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Swifter
  • (n.) A rope used to encircle a boat longitudinally, to strengthen and defend her sides.
  • (n.) A rope used to retain the bars of the capstan in their sockets while men are turning it.
  • (n.) The forward shroud of a lower mast.
  • (v. t.) To tighten, as slack standing rigging, by bringing the opposite shrouds nearer.

    OPTED is a public domain English word list dictionary, based on the public domain portion of "The Project Gutenberg Etext of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary" which is in turn based on the 1913 US Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. (See Project Gutenburg.)


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