- a line for controlling the weather leech of a square sail when a vessel is close-hauled
- a knot used for securing a loop that will not slip at the end of a piece of rope
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Naval TermsAlso called bow′line knot′. a knot used to make a nonslipping loop on the end of a rope. See illus. under knot.
- Nautical, Naval Termsa rope made fast to the weather leech of a square sail, for keeping the sail as flat as possible when close-hauled.
- Nauticalon a bowline, sailing close-hauled.
- Nauticalon an easy bowline, close-hauled with sails well filled.
- Middle English bouline, equivalent. to bou- (perh. boue bow2) + line line1 1275–1325