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also mar·lin  (mär′lĭn)
n. Nautical
A light rope made of two loosely twisted strands.

[Middle English, from Middle Dutch marlijn, alteration (influenced by lijn, line) of marling, from marren, to tie.]
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(ˈmɑːlɪn) or




(Nautical Terms) nautical a light rope, usually tarred, made of two strands laid left-handed
[C15: from Dutch marlijn, from marren to tie + lijn line]
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(ˈmɑr lɪn)

light cordage of two-fiber strands, laid up left-handed.
[1375–1425; late Middle English merlin. See marl2, line1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.marline - a small usually tarred line of 2 strandsmarline - a small usually tarred line of 2 strands
small stuff - any light rope used on shipboard
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As I kept passing and repassing the filling or woof of marline between the long yarns of the warp, using my own hand for the shuttle, and as Queequeg, standing sideways, ever and anon slid his heavy oaken sword between the threads, and idly looking off upon the water, carelessly and unthinkingly drove home every yarn: I say so strange a dreaminess did there then reign all over the ship and all over the sea, only broken by the intermitting dull sound of the sword, that it seemed as if this were the Loom of Time, and I myself were a shuttle mechanically weaving and weaving away at the Fates.
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Current and former clients, industry colleagues, and close friends also attended to get their book copies signed, such as Comelec chair Andy Bautista, Repertory Philippines' Mindy Perez-Rubio, Wrangler's Daisy Go, Shangri-La Plaza's Marline Dualan, Makati Medical Center's Arlyn Songco, Hospitality Innovators Inc.'s Jehn Domingo, PNB chair Flor Tarriela, Mansmith and Fielders' Frances Yu, Rep.