Definition of spring line in English:

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spring line


A hawser laid out diagonally aft from a ship’s bow or forward from a ship’s stern and secured to a fixed point in order to prevent movement or assist maneuvering.
Example sentences
  • They have no one to help take your lines so have someone ready to jump to the dock with a spring line and stern line.
  • They watched as the sails were lowered, the lines tossed to dockworkers who tied bow, stern and spring lines to cleats lining the dock.
  • The boat coming alongside should have a pair of spring lines that can be handed to crew on the boat they are tying to.

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Syllabification: spring line

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