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- n. A band of canvas, attached to a ship's rigging, that provides support for the man heaving the lead in heavy weather.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A band for the breast. Specifically: (Naut.) A band of canvas, or a rope, fastened at both ends to the rigging, to support the man who heaves the lead in sounding.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a band of canvas or a rope fastened in some convenient place, and passed round the body of the man who heaves the lead in sounding, to prevent his falling into the sea. Also called parrel-rope (which see).
- n. A broad leather band placed across the breast of a horse and used as a substitute for a collar.
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