is a line that is used to hoist a sail, a flag or a yard. The term halyard comes from the phrase, 'to haul yards'. Halyards, like most other parts of the running rigging, were classically made of natural fibre like manila or hemp.