Definition of ratlines in English:
A series of small rope lines fastened across a sailing ship’s shrouds like the rungs of a ladder, used for climbing the rigging: I scrambled back down the ratlines
More 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.
late Middle English: of unknown origin.
Definition of ratlines in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Spain
Most popular in Malaysia