ratline


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rat·line

also rat·lin  (răt′lĭn)
n.
1. Any of the small ropes fastened horizontally to the shrouds of a ship and forming a ladder for going aloft.
2. The material used for these ropes.

[Alteration (perhaps influenced by rat, with reference to ships' rats) of Middle English ratheling in ratheling line, thin cordage used for ratlines, from Middle English rathelen, to entwine + probably from alteration of Middle English raddle, stick, wattle, hurdle woven from wattle, perhaps from Anglo-Norman ridele, redele, rail on the side of a cart, probably of Germanic origin and akin to Middle High German reitel, reidel, toggle, turning handle, Old High German rīdan, to turn, wind; and Old English wrīthan, to writhe; see writhe.]

ratline

(ˈrætlɪn) or

ratlin

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

rat•line

or rat•lin

(ˈræt lɪn)

n.
any of the small ropes or lines that cross the shrouds of a ship horizontally and serve as steps for going aloft.
[1475–85; earlier ratling, radelyng, of obscure orig.]

ratline

An organized effort for moving personnel and/or material by clandestine means across a denied area or border.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ratline - (nautical) a small horizontal rope between the shrouds of a sailing shipratline - (nautical) a small horizontal rope between the shrouds of a sailing ship; they form a ladder for climbing aloft
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor
line - something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible; "a washing line"
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
Translations

ratline

, ratlin
n (Naut) → Webeleine f
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Steering I picked up easily, but running aloft to the crosstrees and swinging my whole weight by my arms when I left the ratlines and climbed still higher, was more difficult.
I paced a turn or two on the poop and saw him take up his position face forward with his elbow in the ratlines of the mizzen rigging before I went below.
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