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ratlines

Syllabification: rat·lines
Pronunciation: /ˈratlənz
 
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Definition of ratlines in English:

plural noun

A series of small ropes fastened across a sailing ship’s shrouds like the rungs of a ladder, used for climbing the rigging.
Example sentences
  • The product of a seafaring family, Seal is at home among the rigging, the ratlines, the shrouds and spars of his leading lady.
  • Pamela watched the men climbing the ratlines, standing on the yards, or in the footropes.
  • In the fresh wind the vibration of the shrouds as fifty men ran up the ratlines could be distinctly heard.

Origin

late Middle English: of unknown origin.

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