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ˈboʊ lɪn, -ˌlaɪnbow·line

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bowline, bowline knotnoun

    a loop knot that neither slips nor jams


  1. bowlinenoun

    a knot tied so as to produce an eye or loop in the end of a rope; it will not slip or jam

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bowlinenoun

    a rope fastened near the middle of the leech or perpendicular edge of the square sails, by subordinate ropes, called bridles, and used to keep the weather edge of the sail tight forward, when the ship is closehauled


  1. Bowline

    The bowline is an ancient and simple knot used to form a fixed loop at the end of a rope. It has the virtues of being both easy to tie and untie. The bowline is sometimes referred as King of the knots because of its importance. It is one of the four basic maritime knots. The structure of the bowline is identical to that of the sheet bend, except the bowline forms a loop in one rope and the sheet bend joins two ropes. Along with the sheet bend and the clove hitch, the bowline is often considered one of the most essential knots. Although generally considered a reliable knot, its main deficiencies are a tendency to work loose when not under load, to slip when pulled sideways and the bight portion of the knot to capsize in certain circumstances. To address these shortcomings, a number of more secure variations of the bowline have been developed for use in safety-critical applications.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bowline

    A rope leading forward which is fastened to a space connected by bridles to cringles on the leech or perpendicular edge of the square sails: it is used to keep the weather-edge of the sail tight forward and steady when the ship is close hauled to the wind; and which, indeed, being hauled taut, enables the ship to come nearer to the wind. Hence the ship sails on a bowline, or stands on a taut bowline.--To check or come up a bowline is to slacken it when the wind becomes large or free.--To sharp or set taut a bowline is to pull it as taut as it can well bear.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bowline in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bowline in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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