marlinespike


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mar·line·spike

also mar·lin·spike  (mär′lĭn-spīk′) or mar·ling·spike (-lĭng-spīk′)
n. Nautical
A pointed metal spike, used to separate strands of rope or wire in splicing.

marlinespike

(ˈmɑːlɪnˌspaɪk) or

marlinspike

;

marlingspike

(ˈmɑːlɪŋˌspaɪk)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical a pointed metal tool used as a fid, spike, and for various other purposes
2. (Tools) nautical a pointed metal tool used as a fid, spike, and for various other purposes

mar•line•spike

(ˈmɑr lɪnˌspaɪk)

n.
a pointed iron implement used in separating the strands of rope in splicing, marling, etc.
[1620–30; orig. marling spike. See marl2, -ing1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.marlinespike - a pointed iron hand tool that is used to separate strands of a rope or cable (as in splicing)marlinespike - a pointed iron hand tool that is used to separate strands of a rope or cable (as in splicing)
hand tool - a tool used with workers' hands
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The account of young George Ballmer, falling to his death with a roll of halyard and a marlinespike around his neck, enlarges our notion of what it means to lose a comrade.