- a rope running forward from the middle of a square sail's weather edge to the bow, used to keep the sail taut when the ship is sailing into the wind
- a knot used in making a loop that will not slip or tighten under tensionin full bowline knot
Origin of bowlineMiddle English boueline, probably ; from Middle Dutch boeglijne (or Danish bovline); for Indo-European bases see bow and amp; line
on a bowline
with sails set so as to head close to the wind; closehauled
- Nautical A rope attached to the weather leech of a square sail to hold the leech forward when sailing close-hauled.
- A knot forming a loop that does not slip.
Origin of bowlineMiddle English bouline, probably from Middle Danish bovline or Middle Low German b&omacron;l&imacron;ne, both from Middle Low German b&omacron;ch l&imacron;ne : b&omacron;ch, bow; see bheug- in Indo-European roots + l&imacron;ne, line (from Latin l&imacron;nea; see line1).