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n. Nautical
1. A binding of multiple turns of thread or light line around a rope, as to keep it from unlaying.
2. The lighter line so used.


(Nautical Terms) nautical a binding used for holding together two ropes, two spars, etc, esp by lashing with a separate rope


(ˈsi zɪŋ)

1. the act of a person or thing that seizes.
a. the binding or fastening of large rope by multiple turns of smaller cordage.
b. the smaller cordage so used.


  • acatalepsy - Greek for "not thoroughly seizing" or "incomprehensibility."
  • rapine - Means "the act or practice of seizing and taking away by force the property of others."
  • ravishing - Can mean "seizing on prey."
  • hend, hent - To hend is to seize or take; hent is the act of seizing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.seizing - small stuff that is used for lashing two or more ropes togetherseizing - small stuff that is used for lashing two or more ropes together
small stuff - any light rope used on shipboard
2.seizing - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)seizing - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
control - the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
clutch, clutches, grip, hold, clasp, clench, grasp - the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
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exclaimed Jo, seizing the book, and feeling that Washington was an immense way off.
A spectral-looking figure stalked from out of the darkness behind the scout, and seizing a blazing brand, held it toward the further extremity of their place of retreat.
Before Christie opened the door her face underwent a rapid transformation: the gentle glow of a refined woman's welcome suddenly beamed in her interested eyes; the impulsive courtesy of an expectant hostess eagerly seizing a long- looked-for opportunity broke in a smile upon her lips as she swept across the room, and stopped with her two white outstretched hands before Whiskey Dick.
cried the guest, eagerly seizing the flower, which, by the spell peculiar to remembered odors, brought innumerable associations along with the fragrance that it exhaled.
It had already lasted a minute, and it lasted while I continued, seizing my colleague, quite thrusting her at it and presenting her to it, to insist with my pointing hand.
But as for you, ye carrion rogues," turning to the three men in the rigging --"for you, I mean to mince ye up for the try-pots;" and, seizing a rope, he applied it with all his might to the backs of the two traitors, till they yelled no more, but lifelessly hung their heads sideways, as the two crucified thieves are drawn.
Aye, aye, cried Queequeg, and seizing the carpenter's heavy hatchet, he leaned out of a porthole, and steel to iron, began slashing at the largest fluke-chains.
Jurgis bore it until he could bear it no longer, and then he sprang at her, seizing her by the shoulders and shaking her, shouting into her ear: "Stop it, I say
No, no," said little Ruth, darting up, and seizing her hands.
If the heavenly language never has been learned, quick as is the spiritual sense in seizing the facts it needs, then the poor soul must use the words and phrases it has lived on and grown into day by day.
You utterly misinterpret my words," I said, at once seizing his hand: "I have no intention to grieve or pain you--indeed, I have not.
Hindley hurried up from his paradise on the hearth, and seizing one of us by the collar, and the other by the arm, hurled both into the back-kitchen; where, Joseph asseverated, "owd Nick would fetch us as sure as we were living: and, so comforted, we each sought a separate nook to await his advent.