a small cord of two loosely twisted strands, used as for winding around ropes or cables to prevent fraying
also mar′lin or mar′ling
Origin of marlineDutch marlijn, altered (infl. by lijn, line) ; from marling ; from marlen: see marl
A light rope made of two loosely twisted strands.
Origin of marlineMiddle English, from Middle Dutch marlijn, alteration (influenced by lijn, line) of marling, from marren, to tie.
(third-person singular simple present marlines, present participle marlining, simple past and past participle marlined)
- (nautical) To wind marline around.
- to marline a rope