buntline

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bunt·line

 (bŭnt′lĭn, -līn′)
n.
Any of a set of ropes used for lifting the foot of a square sail as it is hauled up for furling.

[bunt + line.]

buntline

(ˈbʌntlɪn; -ˌlaɪn)
n
(Nautical Terms) nautical one of several lines fastened to the foot of a square sail for hauling it up to the yard when furling
[C17: from bunt2 + line1]

bunt•line

(ˈbʌnt lɪn, -ˌlaɪn)

n.
one of the ropes attached to the foot of a square sail to haul it up to the yard for furling.
[1620–30]
References in classic literature ?
All hands obeyed, and at once the eight or ten seamen who composed the crew, sprang to their respective stations at the spanker brails and outhaul, topsail sheets and halyards, the jib downhaul, and the topsail clewlines and buntlines.