Definition of gantline in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡantlʌɪn/


A line passed through a block near the masthead and used to hoist sails or rigging.
Example sentences
  • With no gantline halyard on the Ten, Tom had to go up to the hounds and hook it with a pole and coat hanger.
  • Before working, always inspect the rope you will be using - whether it is a lifeline, gantline, or stage rope.
  • Crewmembers were working aloft when we recorded this and using those gantlines to hoist tools and materials up to them.


Mid 18th century (originally girtline): of unknown origin.

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