Pronunciation: (bō'lin, -līn"), [key]
1. Also called bow'line knot". a knot used to make a nonslipping loop on the end of a rope. See illus. under knot.
2. Naut.a rope made fast to the weather leech of a square sail, for keeping the sail as flat as possible when close-hauled.
3. on a bowline, Naut.sailing close-hauled.
4. on an easy bowline, Naut.close-hauled with sails well filled.
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